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Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin head to Lake Louise; TV schedule

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Lindsey Vonn returns to her favorite venue this week. For Mikaela Shiffrin, it will be a much less familiar feeling.

Vonn and Shiffrin headline two World Cup downhills and a super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, live on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

All coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Also this weekend, double Olympic champion Ted Ligety leads the U.S. men in World Cup action in Beaver Creek, Colo.

This weekend’s full schedule of live race coverage:

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. Men’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM
2:30-3:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel | STREAM
3:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | STREAM
2:30-4 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Olympic Channel | STREAM

Vonn and Shiffrin are expected to race every day at a place nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” for Vonn’s success there — 18 wins in 41 World Cup starts, a record for any male or female racer at one venue.

The first speed races of the season mark prime chances for Vonn to inch closer to retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record of 86 World Cup wins. The 33-year-old Vonn is at 77.

This weekend should also help decide the Olympic favorites in the downhill and super-G.

Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, the world’s top speed racer last season, is likely out of the Winter Games after tearing an ACL in October.

Vonn missed Lake Louise last season while recovering from a broken arm. She came back to win one of 12 downhill and super-G starts, along with four more podiums, including a pair of runners-up at the PyeongChang Olympic venue.

Shiffrin, who at 22 is 11 years younger than Vonn, has raced a total of seven times in downhill and super-G in her World Cup career.

The youngest Olympic slalom champion made her World Cup speed race debut in Lake Louise in December 2015 and raced downhill for the first time there last season. Her best finish was 15th.

Shiffrin hopes to race the super-G in PyeongChang. She must finish among the top four U.S. women on Sunday to boost her case, since a nation can’t start five racers in one Olympic Alpine event.

The Olympic downhill is not currently in Shiffrin’s plans.

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Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week due to ankle and knee injuries suffered in a Nov. 9 practice fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since the fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October. Chen is the only undefeated skater this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Matt, Becca Hamilton are first U.S. Olympic mixed doubles curling team

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A brother and sister from Wisconsin will be the busiest athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

A month ago the Hamilton siblings, Matt and Becca, qualified to compete at the Olympics with the U.S. men’s and women’s curling teams, and today they also qualified to play as a mixed doubles team.

With a win over two of their teammates, John Shuster (skip of Matt’s four-man team) and Cory Christensen (alternate on Becca’s four-woman team), at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for mixed doubles curling, the Hamiltons earned the opportunity to curl on potentially every day of the Olympics.

The Hamiltons will start their Olympic competitions with the mixed doubles tournament on Thursday, Feb. 8, the day before the the Opening Ceremony marks the official beginning of the Olympics. When mixed doubles wraps up on Tuesday the 13th, they’ll start playing separately in the men’s and women’s tournaments on Wednesday the 14th. The traditional curling tournaments go until Sunday, Feb. 25, the day of the Closing Ceremony.

Of course, if one of their teams doesn’t advance past the round-robin rounds to the semifinals and medal games, they’ll have some time off. But if they do go all the way to the gold medal matches, it’ll mean 18 straight days of competition for the Hamiltons.

Matt and Becca showed their readiness during the Olympic Trials. They had the second-best record of the round-robin stage, 5-2, then beat Shuster and Christensen twice in two days to win the Olympic berth. The score of the final was 6-5.

After the match, the siblings–who say their partnership works because they can be brutally honest on the ice–had nothing but kind words for each other.

Becca, the younger Hamilton by a year and a half, said her older brother “taught me everything I know.”

Matt then said of Becca, “it’s been impressive to watch her grow up and become the superstar she is now.”

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