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Olympic sports on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel this weekend

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Olympic champions Ted Ligety and Jessie Diggins headline winter sports action this weekend with coverage on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and streaming on NBC Sports Gold.

Ligety, a 2006 and 2014 gold medalist, eyes his first World Cup win in three years in a giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, on Sunday. That follows a super-G and downhill on Friday and Saturday in Val Gardena.

Diggins, who earned team sprint gold in PyeongChang, moves with the cross-country skiing World Cup to Davos, Switzerland, for sprint and 10km races.

U.S. Olympians are also in action in biathlon, bobsled, freestyle skiing, luge, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating World Cups, plus the world short-course swimming championships.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Val Gardena and Alta Badia, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 6 a.m. Men’s Super-G Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
8 p.m.* NBCSN
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
6 p.m.* Men’s Giant Slalom NBCSN

*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.

BIATHLON WORLD CUP — Hochfilzen, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Live stream
Thursday 8:05 a.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
12 p.m.* Olympic Channel
Friday 8:05 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
9:30 a.m.* Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* NBCSN
Saturday 5:20 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
8:40 a.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
2 p.m.* Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel
3 p.m.* Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel
Sunday 5:10 a.m. Women’s 4x6km Relay Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
7:50 a.m. Men’s 4×7.5km Relay Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
3 p.m.* Women’s 4x6km Relay Olympic Channel
4 p.m.* Men’s 4×7.5km 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.

BOBSLED/SKELETON WORLD CUP — Winterberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Skeleton (Run 1) Olympic Channel
6 a.m. Men’s Skeleton (Run 2) Olympic Channel
8 a.m. Women’s Skeleton (Run 1) Olympic Channel
9:30 a.m. Women’s Skeleton (Run 2) Olympic Channel
3 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel
4 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel
Saturday 5:15 a.m. Women’s Bobsled (Run 1) Olympic Channel
6:45 a.m. Women’s Bobsled (Run 2) Olympic Channel
9 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled (Run 1) Olympic Channel
10:30 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled (Run 2) Olympic Channel
4 p.m.* Women’s Bobsled Olympic Channel
5 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel
7 p.m.* Women’s Bobsled NBCSN
Sunday 5:30 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled (Run 1) Olympic Channel
7 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled (Run 2) Olympic Channel
2 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel
7 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled NBCSN

*Same-day delay

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP — Davos, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 7:30 a.m. Men’s, Women’s Sprints Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 3:15 a.m. Women’s 10km Interval Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
5:45 a.m. Men’s 15km Interval Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
9 a.m.* Women’s 10km Interval 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.

FREESTYLE SKIING WORLD CUP — Thaiwoo, China

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 12:30 a.m. Moguls Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 12:30 a.m. Dual Moguls Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

*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.

LUGE WORLD CUP — Lake Placid, N.Y.

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 9 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
10:45 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 2) Olympic Channel
12:15 p.m. Doubles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
1:35 p.m. Doubles (Run 2) Olympic Channel
9 p.m.* Men’s Singles Olympic Channel
10 p.m.* Doubles Olympic Channel
Sunday 8:30 a.m. Women Singles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
9:50 a.m. Women Singles (Run 2) Olympic Channel
12 p.m. Men’s Sprint Olympic Channel
12:45 p.m. Doubles Sprint Olympic Channel
1:20 p.m. Women’s Sprint Olympic Channel
4 p.m.* Men’s Singles/Doubles NBCSN
10 p.m.* Women’s Singles Olympic Channel

*Delayed broadcast

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Engelberg, Switzerland and Premanon, France

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 11:50 a.m. Men’s Qualifying Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 4:50 a.m. Women Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
9:50 a.m. Men Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
6 p.m.* Women Olympic Channel
7:30 p.m.* Men Olympic Channel
Sunday 4:50 a.m. Women Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
8:05 a.m. Men Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
7 p.m.* Women Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m.* Men Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay
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.

SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP — Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 10:50 a.m. Parallel Slalom Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
11 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold

*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.

SPEED SKATING WORLD CUP — Heerenveen, Netherlands

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 8:45 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 8 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold
10:30 p.m.* Highlights Olympic Channel
Sunday 11 p.m.* Highlights Olympic Channel

*Delayed broadcast
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.

SWIMMING SHORT-COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS — Hangzhou, China

Day Time (ET) Event TV Live stream
Thursday 6 a.m. Day 3 Finals Olympic Channel
5 p.m.* NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Day 4 Heats Olympic Channel
Friday 6 a.m. Day 4 Finals Olympic Channel
10:30 a.m.* Olympic Channel
1 p.m.* NBCSN
8:30 p.m. Day 5 Heats Olympic Channel
Saturday 6 a.m. Day 5 Finals Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Day 6 Heats Olympic Channel
9 p.m. Day 5 Finals NBCSN
Sunday 5 a.m. Day 6 Finals Olympic Channel
12 p.m.* Olympic Channel
11 p.m.* NBCSN

*Same-day delay

U.S. junior champions crowned in ladies’ and men’s events

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Gabriella Izzo is the newest junior ladies’ national champion, crowned this week at the U.S. Championships in Detroit. Junior ladies’ national champions of the past include eventual Olympians Mirai Nagasu, Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds and Bradie Tennell.

Izzo had a commanding lead after the short program, with 60.97 points, where she pulled off her first-ever triple Lutz, triple loop combination in competition. (However, it was deemed under-rotated.) Regardless, her 111.45 points in the free skate combined for 172.42 points and the gold medal.

Audrey Shin, who actually won the free skate by just over a point, earned the silver medal with 165.61 points. Emilia Murdock took home the bronze with 154.48 points.

On the junior men’s side, Ryan Dunk rebounded from second after the short program to win the event. His 132.85-point free skate was enough to crack the 200-point overall score, the only man in the field to do so, and win the gold.

Men’s junior champions include eventual world champion Nathan Chen (twice) as well as Olympians Vincent Zhou and Jason Brown.

Dinh Tran finished second with 196.03 points after a fourth-place short program. Joonsoo Kim, who lead after the short program on Tuesday, ended up with the bronze medal with 187.95 points.

NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” will live stream each junior competition and replays will also be available on-demand. Check out the full schedule and live streaming information here.

The junior rhythm dance took place earlier Wednesday. Siblings Caroline and Gordon Green lead the field with 70.82 points, while Avonley Nguyen and Vadym Kolesnik are second with 65.92 points. The brother-sister team of Oona and Gage Brown are in third with 63.34 heading into Friday’s junior free dance.

Also Wednesday, Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow took the lead in the junior pairs’ short program. The junior pairs’ free skate is Thursday. Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy are second, followed by Isabelle Martins and Ryan Bedard in third.

MORE: Full streaming schedule

As a reminder, you can watch the junior and senior U.S. Championships live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Chloe Kim, David Wise among X Games headliners

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The X Games return to Aspen, Colorado, this week at Buttermilk Mountain. A marquee event on the yearly snowboarding and freeskiing calendar, the X Games will feature a handful of Olympic gold medalists and notable names in action sports. Below are a few storylines to watch for this week:

Nearly full field of Olympic gold medalists will compete in Aspen

All four freestyle skiing gold medalists in X Games events (halfpipe, slopestyle) and five of six Olympic snowboarding champions (slopestyle, halfpipe, big air) are expected to compete in Aspen. Among them is Chloe Kim, who has not lost a contest since the Olympics. She finished last season with a win at the US Open, and has three victories already this season, including at the Dew Tour in December. Since the Olympics, Kim’s star has only grown: she’s thrown out the first pitch at a Dodgers game and become an awards show regular, but her ability to crush her competition on the pipe remains unchanged.

In addition to Kim, the three other U.S. gold medalists from 2018 should all contend: in men’s ski halfpipe, two-time defending Olympic gold medalist David Wise has continued to impress this season, but as in previous years, he’ll be challenged by his teammates, Aaron Blunck and Aspen native Alex Ferreira, who would skip school as a kid to watch the X Games in person. Snowboard slopestyle gold medalists Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson are both podium threats as well.

After missing Olympics, can Sildaru sweep in Aspen?

Three years ago, a quiet and unassuming Kelly Sildaru won her first X Games title at 13, becoming the youngest ever winner in a winter event. Pegged early as a star for the PyeongChang Games in both slopestyle and halfpipe, the Estonian teenager missed the Olympics with a torn left ACL. Sildaru, who hails from a country with no mountains, will attempt a rare triple in Aspen: she’ll compete in slopestyle, halfpipe, and big air. No winter sports athlete has ever won three gold medals at the same X Games contest. Sildaru missed last year’s event due to her knee injury and has looked sharp so far this season: she won the U.S. Grand Prix in halfpipe and the Dew Tour in slopestyle. Sildaru has four X Games medals in total: two in slopestyle and two in big air.

White’s protégé awaits his big moment

Toby Miller learned from the best: the 18-year-old was mentored by three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, who brought Miller to PyeongChang as his guest. White hasn’t competed since the Olympics, focusing instead on skateboarding, while Miller is having a notable season of his own: he finished third at the Dew Tour and second at the U.S. Grand Prix. The U.S. halfpipe contingent remains deep: Olympians Jake Pates, Ben Ferguson and Chase Josey are all contenders on any given day, though PyeongChang bronze medalist Scotty James will likely be the favorite.

Big tricks

The X Games are often a staging point for new tricks: in 2017, Norway’s Marcus Kleveland became the first to land a quad in competition, only to be topped by Canadian Max Parrot, who won the event with a quad of his own. Chloe Kim and PyeongChang big air gold medalist Anna Gasser have been at the forefront of innovative tricks this season. Kim, a four-time X Games winner, is still far ahead of the field with back-to-back 1080s, which she used last weekend at a World Cup event in Laax. In October 2018, she became the first woman to land a frontside double cork 1080, though she has yet to execute it in competition. Kim can win easily with the arsenal of tricks she already has – but she’d make a bit of history if she decides to go for it.

In November, Gasser became the first woman to land a cab triple underflip, though like Kim, she has not done so in competition. Known for her progressive approach to the sport and impressive arsenal of difficult tricks, Gasser could attempt the triple at the X Games.