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Mike Tirico hosts ‘Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On’ special

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NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico speaks with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, IOC President Thomas Bach and USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland about the impact of the Tokyo Games moving to 2021 in “Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On,” a two-hour special premiering Thursday.

Tirico spoke with those affected, hours after Tuesday’s decision to postpone the Olympics, for the first time in modern history, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The special features the first interview with Bach after the announcement, plus Hirshland discussing why the USOPC supported the postponement. NBC Olympics swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines offers his perspective as an athlete who missed the 1980 Moscow Games due to the U.S. boycott, then earned gold four years later.

‘Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On’ TV, live stream schedule

Day Time (ET) Network
Thursday 11 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM
8 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM
Friday 11 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM
4 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM
Saturday 10:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM
Sunday Noon NBC | STREAM (one hour)

The active U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls interviewed:

Nathan Adrian (Swimming) – Five-time Olympic gold medalist
Jordan Burroughs (Wrestling) – 2012 Olympic gold medalist in men’s freestyle
Emma Coburn (Track and Field) – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist
Kerri Walsh Jennings (Beach Volleyball) – Three-time Olympic gold medalist
Katie Ledecky (Swimming) – Five-time Olympic gold medalist
Noah Lyles (Track and Field) – Reigning world champion in 200m
Simone Manuel (Swimming) – Four-time Olympic medalist
Tatyana McFadden (Paralympic Track and Field) – 17-time Paralympic medalist
Cat Osterman – (Softball) – Two-time Olympic medalist
Melissa Stockwell (Paratriathlon) – 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist
Christian Taylor (Track and Field) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist
Mallory Weggemann (Paralympic Swimming) – Two-time Paralympic medalist

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How you can still watch Olympic sports on TV

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NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will continue to air Olympic sports event replays, highlighted by historic Olympic hockey programming the next two weekends.

NBCSN concludes its two-day U.S. Figure Skating Championships reairs on Friday night. It features the men’s free skate, where Nathan Chen became the first male singles skater to win four straight national titles since Brian Boitano in 1988. Plus the free dance and pairs’ free skate.

A Miracle on Ice 40th anniversary special airs the next two weekends, bookending NBC Sports “Hockey Week in America,” which also relives the sport’s top moments in the last decade-plus.

Al Michaels, who called the U.S.-Soviet hockey game at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, and Mike Tirico had a wide-ranging conversation about the upset, Michaels’ iconic call and its legacy.

Olympic hockey finals from 2010 and 2018 will air, highlighted by Sidney Crosby‘s golden goal in Vancouver and the U.S. women’s shootout victory over Canada in PyeongChang. Also, T.J. Oshie‘s shootout heroics against Russia in group play in Sochi.

In addition, the Olympic Channel will continue to air continuous Olympic sports programming. This weekend’s slate includes the recent U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Tokyo Marathon, American Cup gymnastics meet and Tyr Pro Swim Series at Des Moines.

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Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 6 p.m. U.S. Figure Skating Champs: Men’s Free Skate NBCSN | STREAM
9 p.m. U.S. Figure Skating Champs: Free Dance/Pairs’ Free NBCSN | STREAM
Saturday 12 p.m. U.S. Ski & Snowboard Grand Prix NBC | STREAM
1 p.m. U.S. Figure Skating Championships Exhibition NBC | STREAM
Sunday 12:30 p.m. Miracle on Ice 40th Anniversary Special NBC | STREAM
March 27 8 p.m. 2010 Olympic men’s hockey final NBCSN | STREAM
10 p.m. 2018 Olympic women’s hockey final NBCSN | STREAM
March 28 12:30 a.m. 2014 Olympic men’s hockey: U.S.-Russia NBCSN | STREAM
2:30 a.m. Miracle on Ice 40th Anniversary Special NBCSN | STREAM

 

Hilary Knight the latest U.S. hockey star to add NHL game broadcast role

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Hilary Knight, arguably the greatest goal scorer of her generation, will shift roles this week.

She will be NBC Sports Washington’s inside-the-glass analyst for a Washington Capitals-Chicago Blackhawks game on Saturday.

“To be honest, I want to just make sure I don’t get hit with the puck,” Knight said with a laugh, according to the Washington Post. “But I’m excited to be at ice level and see how the game unfolds.”

Knight previously served as an NBC Sports guest studio analyst for one night during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Knight’s PyeongChang teammates to previously test out broadcast roles include two-time Olympic captain Meghan Duggan, who gave birth to son George on Feb. 29. Duggan appeared on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame show during the 2018 and 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Also, Monique Lamoureux-Morando (NHL All-Star Skills commentator), Kendall Coyne Schofield (San Jose Sharks game analyst, plus an inside-the-glass analyst for last Sunday’s St. Louis Blues-Blackhawks game on NBCSN) and Haley Skarupa (NBC Sports Washington broadcast team during 2018 playoffs).

Of those players, Knight and Coyne Schofield made the roster for the world championship tournament that ended up being canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

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