Commonwealth Games daily highlight shows air on Olympic Channel

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A Commonwealth Games highlight show airs daily at 6 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streams for Olympic Channel subscribers on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

The Commonwealth Games, a quadrennial multi-sport event, open Thursday and run through Aug. 8 in Birmingham, Great Britain.

The Commonwealth Games include athletes from Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations — mostly former British colonies — notably Australia, Canada, Jamaica and South Africa. Those that make up Great Britain at the Olympics, including England, Scotland and Wales, field separate teams at the Commonwealth Games.

Most of the sports are also in the Olympics, but some are not, such as lawn bowls.

Notable athletes entered include Australian swimming stars Ariarne TitmusEmma McKeon and Kaylee McKeown, two-time Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty of Great Britain (who will represent England) and rising Canadian swimmer Summer McIntosh.

In track and field: Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who swept the 100m and 200m at the last two Olympics, and Shericka Jackson, who last week won the world 200m title in the second-fastest time in history.

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2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games Broadcast Schedule

Day Time (ET) Network
Thurs, July 28 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Fri., July 29 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Sat., July 30 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Sun., July 31 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Mon., Aug. 1 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Tues., Aug. 2 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Wed., Aug. 3 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Thurs., Aug. 4 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Fri., Aug. 5 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Sat., Aug. 6 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Sun., Aug. 7 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link
Mon., Aug. 8 6-8 p.m. Olympic Channel | Stream Link

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”