How to watch World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday

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Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner can finally end the U.S. women’s medal drought, live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday.

The women’s free skate climaxes the World Championships in Boston, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Before that, medals will be awarded in the pairs free skate, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

In pairs, China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong lead by 2.78 points after the short program, seeking to upgrade their silver from last year and earn their first World title.

They’re trailed closely by defending World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada and reigning Olympic champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov of Russia.

U.S. pairs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim and Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea are in seventh and 14th places.

The pairs free skate order and highlighted skaters:

Kayne/O’Shea (USA) — 1:26 p.m. ET
Scimeca/Knierim (USA) — 2:38 p.m. ET
Sui/Han (CHN) — 3:19 p.m. ET
Duhamel/Radford (CAN) — 3:27 p.m. ET
Volosozhar/Trankov (RUS) — 3:45 p.m. ET

WATCH LIVE: Pairs Free Skate: 2-4 p.m. ET

Later, Gold and Wagner seek to end a nine-year U.S. women’s medal drought at Worlds and the Olympics, the longest since the first Winter Games in 1924.

Gold leads by 2.45 points over Russian Anna Pogorilaya after the short program, by 2.67 over pre-event favorite Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia and by 3.27 over Wagner in fourth place.

The last U.S. women’s medals came at the 2006 Worlds, when Kimmie Meissner and Sasha Cohen took gold and bronze.

Meissner, who at 26 is at an age when some still compete, will be anxiously watching the free skate after a tumultuous relationship with figure skating the last several years.

The women’s free skate start order and highlighted skaters:

Mirai Nagasu (USA) — 9:11 p.m. ET
Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 10:06 p.m. ET
Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 10:14 p.m. ET
Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 10:22 p.m. ET
Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) — 10:30 p.m. ET
Gracie Gold (USA) — 10:38 p.m. ET
Ashley Wagner (USA) — 10:46 p.m. ET

WATCH LIVE: Women’s Free Skate: 9-11 p.m. ET

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

2022 Valencia Marathon

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


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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