How to watch World Cup Alpine skiing on NBC Sports this weekend

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U.S. Olympic champions Lindsey VonnMikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety are in World Cup action this weekend, with every race streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Vonn gets it started at her favorite course — Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champion has won 15 times in 38 World Cup starts at Lake Louise, which is nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” for her dominance. That’s a record for victories at a single venue.

Vonn is skiing this season with an eye on a fifth World Cup overall title, which would move her one crown shy of the record held by retired Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Vonn, at 31, would be the oldest women’s World Cup overall winner ever.

She’s also trying to close the gap on the overall World Cup wins record of 86 held by retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn is at 67 victories and wiped out in her first start this season, in a giant slalom last week in Aspen, Colo.

Vonn will be favored in Lake Louise downhills on Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.

Shiffrin joins the field Sunday, marking the slalom queen’s World Cup speed event debut. She’s coming off two dominant slalom wins in Aspen last weekend but is not expected to make the podium in her new event Sunday.

Shiffrin, tapped to vie with Vonn for the World Cup overall title this season, finished 24th and 10th in two lower-level downhill races two weeks ago.

The men will race in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Friday through Sunday.

World Championships downhill silver medalist Travis Ganong will be the top U.S. hope in a downhill on Friday and a super-G on Saturday.

The 2014 Olympian placed third and fourth in a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise last weekend, both won by returning Norwegian star Aksel Lund Svindal.

Ted Ligety finishes the weekend off in his best event, the giant slalom, on Sunday. The Olympic and World champion won the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 25.

Bode Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier with six medals, will make his broadcast debut on NBC for the men’s races.

“I’m comfortable with my knowledge based on skiing,” the 38-year-old Miller, who is taking this season off and might not compete again, told media in Beaver Creek on Wednesday. “If it’s fun, then I would do it [more broadcast work in the future], but it’s not really in me to do things that I don’t really enjoy and find exciting and fun. If it’s work, then don’t expect to see me again.”

Here’s the full broadcast and streaming schedule (all times Eastern):

Friday
12:30 p.m. — Men’s downhill — LIVE on NBCSN and Live Extra
2:30 p.m. — Women’s downhill — LIVE on Live Extra

Saturday
1 p.m. — Men’s super-G — LIVE on NBCSN and Live Extra
2:30 p.m. — Women’s downhill — LIVE on Live Extra

Sunday
1 p.m. — Women’s super-G — LIVE on Live Extra
5 p.m. — Men’s giant slalom – LIVE on NBC and Live Extra

Valencia Marathon produces historic times in men’s, women’s races

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Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum and Ethiopian Amane Beriso won the Valencia Marathon and became the third-fastest man and woman in history, respectively.

Kiptum, a 23-year-old in his marathon debut, won the men’s race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds. The only men to ever run faster over 26.2 miles are legends: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:09 world record, plus a 2:01:39) and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41).

Kipchoge made his marathon debut at age 28, and Bekele at 31.

Beriso, a 31-year-old whose personal best was 2:20:48 from January 2016, stunned the women’s field Sunday by running 2:14:58. The only women to have run faster: Kenyans Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:14:18).

Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey finished second in 2:16:49, the fastest-ever time for a woman in her marathon debut. Gidey is the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m.

Valencia is arguably the top annual marathon outside of the six World Marathon Majors. The next major marathon is Tokyo on March 5.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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