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What to watch this week in winter sports

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Planning to make her much-anticipated season debut this weekend, Lindsey Vonn will have to wait after scheduled races in St. Anton, Austria, were cancelled due to weather. Vonn, who sat out the start of the season with a knee injury, is now expected to make her season debut in Cortina, Italy, next week. A downhill race is scheduled for Friday, January 18, to replace the cancelled downhill in St. Anton. Another downhill will take place on Saturday, January 19, with super-G on Sunday, January 20. Vonn is expected to race all three.

Alpine action this weekend is headlined by two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, who is expected to lead a deep U.S. contingent in giant slalom, airing live Saturday on Olympic Channel.

A trio of Olympic medalists – Sochi Olympic champion Joss Christensen, two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, and Sochi silver medalist Devin Logan headline the U.S. contingent in slopestyle as the freestyle skiing World Cup continues in Font Romeu, France.

PyeongChang Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins is expected to compete in two sprint events as the cross-country skiing World Cup moves to Dresden, Germany.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Adelboden, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
 Sunday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

*Same-day delay 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 — Oberhof, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Thursday 8:20 a.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint Olympic Channel
12:00 p.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint* Olympic Channel
Friday 8:20 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint Olympic Channel
12:00 p.m. Men’s 10km Sprint* Olympic Channel
Saturday 6:35 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel
8:50 a.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel
9:30 p.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit* Olympic Channel
10:30 p.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit* Olympic Channel
Sunday 5:35 a.m. Women’s 4x6km Relay Olympic Channel
8:20 a.m. Men’s 4×7.5km Relay Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. Women’s 4x6km Relay* Olympic Channel
4:00 p.m. Women’s 4×7.5km Relay* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay 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 AND SKELETON WORLD CUP — Koenigssee, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 4:00 a.m. Men’s skeleton, Run 1 Olympic Channel
5:45 a.m. Men’s skeleton, Run 2 Olympic Channel
7:30 a.m. Women’s skeleton, Run 1 Olympic Channel
8:00 a.m. Men’s skeleton, Run 2* Olympic Channel
9:00 a.m. Women’s skeleton, Run 2 Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Saturday 7:30 a.m. Women’s bobsled, Run 1 Olympic Channel
9:00 a.m. Women’s bobsled, Run 2 Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
10:30 a.m. Two-man bobsled, Run 1 Olympic Channel
12:00 p.m. Two-man bobsled, Run 2 Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Four-man bobsled, Run 1 Olympic Channel
9:00 a.m. Four-man bobsled, Run 2 Olympic Channel Olympic Channel

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP — Dresden, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 7:15 a.m. Men’s & Women’s Sprint NBC Sports Gold
1:00 p.m. Men’s & Women’s Sprint* Olympic Channel
Sunday 6:40 a.m. Men’s & Women’s Team Sprint NBC Sports Gold
1:00 p.m. Men’s & Women’s Team Sprint* Olympic Channel
Monday 12:00 a.m. Men’s & Women’s Team Sprint* NBCSN

*Same-day delay 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 — Font Romeu, France and Calgary, Canada

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 7:30 a.m. Slopestyle NBC Sports Gold
2:00 p.m. Slopestyle* Olympic Channel
3:30 p.m. Moguls Olympic Channel 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.

LUGE WORLD CUP — Font Romeu, France and Calgary, Canada

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 7:45 a.m. Doubles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
9:05 a.m. Doubles (Run 2) Olympic Channel
10:30 a.m. Women’s Singles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
11:55 a.m. Women’s Singles (Run 2) Olympic Channel
6:30 p.m. Doubles (Run 2)* Olympic Channel
7:00 p.m. Women’s Singles (Run 2)* Olympic Channel
Sunday 2:55 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
4:30 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 1) Olympic Channel
6:40 a.m. Team relay Olympic Channel
2:00 p.m. Men’s singles (Run 2)* Olympic Channel
Monday 11:00 p.m. Men’s singles (Run 2)* NBCSN

NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP — Val di Fiemme, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 3:55 a.m. Men’s HS135 NBC Sports Gold
7:25 a.m. Men’s 10km NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 3:55 a.m. Men’s HS135 NBC Sports Gold
8:05 a.m. Men’s Team Sprint 7.5km NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 3:55 a.m. Men’s HS135 NBC Sports Gold
8:25 a.m. Men’s 10km NBC Sports Gold

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Val di Fiemme, Italy and Sapporo, Japan

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 11:55 a.m. Men’s Individual (Qual.) NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 2:20 a.m. Women’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
9:55 a.m. Men’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
10:30 a.m. Women’s Individual* Olympic Channel
5:00 p.m. Men’s Individual* Olympic Channel
7:50 p.m. Women’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Women’s Individual* Olympic Channel
10:55 a.m. Men’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
5:00 p.m. Men’s Individual* 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.

EUROPEAN SHORT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS — Dordrecht, Netherlands

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 9:30 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 5:05 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold

EUROPEAN SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS — Collalbo, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 7:30 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
3 p.m. Day 1* Olympic Channel
Saturday 5:05 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. Day 2* Olympic Channel
Sunday 1:30 a.m. Day 2* NBCSN
6:30 a.m. Day 3 NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. Day 3* Olympic Channel
Monday 1:00 a.m. Day 3* NBCSN

*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.

SNOWBOARDING WORLD CUP — Bad Gastein and Kreischberg, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. Team Parallel Slalom NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 6:30 a.m. Slopestyle NBC Sports Gold

Yevgenia Medvedeva’s long shot is Rostelecom Cup; TV, live stream schedule

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Yevgenia Medvedeva‘s situation going into this week’s Rostelecom Cup: fend off her ex-coach’s newest young teenage jumper, or miss qualifying for the most exclusive competition in figure skating for a second straight year.

Medvedeva, who at this stage in the last Olympic cycle began her senior-level dominance, again searches for consistency at this week’s Grand Prix stop in Moscow, streaming live for NBC Sports Gold subscribers.

The 19-year-old last won a top-level international competition two years ago, her final victory of a two-year win streak that included two world titles. An Olympic silver medal followed, then a messy breakup with coach Eteri Tutberidze and a move to Toronto to train under Brian Orser.

Medvedeva failed to qualify for last season’s six-skater Grand Prix Final in her new environment. She rebounded to place third at the world championships, but the start of this Grand Prix season brought more short-program struggles.

She stumbled out of a double Axel landing, then fell and slid into the boards on a triple Lutz at Skate Canada three weeks ago. She ended up fifth overall, making her a long shot for December’s Grand Prix Final, the second-biggest competition of the year after March’s world championships.

To get to the six-skater Final, Medvedeva must win this week and get some help in the standings from other skaters either in Moscow or at next week’s NHK Trophy.

It’s a difficult task given the Rostelecom field includes the world’s top-ranked skater: Alexandra Trusova, a 15-year-old who is part of the Tutberidze group that also includes the other two Grand Prix winners this fall.

Trusova outscored Medvedeva by 31.4 points at Skate Canada, soaring to the title in her senior Grand Prix debut on the power of three quadruple jumps. She became the youngest Grand Prix winner in eight years and an early favorite to become the youngest world champion since Tara Lipinski in 1997.

Medvedeva racked up dominant wins in the last cycle by putting all of her triple jumps in the second half of programs (new rules since took away this bonus). But in the last year, skaters arrived on the senior scene armed with quads and triple Axels that neither Medvedeva nor Olympic champion Alina Zagitova have landed in competition.

Other notables in this week’s field include U.S. bronze medalist Mariah Bell, who will have a chance at the Grand Prix Final if she can make a second straight Grand Prix podium. And Japanese Satoko Miyahara, a two-time world medalist who was second at Cup of China last week.

The men’s field is wide open given headliner Shoma Uno, the Olympic silver medalist, is coming off an eighth-place finish at his last event. Russia has the top-ranked pairs’ and dance entries in Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitriy Kozlovskiy and Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov.

Rostelecom Cup Broadcast Schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 6 a.m. Men’s Short NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Rhythm Dance NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Women’s Short NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m. Pairs’ Short NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Men’s Free NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Free Dance NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Women’s Free NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
11:45 a.m. Pairs’ Free NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
Sunday 12-1:30 p.m. Highlights NBC | STREAM LINK

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season 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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U.S. beats Japan in Olympic baseball qualifier, may still need help

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The U.S. handed Japan its first loss in the Premier12 global Olympic baseball qualifier, at the Tokyo Dome no less, but now the Americans must root for the host nation.

The Americans, with a roster mostly of Double-A and Triple-A players, won 4-3 over a Japanese team that includes some of its domestic league’s biggest stars like two-time Central League MVP Yoshihiro Maru and veteran shortstop Hayato Sakamoto.

Outfielder Jo Adell, MLB Pipeline’s top-ranked prospect on the U.S. team, starred by reaching base four times with a home run.

Japan is already qualified for baseball’s Olympic return as the host nation.

The U.S., meanwhile, has a sense of urgency at Premier12, the first of a possible three tournaments in which it could clinch an Olympic spot.

At Premier12, the top-ranked nation from North and South America qualifies for the Olympics. The tournament is at the super-round stage of the final six teams, and two are from the Americas: the U.S. and Mexico.

The top four nations after each has played five games advance to gold- and bronze-medal games.

Mexico already beat the U.S. and ran its super-round record to 3-0 on Tuesday, clinching a spot in the medal round.

The U.S. moved to 1-2 in the super round on Tuesday and must at least get into the same medal-round game as Mexico to keep its hope of finishing as the top team from the Americas.

Japan could help, since it plays Mexico on Wednesday. If Mexico beats Japan, the Mexicans clinch a spot in the gold-medal game, which would put more pressure on the U.S. to win its last two games (vs. Australia on Wednesday and Chinese Taipei on Friday). Even then, South Korea would get into the gold-medal game if it wins out.

If the U.S. is not the top team from the Americas at Premier12, it can still earn an Olympic berth in March. But then it faces trying to come up with a roster at the end of MLB’s spring training rather than during the offseason. MLB teams may be less inclined to release minor leaguers.

“That’ll be a delicate dance,” U.S. general manager Eric Campbell said before Premier12.

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