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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.

Gregorio Paltrinieri swims second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history

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Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.

Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.

The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.

Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.

German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.

Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.

Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.

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Bianca Andreescu to miss U.S. Open

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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.

“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”

Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.

Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.

Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.

Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.

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