2020 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule

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Americans Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia defend their titles at the world single distances speed skating championships, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold from the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah, this weekend.

Medal events run from Thursday through Sunday on the world’s fastest ice. Ten of the 12 world records in Olympic events were set at this venue.

Some of those world-record holders are on this week’s start lists. Bowe, a two-time U.S. Olympian, lowered the 1000m world record at the Utah Olympic Oval last March as part of a seven-race World Cup win streak in the event that was snapped last week.

Bowe, fourth in the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m in her comeback from a concussion, seeks her third world title in the distance. Her biggest challengers include the Olympic silver and bronze medalists — Japanese Nao Kodaira and Miho Takagi. PyeongChang Olympic champion Jorien ter Mors did not make the deep Dutch team.

Mantia, a fellow Ocala, Fla., native, goes for his third straight world title in the mass start, an event that made its Olympic debut in PyeongChang. Mantia leads this season’s World Cup standings in the often unpredictable discipline.

The international contingent is led by the Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. Their star-laden cast includes Ireen Wuest and Sven Kramer, the most decorated male and female speed skaters in Olympic history with a combined 20 medals.

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Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 2:30 p.m. Women’s 3000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3:39 p.m. Men’s 5000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:25 p.m. Women’s Team Sprint NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:42 p.m. Men’s Team Sprint NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Friday 4 p.m. Men’s 10,000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:58 p.m. Women’s Team Pursuit NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
6:30 p.m. Men’s 500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
7:09 p.m. Women’s 500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Saturday 1 a.m.* Day 2 Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM
2:30 p.m. Women’s 5000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3:35 p.m. Men’s 1000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:22 p.m. Women’s 1000m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
5:09 p.m. Men’s Team Pursuit NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Sunday 1:30 a.m.* Day 3 Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM
2:30 p.m. Women’s 1500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3:25 p.m. Men’s 1500m NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:21 p.m. Women’s Mass Start NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:43 p.m. Men’s Mass Start NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Monday 1 a.m.* Day 4 Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM

*Delayed broadcast

Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

Mo Farah

British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

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