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Michael Phelps, Allyson Felix headline NBC Sports' Olympic trials coverage in swimming, track and field this week


Wed, Jun 29th 2016 04:20 pm

NBC Olympics continues its extensive coverage of the U.S. Olympic trials with live coverage of the track and field and swimming competition over July 4th weekend across NBC, NBCSN, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Bob Costas, NBC's primetime Olympics host, will host primetime coverage of the Olympic Trials this weekend (Friday, July 1, 9 p.m. ET/PT, on NBC; Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m.; on NBCSN; and Sunday, July 3, 7 p.m., on NBC), from the site of the swimming competition in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Track and Field Trials

NBC Olympics will provide 16.5 hours of U.S. Olympic track and field trials coverage, including seven primetime telecasts, from Hayward Field, in Eugene, Oregon. Track and field trials coverage begins this Friday (9 p.m.) on NBC, with the finals in men's shot put and men's 10,000m.

Weekend coverage continues this Saturday (live at 2 p.m.) on NBC, with the finals in women's 10,000m, women's long jump, and women's discus, as well as Paralympic track and field trials coverage. A 90-minute show combining the swimming, track and field and Paralympic track and field trials will air Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBCSN. Olympic track and field trials coverage culminates Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC.

NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will livestream all the action, and present supplemental digital-only coverage.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix enters the trials as the reigning Olympic champion in the 200m, and will compete in both the 200m and 400m. She will be joined by four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, who is competing in the 400m; reigning Olympic long jump gold medalist Brittney Reese; and 2015 World Championships bronze medalist Tori Bowie in the women's 100m, who has the fastest time in the event of any U.S. woman this year. Vashti Cunningham, the 18-year-old daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, will compete in the high jump and looks to become the youngest U.S. Olympic track and field competitor since 1976.

Highlighting the men's field are 2012 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton; 2004 Olympic 100m gold medalist Justin Gatlin, who finished second in both the 100m and 200m at the 2015 World Championships; and 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp. Eaton looks to become the first American to win consecutive decathlon gold medals since Bob Mathias did so in 1948 and 1952. Rupp, who already punched his ticket to Rio by winning the Olympic Marathon Trials in February, looks to qualify for his second event in the 10,000m.

In addition, 2008 Olympic 400m gold medalist LaShawn Merritt competes in the 200m and 400m, after winning silver in the 400m at the 2015 World Championships; 2015 World Championships gold medalist Joe Kovacs competes in the shot put; and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin competes in the long jump. Goodwin looks to make his second Olympic team, and owns the two best jumps in the world this year.

The top three finishers in each event will be named to the Olympic team provided that each has, by the end of his/her event at trials, achieved the applicable qualifying standard.

Tom Hammond hosts coverage of the Olympic track and field trials, joined by play-by-play voice Kenny Albert, analyst and four-time Olympic track and field medalist Ato Boldon, analysts Craig Masback and Tim Hutchings, and reporters Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris.

NBC Olympics' coverage on Saturday (2 p.m. on NBC and 5 p.m. on NBCSN) will include live Paralympic track and field trials coverage for the first time ever. Coverage from Charlotte, North Carolina, will feature 11-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden in the women's 1500m T53-54; two-time World gold medalist Jarryd Wallace in the men's 100m T43-44; three-time Paralympic medalist Lex Gillette in the men's T11 long jump; and 2015 World champion Michael Brannigan in the men's T20 1500m.

Jason Knapp and Chris Waddell host coverage of the Paralympic track and field trials.

Olympic Swimming Trials

NBC Olympics' presentation of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials from CenturyLink Center in Omaha continues tonight at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, with coverage switching over to NBC at 8 p.m. Thursday's action begins at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN with the qualifying heats, and continues on NBC from 8-9:30 p.m. Coverage culminates Sunday with a two-hour show combining the swimming and track and field trials at 7 p.m. on NBC. 

Headlining the field are Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals; 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte; Missy Franklin, who won four gold and five total medals in her Olympic debut in London; and nine-time world champion Katie Ledecky.

NBC Olympics' swimming commentary team of Dan Hicks (play-by-play), three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (reporter) call the action.

Click HEREfor the full schedule of NBC Olympics' swimming trials coverage.

NBC Olympics presents primetime coverage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials during an unprecedented 20 of 23 nights across NBC and NBCSN. The full schedule of events can be found HERE. It all leads up to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August on the networks of NBCUniversal.

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