Shaun White

Analyzing Infostrada’s Olympic medal predictions

Leave a comment

The Olympic medal prediction service Infostrada released an update of its Sochi 2014 medal table and event-by-event picks Monday.

Here’s a look at the highlights:

Norway and Germany were tapped to win the most overall medals (37), with Norway winning the most gold (15).

The U.S. took home the most medals in 2010, also 37 (a record), but those were a North American Games.The U.S. has never won the most medals at an Asian or European Winter Games.

The record for gold medals at a Winter Games was set by Canada in 2010 (14).

Norway hasn’t won the most medals at an Olympics since it hosted in Lillehammer in 1994.

Here are Infostrada’s picks for the top 15 countries in the medal standings:


Shaun White will not win a gold medal.

Infostrada has White winning a silver medal in the halfpipe (behind Swiss rival Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov) and no medal in the new Olympic snowboarding event of slopestyle. It also has Kelly Clark winning her first gold medal in the halfpipe since 2002, with world champion Arielle Gold, 17, taking silver.

Lindsey Vonn will better her 2010 Olympic medal tally.

Infostrada picks the U.S. to rack up Alpine skiing medals. Vonn will defend her gold in the downhill and add super-G silver (with Julia Mancuso taking bronze). Vonn won super-G bronze in 2010. Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, will follow up her world title in the slalom with an Olympic gold.

Ted Ligety will win three medals: gold in the giant slalom, gold in the super combined and silver in the super-G. If that happens, it would mark the best medal haul by an American at a Winter Games since Eric Heiden‘s five gold medals in 1980. Bode Miller will win zero medals, according to Infostrada.

Tina Maze will better Ligety with three golds and one bronze, accounting for four of Slovenia’s six medals.

The U.S. will not win a singles figure skating medal.

That hasn’t happened since 1936. Infostrada’s men’s figure skating medalists: Patrick ChanDaisuke TakahashiYuzuru Hanyu. Women’s figure skating medalists: Carolina KostnerMao Asada-Yuna Kim. That’s right, Yuna Kim wins a bronze medal. Remember, she’s out for more than a month with a foot injury.

Infostrada did pick Meryl Davis and Charlie White to win ice dance gold after they won silver in 2010, and the U.S. to win the first figure skating team competition.

No medals for U.S. or Canada in men’s hockey.

Infostrada picked Sweden for gold, Russia for silver and Finland for bronze. Neither the U.S. nor Canada have made the podium in men’s hockey at a non-North American Olympics since 1994.

It did pick the U.S. women to beat Canada in the gold-medal game, which would be the first U.S. gold since its debut in 1998.

In other sports, Infostrada’s podium prognosticators also say Shani Davis will win his third straight Olympic title in the 1000m. Heather Richardson will win the first U.S. women’s speedskating medal since 2002, a silver in the 1000m. Steve Holcomb grabs silver in the two-man but no medal in the four-man, where he’s the defending champion.

Sarah Hendrickson will return from her knee surgery to win silver in the first women’s ski jumping competition. Kikkan Randall will win the first U.S. women’s cross-country skiing medal ever, a gold in the sprint freestyle. Hannah Kearney will successfully defend her moguls gold. David Wise and Tom Wallisch will win the first Olympic ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle competitions. Jamie Anderson will win the first women’s snowboard slopestyle event.

Finally, Norway will win biathlon gold in the men’s relay and the mixed relay. If Ole Einar Bjørndalen competes in both, he will become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time with 13 medals, passing retired Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie. Four men go in the men’s relay, but the mixed is two men and two women, and Bjørndalen did not compete in the mixed event at this year’s World Championships.

NBC’s Olympic trials/run-up broadcast schedule

NBA participation in Tokyo Olympics could be limited, Adam Silver says

Kevin Durant
Getty Images
Leave a comment

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the Tokyo Olympics’ effect on the league’s schedule planning for 2021 is unclear, but that it’s possible that Olympic participation may be limited.

“There are a lot of great U.S. players, and we may be up against a scenario where the top 15 NBA players aren’t competing in the Olympics, but other great American players are competing,” Silver told Bob Costas on CNN on Tuesday. “Obviously, there are many NBA players who participate in the Olympics from other countries. That’s something we’re going to have to work through. I just say, lastly, these are highly unique and unusual circumstances. I think, just as it is for the Olympic movement, it is for us as well. We’re just going to have to sort of find a way to meld and mesh those two competing considerations.”

Silver said his best guess is that the next NBA season starts in January with a goal of a standard 82-game schedule and playoffs. A schedule has not been released.

In normal NBA seasons that start in late October, the regular season runs to mid-April and the NBA Finals into mid-June.

The Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony is July 23. If an NBA season is pushed back two or three months to a January start, and the schedule is not condensed, the Olympics would start while the NBA playoffs are happening.

The current NBA season is in the conference finals phase in an Orlando-area bubble after a four-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is a factor in our planning,” Silver said of the Olympics. “It would be tough for us to make a decision in January based on the Olympics happening on schedule when that’s so unclear.”

The NBA has participated in every Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Games. Monday was the 29th anniversary of the announcement of the first 10 members of the original Dream Team on an NBC selection show (hosted by Costas).

Before the NBA era, U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams consisted of college players.

MORE: When Michael Jordan lost in wheelchair basketball to Paralympian

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

2020 French Open TV, live stream schedule

French Open
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams can each tie Grand Slam singles titles records at the French Open, with daily live coverage among NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel.

NBC coverage starts Sunday with first-round action at Roland Garros, its 38th straight year covering the event. Tennis Channel airs the majority of weekday coverage. Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming service, has middle weekend broadcasts.

All NBC TV coverage alo streams on and the NBC Sports app.

Nadal is the primary men’s storyline, favored to tie Roger Federer‘s male record of 20 major titles and extend his own record of 12 French Open crowns. Federer is absent after knee operations earlier this year.

The Spaniard’s primary competition is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion whose only defeat in 2020 was a U.S. Open default for hitting a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Williams bids again to match the overall Grand Slam singles mark of 24 held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams, a three-time French Open champion, lost in the third and fourth round the last two years and is coming off a U.S. Open semifinal exit.

The women’s field is led by 2018 champion Simona Halep but lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: How Jay-Z, Beyonce helped Naomi Osaka come out of her shell

French Open TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Network Round
Sunday, Sept. 27 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. NBC
Monday, Sept. 28 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Tuesday, Sept. 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, Sept. 30 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, Oct. 1 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, Oct. 2 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, Oct. 3 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Sunday, Oct. 4 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Monday, Oct. 5 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
11 a.m. Peacock
Tuesday, Oct. 6 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 7 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
Thursday, Oct. 8 5 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Friday, Oct. 9 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final