Usain Bolt favored in his three scheduled Olympic events

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For many Olympic fans the Games don’t really begin until athletics is underway – especially when Rio 2016 is the last one for sprinter Usain Bolt and his American foil, Justin Gatlin. Bolt is going for the ‘triple triple,’ trying to win gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 relay for the third consecutive games.

However, Jamaica’s national hero has not exactly been blowing away the competition in the past few months, having missed his nation’s Olympic Trials due to a hamstring injury. Bolt also had a relatively pedestrian 19.89-second 200 when he qualified at the longer distance. Of course, Bolt has only one career loss in major international meets, which came when he was disqualified for a false start.

The qualifying for the 100 begins Saturday, with the final on Sunday night. Bolt is the -200 favorite at sportsbooks monitored by, with Gatlin the only counterpart with low odds at +165. Bolt’s compatriot, Yohan Blake, is listed at +1100. Canada’s 21-year-old Andre DeGrasse is listed at +2200, but it’s more likely his peak will come in four years at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Bolt is listed at -300 in the 200 meters, which will unfold from Tuesday through Thursday. Bolt has vowed to lower the world record of 19.19, but American LaShawn Merritt at +750 has been recording impressive results all season. Gatlin is a nominal second favorite at +325.

The 4×100 heats take place next Thursday, the same day as the 200 final, with the final next Friday. Two-time defending champion Jamaica is the chalk pick at -200 at the sportsbooks. The Americans, who were stripped of their 2012 Olympic silver due to Tyson Gay’s positive drug test, are listed at +185.

Relay success often demands a country have a deep bench, so to speak, of five sprinters, and there probably isn’t anyone to rival the United States and Jamaica. After those two, the board spreads out to Great Britain at +2200.

Bolt isn’t the heaviest favorite on the Rio Olympics odds board for athletics, however. Poland’s Pawel Fajdek and Anita Wlodarczyk (men’s and women’s hammer throw) and South Africa’s Caster Semenya (women’s 800) are all -2000 favorites for their events.

Shibutani siblings elected to U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani along with Paul E. George, who served as the director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, were elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

The trio will be inducted Jan. 28 during the U.S. figure skating championships in San Jose, California.

The Shibutani siblings were two-time Olympians who won a pair of bronze medals at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games before stepping away from the sport in their prime. They also were three-time world medalists, earned medals at each of their 14 national championships and were two-time senior U.S. champions.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, who is three years older than his sister, became the first U.S. ice dancers to medal at the world debut in 2011, and the second-youngest team to medal at worlds. She was 16 and he was 19 at the time.

George was the Chef de Mission of the U.S. delegation to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. The longtime member of the Skating Club of Boston, George also was director of the U.S. Figure Skating Association in the late 1980s and early ’90s and later served as president and trustee of the U.S. Figure Skating Foundation.

2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing: TV schedule, how to watch online, event times, dates and more

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Freestyle Skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics takes place from Sunday, February 6, through Friday, February 18 in Beijing, China. See below for the full 2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing schedule as well as additional information on how to watch and stream every moment of the Beijing Winter Games live on NBC and Peacock. Sign up for Peacock here and watch every event at the 2022 Winter Olympics live!

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The Freestyle Skiing competition takes place at Genting Snow Park located just under 100 miles northwest of Beijing in the Zhangjiakou zone and at the Big Air Shougang in the Beijing Zone. The Big Air Shougang is the world’s first-ever permanent venue for big air and will serve as the home for future sports competitions, athlete training purposes, and cultural and civic events after the Beijing Winter Games.

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2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing TV Schedule:

If you’ve missed any of the action you can find access to all of the Freestyle Skiing replays here!

How to watch Freeski Halfpipe & Ski Cross, Moguls, Big Air, Aerials & Slopestyle at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Event Date/Time How to watch
Women’s Freeski Big Air Final 2/7/2022 9:00 p.m. EST NBC Olympics and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Big Air Final 2/8/2022 10:00 p.m. EST  NBC Olympics and Peacock
Mixed Team Aerials 2/10/2022 6:00 a.m. EST USA Network and
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying 2/12/2022 9:00 p.m. EST USA Network and
Women’s Aerials Qualifying 2/13/2022 6:00 a.m. EST and Peacock
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final 2/13/2022 8:30 p.m. EST and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying 2/13/2022 11:30 p.m. EST and Peacock
Women’s Aerials Finals 2/14/2022 6:00 a.m. EST USA Network and
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final 2/14/2022 8:30 p.m. EST USA Network and
Men’s Aerials Qualifying 2/15/2022 6:00 a.m. EST
Men’s Aerials Finals 2/16/2022 6:00 a.m. EST
Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying 2/16/2022 9:90 p.m. EST NBC Olympics and Peacock
Women’s Ski Cross Qualifying 2/16/2022 10:30 p.m EST
Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying 2/16/2022 11:30 p.m. EST USA Network and
Women’s Ski Cross Finals 2/17/2022 1:00 a.m. EST and Peacock
Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Final 2/17/2022 8:30 p.m. EST and Peacock
Men’s Ski Cross Qualifying 2/17/2022 10:45 p.m. EST USA Network and
Men’s Ski Cross Finals 2/18/2022 1:00 a.m. EST and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final 2/18/2022 8:30 p.m. EST USA Network and

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How to stream the 2022 Winter Olympics on Peacock:

Peacock will be the streaming home of the Beijing Winter Games offering live stream coverage of every single event–that’s over 2,800 hours of Olympic action. In addition, to live stream coverage of every event, viewers will also be able to enjoy the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, NBC’s nightly primetime show, full replays of all competition available immediately upon conclusion, exclusive daily studio programming, medal ceremonies, extensive highlight clips, and more. Click here to sign up.

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How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC:

For the second consecutive Winter Games and third overall, NBC will broadcast its primetime Olympic show live across all time zones.

What time does primetime coverage begin each night on NBC?

  • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 pm ET
  • Sunday: 7:00 pm ET

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