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‘Snow Pass’ to live stream winter sports events on NBC Sports Gold

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The NBC Sports Gold “Snow Pass” returns for the 2019-20 winter sports season with 900 hours of competition from October through March, available for purchase here for $69.99.

The Snow Pass streams Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding events, including every remaining stop of the World Cup season for each sport.

The World Cup Alpine skiing season starts in three weeks with the traditional opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, expected to feature U.S. Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety.

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ALPINE SKIING
Soelden, AUT Oct. 26 – 27
Levi, FIN Nov. 23 – 24
Killington, USA Nov. 30 – Dec. 1
Lake Louise, CAN Nov. 30 – Dec. 1
Beaver Creek, USA Dec. 6 – 8
Lake Louise, CAN Dec. 6 – 8
St. Mortiz, SUI Dec. 14 – 15
Val d’Isere, FRA Dec. 14 – 15
Courchevel, FRA Dec. 17
Val Gardena, ITA Dec. 20 – 21
Val d’Isere, FRA Dec. 21 – 22
Alta Badia, ITA Dec. 22 – 23
Lienz, AUT Dec. 28 – 29
Bormio, ITA Dec. 28 – 29
Zagreb, CRO Jan. 4 – 5
Madonna, ITA Jan. 8
Zauchensee, AUT Jan. 11 – 12
Adelboden, SUI Jan. 11 – 12
Flachau, AUT Jan. 14
Wengen, SUI Jan. 17 – 19
Sestriere, ITA Jan. 18 – 19
Kitzbuhel, AUT Jan. 24 – 26
Bansko, BUL Jan. 25 – 26
Schladming, AUT Jan. 28
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER Feb. 1 – 2
Rosa Khutor, RUS Feb. 1 – 2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER Feb. 8 – 9
Chamonix, FRA Feb. 8 – 9
Yanqing, CHN Feb. 15 – 16
Maribor, SLO Feb. 15 – 16
Crans Montana, SUI Feb. 22 – 23
Yuzawa Naeba, JPN Feb. 22 – 23
La Thuile, ITA Feb. 29 – Mar. 1
Hinterstoder, AUT Feb. 29 – Mar. 1
Ofterschwang, GER Mar. 7 – 8
Kvitfjell, NOR Mar. 7 – 8
Stockholm, SWE Mar. 10
Are, SWE Mar. 13 – 14
Kranjska Gora, SLO Mar. 14 – 15
Cortina, ITA Mar. 18 – 22
 
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Ruka, FIN Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
Lillehammer, NOR Dec. 7 – 8
Davos, SUI Dec. 14 – 15
Planica, SLO Dec. 21 – 22
Tour de Ski Dec. 28 – Jan. 5
Dresden, GER Jan. 11 – 12
Nove Mesto, CZE Jan. 18 – 19
Oberstdorf, GER Jan. 25 – 26
Falun, SWE Feb. 8 – 9
Ostersund, SWE Feb. 15 – 16
Are, SWE Feb. 18
Storlien-Merakar, SWE/NOR Feb. 20
Trondheim, NOR Feb. 22 – 23
Lahti, FIN Feb. 29 – Mar 1
Drammen, NOR Mar. 4
Oslo, NOR Mar. 7 – 8
Quebec, CAN Mar. 14 – 15
Minneapolis, USA Mar. 17
Canmore, CAN Mar. 20 – 22
 
FREESTYLE SKIING
Modena, ITA Nov. 3
Stubai, AUT Nov. 23
Val Thorens, FRA Dec. 6 – 7
Ruka, FIN Dec. 7
Copper Mountain, USA Dec. 13
Montafion, AUT Dec. 14
Beijing, CHN Dec. 14
Thaiwoo, CHN Dec. 14 – 15
Arosa, SUI Dec. 17
Secret Garden, CHN Dec. 21
Atlanta, USA Dec. 21
Innichen, ITA Dec. 21 – 22
Changchun, CHN Dec. 21 – 22
Font Romeu, FRA Jan. 11
St. Petersburg, RUS Jan. 18
Nakiska, CAN Jan. 18
Seiser Alm, ITA Jan. 18
Tremblant, CAN Jan. 25
Moscow, RUS Jan. 25
Idre Fjall, SWE Jan. 25 – 26
Mammoth, USA Jan. 31 – Feb. 1
Calgary, CAN Feb. 1
Megeve, FRA Feb. 1
Deer Valley, USA Feb. 6 – 8
Feldberg, GER Feb. 8 – 9
Calgary, CAN Feb. 14 – 15
Tbliisi, GEO Feb. 15
Lake Tazawako, JPN Feb. 22
Raubichi, BLR Feb. 22
Sunny Valley, RUS Feb. 23
Shymbulak, KAZ Feb. 29 – Mar. 1
Krasnoyarsk, RUS Mar. 7 – 8
Idre Fjall, SWE Mar. 14 – 15
Veysonnaz, SUI Mar. 14
Silvaplana, SUI Mar. 21
 
SNOWBOARDING
Modena, ITA Nov. 2
Bannoye, RUS Dec. 7 – 8
Montafon, AUT Dec. 13
Copper Mountain, USA Dec. 14
Beijing, CHN Dec. 14
Cortina, ITA Dec. 14
Carezza, ITA Dec. 19
Atlanta, USA Dec. 20 – 21
Cervinia, ITA Dec. 21
Lackenhof, AUT Jan. 5 – 6
Scuol, SUI Jan. 11
Bad Gastein, AUT Jan. 14 – 15
Laax, SUI Jan. 17 – 18
Rogla, SLO Jan. 18
Seiser Alm, ITA Jan. 23
Big White, CAN Jan. 25 – 26
Piancavallo, ITA Jan. 25 – 26
Mammoth, USA Jan. 31 – Feb. 1
Feldberg, GER Feb. 1 – 2
Calgary, CAN Feb. 15 – 16
PyeongChang, KOR Feb. 22
Blue Mountain, CAN Feb. 29 – Mar. 1
Sierra Nevada, ESP Mar. 7
Winterberg, GER Mar. 14 – 15
Veysonnaz, SUI Mar. 15
Spindleruv, CZE Mar. 21
 
NORDIC COMBINED
Ruka, FIN Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
Lillehammer, NOR Dec. 7 – 8
Ramsau, AUT Dec. 21 – 22
Val de Fiemme, ITA Jan. 10 – 12
Oberstdorf, GER Jan. 25 – 26
Seefeld, AUT Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Otepaa, EST Feb. 8 – 9
Trondheim, NOR Feb. 22 – 23
Lahti, FIN Feb. 29 – Mar. 1
Oslo, NOR Mar. 7
Schonach, GER Mar. 14 – 15
 
SKI JUMPING
Wisla, POL Nov. 22 – 24
Ruka, FIN Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
Nizhny Tagil, RUS Dec. 6 – 8
Lillehammer, NOR Dec. 7 – 8
Klingenthal, GER Dec. 13 – 15
Engelberg, SUI Dec. 20 – 22
Four Hills Tournament Dec. 28 – Jan. 6
Val di Fiemme, ITA Jan. 10 – 12
Sapporo, JPN Jan. 11 – 12
Zao, JPN Jan. 17 – 19
Titisee-Neustadt, GER Jan. 17 – 19
Zakopane, POL Jan. 24 – 26
Rasnov, ROU Jan. 25 – 26
Sapporo, JPN Jan. 31 – Feb. 2
Oberstdorf, GER Feb. 1 – 2
Willingen, GER Feb. 7 – 9
Hinzenbach, AUT Feb. 8 – 9
Bad Mitterndorf, AUT Feb. 14 – 16
Rasnov, ROU Feb. 21 – 22
Ljubno, SLO Feb. 22 – 23
Lahti, FIN Feb. 28 – Mar. 1
Oslo, NOR Mar. 6 – 8
Lillehammer, NOR Mar. 9 – 10
Trondheim, NOR Mar. 11 – 12
Vikersund, NOR Mar. 13 – 15
Nizhny Tagil, RUS Mar. 14 – 15
Planica, SLO Mar. 19 – 22
Chaikovsky, RUS Mar. 21 – 22
 
BIATHLON
Ostersund, SWE Nov. 30 – Dec. 8
Hochfilzen, AUT Dec. 13 – 15
Le Grand Bornand, FRA Dec. 19 – 22
Oberhof, GER Jan. 9 – 12
Ruhpolding, GER Jan. 15 – 19
Pokljuka, SLO Jan. 23 – 26
WSC Anterselva, ITA Feb. 13 – 23
Nove Mesto, CZE Mar. 5 – 8
Kontiolahti, FIN Mar. 12 – 15
Oslo, NOR Mar. 20 – 22

Schedules are subject to change.

Tommy Ford ends U.S. men’s World Cup drought at Beaver Creek

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Tommy Ford earned his first World Cup win at age 30 and ended the U.S. men’s longest victory and podium droughts in two decades.

Ford won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday, the last North American race on tour this season. He prevailed by eight tenths of a second combining times over two runs.

“It doesn’t beat doing it here. I’ve been working hard,” Ford, in his 86th World Cup start dating to 2009, said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. “No secret, just kept it simple and really trusted what I was doing.”

Norwegians Henrik Kristoffersen and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen were second and third. American Ted Ligety, fourth after the opening run, finished 11th.

Full results are here.

Ford became the first U.S. man to win a World Cup since Travis Ganong took a downhill on Jan. 27, 2017. He also became the first U.S. male podium finisher since Ligety in January 2018. Both were the longest droughts for the program since the late 1990s.

Ford, a 2010 and 2018 Olympian who missed the 2014 Olympics due to a broken femur, had been working toward this moment.

He finished a World Cup career-high fourth at the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 27. Last season, the Oregon native and former Dartmouth student had a pair of fifths.

The men’s World Cup moves to Val d’Isere, France, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 30 seconds, takes back No. 1 ranking

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In her last race of the year, Katie Ledecky ensured she would finish 2019 as the world’s fastest 1500m freestyler.

Ledecky clocked 15:35.98 at the U.S. Open in Atlanta, winning the longest event on the Olympic pool program by 29.97 seconds. Typical for Ledecky, who owns the nine fastest times in history. This one came in at No. 8. Full meet results are here.

Ledecky scratched the 1500m free final at the summer world championships due to illness. Italian Simona Quadarella went on to win that title in 15:40.89, which was the world’s fastest time this year until Saturday night.

“I didn’t have time on my mind at all today. I just wanted to have a consistent swim,” Ledecky, undefeated in 1500m free finals for nine years, said on NBCSN. “That’s probably the best mile that I’ve had in a while.”

The women’s 1500m freestyle debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ledecky is expected to add that to her Rio Olympic individual lineup of 200m, 400m and 800m frees, assuming she is top two in each event at the June Olympic trials.

In other events Saturday, Erika Brown handed Simone Manuel a rare defeat in the 100m freestyle. Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, clocked 53.42 and lowered her personal best by .71 between prelims and the final. Brown moved from sixth to fourth in the U.S. rankings this year, upping her stock as a contender to make the Olympic 4x100m free relay pool via a top-six finish at trials.

Brown previously lowered her personal best in the 50m free on Thursday. She ranks third in the U.S. this year in that event.

Emily Escobedo dealt Lilly King a rare domestic defeat in the 200m breaststroke. Escobedo lowered her personal best by .87 and clocked 2:22.00, moving to seventh fastest in the world this year and remaining fourth among Americans.

In the men’s 200m breast, Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was beaten by Cody Miller, the Olympic 100m breast silver medalist. Both were slower than their best times this year.

The next significant swim meet is a Tyr Pro Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., from Jan. 16-19.

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