Getty Images

How to watch men’s freestyle wrestling world cup

Leave a comment

Olympic champions Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs lead the U.S. in the men’s freestyle wrestling world cup in Iowa City this weekend with live coverage on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Saturday (ET)
Olympic Channel, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (USA-India)
NBCSN, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (USA-Japan)

Sunday
Olympic Channel, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (USA-Georgia)
NBCSN, 5-7 p.m. (Gold-Medal Match)
*All coverage also streaming.

The annual meet includes eight nations — chosen from the top teams at the previous year’s world championships — split into two pools for two days of competition, culminating in medal matches Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. was the top team at 2017 Worlds, with Snyder and Burroughs leading the way with gold medals. Others on the U.S. roster this weekend include Rio bronze medalist J’den Cox, 2016 World champion Logan Stieber and two-time world medalist James Green.

WORLD CUP: Schedule | Rosters

The meet lacks three of the world’s top men’s freestyle nations — Russia, Iran and Turkey. Iran and Turkey withdrew.

Last month, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of trying to bar Russian wrestlers as the U.S. embassy in Moscow said it was unable to fulfill a late visa request by the Russian Wrestling Federation to travel to Iowa City.

Russia, Iran and Turkey combined to win four of the six Olympic men’s freestyle gold medals in Rio. Iran won the men’s freestyle world cup the last six years. Russia was runner-up three of the last five years.

The U.S. last won in 2003.

Americans are preparing for the world team trials in June and the world championships in October in Budapest.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

VIDEO: Kyle Snyder ends Ohio State career with third NCAA title

U.S. Olympic, USA Gymnastics leaders set for another Senate hearing

AP
Leave a comment

Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.

The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”

The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.

Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.

The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: USOC names first permanent female CEO

Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course with epic comeback (video)

AP
Leave a comment

Annemiek van Vleuten, the cyclist who returned from a horrific Rio Olympic road race crash to become world champion, repeated as La Course winner with an epic last-kilometer comeback on Tuesday.

Van Vleuten sprinted from several seconds behind countrywoman Anna van der Breggen to win the one-day race, including four categorized climbs, contested on part of the Tour de France stage 10 course later that day.

“With 300 meters to go, I still thought I got second, and then I saw her dying,” Van Vleuten said, adding later, according to Cyclingnews.com, “With 500 meters to go my team director in the car gave up and stopped cheering for me.”

In Rio, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped over into a ditch during the road race. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.

She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.

Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title, while van Vleuten returned quick enough to race at the October 2016 World Championships.

Van Vleuten, 35, won her first world title 13 months after the Rio Games, taking the time trial crown ahead of van der Breggen by 12 seconds. She also won the 10-stage Giro Rosa that concluded on Sunday.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

TOUR DE FRANCE: StandingsTV Schedule | Riders to Watch