Preview: Get on up – it’s bobsled time

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EVENT SCHEDULE
Sunday – Two-man, Runs 1 and 2, 11:15 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. ET
Monday – Two-man, Runs 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon ET
Tuesday – Women (two-man), Runs 1 and 2, 10:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. ET
Wednesday – Women (two-man), Runs 3 and 4, 11:15 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. ET
Saturday – Four-man, Runs 1 and 2, 11:30 a.m. – 2:05 p.m. ET
Feb. 23 – Four-man, Runs 3 and 4, 4:30 a.m. – 7:05 a.m. ET

TV SCHEDULE
Sunday – 7-11 p.m. ET, NBC
Monday – 1-2 a.m. ET (Late Night), NBC
Tuesday – 12 Noon – 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN (also 8-11:30 p.m. ET on NBC)
Wednesday – 8-11:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Saturday – 8-11 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 23 – 4-7 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN (also 2-6 p.m. ET on NBC)

U.S. OUTLOOK
After snapping a 62-year gold medal drought for the U.S. in the four-man at Vancouver, Steven Holcomb now looks to end another drought at Sochi in the two-man, where the Americans have not won a medal since 1952. Holcomb rattled off seven straight wins to open this year’s World Cup and four of those were in the two-man, so he definitely stands a shot. But everyone’s wanting to see what Holcomb and his teammates can do in “Night Train 2,” the updated version of the four-man sled that won the day four years ago.

On the women’s side, driver Elana Meyers – who served as Erin Pac’s brakewoman in their Vancouver bronze run – appears to have the best chance of taking the gold with Lauryn Williams, who could become the second Olympian ever to win a gold in both Summer and Winter Games. But we’ll have to see if the team can recover from sustaining damage to their sled in a training incident earlier on Saturday. Another brakewoman, Lolo Jones, has also grabbed headlines leading up to these Games; she’ll be in the third U.S. sled with Jazmine Fenlator. Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in the No. 2 sled.

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
Three-time bronze medalist Beat Hefti of Switzerland gets to drive for the first time at an Olympics and could be a factor considering he won the Sochi test event in two-man last February. He’ll likely get competition from Aleksandr Zubkov of Russia, who enjoys home-ice advantage and knowledge, and Lyndon Rush of Canada, the reigning two-man world champ. But they’ll all have to contend with the Germans, who have won the last three two-man golds and had a 12-year Olympic win streak going in four-man until Holcomb and Team USA stopped it in 2010.

Team Canada’s duo of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse are back to defend their Olympic women’s title. They believe they’ve come into their own since their Vancouver glory and they could definitely come up big again. Also, watch out for Sandra Kiriasis of Germany, a past gold medal winner and the only competitor that’s raced in every Olympic women’s bobsled competition; she won the Sochi test event over Meyers and Humphries.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde sweeps Beaver Creek World Cup races

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Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde held off Swiss Marco Odermatt for a second consecutive day to sweep World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this weekend.

Kilde won Sunday’s super-G by two tenths of a second over Odermatt, one day after edging Odermatt by six hundredths. France’s Alexis Pinturault took third as the podium was made up of the last three men to win the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

This season’s overall figures to be a two-man battle between Kilde, the 2019-20 champion, and Odermatt, the reigning champion, and could come down to March’s World Cup Finals. They’ve combined to win the first five of 38 scheduled races.

The top American Sunday was River Radamus, who finished an impressive 16th given his start number was 57. Radamus’ best event is the giant slalom.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the Olympic super-G silver medalist, and Travis Ganong, who was third in Beaver Creek last year, both skied out.

The men’s World Cup heads next weekend to Val d’Isere, France, for a giant slalom and slalom.

ALPINE SKIING: Results | Broadcast Schedule

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sat., Dec. 10 Men’s GS (Run 1) – Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 3:30 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 1) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 4:30 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) — Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 6:30 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 7:30 a.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 Men’s SL (Run 1) – Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 3:30 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 1) – Sestriere Skiandsnowboard.live 4:30 a.m.
Men’s SL (Run 2) — Val d’Isere Skiandsnowboard.live 6:30 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) – Sestiere Skiandsnowboard.live 7:30 a.m.

*Delayed broadcast.

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