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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.

World Cup Alpine season opener gets green light

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After checking the snow on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria, FIS officials announced Thursday that the traditional World Cup season opener is set to go ahead as planned Oct. 26-27 with men’s and women’s giant slalom races.

Current conditions at Soelden show a solid 30 inches of snow at the summit. The race finishes at an altitude of 2,670 meters (8,760 feet), far above the currently snowless village.

The first races of the season are never guaranteed to have enough snow, though last year’s men’s race at Soelden had the opposite problem, being canceled when a storm blew through with heavy snowfall and high winds. 

France’s Tessa Worley won the women’s race last year ahead of Italy’s Frederica Brignone and U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who would go on to dominate the rest of the World Cup season.

The Soelden weekend is followed by three dormant weeks until the season resumes Nov. 23-24 in Levi, Finland. The World Cup circuits then switch to North America. The men will run speed events Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Lake Louise, Alberta, then head to Beaver Creek, Colo., for more speed events and a giant slalom Dec. 6-8. The women run slalom and giant slalom Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Killington, Vt., and head to Lake Louise the next weekend.

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Olympic marathon and race walk move from Tokyo to Sapporo draws some pushback

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In the wake of a dropout-plagued set of world championship endurance races in Qatar, moving the 2020 Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the cooler venue of Sapporo is a quick fix for one problem, pending the potential for untimely heat waves.

But the move has drawn some opposition for a variety of reasons.

First, many organizers and politicians appear to have been caught by surprise. Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, was “taken aback” and Sapporo’s mayor, Katsuhiro Akimoto, learned about the move from the media, Kyodo News reported. Koike even sarcastically suggested that the races could move all the way northward to islands disputed by Russia and Japan.

South African sports scientist Ross Tucker suggested that running in heat and humidity poses an interesting challenge for athletes, some of whom may be able to catch up with faster runners by preparing for the conditions.

British marathoner Mara Yamauchi made a similar point, saying the move was unfair to those who already were preparing for the heat, humidity and other conditions.

Belgian marathoner Koen Naert said he will make the best of the change but complained that some of his preparation and every runner’s logistical planning would no longer apply.

The angriest athlete may be Canadian walker Evan Dunfee, who placed fourth in the 2016 Olympic 50km race and nearly claimed bronze as a Canadian appeal was upheld but then rejected. He says runners and walkers can beat the conditions if they prepare, which many athletes did not do for the world championships in Qatar.

“So why do we cater to the ill prepared?” Dunfee asked on Twitter.

The move also takes athletes out of the main Olympic city and takes away the traditional, tough less frequent in modern years, finish in the Olympic stadium.

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