USA Swimming lists top 50 swim cities in U.S.

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Hail to the victors. The greatest swim city in the U.S. is Ann Arbor, Mich., according to USA Swimming.

The organization, along with Speedo, released a list of the top 50 swim cities Monday, aggregated by measurements such as active swimmers, swim clubs, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area.

Ann Arbor certainly has plenty of that last stat to boast about. The University of Michigan and Club Wolverine are mainstays in elite swimming. Olympic champions Michael PhelpsTom Dolan and Tyler Clary trained there at various points during their careers.

Phelps’ hometown and current training base, Baltimore, ranked 40th.

“It’s no surprise that Ann Arbor is the top swim city in America considering the strength of the swimming community and how many great swimmers and world record holders have come out of the area,” former University of Michigan and Club Wolverine swimming coach Jon Urbanchek said in a press release. “I lived and coached in Ann Arbor for 30 years, and I can’t think of a better place for swimming.”

Here’s the full list:

1. Ann Arbor, Mich.
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
3. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
4. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.
5. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.
6. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
7. Madison, Wis.
8. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
10. Indianapolis-Carmel
11. Washington, D.C.
12. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
13. Boulder, Colo.
14. Trenton-Ewing, N.J.
15. Colorado Springs, Colo.
16. Anchorage
17. Minneapolis-St Paul
18. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
19. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta
20. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, Calif.
21. Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
22. Lincoln, Neb.
23. Richmond, Va.
24. Denver-Aurora
25. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C./S.C.
26. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
27. Tallahassee, Fla.
28. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.
29. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa/Ill.
30. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.
31. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
32. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb./Iowa
33. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet
34. Provo-Orem, Utah
35. Reno-Sparks, Nev.
36. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore./Wash.
37. New Haven-Milford, Conn.
38. Albuquerque, N.M.
39. Columbus, Ohio
40. Baltimore-Towson
41. Pittsburgh
42. Tucson, Ariz.
43. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.
44. Cincinnati-Middletown
45. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Fla.
46. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, N.Y.
47. Fort Wayne, Ind.
48. South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind.
49. Rochester, N.Y.
50. Salt Lake City

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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.

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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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