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Chloe KimNathan Chen and Mikaela Shiffrin headline action across more than a dozen winter sports with coverage on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBC Sports Gold this weekend.

Kim competes for the first time this season at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colo., against a field including Olympic bronze medalist Arielle Gold. Also dropping in at Copper are Olympic champion halfpipe skiers David Wise and Maddie Bowman and medalists Alex Ferreira and Brita Sigourney.

Chen is the favorite at Vancouver’s Grand Prix Final, the second-biggest international figure skating competition this season after March’s world championships. The world champion will face Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno, while Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova and world silver medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue lead the women’s and ice dance events.

Shiffrin, fresh off her first World Cup super-G win, can move into sole position of fourth place on the women’s career wins list in St. Moritz, Switzerland with a victory in either Saturday’s super-G or Sunday’s parallel slalom. The men race a giant slalom and slalom in Val d’Isere, France, featuring Olympic champions Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher.

U.S. Olympians are also in action in bobsled, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, freestyle skiing, luge, short track, skeleton and speed skating World Cups.

GRAND PRIX FINAL PREVIEWS: Men | Women

FIGURE SKATING GRAND PRIX FINAL

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Thursday 10:45 p.m. Men’s Short NBC Sports Gold
Friday 12 a.m. Women’s Short NBC Sports Gold
10 p.m. Rhythm Dance NBC Sports Gold
11:15 p.m. Pairs’ Short NBCSN
Saturday 12:30 a.m. Men’s Free NBCSN
4:45 p.m. Women’s Free NBC Sports Gold
10 p.m. Free Dance NBC Sports Gold
11:15 p.m. Pairs’ Free NBC Sports Gold
11:30 p.m.* Women’s Free Skate NBCSN
Sunday 4 p.m.* Men’s, Women’s Free Skates NBC

*Delayed broadcast

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 3:45 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) Olympic Channel
4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
5 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel
Sunday 12:30 a.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN
3:15 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 1) Olympic Channel
3:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel
7:30 a.m. Women’s Parallel Slalom Olympic Channel
5 p.m.* Women’s Parallel Slalom NBCSN

*Delayed broadcast
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

FREESTYLE SKIING/SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 1 p.m. Ski Halfpipe NBCSN
3 p.m.* Moguls Olympic Channel
Saturday 1 p.m. Snowboard Halfpipe NBC Sports
4:30 p.m.* Ski Halfpipe NBCSN
Sunday 12:30 p.m.* Ski Halfpipe NBCSN

*Delayed broadcast
All events stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

BIATHLON WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Live stream
Friday 12 p.m.* Women’s 15km Individual NBCSN
11 p.m.* Men’s 10km Sprint Olympic Channel
Saturday 8:05 a.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint Olympic Channel
10 a.m.* Women’s 7.5km Sprint Olympic Channel
Sunday 5:35 p.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel
8 p.m.* Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel
8:35 p.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel
9 p.m.* Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel

*Delayed broadcast
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

BOBSLED/SKELETON WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 4 p.m.* Women’s Bobsled Olympic Channel
Saturday 1:30 a.m.* Women’s Bobsled NBCSN
2:30 a.m. Men’s skeleton Run 1 Olympic Channel
4:15 a.m. Men’s skeleton Run 2 Olympic Channel
6 a.m. Two-man bobsled run 1 Olympic Channel
7:30 a.m. Two-man bobsled run 2 Olympic Channel
2:30 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel
3:30 p.m.* Two-Man Bobsled (1) Olympic Channel
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Women’s Skeleton run 1 Olympic Channel
4 a.m. Women’s Skeleton run 2 Olympic Channel
6 a.m. Two-man bobsled run 1 Olympic Channel
7:30 a.m. Two-man bobsled run 2 Olympic Channel
11:30 a.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel
10 p.m.* Two-Man Bobsled (2) Olympic Channel
11 p.m.* Two-Man Bobsled (2) NBCSN

*Delayed broadcast

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 3:20 a.m. Women’s 15km Interval Olympic Channel
6:05 a.m. Men’s 30km Interval Olympic Channel
8:30 a.m.* Women’s 15km Olympic Channel
Sunday 4:20 am Women’s Relay Olympic Channel
7:20 a.m. Men’s Relay Olympic Channel
4 p.m.* Women’s Relay Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

CURLING WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Mixed Doubles: USA-NOR Olympic Channel
10 p.m. Men: USA-CHN Olympic Channel
Thursday 9:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA-CHN Olympic Channel
1 p.m. Women: USA-RUS Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Men: USA-CAN Olympic Channel
Friday 9:30 a.m. Women: USA-CAN Olympic Channel
5 p.m. Women: USA-KOR Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Mixed Doubles: USA-CHN Olympic Channel
Saturday 5 p.m. Men: USA-CAN Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Women: USA-CAN NBC Sports
9:30 p.m. Women: USA-CAN NBCSN
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles: Final Olympic Channel
1 p.m. Women: Final Olympic Channel
5 p.m. Men: Final Olympic Channel
8 p.m. Highlights NBCSN

LUGE WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday Noon Doubles Run No. 1 Olympic Channel
1:20 p.m. Doubles Run No. 2 Olympic Channel
2:40 p.m. Men’s singles No. 1 Olympic Channel
4:15 p.m. Men’s singles No. 1 Olympic Channel
9:30 p.m.* Doubles Olympic Channel
10 p.m.* Men Olympic Channel
Saturday 11:40 a.m. Women Singles No. 1 Olympic Channel
1:05 p.m. Women Singles No. 2 Olympic Channel
3 p.m. Team Relay Olympic Channel
11:30 p.m.* Women Olympic Channel
Sunday 6 p.m. Highlights NBCSN

*Delayed broadcast

SPEED SKATING WORLD CUP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 8 p.m.* Long Track Highlights Olympic Channel
8 p.m.* Long Track Highlights Olympic Channel
Monday 6 p.m. Long Track Highlights Olympic Channel
SHORT TRACK
Saturday 11:30 a.m.* Short Track Highlights Olympic Channel
Monday 4 p.m. Short Track Highlights Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Speed Skating Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

Novak Djokovic rolls at French Open; top women escape

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Novak Djokovic began what could be a march to his 18th Grand Slam title, sweeping Swede Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in the French Open first round on Tuesday.

The top seed Djokovic lost just seven points in the first set. He gets Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the second round in a half of the draw that includes no other man with French Open semifinal experience.

Djokovic had plenty going for him into Roland Garros, seeking to repeat his 2016 run to the title. The chilly weather is similar to four years ago.

“I don’t like usually comparing the years,” he said. “But I think [the conditions are] quite suitable to my style of the game.”

As is Djokovic’s form. His only loss in 2020 was when he was defaulted at the U.S. Open for hitting a ball in anger that struck a linesperson in the throat.

Djokovic got a break with the draw when No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem was put in No. 2 Rafael Nadal‘s half. The Serbian also won his clay-court tune-up event in Rome, where he received warnings in back-to-back matches for breaking a racket and uttering an obscenity.

“I don’t think that [the linesperson incident] will have any significant negative impact on how I feel on the tennis court,” Djokovic said before Roland Garros. “I mean, I won the tournament in Rome just a week later after what happened in New York.

“I really want to be my best version as a player, as a human being on the court, and win a tennis match. Because of the care that I have for that, I sometimes express my emotions in good way or maybe less good way.”

If Djokovic can lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires two Sundays from now, he will move within two of Roger Federer‘s career Slams record. Also notable: He would keep Nadal from tying Federer’s record and head into the Australian Open in January, his signature Slam, with a chance to match Nadal at 19.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Men | Women | TV Schedule

Earlier Tuesday, No. 2 Karolina Pliskova and No. 4 Sofia Kenin each needed three sets to reach the second round.

The Czech Pliskova rallied past Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4. Pliskova, the highest-ranked player without a major title, next gets 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

“Let’s not talk about my level [of play],” Pliskova said. “I think there is big room for improvement.”

Kenin, the American who won the Australian Open in February, outlasted Russian Liudmila Samsonova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“It doesn’t matter how you win — ugly, pretty, doesn’t matter,” Kenin said on Tennis Channel.

She gets Romanian Ana Bogdan in the second round. Only one other seed — No. 14 Elena Rybakina — is left in Kenin’s section en route to a possible quarterfinal.

American Jen Brady, who made a breakthrough run to the U.S. Open semifinals, was beaten by Danish qualifier Clara Tauson  6-4, 3-6, 9-7.

Sam Querrey nearly made it eight American men into the second round, serving for the match in the third set. But he succumbed to 13th-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. It’s still the best first-round showing for U.S. men since nine advanced in 1996.

The second round begins Wednesday, highlighted by Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

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U.S. men off to best French Open start in 24 years

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The last time U.S. men started this well at the French Open, Sebastian Korda wasn’t alive and his dad had yet to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Eight American men are into the second round at Roland Garros, the largest contingent in the last 64 since 1996. It could have been nine, had Sam Querrey served out the match in the third set against 13th seed Andrey Rublev of Russia.

Still, the U.S. has more men in the second round than any other nation. Astonishing, given U.S. men went a collective 1-9 at the 2019 French Open.

Back in 1996, nine American men won first-round matches. That group included Pete SamprasAndre AgassiJim Courier and Michael Chang (in Sampras’ deepest run in Paris, to the semifinals).

Clay has long been kryptonite for this generation of Americans — the last U.S. man to make a Roland Garros quarterfinal was Agassi in 2003.

FRENCH OPEN DRAWS: Men | Women | TV Schedule

This group includes veterans like Jack Sock, who swept countryman Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday. Sock, 28, was once ranked eighth in the world.

He then dropped out of the rankings entirely, missing time due to injury and going 10 months between tour-level match wins. He’s now at No. 310 and preparing to play No. 3 Dominic Thiem in the second round.

“A pretty horrific two years in a row,” Sock said. “I’m not opposed to silencing some haters after the last couple years I’ve gone through. I’ve read and seen enough of it, heard enough of it. I’m kind of ready to reestablish myself out there, let people know that I’m back.”

Then there’s 35-year-old John Isner, the big server who swept a French wild card in round one. Isner, the highest seeded U.S. man at No. 21, has posted some decent Roland Garros results, reaching the fourth round three times.

There are new faces, too. Taylor Fritz is seeded 27, aged 22 and in an open section of the draw to make his first Grand Slam fourth round.

On Sunday, 20-year-old Korda became the youngest U.S. man to win a French Open main-draw match since an 18-year-old Andy Roddick beat Chang in 2001.

He is the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda and brother of the world’s second- and 22nd-ranked female golfers (Nelly and Jessica).

So far, Sebastian’s biggest feats: winning the 2018 Australian Open junior title and, in his only golf tournament, beating both of his sisters when he was 11. It was around that age that he gave up ice hockey and focused solely on tennis.

Korda was hooked after watching a Czech whom his dad coached, Radek Stepanek, at the U.S. Open in 2009.

“He played Djokovic on [Arthur] Ashe [Stadium] like at 10:30 at night,” Korda, nicknamed Sebi, said on Tennis Channel. “Completely packed. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I went home, and I was like, this is exactly what I want to do.”

An American man is already guaranteed to make the third round in Paris. Korda faces Isner on Thursday.

“I grew up on the clay,” Korda said, “so I know how to play on it a little bit.”

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