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Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin head to Lake Louise; TV schedule

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Lindsey Vonn returns to her favorite venue this week. For Mikaela Shiffrin, it will be a much less familiar feeling.

Vonn and Shiffrin headline two World Cup downhills and a super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, live on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

All coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Also this weekend, double Olympic champion Ted Ligety leads the U.S. men in World Cup action in Beaver Creek, Colo.

This weekend’s full schedule of live race coverage:

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m. Men’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM
2:30-3:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel | STREAM
3:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | STREAM
2:30-4 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Olympic Channel | STREAM

Vonn and Shiffrin are expected to race every day at a place nicknamed “Lake Lindsey” for Vonn’s success there — 18 wins in 41 World Cup starts, a record for any male or female racer at one venue.

The first speed races of the season mark prime chances for Vonn to inch closer to retired Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record of 86 World Cup wins. The 33-year-old Vonn is at 77.

This weekend should also help decide the Olympic favorites in the downhill and super-G.

Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, the world’s top speed racer last season, is likely out of the Winter Games after tearing an ACL in October.

Vonn missed Lake Louise last season while recovering from a broken arm. She came back to win one of 12 downhill and super-G starts, along with four more podiums, including a pair of runners-up at the PyeongChang Olympic venue.

Shiffrin, who at 22 is 11 years younger than Vonn, has raced a total of seven times in downhill and super-G in her World Cup career.

The youngest Olympic slalom champion made her World Cup speed race debut in Lake Louise in December 2015 and raced downhill for the first time there last season. Her best finish was 15th.

Shiffrin hopes to race the super-G in PyeongChang. She must finish among the top four U.S. women on Sunday to boost her case, since a nation can’t start five racers in one Olympic Alpine event.

The Olympic downhill is not currently in Shiffrin’s plans.

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World short-track speedskating championships will be moved, postponed or canceled

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The International Skating Union announced Tuesday that the world short-track speedskating championships will not proceed as scheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Seoul’s Mokdong Ice Rink, where the competition was set to be held March 13-15, held the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships earlier this month but closed on Monday.

The ISU left open the possibility that the championships will be postponed or relocated, but the window to do so may close rapidly.

“Taking into account the uncertain world-wide development of the coronavirus, the limited and uncertain available time slots during the coming weeks and the logistical challenges of potential organizers and participating teams, a postponement and/or relocation of the Championships would be difficult to achieve,” the ISU said. “Nevertheless, a postponement and/or relocation of this Championships might be considered if the circumstances would allow so in due time.”

South Korea is one of short-track speedskating’s traditional powers. Last year, the country dominated the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, winning both relays and taking gold in all of the men’s individual races. South Korea also led the medal count on home ice in the 2018 Olympics.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of many events in China, where the illness was first found. The world indoor track and field championships were pushed back a whole year.

With the virus spreading to other regions, other countries’ sports schedules are being affected. Several soccer games are proceeding in empty stadiums in Italy and Iran.

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Daniel Romanchuk’s ascent to marathon stardom accelerated at University of Illinois

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The rise of Daniel Romanchuk has been one of the major stories of this Paralympic cycle. The wheelchair racer was eliminated in the first round of all five of his races in Rio.

But now, he’s the world’s best marathoner with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, a world-record holder on the track and already qualified for the Tokyo Games.

Romanchuk, born with spina bifida, was profiled by NBC Sports Chicago as part of a series of NBC Sports Regional Networks pieces published this week — marking 150 days until the Tokyo Olympics and six months until the Tokyo Paralympics.

NBC RSN Olympic and Paralympic Profiles
NBC Sports Bay Area

Abbey Weitzeil (Swimming) — LINK

NBC Sports Boston
Margaret Bertasi (Rowing) — LINK
Abbey D’Agostino Cooper (Track and Field) — LINK

NBC Sports Chicago
Ryan Murphy (Swimming) — LINK

NBC Sports Northwest
Galen Rupp (Marathon) — LINK
Mariel Zagunis (Fencing) — LINK

NBC Sports Philadelphia
Vashti Cunningham (Track and Field) — LINK
Julie Ertz (Soccer) — LINK

NBC Sports Washington
Katie Ledecky (Swimming) — LINK
Kyle Snyder (Wrestling) — LINK

Romanchuk, 21, swept the Boston, London, Chicago and New York City Marathon titles in 2019. He attributes that success to his native Baltimore and his training residence of the University of Illinois.

At age 2, he was enrolled in Baltimore’s Bennett Blazers, an adaptive sports program for children with physical disabilities. Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist who dominated women’s wheelchair marathons, planted her athletic roots there.

“Their motto is to teach kids they can before they’re told they can’t,” Romanchuk said.

Things really blossomed for Romanchuk after he moved from Baltimore to the University of Illinois. Illinois was designated a U.S. Paralympic training site in 2014 and has produced McFadden, Jean Driscoll and other U.S. Paralympic stars.

“Without this program, I certainly would not be where I am,” Romanchuk said. “It’s a very unique combination of coaching and teammates.”

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