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How to watch Lindsey Vonn in her season debut

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Lindsey Vonn‘s return to the World Cup circuit headlines a busy week in winter sports. Vonn, a three-time Olympic medalist and the winningest female skier in World Cup history, is expected to make her season debut in Italy on Friday and set to compete in all three speed races in Cortina. The 34-year-old was sidelined in the first part of the season with a knee injury. With 82 World Cup wins to her name, she’s four shy of the all-time record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn’s first race on Friday can be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold and will air later on NBCSN.

PyeongChang Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim will compete in a halfpipe World Cup in Laax, Switzerland, on Saturday, which will air live on Olympic Channel. Arielle Gold, who shared the Olympic podium with Kim in 2018, is also expected to compete.

And in Estonia, 2018 Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins will compete at a cross-country skiing World Cup, along with two-time Olympians Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen, both of whom have made World Cup podiums this season.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Kronplatz & Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; Wengen, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Tuesday 4:00 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
11:30 p.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2)* NBCSN
Friday 4:30 a.m. Men’s Combined (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
6:00 a.m. Women’s Downhill NBC Sports Gold
8:00 a.m. Men’s Combined (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. Women’s Downhill* NBCSN
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
5:00 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. Men’s Downhill* NBCSN
8:00 p.m. Women’s Downhill* NBCSN
9:00 p.m. Women’s Super-G* 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 — Ruhpolding, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Thursday 5 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint* OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
8:30 a.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
11 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint Olympic Channel
Noon Women’s 7.5km Sprint* Olympic Channel
Friday 8:30 a.m. Men’s 4×7.5km Relay OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
4 p.m. Men’s 4×7.5km Relay* Olympic Channel
6 p.m. Men’s 4×7.5km Relay* NBCSN
Saturday 8:30 a.m. Women’s 4x6km Relay OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Women’s 4x6km Relay* Olympic Channel
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s 15km Mass Start OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
8:40 a.m. Women’s 12.5km Mass Start OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
4 p.m. Men’s 15km Mass Start* Olympic Channel
5 p.m. Women’s 12.5km Mass Start* Olympic Channel
6 p.m. Women’s 12.5km Mass Start* 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.

BOBSLED AND SKELETON WORLD CUP — Innsbruck, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Streaming
Friday 3:15 a.m. Men’s Skeleton (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
5:05 a.m. Men’s Skeleton (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
8:30 a.m. Women’s Skeleton (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
9:00 a.m. Men’s Skeleton* Olympic Channel
10:00 a.m. Women’s Skeleton (Run 2) Olympic Channel OlympicChannel.com
Saturday 3:00 a.m. Women’s Bobsled (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
4:30 a.m. Women’s Bobsled (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
8:00 a.m. Two-Man Bobsled (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
9:30 a.m. Two-Man Bobsled (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
1:00 p.m. Women’s Bobsled* Olympic Channel
2:00 p.m. Two-Man Bobsled* Olympic Channel
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
9:30 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled (Run 2) Olympic Channel OlympicChannel.com
10:00 p.m. Women’s Bobsled* 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.

CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP — Dresden, Germany; Otepaa, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Monday 12:00 a.m. M&W Team Sprint NBCSN
Saturday 6:55 a.m. M&W Sprint OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
3:00 p.m. M&W Sprint* Olympic Channel
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Interval OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Men’s 15km Interval OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
1:30 p.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.

CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CUP — Pont-Chateau, France

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Women’s Elite OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
9:30 a.m. Men’s Elite OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
11:00 a.m. Women’s Elite* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Cycling Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

FREESTYLE SKIING WORLD CUP — Lake Placid, NY; Idre Fjall, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Friday 11:00 a.m. Moguls – Freestyle Cup NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Ski Cross OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
5:00 p.m. Moguls – Freestyle Cup* NBC
7:00 p.m. Aerials – Freestyle Cup NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 4:45 a.m. Ski Cross OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
5:00 p.m. Aerials – Freestyle Cup* NBC

*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.

MEN’S HANDBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Day Time (ET) Event TV Streaming
Saturday 12:00 p.m. Main Round Game OlympicChannel.com
2:30 p.m. Main Round Game OlympicChannel.com
6:30 p.m. Main Round Game* Olympic Channel
7:30 p.m. Main Round Game* Olympic Channel
Sunday 12:00 p.m. Main Round Game Olympic Channel OlympicChannel.com
2:30 p.m. Main Round Game Olympic Channel OlympicChannel.com

*Same-day delay Games stream live on OlympicChannel.com.

NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP — Chaux-Neuve, France

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Friday 5:50 a.m. Men’s HS118 OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
9:50 a.m. Men’s 5km OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 5:20 a.m. Men’s HS118 OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
9:35 a.m. Men’s 10km OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 4:50 a.m. Men’s HS118 OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
7:20 a.m. Men’s 15km OlympicChannel.com 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.

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Zao, Japan; Zakopane, Poland

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Friday 3:00 a.m. Women’s Individual OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
12:00 p.m. Men’s Individual (Qual) OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
1:30 p.m. Women’s Individual* Olympic Channel
Saturday 3:00 a.m. Women’s Team OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Women’s Team* Olympic Channel
10:15 a.m. Men’s Team OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
4:00 p.m. Men’s Team* Olympic Channel
Sunday 2:00 a.m. Women’s Individual OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Men’s Individual OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
4:00 p.m. Men’s Individual* Olympic Channel
5:00 p.m. Women’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.

SNOWBOARDING WORLD CUP — Laax, Switzerland; Rogla, Slovenia

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Friday 6:00 a.m. Slopestyle OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
3:00 p.m. Slopestyle* Olympic Channel
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
11:30 a.m. Halfpipe 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.

TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP — Cambridge, New Zealand

Day Time (ET) Event TV/Streaming NBC Sports Gold Streaming
Friday 12:00 a.m. Day 1 OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 12:00 a.m. Day 2 OlympicChannel.com NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. Day 3 Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

*Same-day delay All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Cycling Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

Amy Cragg to withdraw from U.S. Olympic marathon trials

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Defending champion Amy Cragg will miss the Feb. 29 U.S. Olympic marathon trials with an illness, according to her social media.

“The Trials are the reason I have shown up every day for the last four years, so this has been an extremely difficult decision,” was posted on her social media. Cragg later said she had Epstein-Barr virus, according to multiple reports.

Cragg, 36, was among the favorites to grab three Olympic spots at trials in Atlanta, despite not having competed over 26.2 miles since the February 2018 Tokyo Marathon.

She withdrew from the 2018 Chicago Marathon with a hamstring injury and also scratched a month before the 2019 Chicago Marathon, citing signs pointing to needing more time after the previous year’s injury.

Cragg, fourth at the 2012 Olympic trials, relegated Des Linden and Shalane Flanagan to second and third at the 2016 trials. Linden and Flanagan went on to win the Boston and New York City Marathons, respectively, ending long U.S. women’s victory droughts.

Cragg went on to finish ninth in Rio and earn a 2017 World bronze medal, the first world championships marathon podium finish for an American woman since the first worlds in 1983.

Cragg could still make the Tokyo Olympic team in the 10,000m if she races at track trials in June. She won the 2012 Olympic trials 10,000m but hasn’t raced the distance on the track since May 2017.

“Right now my only goal is to get healthy so that I can train at the level needed to be competitive,” Cragg said in an emailed message from her agent. “That being said, the reason I am still in this sport is because of the Olympic Trials and Olympics. It is what excites me more than anything, so it is something I would still love to do.”

With Cragg absent and Flanagan retired, Linden is the only woman in next week’s field with Olympic marathon experience.

Other favorites include Olympic 10,000m runner Molly Huddle, world championships 10,000m runner Emily Sisson and Jordan Hasay, the second-fastest U.S. female marathoner in history.

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Galen Rupp, after tumult, finds familiarity before Olympic marathon trials

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As Galen Rupp bids for a fourth Olympics, and perhaps become the first man or woman to win the Olympic marathon trials twice outright, he found some rare familiarity these days on the roads Feb. 8.

“Feeling like my old self again,” Rupp said Wednesday of winning a low-key half marathon in Mesa, Ariz., his first completed race in 16 months and since parting from now-banned, career-long coach Alberto Salazar. “It’s obviously been a long year and a half.”

Rupp clocked 61 minutes, 19 seconds on a downhill course. It’s faster than any half marathon by an American recorded by World Athletics since the start of 2019. Granted the downhill, but Rupp also said he was instructed by new coach Mike Smith to make it a controlled effort.

“He didn’t want me to run all-out, didn’t want me to really push and put myself in a big hole,” Rupp said, noting he was still in heavy training. “You don’t want to break that [training] up and put yourself in a deficit by having a massive effort.”

Mesa answered questions about Rupp’s readiness for the Olympic trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29 (NBC, 12-3 p.m. ET). Even to the two-time Olympic medalist himself. Rupp said he started the half marathon with a little bit of doubt — given recent left ankle and calf injuries — but felt early on that everything would be fine.

“It really put my mind at ease,” he said. “I’m going to be good for the marathon.”

His last two marathons did not go well.

At the 2018 Chicago Marathon, Rupp dropped from the leaders around mile 19 and finished fifth in a title defense. An Achilles injury flared up near the end. He underwent surgery later that month for two tears. Doctors said the ankle had been “a ticking time bomb.”

“They said I was really lucky to have as good of health as I had and manage it as I did,” Rupp said.

He went a full year before racing again, at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13, 12 days after Salazar’s ban was announced. Even that was a rushed comeback, Rupp said after dropping out around mile 23 with a calf injury.

“I’m not going to say it was a wake-up call,” Rupp said, “but I think I was a little bit stubborn before Chicago.”

Rupp said he ran through pain in training to get to the start line four months ago. He had trouble walking for several days after the abbreviated race and focused on physical therapy for about two months. He resumed normal, pain-free training in December.

By early January, Runner’s World reported that Oregon-based Rupp found a new Flagstaff-based coach in Smith, who leads a Northern Arizona University program that won the last three NCAA men’s cross-country titles.

“The biggest thing to me was Mike’s philosophy in coaching was very similar to the program that I was under for so many years,” said Rupp, who was for more than a decade part of the Nike Oregon Project, which was shut down last fall after Salazar’s ban for doping violations (which he appealed). Rupp wasn’t implicated by USADA and has a clean drug-testing record. “What I love most about it was Mike’s honesty and how forthright he was about everything. You could tell he wasn’t just saying what I wanted to hear or say, ‘We’re just going to do whatever you’ve been doing and try and replicate that.’ You’ve got to keep evolving and trying new things.”

Smith declined an interview request through NAU until after trials. He agreed to coach Rupp after about a month of communication and hard questions, according to Runner’s World.

“Because of its timing and the headlines I was reading like everyone else at the time, this was not a road I wanted to go down,” Smith said, according to the report. “To be honest, it was just easiest to turn it down. I’m actually — as crazy as this sounds — really proud I did not.

“What I found out by getting to know Galen was that there was much more going on than the picture portrayed of him, and I wish the world knew that. I have never seen someone more all-in in my life.”

Rupp, asked his toughest moment of the last two years, said he moves forward.

“Throughout any hardships and setbacks, I felt a lot of gratitude that I had as good of a run as I did with my health and everything going well for as long as I did,” he said. “It can be easy to get angry and get down, like why me, but I do believe that things always work out. There’s a reason behind all this stuff.”

Which brings Rupp to Atlanta next week for the first time in his life, aside from airport layovers. The race is unlike any other he has contested. The course is unusually hilly. The format — Americans only, top three make the Olympic team — makes for different tactics than the World Marathon Majors that Rupp is used to.

In 2016, Rupp entered as a favorite but without any marathon experience. He won convincingly, pulling away from now-retired Meb Keflezighi by 68 seconds.

The field is deeper this year. Seven Americans broke 2:11 in 2019. Only one did in 2015. But Rupp, at his best, is in his own class.

His personal best 2:06:07, from his last healthy marathon in 2018, is 1:49 faster than the second-fastest in the trials field in this Olympic cycle (Leonard Korir). The next-fastest, Scott Fauble, is more than three minutes behind by personal bests.

“I can confidently go in and say that I’ve put in the work for this, just like I know that I put in the work in 2016,” Rupp said. “Of course, you want to go in and have good races, feeling confident and being on a roll like I was several years ago. But I think that’s why that race in Mesa was so important to show, more to myself, that hey, you’re ready to go. You can still run well. You haven’t lost everything. Surgery didn’t wipe you out.”

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