NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week: What to watch on Wednesday


The Dream Team and the Redeem Team star on NBCSN Olympic Games Week on Wednesday, among four Olympic men’s basketball finals airing in succession.

First, it’s Beijing 2008 at 7 p.m. ET. The Redeem Team was born out of the 2004 Athens Games, where the U.S. lost three games en route to bronze, and the 2006 World Championship, another bronze medal.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who succeeded Larry Brown as the U.S. head coach, guided a 2008 team with a renewed determination after many NBA stars declined to play at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

The late Kobe Bryant played his first Olympics in Beijing. The roster also included LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. The Americans dominated, winning eight games by an average of 27.8 points.

The final against Spain, led by Pau Gasol, proved close. The U.S.’ lead was cut to two in the fourth quarter before Bryant ignited a 12-2 run following a timeout.

“The Redeem Team, we needed a hell of a fourth quarter to beat Spain,” Bryant said in 2019. “Put the best players that you think are going to make the best U.S. team out on the floor – it’s still not going to be a cake walk. The days of 1992 are over.”

LIVE STREAM: NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Wednesday, 7 p.m.-3 a.m. ET

The 1992 Olympic final follows 2008 on NBCSN on Wednesday at 9 p.m. The Dream Team drilled Croatia 117-85, its closest of eight contests to bring its average winning margin down to 43.8 points per game.

Michael Jordan paced the effort with 22 points, on a roster that included 11 future individual Basketball Hall of Famers, plus collegian Christian Laettner. (The whole team would be inducted in 2010.) It was the first Olympics with NBA participation.

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Later Wednesday are the 2012 and 2000 Olympic finals.

In 2012, the U.S. was again coached by Krzyzewski and led by Bryant, James and Co. Spain again the final opponent. Again, it was close. The U.S. led by one going into the fourth quarter before breaking it open to double digits and taking off its starters to a standing ovation.

The 2000 Sydney Games marked a foreshadowing of what was to come in 2004. The roster lacked some of the NBA’s biggest stars at the time — Shaquille O’NealAllen IversonTim Duncan and Bryant.

The Americans eked out an 85-83 win over Lithuania in the semifinals, after Sarunas Jasikevicius missed a buzzer-beating three-point attempt. In the final, a French team with zero NBA players cut the lead to four with four minutes left before the U.S. pulled away.

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Wednesday, April 22

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
7 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2008 Final Stream Link
9 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 1992 Final Stream Link
11 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2012 Final Stream Link
1 a.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2000 Final Stream Link
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures Stream Link

Snowboarders sue coach, USOPC in assault, harassment case

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Olympic bronze medalist Rosey Fletcher has filed a lawsuit accusing former snowboard coach Peter Foley of sexually assaulting, harassing and intimidating members of his team for years, while the organizations overseeing the team did nothing to stop it.

Fletcher is a plaintiff in one of two lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday. One names Foley, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team and its former CEO, Tiger Shaw, as defendants. Another, filed by a former employee of USSS, names Foley, Shaw and the ski federation as defendants.

One of the lawsuits, which also accuse the defendants of sex trafficking, harassment, and covering up repeated acts of sexual assault and misconduct, allege Foley snuck into bed and sexually assaulted Fletcher, then shortly after she won her bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics, approached her “and said he still remembered ‘how she was breathing,’ referring to the first time he assaulted her.”

The lawsuits describe Foley as fostering a depraved travel squad of snowboarders, in which male coaches shared beds with female athletes, crude jokes about sexual conquests were frequently shared and coaches frequently commented to the female athletes about their weight and body types.

“Male coaches, including Foley, would slap female athletes’ butts when they finished their races, even though the coaches would not similarly slap the butts of male athletes,” the lawsuit said. “Physical assault did not stop with slapping butts. Notably, a female athlete once spilled barbeque sauce on her chest while eating and a male coach approached her and licked it off her chest without warning or her consent.”

The USOPC and USSS knew of Foley’s behavior but did nothing to stop it, the lawsuit said. It depicted Foley as an all-powerful coach who could make and break athletes’ careers on the basis of how they got along off the mountain.

Foley’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, did not immediately return requests for comment from The Associated Press. Jacobs has previously said allegations of sexual misconduct against Foley are false.

In a statement, the USOPC said it had not seen the complaint and couldn’t comment on specific details but that “we take every allegation of abuse very seriously.”

“The USOPC is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Team USA athletes, and we are taking every step to identify, report, and eliminate abuse in our community,” the statement said.

It wasn’t until the Olympics in Beijing last year that allegations about Foley’s behavior and the culture on the snowboarding team started to emerge.

Allegations posted on Instagram by former team member Callan Chythlook-Sifsof — who, along with former team member Erin O’Malley, is a plaintiff along with Fletcher — led to Foley’s removal from the team, which he was still coaching when the games began.

That posting triggered more allegations in reporting by ESPN and spawned an AP report about how the case was handled between USSS and the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which is ultimately responsible for investigating cases involving sex abuse in Olympic sports. The center has had Foley on temporary suspension since March 18, 2022.

The AP typically does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they have granted permission or spoken publicly, as Fletcher, Chythlook-Sifsof and O’Malley have done through a lawyer.

USSS said it was made aware of the allegations against Foley on Feb 6, 2022, and reported them to the SafeSport center.

“We are aware of the lawsuits that were filed,” USSS said in a statement. “U.S. Ski & Snowboard has not yet been served with the complaint nor has had an opportunity to fully review it. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is and will remain an organization that prioritizes the safety, health and well-being of its athletes and staff.”

The lawsuits seek unspecified damages to be determined in a jury trial.

Oleksandr Abramenko, Ukraine’s top Winter Olympian, tears knee, career in question

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Aerials skier Oleksandr Abramenko, who won both of Ukraine’s medals over the last two Winter Olympics, is out for the season after a knee ligament tear and said he might not return to competition at all, according to Ukrainian media.

Abramenko, 34, won gold at the 2018 Olympics — Ukraine’s second-ever individual Winter Olympic title after figure skater Oksana Baiul in 1994 — and silver last year.

He competed once this season, placing 10th at a World Cup in Finland on Dec. 4, and then flew with the Ukrainian national team to stay in Utah ahead of World Cups in Canada in January and at the 2002 Olympic venue in Park City this weekend. The area also hosted many Ukraine winter sports athletes this past summer.

Abramenko missed the competition in Canada two weeks ago due to injury and then wasn’t on the start list for today’s aerials event in Park City. He is set to miss the world championships later this month in Georgia (the country, not the state).

Abramenko said he needs surgery, followed by a nine-month rehabilitation process, similar to an operation on his other knee six years ago, according to Ukraine’s public broadcaster. He said he will see how the recovery goes and determine whether to return to the sport at age 35, according to the report.

Abramenko is already the oldest Olympic men’s aerials medalist and come the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games will be older than all but one male aerialist in Olympic history, according to Olympedia.org.

At last year’s Olympics, Abramenko, Ukraine’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, was hugged after the aerials final by Russian Ilya Burov, who finished one spot behind Abramenko for a bronze medal. A week later, Russia invaded Ukraine.

A week after that, Abramenko posed for a photo sitting on a mattress in a Kyiv parking garage with his wife and 2-year-old son published by The New York Times.

“We spend the night in the underground parking in the car, because the air attack siren is constantly on,” Abramenko texted, according to the newspaper. “It’s scary to sleep in the apartment, I myself saw from the window how the air defense systems worked on enemy missiles, and strong explosions were heard.”

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