Mikaela Shiffrin headlines this week’s winter sports TV, live stream schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen highlight winter sports competition on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium this week.

Shiffrin races three times — a Tuesday slalom and Saturday and Sunday giant slaloms on the Alpine skiing World Cup.

Tuesday’s race in Flachau, streaming live on Peacock, is the final slalom before the world championships in February. Shiffrin last won a slalom, her trademark discipline, on Dec. 29, 2019, while Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova emerged as the world’s top slalom skier.

The men’s Alpine World Cup was to visit Wengen, Switzerland, for the classic Lauberhorn ski races, but they were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, two slaloms are scheduled for Kitzbühel, Austria.

In figure skating, Chen goes for a fifth straight national title at the U.S. Championships in Las Vegas that begin Thursday. It’s the last competition before the team for March’s world championships is announced.

Two-time U.S. champion Alysa Liu headlines the women’s field, though at 15 she is too young for the senior worlds.

Alpine Skiing World Cup  — Flachau and Kranjska Gora (women), Kitzbühel (men)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Tuesday 12 p.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
2:45 p.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:15 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6:15 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

U.S. Figure Skating Championships — Las Vegas

Day Time (ET) Competition Network
Thursday 6-8 p.m. Pairs’ Short NBCSN | Peacock Stream
10 p.m.-12 a.m. Women’s Short NBCSN | Peacock Stream
Friday 4-6 p.m. Rhythm Dance NBCSN | Peacock Stream
8-11 p.m. Women’s Free NBC | Peacock Stream
Saturday 4-6 p.m. Men’s Short NBC | Peacock Stream
9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free Dance/Pairs’ Free NBCSN | Peacock Stream
Sunday 3:30-6 p.m. Men’s Free NBC | Peacock Stream

Biathlon World Cup — Oberhof, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Sprint Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Thursday 8:30 a.m. Women’s Sprint Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8:45 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:30 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup  — St. Moritz, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 3 a.m. Men’s Skeleton OlympicChannel.com
6 a.m. Women’s Skeleton OlympicChannel.com
5 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Two-Man Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
7 a.m. Women’s Monobob OlympicChannel.com
5 p.m.* Two-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Women’s Monobob Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3 a.m. Two-Woman Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
7 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
5 p.m.* Two-Woman Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Yaroslavl, Russia

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 11:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Aerials Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 11 a.m. Team Aerials Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Luge World Cup  — Oberhof, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 3:10 a.m. Men’s Singles OlympicChannel.com
6:30 a.m. Doubles OlympicChannel.com
Sunday 4:10 a.m. Women’s Singles OlympicChannel.com
Monday 12 a.m.* Highlights NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Val di Fiemme, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 4 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Men’s Team Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Team 2×7.5km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8:15 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Zakopane, Poland

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 12 p.m. Men’s Qualifying Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 10:15 a.m. Men’s Team Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 a.m. Men’s Individual Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Bad Gastein, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Tuesday 12:40 p.m. Parallel Slalom Finals Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Wednesday 7 a.m. Team Parallel Slalom Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

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Snowboarders sue coach, USOPC in assault, harassment case

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Olympic bronze medalist Rosey Fletcher has filed a lawsuit accusing former snowboard coach Peter Foley of sexually assaulting, harassing and intimidating members of his team for years, while the organizations overseeing the team did nothing to stop it.

Fletcher is a plaintiff in one of two lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday. One names Foley, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team and its former CEO, Tiger Shaw, as defendants. Another, filed by a former employee of USSS, names Foley, Shaw and the ski federation as defendants.

One of the lawsuits, which also accuse the defendants of sex trafficking, harassment, and covering up repeated acts of sexual assault and misconduct, allege Foley snuck into bed and sexually assaulted Fletcher, then shortly after she won her bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics, approached her “and said he still remembered ‘how she was breathing,’ referring to the first time he assaulted her.”

The lawsuits describe Foley as fostering a depraved travel squad of snowboarders, in which male coaches shared beds with female athletes, crude jokes about sexual conquests were frequently shared and coaches frequently commented to the female athletes about their weight and body types.

“Male coaches, including Foley, would slap female athletes’ butts when they finished their races, even though the coaches would not similarly slap the butts of male athletes,” the lawsuit said. “Physical assault did not stop with slapping butts. Notably, a female athlete once spilled barbeque sauce on her chest while eating and a male coach approached her and licked it off her chest without warning or her consent.”

The USOPC and USSS knew of Foley’s behavior but did nothing to stop it, the lawsuit said. It depicted Foley as an all-powerful coach who could make and break athletes’ careers on the basis of how they got along off the mountain.

Foley’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, did not immediately return requests for comment from The Associated Press. Jacobs has previously said allegations of sexual misconduct against Foley are false.

In a statement, the USOPC said it had not seen the complaint and couldn’t comment on specific details but that “we take every allegation of abuse very seriously.”

“The USOPC is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Team USA athletes, and we are taking every step to identify, report, and eliminate abuse in our community,” the statement said.

It wasn’t until the Olympics in Beijing last year that allegations about Foley’s behavior and the culture on the snowboarding team started to emerge.

Allegations posted on Instagram by former team member Callan Chythlook-Sifsof — who, along with former team member Erin O’Malley, is a plaintiff along with Fletcher — led to Foley’s removal from the team, which he was still coaching when the games began.

That posting triggered more allegations in reporting by ESPN and spawned an AP report about how the case was handled between USSS and the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which is ultimately responsible for investigating cases involving sex abuse in Olympic sports. The center has had Foley on temporary suspension since March 18, 2022.

The AP typically does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they have granted permission or spoken publicly, as Fletcher, Chythlook-Sifsof and O’Malley have done through a lawyer.

USSS said it was made aware of the allegations against Foley on Feb 6, 2022, and reported them to the SafeSport center.

“We are aware of the lawsuits that were filed,” USSS said in a statement. “U.S. Ski & Snowboard has not yet been served with the complaint nor has had an opportunity to fully review it. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is and will remain an organization that prioritizes the safety, health and well-being of its athletes and staff.”

The lawsuits seek unspecified damages to be determined in a jury trial.

Oleksandr Abramenko, Ukraine’s top Winter Olympian, tears knee, career in question

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Aerials skier Oleksandr Abramenko, who won both of Ukraine’s medals over the last two Winter Olympics, is out for the season after a knee ligament tear and said he might not return to competition at all, according to Ukrainian media.

Abramenko, 34, won gold at the 2018 Olympics — Ukraine’s second-ever individual Winter Olympic title after figure skater Oksana Baiul in 1994 — and silver last year.

He competed once this season, placing 10th at a World Cup in Finland on Dec. 4, and then flew with the Ukrainian national team to stay in Utah ahead of World Cups in Canada in January and at the 2002 Olympic venue in Park City this weekend. The area also hosted many Ukraine winter sports athletes this past summer.

Abramenko missed the competition in Canada two weeks ago due to injury and then wasn’t on the start list for today’s aerials event in Park City. He is set to miss the world championships later this month in Georgia (the country, not the state).

Abramenko said he needs surgery, followed by a nine-month rehabilitation process, similar to an operation on his other knee six years ago, according to Ukraine’s public broadcaster. He said he will see how the recovery goes and determine whether to return to the sport at age 35, according to the report.

Abramenko is already the oldest Olympic men’s aerials medalist and come the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games will be older than all but one male aerialist in Olympic history, according to Olympedia.org.

At last year’s Olympics, Abramenko, Ukraine’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony, was hugged after the aerials final by Russian Ilya Burov, who finished one spot behind Abramenko for a bronze medal. A week later, Russia invaded Ukraine.

A week after that, Abramenko posed for a photo sitting on a mattress in a Kyiv parking garage with his wife and 2-year-old son published by The New York Times.

“We spend the night in the underground parking in the car, because the air attack siren is constantly on,” Abramenko texted, according to the newspaper. “It’s scary to sleep in the apartment, I myself saw from the window how the air defense systems worked on enemy missiles, and strong explosions were heard.”

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