Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder, Helen Maroulis
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How to watch 2018 World Wrestling Championships

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Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs, Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis lead Team USA at the world wrestling championships, with live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA beginning Sunday from Budapest.

Burroughs, Snyder and Maroulis earned the three American golds at last year’s worlds, all repeating as world champs. For Burroughs, it was redemption after a shocking exit before the medal matches in Rio. Snyder and Maroulis had each taken gold at their first Olympics in Rio.

This year, the 2012 Olympic champ Burroughs can grab a share of the record he has for so long coveted — John Smith‘s six combined Olympic and world titles, most by an American — in the first day of finals Sunday.

Snyder and Maroulis are also wrestling for history.

Snyder, the youngest U.S. Olympic and world champion in wrestling, could once again face The Russian Tank — Abdulrashid Sadulayev — in the 97kg final Tuesday (or earlier in the bracket, pending the random draw). Snyder won the showdown at last year’s worlds, clinching the U.S.’ first men’s freestyle team title since 1995 in what was dubbed the Match of the Century.

Maroulis can tie Tricia Saunders for the U.S. female record of four combined Olympic and world titles with a gold on Thursday. All of Saunders’ golds came at worlds, since she competed before women’s wrestling debuted on the Olympic program in 2004.

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Day Time (ET) Network Finals
Sun. 1-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men FR 61, 74, 86, 125
12-1 a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Mon. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men FR 57, 65, 79, 92
Tues. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men FR 70, 97; Women 55, 59
6-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Wed. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Women 65, 68, 72, 76
12:30-1:30 a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Thur. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Women 50, 53, 57, 62
6-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Fri. 12-3 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men GR 55, 63, 72, 82
6-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Sat. 12-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men GR 60, 67, 87
9:30-11 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Sun. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men 77, 97, 130
11 p.m.-1a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM

*Tape delay

The Wrap from Day 1 of the World Championships

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — Matt Lindland sees progress taking place within the United States Greco-Roman program.

He sees accountability and ownership. He sees a desire to compete with the global Greco powers and a willingness to pay the price to get there.

“There’s definitely been progress,” Lindland said. “We’ve got great guys. It’s about them. They want to be here. They want to do what it’s going to take to get to that next level, and you can see it. They’re frustrated when things don’t go their way, and they’re going to figure out how to fix those things. Yeah, we’re making the right progress. We’ve got the right guys, we’ve got the right attitude.”

But Lindland also sees hesitation at times, too. He sees too much analyzing and not enough reactionary aggression.

“I think our guys are second-guessing themselves, they’re questioning and they’re thinking,” he said. “They’re thinking about what’s going to happen instead of being in the moment and just being present and letting things fly. Really great athletes out there on America’s team and they’re super capable. When they start thinking and questioning what’s going to happen and wondering what the referee is going to call, they’ve just got to go out there and do what they’re all capable of doing.”

Both dynamics — the signs progress and the work-in-progress symbols — were on display Saturday on the opening day of the World Championships.

Max Nowry, Ryan Mango and Raymond Bunker notched opening-round wins Saturday. For perspective, only three Americans posted Greco victories at the World Championships in 2018.

On the flip side, though, each of the three ran into roadblocks when they couldn’t hold leads in their second bout, and Mango and Bunker got eliminated later in the day.

Nowry and John Stefanowicz, however, got pulled into the repechage and have a chance to wrestle Sunday for medals. Nowry got an extra opportunity when Kazakhstan’s Khorlan Zhakansha stunned 2018 World champ and No. 1 seed Eldaniz Azizli of Azerbaijan, 11-5, in the 55-kilogram semifinals.

Stefanowicz dropped a 7-0 decision in the Round of 16 at 82 kilograms against Georgia’s Lasha Gobadze. But the Georgian posted two more victories to set Stefanowicz up with another chance at a medal.

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Sky Brown, 11 years old, is third at world skateboarding championships ahead of Olympic debut

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Sky Brown, an 11-year-old who appears en route to becoming the youngest female Summer Olympian in 50 years, took third at the world skateboarding championships in Sao Paulo on Saturday. The sport debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo.

Brown posted her highest score of her four finals runs in the last round, 58.13 points, of the park event. It was not enough to overtake Japanese Misugu Okamoto and Sakura Yosozumi. The new world champion Okamoto is 13 years old. Yosozumi is 17.

Brown has been raised in Japan by a Japanese mother and a British father. The 2018 Dancing with the Stars: Juniors winner appeared in a Nike “Dream Crazier” ad with Simone BilesSerena Williams and Chloe Kim in February.

She has not clinched an Olympic spot yet but is well on her way as the qualifying season continues.

She turns 12 years old just before the Tokyo Olympics begin and would be the youngest Olympian since Romanian rowing coxswain Carlos Front at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

She would be the youngest female Olympian since Chinese ice dancer Liu Luyang in 1988 and the youngest female Summer Olympian since Puerto Rican swimmer Liana Vicens in 1968, according to the OlyMADMen.

The Tokyo Games feature four skateboarding events — men’s and women’s street and park.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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