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Free Olympic Channel is fun and Games all year

The Summer Games in Rio may have ended, but the Olympics will play year-round on the new Olympic Channel.

Launched at after the Games ended last month, the free site already has a marathon’s worth of viewing, including on-demand video features on Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s triple gold medal-winning performance and 5,000-meters runners Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino of the USA, who both fell and helped each other up to finish.


The Olympic Channel will also stream live international competitions of Olympic sports. Through Sunday, the site streamed the four-day men’s ice hockey qualification tournament final from Europe (powerhouses such as Sweden, Canada, Russia,Finland and the U.S. had already qualified).

This week, viewers can watch the Yonex SunriseIndonesian Masters badminton tournament, Tuesday through Sunday, and the International Canoe Federation World Cup Canoe Slalom Final on Friday and Saturday.

The overseers of the games — the International Olympic Committee — hope to sustain interest in sports in between the annual four-year gatherings with the channel’s constant flow of new programming and archive of historic Olympic features.

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