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Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety eye more success at Lake Louise, Beaver Creek; TV, live stream schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin returns to the site of her lone World Cup downhill win in Lake Louise, Alberta, this weekend. Ted Ligety is back on his most successful track in Beaver Creek, Colo.

NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold air live coverage of the final World Cup stops in North America this season, Friday through Sunday.

Shiffrin, coming off her 62nd World Cup victory on Sunday (tying for fourth all-time), transitions to the first speed races of the season: two downhills and a super-G in the Canadian Rockies.

Ligety, looking for his first podium of what could be his last Olympic cycle, targets the last of three men’s races in Beaver Creek: Sunday’s giant slalom. The two-time Olympic champion won Beaver Creek World Cup GS races five straight years from 2010-14, plus the 2015 World title there.

Alpine Skiing World Cup broadcast schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 12:30 p.m. Men’s Super-G NBCSN
2:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel
11 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN
Saturday 12:55 p.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel
2:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel
11 p.m.* Men’s Downhill NBCSN
Sunday 11:40 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Olympic Channel
1 p.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel
2:30 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel
5 p.m.* Men’s Giant Slalom NBC
6 p.m.* Women’s Super-G 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 and Ligety should both feel comfortable this weekend.

At Lake Louise in 2017, Shiffrin recorded her first World Cup downhill win in just her fourth start in the discipline. The next year, she grabbed super-G victory No. 1 to become the seventh woman to notch World Cup wins in all five disciplines.

She has proven that speed mastery isn’t necessary to win the World Cup overall title, but it’s certainly contributed to her growing dominance over the rest of the world. Others to watch: Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer, who swept the Lake Louise downhills in 2018. Plus, Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia. The Italian missed last year’s Lake Louise stop with a broken ankle.

Then there’s Ligety, who at 35 years old is taking his career season by season. This could be his last time racing World Cup at Beaver Creek, where he’s earned five of his 24 World Cup GS wins.

Ligety was slowed by myriad injuries since his last time on a Beaver Creek podium but proclaimed himself healthy before this season. Then he finished fifth in the first giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 27, his best result since January 2018.

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Does Lance Armstrong believe doping contributed to cancer?

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Lance Armstrong said on Sunday’s ESPN film “Lance” that he didn’t know whether he got testicular cancer because of his doping in the early-to-mid 1990s.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “And I don’t want to say no because I don’t think that’s right, either. I don’t know if it’s yes or no, but I certainly wouldn’t say no. The only thing I will tell you is the only time in my life that I ever did growth hormone was the 1996 season [before being diagnosed with moderate to advanced cancer in October 1996]. So just in my head, I’m like ‘growth, growing, hormones and cells.’ Like, if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn’t it also make sense that if anything bad is there, that it, too, would grow?”

Armstrong was asked a similar question by Oprah Winfrey in his January 2013 doping confession.

“Do you think that banned substances contributed to you getting cancer?” Winfrey asked.

“I don’t think so,” Armstrong said then. “I’m not a doctor, I’ve never had a doctor tell me that or suggest that to me personally, but I don’t believe so.”

That was not the first time doping and cancer were part of the same conversation.

Teammate Frankie Andreu and then-fiancee Betsy said that Armstrong told a doctor on Oct. 27, 1996, at Indiana University Hospital that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs; EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.

Armstrong said he probably began doping at age 21, in 1992 or 1993.

“I remember when we were on a training ride in 2002, Lance told me that [Michele] Ferrari [the infamous doctor who provided performance-enhancing drugs] had been paranoid that he had helped cause the cancer and became more conservative after that,” former teammate Floyd Landis said in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated.

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Cortina requests to postpone Alpine skiing worlds from 2021 to 2022

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The Italian Winter Sports Federation was making a formal request on Monday to postpone next year’s world Alpine skiing championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò revealed the plans during an interview with RAI state TV on Sunday night.

Considering the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic, Malagò said “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the championships being canceled or shortened.

“It’s a decision in which we both lose but we realize this is the best — or maybe the only thing — to do,” Malago said.

The Italian federation confirmed that the proposal would be presented during an International Ski Federation (FIS) board meeting Monday. The Italian federation added that the decision to make the proposal was made jointly by the organizing committee in Cortina, the Veneto region and the Italian government.

It will be up to FIS to decide on any postponement.

Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup Finals in March this year due to the advancing virus, which has now accounted for more than 30,000 deaths in Italy.

Moving the worlds to March 2022 would put the event one month after the Beijing Olympics and likely force FIS to cancel that season’s finals in Méribel and Courchevel, France.

The Cortina worlds are currently scheduled for Feb. 7-21, 2021.

Worlds are usually held every other winter, in odd years.

Cortina is also slated to host Alpine events during the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.

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