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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

Sky Brown, 11-year-old Olympic skateboard hopeful, suffers serious injuries in fall

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Sky Brown, an 11-year-old British Olympic skateboarding hopeful, recently suffered her worst fall, requiring surgery, she said in a video posted from a hospital bed.

Brown suffered skull fractures and broke her left wrist and hand and was at first unresponsive upon arrival to a hospital, according to the BBC, which quoted her father.

Video of the fall from a skateboarding ramp was posted on her social media. She appeared to be wearing a helmet in the video.

“I don’t usually post my falls or talk about them because I want people to see the fun in what I do,” Brown said. “But this was my worst fall, and I just want everyone to know that, it’s OK, don’t worry. I’m OK. It’s OK to fall sometimes. I’m just going to get back up and push even harder. I know there’s a lot of things going on in the world right now. I want everyone to know that whatever we do, we’ve just go to do it with love and happiness.”

Brown is the 2019 World bronze medalist in the new Olympic sport’s park discipline.

Later Tuesday, Brown reposted an Instagram post from what appeared to be her father’s account. The caption of that post said Brown fell 15 feet to flat concrete.

“I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the Hospital,” the caption read. “We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive.

“4 days later Sky sits across from me with her full memory back, smiling, watching TikTok while Eating her favorite bad snacks.”

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Last week the worst thing I could ever ever imagined happened to @skybrown . She fell about 15ft off the side of a vert ramp to flat concrete. I held her in my arms and she bled helplessly moaning in and out of consciousness waiting for the helicopter to take her to the Hospital. We spent the night sick and terrified not knowing if Sky was going to make it through the night, as the ICU team tried to get her conscious and kept her alive. We prayed and begged God to give Sky another chance. Word came back while she was still unconscious, multiple fractures to her skull, a broken left arm, which she broke into pieces because she used it to break her fall, broken right fingers and lacerations to her heart and lungs. 4 days later Sky sits across from me with her full memory back, smiling, watching TikTok while Eating her favorite bad snacks. More importantly her Doctors and the trauma team say it’s a miracle how well she is dealing with the pain and recovering incredibly fast. They said it’s shocking and believe it’s because of her grit, positivity and attitude. Skys brother @oceanbrown has been so brave. He saw his sister fall to the ground lying in a pool of blood and was screaming in tears that night outside of the hospital. He has still not allowed into the hospital to see her. They miss each-other dearly, but no siblings are allowed to enter the hospital because of coronavirus. They’ve been spending hours a day on FaceTime with each other making funny faces to one another in fits of giggles and laughter. Sky promises Ocean daily that she will make a fast recovery so they can be together again. Sky is constantly joking and smiling and it’s hurts my heart to even imagine for a second a world without Sky; extremely thankful that I don’t have to. Thank you to the heroes that are the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that have tirelessly worked on her and helped her get to this point.

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Ted Ligety confirms he’ll ‘finish it off’ at 2022 Olympics

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Ted Ligety, a two-time U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing champion, plans to race through the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, looking to break Bode Miller‘s record as the oldest U.S. Olympic Alpine skier in history.

Ligety detailed the plans for the rest of his career in interviews with NBC Sports and SkiRacing.com this spring.

“Two final years and finish it off at the Olympics,” Ligety told Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live.

Previously, the 35-year-old had not announced whether he would make a push for a fifth Winter Games. But since he’s planning to race the 2020-21 season, it makes sense to extend it to the Olympic year.

“At this point, I guess I’m shooting for the Olympics,” Ligety said in a SkiRacing.com podcast published last week. “If I was going to go this year, I was going to go the next year. It kind of seems silly to stop the year before the Olympics. So, go through then and then definitely be done. So, 37, I’d definitely be an old guy at the Olympics. Actually, my body’s been feeling better this year than it has in probably the five years prior to this.”

Ligety, a gold medalist in the 2006 Olympic combined and 2014 Olympic giant slalom, would break Miller’s age record. Miller tied for super-G bronze in his fifth and final Olympics in 2014 at age 36. Come 2022, Ligety will be older than any U.S. Olympic male skier in any discipline since ski jumper Peder Falstad at the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics, according to Olympedia.org.

Before last season, Ligety said he would not race much longer if his best result for the year was eighth place, as it was in 2018-19. In 2019-20, he posted fifth- and seventh-place finishes while limiting his schedule to almost exclusively giant slaloms.

“I feel like I’m starting to progress again to the point where I feel like I can start winning races,” he said.

Ligety is trying to return to the top of the sport after a string of significant injuries: a hip labrum tear in 2015, a season-ending ACL tear in 2016 and season-ending surgery for three herniated disks in his back in 2017.

“If my body falls apart and all that, then I guess I’ll revisit things,” he said. “But trying hard to persevere and try to preserve the body in a way that I’m able to push hard through races and not be battling through pain.”

Also on his mind: a 2-year-old son, Jax, and twins on the way.

“Family life is about to get exponentially more hectic,” he said.

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