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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

Alex Zanardi, auto racer turned Paralympic champion, has 5-hour surgery to rebuild face after crash

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SIENA, Italy (AP) — Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi underwent a five-hour surgery Monday to reconstruct his face following a crash on his handbike last month.

It was the third major operation that Zanardi has had since he crashed into an oncoming truck near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19 during a relay event.

Dr. Paolo Gennaro of Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena said the operation required three-dimensional digital and computerized technology that was “made to measure” for Zanardi.

“The complexity of the case was fairly unique, although this is a type of fracture that we deal with routinely,” Gennaro said in a hospital statement.

After the surgery, Zanardi was returned to the intensive care unit in a medically induced coma.

“His condition remains stable in terms of his cardio-respiratory status and grave in terms of his neurological status,” the hospital medical bulletin read.

The 53-year-old Zanardi, who lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago, has been on a ventilator since the crash.

Zanardi suffered serious facial and cranial trauma, and doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

Zanardi won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.

Last month, Pope Francis penned a handwritten letter of encouragement assuring Zanardi and his family of his prayers. The pope praised Zanardi as an example of strength amid adversity.

Shawn Johnson East shares struggles with body image, prescription drugs

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Shawn Johnson East, a 2008 Olympic gymnastics champion, detailed past struggles with body image and prescription drugs and reflected on her eating disorder as an elite athlete, to show there is hope to others in difficult situations.

“It all started with pregnancy and having my daughter,” East, who had daughter Drew in October, said on TODAY on Monday. “I had so many people asking me questions about how did pregnancy affect you mentally and how did you get your body back after having your daughter. I couldn’t answer that without giving a greater and a larger story.”

East first went public about her undiagnosed teenage eating disorders in 2015, three years after retiring from the sport. She said she limited herself to 700 calories per day and didn’t tell her parents.

In a June YouTube video, Johnson said she also binged and purged, including while dating future husband Andrew in the mid-2010s. And that she had depression and anxiety in 2011, when she returned to competition for the first time since the Beijing Games.

“I thought it would fix all of my problems,” East said of returning to gymnastics for a 2012 Olympic bid.

When East won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009, she “hit a very low spot” going through puberty on national TV. She said she gained 15 pounds after the 2008 Olympics and started taking medications and drugs “to look like I did at the Olympics.” It included fad diets, diuretics and a three-week stretch of eating nothing but raw vegetables.

“Most pain of my entire life because I couldn’t digest anything,” she said.

At some point in 2011, East began feeling burned out. She was back to eating too few calories and overtraining. An unnamed USA Gymnastics doctor prescribed her Adderall “to lose more weight, have more energy and be more successful in gymnastics.” She took “heavy doses.”

“It helped my performances, but there were massive consequences to it,” she said. “I continued to compete into 2012, where I just started to get depressed.

“I was overdosing on Adderall. I was overdosing on any medication that wouldn’t be caught by USADA.”

Adderall was a banned substance in competition without a therapeutic use exemption, but was legal outside of competition.

“I was so controlled by other people’s opinions that I wouldn’t live up to that Olympic standard that I did anything to get it back and I could never have it back,” East said. “I didn’t learn that until later on.”

East’s mental hurdles re-emerged when she had a miscarriage in 2017. She blamed herself, believing her unhealthy lifestyle in the past was a contributor.

“Our natural inclination is to say, what did I do? And what did I do wrong?” she said. “It haunted me. I felt like I had sacrificed everything for an Olympic medal to not actually get the dream I had wanted my entire life [to have a child].”

With the help of a nutritionist and therapist and her husband, she conquered the demons through her 2019 pregnancy and childbirth.

“Having gone through a whole pregnancy and knowing that I felt confident through the whole thing, I feel like I’ve climbed Everest,” she said.

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