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Mikaela Shiffrin can move to No. 2 in history in Killington; TV, stream info

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As Mikaela Shiffrin heads to the lone World Cup stop in the U.S. this season, she is most bound to a 66-year-old from Austria and a 17-year-old from New Zealand.

Shiffrin would tie Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second on the women’s World Cup career list with a 62nd win in Saturday’s giant slalom or Sunday’s slalom in Killington, Vt., airing live on NBC Sports.

The men race a downhill and super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Alpine Skiing World Cup broadcast schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 9:40 a.m. Killington GS — Run 1 Olympic Channel
12:30 p.m. Killington GS — Run 2 NBCSN
2 p.m. Lake Louise DH Olympic Channel
3:30 p.m. Killington GS* NBC
9 p.m.* Lake Louise DH NBCSN
Sunday 9:40 a.m. Killington SL — Run 1 Olympic Channel
12:30 p.m. Killington SL — Run 2 NBC
2 p.m. Lake Louise SG NBC
7:30 p.m. Killington SL* NBCSN

All NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel broadcasts stream for subscribers on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. All Alpine skiing World Cup runs stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers.
*Same-day delayed broadcast

Shiffrin would pass Moser-Pröll by sweeping the Killington races, which she has yet to do in the first three years of what has become an annual stop. Only Moser-Pröll, Marcel Hirscher (67), Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86) have more overall victories than the 24-year-old Shiffrin.

Shiffrin won all three previous World Cup slaloms in Killington. She finished fifth, second and fourth in the three GS races there. Saturday’s GS again appears the tougher test for the American.

That’s largely because of Alice Robinson, the 17-year-old Kiwi who overtook Shiffrin in the season-opening GS in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 26. Robinson became the youngest race winner since Shiffrin nearly seven years ago.

The New Zealand sensation will decide Friday whether to race on Saturday, according to her Instagram. Robinson previously ruled out Killington in a Nov. 6 social media post, citing significant bone bruising from tweaking a knee in a pre-Soelden crash.

The three previous Killington GS winners — Italian Federica Brignone, German Viktoria Rebensburg and Frenchwoman Tessa Worley — are all expected to race Saturday.

Shiffrin also has a rival in Sunday’s slalom.

Slovakian Petra Vlhova, second to Shiffrin in Killington the last two years, was fastest in the first slalom run of the season last Saturday in Finland but skied out early in the second run. Shiffrin prevailed to break Stenmark’s record with a 41st career World Cup slalom victory, earning the traditional prize of a reindeer that she named Stenmark.

“I’m always thankful that we have a slalom race before Killington because I know that’s where people are more excited to see me skiing,” Shiffrin said in Finland. “Sometimes, that can add pressure. Having the race [in Finland] and to know that my good skiing is fast, that doesn’t take pressure off, but I’m on track.”

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World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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