Michael Phelps’ potential record chases at Rio Olympics

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There are still Olympic medal records Michael Phelps has yet to break.

A Phelps medal record chase became a major storyline at the last three Olympics.

In Athens and Beijing, he entered eight events and was synonymous with U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz, who won a record seven gold medals at the Munich 1972 Olympics.

Phelps won six gold medals and two bronze medals in Athens and then surpassed Spitz with eight golds in Beijing.

In London, Phelps needed to win three medals of any color to overtake Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most career medals.

Phelps won six, taking his total to 22 medals, four more than Latynina.

But Phelps is still chasing Latynina in another regard. Latynina still holds the record for most medals won in individual events.

Latynina won 14 individual medals. Phelps is on 13 (with nine relay medals).

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Could Phelps win two individual medals in Rio?

He was the world’s fastest 100m butterfly swimmer last year and third-fastest in the 200m individual medley.

He was not among the world’s fastest swimmers in the 100m or 200m freestyles last year (granted he took a year off of training after London) and has only recently resumed swimming the 200m fly.

Phelps is also chasing two of the greatest U.S. track and field athletes of all time. Al Oerter (discus) and Carl Lewis (long jump) share the record for consecutive Olympic titles in the same individual event at four*.

Phelps has won the 100m fly and 200m IM at each of the last three Olympics.

Phelps’ competition in the 100m fly no longer includes longtime rivals Ian Crocker and Milorad Cavic, both retired. However, South African Chad le Clos, who beat Phelps for 200m fly gold in London, has the fastest 100m fly time since the 2012 Olympics.

In the 200m IM, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino and Ryan Lochte were both faster than Phelps last year.

In another category, Phelps is chasing his 2004 Olympic teammate Jenny Thompson.

Thompson holds the record for most Olympic medals and gold medals in team/relay events with 10 and eight, respectively. Phelps has won nine relay medals, including seven golds.

The U.S. should be among the top nations in the 4x100m free relay in Rio (an elite group that could be more than three). The U.S. is more likely to win gold in the 4x200m free relay and 4x100m medley relay at this point, which Phelps and Co. won at each of the last three Olympics.

Of course, Phelps has to qualify to make those relay teams. The simplest way to do that would be as one of the six-fastest U.S. men in the 100m and 200m frees in 2016 and finishing first or second in the 100m fly at the Olympic trials.

*Denmark’s Paul Elvstroem won four straight individual Olympic golds in sailing, but his one-person event changed from a Firefly boat to the Finn during his streak. Thanks to Olympic historian Bill Mallon for passing that note along.

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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