Getty Images

How to watch Mikaela Shiffrin in her signature event this weekend

Leave a comment

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.

Tahiti chosen for Olympic surfing competition at Paris 2024 Games

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Paris 2024 Olympic organizers want the surfing competition to be held in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that is nearly 10,000 miles from Paris.

It would break the record for the farthest Olympic medal competition to be held outside the host. In 1956, equestrian events were moved out of Melbourne due to quarantine laws and held five months earlier in Stockholm, some 9,700 miles away.

The Paris 2024 executive board approved the site Thursday — specifically, the village of Teahupo’o — and will propose it to the IOC. It beat out other applicants Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all part of mainland France.

Surfing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games but is not on the permanent Olympic program. Surfing was among sports added to the Paris 2024 program in June and could be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

MORE: U.S. athletes qualified for Tokyo Olympics

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

[twitter-follow screen_name=’nbcolympictalk’ show_count=’yes’ text_color=’00ccff’]

Adam Jones, five-time MLB All-Star, becomes Olympic eligible

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Should the U.S. qualify for baseball’s Olympic return, a five-time MLB All-Star could be eligible for its roster in Tokyo. And he has interest.

Outfielder Adam Jones signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s domestic league, which, unlike MLB, will take an Olympic break next summer to allow players to take part in the first Olympic baseball tournament in 12 years.

Jones, 34, made no mention of Olympic eligibility in a social media post announcing the signing. His Instagram avatar is a photo of him in a Team USA jersey from the World Baseball Classic.

Jones’ agent later said that Jones does have interest in playing for the U.S. in Tokyo, should an American team qualify in the spring.

“To play over in Japan has always been a desire of Adam’s, and the timing worked out that the Olympics happens to be played in Tokyo the first year of his contract,” Jones’ agent wrote in an email. “It wasn’t one of the factors on his decision BUT more of a [sic] addition to the overall package to decide to go.”

Jones called being part of the U.S.’ 2017 WBC title, “probably the best experience of my life so far, especially with sports,” according to The Associated Press. He was one of five players to be on the U.S. team at each of the last two World Baseball Classics.

The U.S. still faces a difficult task to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It lost to Mexico last month in its first of up to three chances at qualifying tournaments, using a roster of mostly double-A and triple-A caliber players.

Major Leaguers are not expected to be made available for qualifying or for the Tokyo Games.

The next two qualifying tournaments will be in late March (an Americas qualifier in Arizona) and early April (a final, global qualifying event in Chinese Taipei). It remains to be seen how MLB clubs will go about releasing minor leaguers for a tournament that will take place during spring training.

Jones could become the third player with prior MLB All-Star experience to compete at the Olympics from any nation, joining Australian catcher Dave Nilsson and Canadian pitcher Jason Dickson.

Jones made five All-Star teams during an 11-year stint with the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-18 before playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Many players competed at the Olympics before making an MLB All-Star team, including Stephen Strasburg and Jason Giambi.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Israel baseball turned to Shlomo Lipetz for the biggest out in program history

[twitter-follow screen_name=’nzaccardi’ show_count=’yes’ text_color=’00ccff’]