Mikaela Shiffrin highlights Olympic sports action this week

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin looks to continue an already spectacular World Cup season this weekend in Maribor, Slovenia, the final event before the World Championships. The 23-year-old has 11 World Cup wins so far this season, three shy of the single-season record held for 30 years by Swiss skier Vreni Schneider. Shiffrin is expected to compete in both slalom and giant slalom in Maribor, live Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.

The World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Championships begin this week in Park City, Utah. Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis is expected to contend for her sixth world title in the first event, snowboard cross, airing Friday at 1 pm on NBCSN.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Kitzbuehel, Austria; Maribor, Slovenia; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Monday 4:00 p.m. Men’s Downhill & Super-G* NBCSN
Tuesday 11:00 p.m. Men’s Slalom* NBCSN
Friday 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 Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
12:00 p.m. Women’s Giant Slalom* NBCSN
Saturday 4:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill (CANCELED) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 2:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom* NBCSN
4:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) (CANCELED) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) (CANCELED) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold

*Same-day and next-day delay

CURLING WORLD CUP — Jonkoping, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. Norway Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
11:30 a.m. Men’s: Sweden vs. USA Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Thursday 12:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. Norway* NBCSN
10:00 a.m. Mixed Doubles: China vs. USA Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
12:00 p.m. Mixed Doubles: China vs. USA* NBCSN
2:00 p.m. Women’s: USA vs. Japan Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Friday 10:00 a.m. Men’s: USA vs. Sweden Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
11:00 p.m. Men’s: USA vs. Sweden* NBCSN
Saturday 6:00 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. China OlympicChannel
10:00 a.m. Mixed Doubles: USA vs. China* Olympic Channel
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game OlympicChannel
6:00 a.m. Men’s Gold Medal Game OlympicChannel
10:00 a.m. Women’s Gold Medal Game Olympic Channel
6:00 p.m. Gold Medal Games NBCSN
9:30 p.m. Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game* Olympic Channel
Monday 5:00 p.m. Men’s Gold Medal Game* Olympic Channel

*Same-day and next-day delay

CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS — Bogense, Denmark

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 5:00 a.m. Junior Men OlympicChannel.com
7:00 a.m. Men’s Under-23 OlympicChannel.com
9:00 a.m. Women’s Elite Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 5:00 a.m. Women’s Under-23 OlympicChannel.com
9:00 a.m. Men’s Elite OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. Men’s Elite* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay Men’s Elite races stream live on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold.

SHOW JUMPING WORLD CUP — Guadalajara, Mexico

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Sunday 9:00 a.m. From Guadalajara, Mexico* Olympic Channel

*Pre-recorded

FREESTYLE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS — Park City, Utah

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 1:00 p.m. Snowboard Cross NBCSN NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 3:00 p.m. Ski Cross Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. Freeski: Big Air Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 1:00 a.m. Ski Cross* NBCSN
1:00 p.m. Team Snowboard Cross Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
3:30 p.m. Freeski: Big Air* NBCSN
5:00 p.m. Team Snowboard Cross* NBCSN

*Next-day delay

MEN’S HANDBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Tuesday 12:00 a.m. Gold Medal Match: Denmark vs. Norway* NBCSN

*Pre-recorded

LUGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WORLD CUP — Winterberg, Germany; Altenberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Monday 10:30 p.m. FIL World Luge Championships* NBCSN
Saturday 3:00 a.m. Doubles (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
4:30 a.m. Doubles (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
5:50 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
7:35 a.m. Men’s Singles (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
2:00 p.m. Men’s Singles* Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Doubles* Olympic Channel
Sunday 3:15 a.m. Women’s Singles (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com
4:50 a.m. Women’s Singles (Run 2) OlympicChannel.com
7:00 a.m. Team Relay OlympicChannel.com
3:00 p.m. Women’s Singles* Olympic Channel
10:00 p.m. From Altenberg, Germany* NBCSN

*Pre-recorded and same-day delay

NORDIC COMBINED WORLD CUP — Klingenthal, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 6:55 a.m. Men’s HS140 OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Men’s 10km OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s HS140 OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Men’s 10km OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold

SAILING WORLD CUP — Miami, Florida

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 12:00 p.m. From Miami, Florida OlympicChannel.com
Sunday 12:00 p.m. From Miami, Florida OlympicChannel.com

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Oberstdorf, Germany; Hizenbach, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 10:00 a.m. Ski Flying OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
6:30 p.m. Ski Flying* Olympic Channel
Saturday 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Ski Flying OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 p.m. Ski Flying* Olympic Channel
Sunday 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Ski Flying OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
4:00 p.m. Ski Flying* Olympic Channel
9:00 p.m. Ski Flying* NBCSN

*Same-day delay

SPEED SKATING WORLD CUP — Hamar, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 9 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Day 1* Olympic Channel
Saturday 10:30 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Day 2* Olympic Channel
Sunday 10 a.m. Day 3 NBC Sports Gold
5:30 p.m. Day 3* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

SHORT TRACK WORLD CUP — Dresden, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 8:50 a.m. Day 1 NBC Sports Gold
8:30 p.m. Day 1* Olympic Channel
Sunday 9:05 a.m. Day 2 NBC Sports Gold
11:30 p.m. Day 2* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP — Hong Kong

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Monday 12:00 p.m. From Hong Kong* Olympic Channel

*Pre-recorded

ISTAF INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD — Berlin, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday TBA ISTAFF Indoor NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. ISTAFF Indoor* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”