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How to watch Mikaela Shiffrin in her signature event this weekend

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After notching her 36th slalom win this past weekend to become the most successful female slalom skier in World Cup history, Mikaela Shiffrin looks to continue her streak in Zagreb, Croatia.  Shiffrin, 23, has had a stellar start to the season: on December 22, she became the youngest skier to reach 50 World Cup wins. She also set the record for most World Cup wins in a calendar year (15) with her victory in Semmering, Austria, on December 29. The three-time Olympic medalist finished second in her most recent World Cup race, a city event in Oslo on New Year’s Day.

PyeongChang gold medalist Jessie Diggins headlines the U.S. women at the Tour de Ski, a multi-stage cross-country skiing World Cup competition modeled after cycling’s Tour de France. After finishing third in the sprint on Tuesday, Diggins moved into first place in competition standings. Last season, she became the first American to finish on the overall podium at the event, placing third.

The ski jumping World Cup continues with the Four Hills Tournament, which is held annually at the turn of each year and includes four competitions in Germany and Austria. PyeongChang Olympians Kevin Bickner and Nita Englund headline the U.S. competitors.

Coverage of the Nordic Combined World Cup on Saturday and Sunday will also be available on NBC Sports Gold.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Oslo, Norway and Zagreb, Croatia

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 7:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
9:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP — Val Muestair, Switzerland, Oberstdorf, Germany and Val di Femme, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Wednesday 6:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W 10km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
8:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: M 15km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Thursday 7:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: M 15km Pursuit Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W 10km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
2:00 p.m.* Tour de Ski: M 15km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 7:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W Final Climb Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
2:00 p.m.* Tour de Ski: M Final Climb 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.

NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP — Otepaa, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 4:00 a.m. Men’s HS97 NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. Men’s 10km NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 5:00 a.m. Men’s HS97 NBC Sports Gold
7:45 a.m. Men’s 10km NBC Sports Gold

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Four Hills Tournament, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Thursday 8:00 a.m. Men’s HS130 (Qual) NBC Sports Gold
Friday 8:00 a.m. Men’s HS130 NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 11:00 a.m. Men’s HS142 (Qual) NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 11:00 a.m. Men’s HS142 NBC Sports Gold

*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.

Mark Spitz takes on Katie Ledecky’s challenge

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Swimmers around the world took on Katie Ledecky‘s milk-glass challenge since it became a social media sensation, including one of the few Americans with more Olympic gold medals.

Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games, took 10 strokes in an at-home pool while perfectly balancing a glass of what appeared to be water on his head.

“Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache, @markspitzusa, but I still give this 7 out of 7 gold medals,” Ledecky tweeted.

Spitz joined fellow Olympic champions Susie O’Neill of Australia and American Matt Grevers in posting similar videos to what Ledecky first shared Monday.

In Tokyo next year, Ledecky can pass Spitz’s career gold-medal count of nine if she wins all of her expected events — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m free relay.

Then she would trail one athlete from any country in any sport — Michael Phelps, the 23-time gold medalist who has yet to post video of swimming while balancing a glass on his head.

MORE: Spitz puts Michael Phelps’ career in perspective

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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

MORE: Past U.S. Open champions get wild cards

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