Shaun White to compete at Dew Tour Mountain Championships

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Two-time Olympic halfpipe champ Shaun White will compete for the second time since the Sochi Olympics at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in  Breckenridge, Colo., beginning Thursday, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC will also air coverage Saturday (2:30-4 p.m. ET) and Sunday (1-3 p.m. ET).

White, who won Olympic gold in 2006 and 2010, finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics and fourth at the Winter X Games on Jan. 22 in his last two competitions.

White has said he’s hoping to be at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, which would be his fourth Winter Games.

White, now 29, was the oldest U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and, in 2018, would be older than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder. The sport debuted at the Olympics in 1998.

At Dew Tour, he’s scheduled to compete in the halfpipe semifinals Thursday and, should he advance, the final Saturday.

Also slated for Dew Tour action are Olympic champions Kelly Clark and Iouri Podladtchikov (snowboard halfpipe) and David Wise (ski halfpipe) plus snowboarder Chloe Kim, who at 14 became the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist ever on Jan. 24.

Here’s the full Dew Tour schedule of events that will stream on NBC Sports Live Extra (all ET), with all events preceded by a 30-minute preshow:

THURSDAY
11:30 a.m. — Men’s ski slopestyle (semifinals)
2:30 p.m. — Men’s snowboard halfpipe (semifinals)

FRIDAY
11:15 a.m. — Women’s ski halfpipe
12:15 p.m. — Women’s snowboard slopestyle
2 p.m. — Men’s ski halfpipe (semifinals)
2:15 p.m. — Men’s snowboard slopestyle (semifinals)

SATURDAY
11 a.m. — Women’s ski slopestyle
12:30 p.m. — Women’s snowboard halfpipe
2:30 p.m. — Men’s snowboard halfpipe (also on NBC)
6 p.m. — Men’s ski halfpipe

SUNDAY
1 p.m. — Men’s ski slopestyle (also on NBC)
3:45 p.m. — Men’s snowboard slopestyle

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”