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2019 U.S. Open swimming TV, live stream schedule

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Katie LedeckySimone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel headline the U.S. Open, swimming’s biggest domestic winter meet, live on NBC Sports this week.

U.S. Olympic hopefuls are looking to establish themselves this week in Atlanta, six months out from the trials.

Finals are at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday on USASwimming.org, plus Friday and Saturday on NBCSN and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. The 800m freestyle will kick things off on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on USASwimming.org.

Ledecky is entered in her full complement of freestyles (100m through 1500m), plus the 200m and 400m individual medleys, which she sometimes races domestically but never on the major international level.

After being hit by illness at the summer world championships, Ledecky was back in form at a Pro Series stop a month ago, sweeping the 200m, 400m and 800m frees.

Manuel, the American record holder and world champion in the 50m and 100m frees, is entered in both sprints, plus the 200m free (anticipated showdown with Ledecky), the 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly.

Manuel’s 200m free is of particular interest. She has never swum it individually at an Olympics or worlds but ranks second in the U.S. in the event this year behind Ledecky. If she adds it for the Olympic trials, she could be looking at a seven-event lineup in Tokyo when including four relays.

Dressel, who could go for a Phelpsian eight events in Tokyo, is entered in five individual events in Atlanta — 100m and 200m free, 100m and 200m fly and the 200m IM. He could face training partner Ryan Lochte in the medley. Lochte, at 35, is bidding to become the oldest U.S. Olympic male swimmer in an individual event since 1904.

The U.S. Open also features Olympic or world champions Regan SmithLilly KingChase Kalisz, Matt Grevers and the oldest swimmer of the meet, 38-year-old Anthony Ervin, who took 50m free gold in 2000 and 2016.

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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