Mikaela Shiffrin skis to match record streak, live on NBCSN on Tuesday

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Mikaela Shiffrin can equal Olympic legends for the longest string of World Cup slalom wins, live on NBCSN on Tuesday morning.

Shiffrin heads the field in Zagreb, Croatia, looking to win an eighth straight World Cup slalom and her 16th straight slalom start overall (13th World Cup). She’s also looking for her fourth straight World Cup race win across all disciplines, which has been done by only one male or female racer in the last 18 years — Lindsey Vonn.

Olympic champions Vreni Schneider and Janica Kostelic share the women’s record of eight straight World Cup slalom victories that Shiffrin is chasing in Zagreb.

Streaming coverage of both slalom runs will air on NBCSports.com/live at 7 a.m. at 10:15 a.m. ET. NBCSN coverage will start at 10 a.m. ET.

Shiffrin last lost a slalom on Jan. 13, 2015. Since, she racked up 12 World Cup slalom wins, the 2015 World title and two national titles. However, she missed five World Cup slaloms last season due to a knee injury.

Shiffrin is proven in Zagreb, too, winning comfortably the last two times the World Cup tour stopped in the Croatian capital in 2013 and 2015, by 1.19 and 1.68 seconds, respectively.

In her last win in Semmering, Austria, Shiffrin boosted her World Cup overall standings lead to 215 points over Swiss Lara Gut through 15 of a scheduled 37 races, despite a stomach problem.

She has six wins this season, the most by one skier in a campaign before New Year’s Day since Bode Miller in 2004.

Shiffrin has downplayed talk of going for the overall title — she even skipped speed races earlier this month — but she could become the third U.S. woman to take the biggest annual crown in ski racing (Tamara McKinney, Vonn).

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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.”