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Paralympic programming set for primetime over the next 3 weeks

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A total of 58 hours of Paralympic programming air on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA over the next three weeks.

It starts Wednesday and Thursday with eight hours of Rio Paralympic events on NBCSN, starting at 7 ET each night.

Coverage includes U.S. gold-medal victories in men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball finals and women’s sitting volleyball. Also, the U.S.’ double-overtime defeat in the wheelchair rugby final, 59-58 to Australia. And highlights from swimming and track and field, where the U.S. earned 81 combined medals and 31 golds.

NBC Sports’ Ahmed Fareed will also host Instagram Live chats on the NBC Olympics account with Rio Paralympians in advance of each night’s broadcast.

Wednesday, 6:30-7 p.m.: Jessica Long (Swimming), Megan Blunk (Basketball), Trevon Jennifer (Basketball)
Thursday, 6:30-7 p.m.: Tatyana McFadden (Track and Field), Katie Holloway (Volleyball), Chuck Aoki (Rugby)

Starting June 29, Olympic Channel airs seven straight nights of 2019 World Para Swimming Championships coverage.

The U.S. took 35 total medals and 14 golds, led by Leanne Smith, who won three individual titles, all in American record times.

Olympic Channel airs seven straight nights of 2019 World Para Track and Field Championships starting July 6. The U.S. earned 34 medals, including 12 golds.

American stars included sprinter Deja Young, who earned 200m and universal 4x100m relay golds, plus 100m silver behind countrywoman Brittni Mason, who broke Young’s world record. Other notable champions included Roderick Townsend (high jump, plus long jump silver) and Daniel Romanchuk (800m, less than a week after winning the New York City Marathon wheelchair division).

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RIO PARALYMPICS

DAY EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
Wednesday Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Final 7 p.m. NBCSN
Best of Swimming 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Final 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday Women’s Sitting Volleyball Final 7 p.m. NBCSN
Best of Track & Field 8 p.m. NBCSN
Wheelchair Rugby Final 9 p.m. NBCSN

2019 WORLD PARA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE EVENTS TIME (ET) NETWORK
Mon., June 29 Day 1 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tues., June 30 Day 2 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Wed., July 1 Day 3 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Thurs., July 2 Day 4 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Fri., July 3 Day 5 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sat., July 4 Day 6 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sun., July 5 Day 7 8 p.m. Olympic Channel

2019 WORLD PARA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE EVENTS TIME (ET) NETWORK
Mon., July 6 Day 1 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tues., July 7 Day 2 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Wed., July 8 Day 3 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Day 4 11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Thurs., July 9 Day 5 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Fri., July 10 Day 6 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sat., July 11 Day 7 8 p.m. Olympic Channel
Day 8 11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sun., July 12 Day 9 8 p.m. Olympic Channel

 

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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