Boston Marathon marathon kicks off Marathon Week on Olympic Channel

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The Boston Marathon won’t be held on Patriots’ Day on Monday, but a marathon of recent Boston Marathons will kick off Marathon Week on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA instead.

Every Boston Marathon from 2014-19 will air in a row starting at 6 a.m. ET. The following six days and nights will also feature recent World Marathon Majors, culminating in a London Marathon marathon on April 26, when this year’s race in the British capital was originally scheduled.

It begins with Meb Keflezighi‘s emotional Boston victory in 2014, a year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race. The 2014 Boston Marathon also reairs at 10 p.m. on Monday. Keflezighi became the first U.S. male runner to win Boston since 1983.

In 2018, Des Linden became the first U.S. female runner to win Boston since 1985. Linden’s victory — in perhaps the worst weather conditions in Boston history — airs at 4 p.m.

The 2020 Boston Marathon, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was rescheduled for Sept. 14.

“It’s an expectation and a hope right now is that this date will get us to a safer place in relation to the spread of the coronavirus,” Boston mayor Marty Walsh said on March 13, while discouraging anyone from trying to run the course on Patriots’ Day. “It’s a date that the BAA [Boston Athletic Association] can make work for their runners.”

It’s one of the most significant alterations to Boston, which has been contested for 123 straight years. In 1918, the last year of World War I, the marathon was still held on Patriots’ Day but as a 10-man military relay race.

Other significant marathons that will air next week:

2017 Chicago Marathon: Galen Rupp becomes the first U.S. male runner to win the race since 2002.
2018 Berlin Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge lowers the world record by 78 seconds to 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds.
2019 Chicago Marathon: Kenyan Brigid Kosgei takes 81 seconds off the women’s world record, clocking 2:14:04.

The revised 2020 World Marathon Major Schedule
March 1 — Tokyo Marathon (completed without mass participation)
Sept. 14 — Boston Marathon
Sept. 27 — Berlin Marathon
Oct. 4 — London Marathon
Oct. 11 — Chicago Marathon
Nov. 1 — New York City Marathon

MORE: NBCSN Olympic Games Week TV, live stream schedule

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Marathon Week TV schedule on Olympic Channel

Day Time (ET) Program Stream Link
Monday 6 a.m. 2014 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 a.m. 2015 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
10 a.m. 2016 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
1 p.m. 2017 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
4 p.m. 2018 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
7 p.m. 2019 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
10 p.m. 2014 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
Tuesday 12 a.m. 2015 Boston Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 a.m. 2017 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2018 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2019 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2018 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
Wednesday 11 a.m. 2017 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2018 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2019 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2018 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
Thursday 11 a.m. 2017 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2018 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2019 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2020 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
Friday 11 a.m. 2019 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
2 p.m. 2020 Tokyo Marathon LIVE STREAM
5 p.m. 2019 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2018 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2019 Berlin Marathon LIVE STREAM
Saturday 2 p.m. 2017 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
5 p.m. 2019 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
8 p.m. 2018 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2019 Chicago Marathon LIVE STREAM
Sunday 6 a.m. 2018 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
9 a.m. 2016 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
12:30 p.m. 2017 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
4:30 p.m. 2018 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
7:30 p.m. 2019 London Marathon LIVE STREAM
11 p.m. 2018 London Marathon LIVE STREAM

 

Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA last Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

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Susie O’Neill, Australian great, answers Katie Ledecky by balancing beer while swimming

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Katie Ledecky‘s feat of balancing a glass of chocolate milk while swimming reverberated Down Under, where one of Australia’s Olympic legends attempted to mimic it with a cup of beer.

Susie O’Neill, an eight-time Olympic medalist from 1992-2000 known as Madame Butterfly, accepted a challenge put forth by her fellow radio show hosts. In video shared across Australian media, she took 13 strokes before the beer came off her head, just before reaching a wall.

“It’s actually not as hard as I expected,” O’Neill said in an Instagram Live. “Well, it was pretty hard.”

O’Neill, 47, said backstrokers sometimes train with a water bottle on their foreheads to stay straight. But O’Neill, a freestyler and butterflier, never balanced anything on her head while training.

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