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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

Simone Biles, her name sparkling, extends 6-year win streak

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Simone Biles has long stood out for her gymnastics, but on Saturday she competed with her last name sparkling in silver beads on her World Champions Centre leotard for the first time. The gym’s other athletes had “WCC” on the back.

Biles lived up to the billing, extending her six-year win streak to 19 straight all-arounds, capturing the U.S. Classic, a tune-up for next month’s U.S. Championships.

Biles, the four-time Rio Olympic champion, scored 60 points in Louisville at the meet where she made her comeback last year after nearly two years off from competition. She prevailed by a comfortable 2.1 points over Riley McCusker, her largest margin of victory of her four U.S. Classic titles.

“I’m very satisfied,” she said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. “I’m a little sad that I went out of bounds on floor [exercise], but overall I feel like there are improvements to be made.”

Full results are here.

Biles is prepping for nationals in Kansas City in three weeks, when she eyes a sixth U.S. all-around title to tie Clara Schroth Lomady‘s record from the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s.

Then come the world championships in October in Stuttgart, Germany. Biles could win a fifth all-around to move one shy of Kohei Uchimura‘s record.

The world’s other top gymnasts may be her countrywomen.

Biles was outscored on balance beam on Saturday by 2018 World teammates Kara Eaker and McCusker and beaten on uneven bars by 2017 World all-around champion Morgan HurdSunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and McCusker. Biles swept all the gold medals at last year’s nationals.

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Geraint Thomas struggles; Julian Alaphilippe ups Tour de France lead

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LA MONGIE, France (AP) — When the team of Geraint Thomas was in its pomp at the Tour de France, a time trial followed by a big mountain stage would have been playgrounds for Sky — now in new colors as Ineos — to take cycling’s greatest race by the scruff of the neck and leave everyone else fighting for second place.

Not this year.

Thomas, the defending champion, cracked on Saturday on the Tour’s first encounter with a climb to above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), exposing unprecedented weaknesses in his team that has won six Tours in the past seven years.

The time trial on Friday and the climb up to the legendary Tourmalet pass on Saturday seemed primed for Thomas to reel in Julian Alaphilippe, the yellow jersey-holder from France who is setting the Tour alight with his punchy riding and determination to keep the race lead, filling French fans’ heads with dreams of a first homegrown winner since 1985.

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But instead, Thomas has seen Alaphilippe only get further and further away. In two days, the Frenchman has put 50 seconds of extra daylight between him and the Welshman. His lead — up to 2 minutes, 2 seconds — is becoming large enough to start realistically envisioning Alaphilippe in yellow in Paris next weekend as the first French winner since Bernard Hinault.

Fueling the ecstasy of delirious crowds that lined Saturday’s steep uphill finish, French rider Thibaut Pinot won Stage 14, putting him back in the picture to fight for the podium after he lost mountains of time on Stage 10.

Thomas rightly pointed out that the Tour is far from done, with six more ascents to above 2,000 meters still to come.

But his inability to stay with Pinot, Alaphilippe and other title contenders at the top of the Tourmalet — he was eighth, 36 seconds behind Pinot — was a mini-earthquake for the Tour dominated by his British team since 2012 — with champions Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and, in 2018, Thomas.

“Not the best day. I just didn’t feel quite on it from the start. I was quite weak,” Thomas said.

“At the end I knew I just had to pace it. I didn’t really attempt to follow when they kicked. I just thought I should ride my own pace rather than follow them and blow up on the steepest bit at the end. It’s disappointing. I just tried to limit the damage.”

Having taken cycling to a new level since 2012 with its vast budget and attention to the minutest of details, the team run by David Brailsford has been hit both by misfortune and by the inevitability that, eventually, other teams would start to close the gap.

A horror crash in training for four-time winner Froome, now recovering from career-threatening broken bones, robbed the team of its ace. Thomas’ own preparations were hampered by a crash at the Tour of Switzerland last month.

And Egan Bernal, being groomed by Brailsford to succeed Froome and Thomas, looks increasingly unable to compete for the title this year. Bernal was fifth on the Tourmalet and is fourth overall, 3 minutes behind Alaphilippe.

Pinot, now sixth overall and 3:12 behind Alaphilippe, is showing remarkable grit in bouncing back from his Stage 10 misfortune, when he was part of a group that got separated from other title contenders in crosswinds.

“I have this rage inside me, because in my opinion it was an injustice,” said Pinot, a podium finisher in 2014.

“Since the start of the Tour I had this stage in the back of my mind. The Tourmalet, it’s mythical,” said Pinot, who has three career stage wins at the Tour.

French President Emmanuel Macron, on hand at the top of the Tourmalet to see Pinot win and Alaphilippe extend his lead, gushed about the “two fantastic riders.”

“They attack and they have heart,” Macron said.

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