First placed Mikaela Shiffrin caresses a reindeer after winning an alpine skiing women's World Cup slalom, in Levi, Finland, Saturday Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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Watch Mikaela Shiffrin, more winter sports on NBC Sports this weekend

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Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin headlines the first World Cup Alpine skiing races on the East Coast in 25 years as part of NBC Sports’ winter sports coverage this weekend.

Shiffrin, who has won 12 straight slaloms, seeks her first outright World Cup giant slalom victory Saturday and to extend her slalom streak Sunday in Killington, Vt., both streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app and airing on NBC.

The first runs are in the morning, and the second runs are in the afternoon.

In figure skating, Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu skates in front of home fans at NHK Trophy in Japan, while Jason Brown and Nathan Chen could become the first U.S. men to qualify for the Grand Prix Final since 2011.

In snowboarding, a World Cup stop for the new Olympic discipline of big air will double as a Pyeongchang Olympic test event at the 2018 Winter Games venue, the Alpensia Ski Resort in South Korea.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will also stream World Cup cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping action this weekend.

MORE: Figure skating season broadcast schedule

Day Event Location Network Time (ET)
Friday Ski Jumping World Cup Finland Streaming* 11 a.m.
Figure Skating Grand Prix Japan Uni HD 8 p.m.
Saturday Nordic Combined World Cup Finland Streaming* 5 a.m.
Cross-Country World Cup Finland Streaming* 6:30 a.m.
Nordic Combined World Cup Finland Streaming* 9 a.m.
Alpine Skiing World Cup Killington, VT Streaming* 9:30 a.m.
Ski Jumping World Cup Finland Streaming* 10 a.m.
Alpine Skiing World Cup Killington, VT NBC 3 p.m.
Figure Skating GP (encore) Russia NBC 4 p.m.
Figure Skating GP (encore) France NBC 5 p.m.
Figure Skating GP Japan Uni HD 8:30 p.m.
Snowboard World Cup South Korea Streaming 11 p.m.
Sunday Cross-Country World Cup Finland Streaming* 3:30 a.m.
Nordic Combined World Cup Finland Streaming* 4:45 a.m.
Cross-Country World Cup Finland Streaming* 6 a.m.
Nordic Combined World Cup Finland Streaming* 8 a.m.
Alpine Skiing World Cup Killington, VT Streaming* 9:30 a.m.
Alpine Skiing World Cup Killington, VT NBC 3 p.m.
Figure Skating GP Japan Uni HD 3 p.m.
Figure Skating GP Japan NBC 4 p.m.
Snowboard World Cup South Korea Uni HD 8 p.m.

*NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

IOC president wants life bans for Russian cheats

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 16: IOC President Thomas Bach closing remarks during the fourth day of the 21st ANOC General Assembly at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on November 16, 2016 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images for ANOC)
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who are proven to have been part of a doping “manipulation system” should be banned for life from the Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday.

Bach gave his personal view one day before Canadian investigator Richard McLaren publishes a final report into alleged state-backed cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Proof of systematic doping would be “aggravated circumstances” to justify life bans, the IOC leader said at a news conference after a three-day executive board meeting.

“I would not like to see this person again at any Olympic Games in any function,” Bach said, noting that as an IOC disciplinary commission chairman he approved life bans for Austrian team members implicated in doping at the 2006 Turin Winter Games.

However, proving that individual athletes knew of systematic doping involving state agencies could be difficult.

McLaren, who was appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency in May, is expected to give more detail about cheating operations at the Sochi laboratory.

In his interim report in July, McLaren confirmed claims by former lab director Grigory Rodchenkov of a hole-in-the-wall swapping system aided by the FSB security agency to exchange athletes’ dirty urine samples for clean ones.

Earlier Thursday, the IOC member appointed to oversee disciplinary cases that arise from McLaren’s evidence acknowledged they could be tough to prove.

“Can you prove (athletes) were aware?” Denis Oswald, a Swiss lawyer, said on the sidelines of a sports law conference in Geneva.

“It is not that we would be scared to attack high level people in the Russian regime,” the Swiss lawyer said. “The question is more on the legal point of view. Can you punish athletes if they have done nothing and whether they were not aware of what was happening?”

Bach has also appointed a second IOC commission, headed by former Switzerland president Samuel Schmid, to evaluate if McLaren’s report and evidence proves a state-run doping system.

“And then based on that we will see if we can start cases against athletes,” Oswald said.

Meanwhile, United States lawmakers want Bach to attend a congressional committee hearing next Thursday to provide an update on sports’ fight against doping.

“Unfortunately I cannot attend there,” said Bach, adding that the IOC will “provide by other means all the information they may need.”

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IOC president doesn’t rule out awarding 2028 Olympic host in 2017

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: The Olympic Flag waves as part of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he wants to change the Olympic host city bidding procedure because it “produces too many losers.”

Bach’s comments came on the same day the IOC executive board cleared all three candidate cities for the 2024 Olympics — Paris, Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary — to advance to the next stage of the race.

Bach did not categorically rule out the possibility of awarding the hosting rights for two games at once — 2024 and 2028 — when the IOC votes next September in Lima, Peru.

Bach said at a news conference “it is not the purpose of an Olympic candidature procedure to produce losers.”

He said the goal is “to produce the best possible host for an Olympic Games.”

Asked about speculation the IOC could award the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same time, he said: “Let us study this question, which is not an easy one.”

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