2020 World Biathlon Championships TV, live stream schedule

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NBC Sports airs live coverage of every event of the world biathlon championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, starting this week.

Frenchman Martin Fourcade, a five-time Olympic champion, headlines the entrants at worlds, held annually outside of Olympic years.

Fourcade, after an off-year in 2019 with zero world championships medals, is back leading the World Cup standings over Norwegian rival Johannes Thingnes Bø. Bø skipped four races in January (all won by Fourcade) due to the birth of his son.

Norwegian veteran Tiril Eckhoff has taken hold of the women’s tour with six wins in 13 events. Eckhoff, 29, had five career World Cup wins before this season.

The top two female biathletes at the PyeongChang Olympics — German Laura Dahlmeier and Slovakian Anastasiya Kuzmina — retired after last season.

The U.S. contingent is led by Susan Dunklee, a two-time Olympian who in 2017 earned the first individual world medal for an American female biathlete (silver in the mass start).

Clare Egan has been the top American this season, notching a career-best sixth-place finish at a Jan. 24 World Cup individual race.

The men’s roster includes two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren.

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Date Time (ET) Event Network
Feb. 13 8:45 a.m. Mixed Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM
1 p.m.* Mixed Relay NBCSN | STREAM
Feb. 14 8:45 a.m. Women’s Sprint Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 15 2 a.m.* Women’s Sprint NBCSN | STREAM
8:45 a.m. Men’s Sprint Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 16 1:30 a.m.* Men’s Sprint NBCSN | STREAM
6:50 a.m. Women’s Pursuit NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
9:15 a.m. Men’s Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM
10:30 a.m.* Women’s Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 17 12:30 a.m.* Men’s Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM
Feb. 18 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 19 8:15 a.m. Men’s Individual Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 20 1:30 a.m.* Men’s Individual NBCSN | STREAM
9 a.m. Single Mixed Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 21 1 a.m.* Single Mixed Relay NBCSN | STREAM
Feb. 22 5:45 a.m. Women’s Relay NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
8:45 a.m. Men’s Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM
10:15 a.m.* Women’s Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 23 6:30 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Olympic Channel | STREAM
9 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Olympic Channel | STREAM
Feb. 24 1 p.m.* Women’s Mass Start NBCSN | STREAM

*Delayed broadcast

Jim Redmond, who helped son Derek finish 1992 Olympic race, dies

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Jim Redmond, who helped his injured son, Derek, finish his 1992 Olympic 400m semifinal, died at age 81 on Sunday, according to the British Olympic Association, citing family members.

At the 1992 Barcelona Games, Derek pulled his right hamstring 15 seconds into his 400m semifinal, falling to the track in anguish.

He brushed off help from officials, got up and began limping around the track. About 120 meters from the finish line, he felt the presence of an uncredentialed man who rushed down the stadium stairs, dodged officials and reportedly said, “We started this together, and we’re going to finish this together.”

“As I turned into the home straight, I could sense this person was about to try and stop me,” Derek said in an NBC Olympics profile interview before the 2012 London Games. “I was just about to get ready to sort of fend them off, and then I heard a familiar voice of my dad. He said, ‘Derek, it’s me. You don’t need to do this.'”

Derek said he shouted to his dad that he wanted to finish the race.

“He was sort of saying things like, ‘You’ve got nothing to prove. You’re a champion. You’ll come back. You’re one of the best guys in the world. You’re a true champion. You’ve got heart. You’re going to get over this. We’ll conquer the world together,'” Derek remembered. “I’m just sort of saying, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.'”

At one point, Derek noticed stadium security, not knowing who Jim was, having removed guns from their holsters.

“It’s the only time I’ve ever heard my dad use bad language,” Derek said. “He just goes, ‘Leave him alone, I’m his father.'”

Derek told himself in that moment, “I’m going to finish this race if it’s the last race I ever run.” It turned out to be the last 400m race of his career, after surgery and 18 months of rehab were not enough to yield a competitive comeback, according to Sports Illustrated.

Derek had missed the 1988 Seoul Games after tearing an Achilles, reportedly while warming up for his opening race. He looked strong in Barcelona, winning his first-round heat and quarterfinal.

“I’d rather be seen to be coming last in the semifinal than not finish in the semifinal,” he said, “because at least I can say I gave it my best.”

Asher Hong leads U.S. men’s gymnastics world team selection camp after first day

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Asher Hong, 18, posted the highest all-around score on the first of two days of competition at the U.S. men’s gymnastics selection camp to determine the last three spots on the team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Hong, bidding to become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009, totaled 84.6 points in Colorado Springs. He edged Colt Walker by one tenth. Tokyo Olympians Shane Wiskus (84.15) and Yul Moldauer (83.95) were next. Full apparatus-by-apparatus scores are here.

Brody Malone, who repeated as U.S. all-around champion at August’s national championships, and runner-up Donnell Whittenburg already clinched spots on the five-man team for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. They did not compete Monday, though their results from the first day of nationals are shown in the official scores.

The three remaining team spots will not necessarily go to the top three all-arounders at this week’s camp, which is supposed to be weighed equally with results from August’s nationals. Hong was third at nationals, but if excluding difficulty bonus points from that meet that will not be considered by the committee, would have finished behind Walker and Moldauer in August.

A selection committee is expected to announce the team soon after the second and final day of selection camp competition on Wednesday evening. The committee will look at overall scoring potential for the world team final, where three men go per apparatus, and medal potential in individual events.

Stephen Nedoroscik, who last year became the first American to win a world title on the pommel horse, is trying to make the team solely on that apparatus. He wasn’t at his best at nationals and struggled again on Monday, hurting his chances of displacing an all-arounder for one of the last three spots.

The U.S. has reason to emphasize the team event over individual medals at this year’s worlds. It will clinch an Olympic berth by finishing in the top three, and its medal hopes are boosted by the absence of the Russians who won the Olympic team title. All gymnasts from Belarus and Russia are banned indefinitely from international competition due to the war in Ukraine.

In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

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