Chloe Kim’s return, Kitzbuehel downhills mark winter sports TV, stream schedule

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Chloe Kim competes for the first time in 22 months, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and Peacock Premium this week.

Kim, who in PyeongChang became the youngest Olympic halfpipe gold medalist at age 17, headlines the field at the Laax Open in Switzerland. The halfpipe finals are Saturday at 11:45 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ live winter sports coverage also includes the most prestigious annual Alpine ski race — a double dose of the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria, on Olympic Channel (Friday morning) and Peacock Premium (Friday and Saturday).

The last American to win the Hahnenkamm downhill was Daron Rahlves in 2003, but that drought could end this year. Ryan Cochran-Siegle ranks third in the World Cup downhill standings. The leader, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend.

Also this week, the final luge World Cup races are held before next week’s world championships in Königssee, Germany.

Alpine Skiing World Cup  — Crans-Montana, Switzerland (women) and Kitzbühel, Austria (men)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 4 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
4:30 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Men’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:20 a.m. Men’s Super-G Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6:30 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Biathlon World Cup — Antholz, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Friday 7:15 a.m. Men’s Individual Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7:10 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:05 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:45 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8 a.m.* Women’s Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11 p.m.* Women’s Relay NBCSN | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup  — Königssee, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 4 a.m. Women’s Skeleton OlympicChannel.com
7:30 a.m. Men’s Skeleton OlympicChannel.com
5 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 6:15 a.m. Two-Man Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
8 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 3:30 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
7 a.m. Two-Woman Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
4 p.m.* Two-Woman Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
5 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
8 p.m.* Two-Woman Bobsled NBCSN | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Lahti, Finland

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Skiathlon Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Skiathlon Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:35 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
4:40 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Idre, Sweden (Ski Cross) and Moscow (Aerials)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Wednesday 7 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Aerials Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Ski Cross Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

Luge World Cup  — Igls, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 3:05 a.m. Doubles OlympicChannel.com
5:45 a.m. Men’s Singles OlympicChannel.com
Sunday 2:55 a.m. Women’s Singles OlympicChannel.com
5:45 a.m. Men’s Sprint OlympicChannel.com
6:30 a.m. Doubles Sprint OlympicChannel.com
7:05 a.m. Women’s Sprint OlympicChannel.com
9 p.m.* Highlights NBCSN | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Nordic Combined World Cup — Lahti, Finland

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:20 a.m. Team Sprint Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:40 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Lahti, Finland (Men) and Ljubno, Slovenia (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 8 a.m. Women’s Qualifying Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
12 p.m. Men’s Qualifying Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8 a.m. Women’s Team Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:15 a.m. Men’s Team Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8 a.m. Women Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:45 a.m. Men Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Laax, Switzerland (halfpipe, slopestyle) and Chiesa, Italy (cross)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 7:15 a.m. Slopestyle Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7:30 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:45 a.m. Halfpipe Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Slopestyle NBCSN | STREAM LINK
11 p.m. Halfpipe NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8 a.m. Team Snowboard Cross Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Team Snowboard Cross Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
10 p.m.* Team Snowboard Cross NBCSN | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Speed Skating World Cup — Heerenveen, Netherlands

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 8:15 a.m. Women’s 1500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:01 a.m. Men’s 1500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:50 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:20 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:02 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:21 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8:39 a.m. Women’s 3000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:39 a.m. Men’s 5000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:02 a.m. Men’s 1000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:51 a.m. Women’s 1000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

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Luz Long’s Olympic silver medal for sale from Jesse Owens long jump duel

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One of the most consequential Olympic medals ever awarded is on the auction block — the silver medal captured in 1936 by Germany’s Luz Long, the long jumper who walked arm in arm through the stadium with Jesse Owens to celebrate their triumphs while Adolf Hitler watched from the stands.

Long’s family has decided to auction the medal and other collectibles from the German jumper’s career. Long was killed in World War II in 1943.

The auction house selling the medal has labeled Long’s collection “The Beacon of Hope.”

“The story of Jesse Owens never seems to end,” said Long’s granddaughter, Julia Kellner-Long, in a phone interview from her house in Munich. “My grandfather has always been inspirational and influential in the way I choose to see the world, and this is something I think the world outside needs. Now more than ever. It gives us hope.”

Long cemented himself in Olympic lore during the Berlin Games when he was the first to congratulate Owens on his triumph in the long jump. Later they walked around the stadium together and posed for pictures.

There’s also the story Owens told of Long approaching him after he fouled on his first two attempts in the preliminary round. With only one more try to make the final, Owens said Long suggested he take off a foot in front of the board, to assure he wouldn’t foul on his last try. Owens took that advice and went on to win the title — one of four he captured in Berlin — with a then-Olympic record jump of 8.06 meters (26 feet, 5 1/2 inches).

Owens was Black, and his stirring success at those Olympics was said to have annoyed Hitler by puncturing the Nazi myth of Aryan racial superiority.

The camaraderie between Owens and Long, and the relationship that ensued between the men and their families, are often held up as the prime example of what the Olympics are supposed to be about — a peaceful coming together of people from different countries and cultures who set their differences aside in the spirit of competition.

“It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me,” Owens said, years later. “You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment. Hitler must have gone crazy watching us embrace.”

The decision to sell came shortly after Luz’s son (and Julia’s father), Kai, died at age 80. Kellner-Long said the great responsibility of preserving her grandfather’s memorabilia should be passed onto an individual, or museum, that has the time and resources to do so. The family also wanted to use the sale to rekindle the story of Long and Owens.

“Even 86 years later, shining a beacon of hope is an important and realistic value, especially in a time of increasing racism, increasing exclusion and hatred,” Kellner-Long said.

The auction house started the bidding for Long’s medal at $50,000, and estimated the value at somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million. The bidding runs through Oct. 15. The value of Olympic medals on the open market varies widely. One of Owens’ four gold medals from 1936 fetched $1.46 million. Bill Russell’s gold medal from the 1956 Olympics recently sold for $587,500.

David Kohler of SCP Auctions, which is conducting the sale, said the medal is about Long, but also “the story of the courageousness and the athlete and what he did there.”

Long didn’t live long enough to see his legacy play out. He was killed in 1943 in the battle of St. Pietro on the Italian island of Sardinia. Shortly before that, he wrote a letter to Owens, one he predicted would be “the last letter I shall ever write.”

In it, Long asked Owens to go to Germany after the war and find his son.

“Tell him, Jesse, what times were like when we were not separated by war,” Long wrote. “I am saying — tell him how things can be between men on this earth.”

Owens and Kai Long met several times over the years, including at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in 1966. Owens later was a best man at Kai’s wedding.

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Jenny Simpson, most decorated U.S. miler, shifts focus with new Puma sponsorship

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Jenny Simpson, the most decorated U.S. female miler in history, plans to return to racing on Sunday with a new shoe sponsor, Puma.

Simpson, whose last race was the Cherry Blossom 10-mile road race in Washington, D.C., in September 2021, according to World Athletics, will run what she called “a little rust-buster” at the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.

“My intention is to turn my focus to the roads,” Simpson, 36, wrote in an email. “I have some great PUMA spikes that I love so the track isn’t off the table. But my emphasis will be road racing.”

Last year’s Cherry Blossom was her first race longer than 5,000 meters, according to World Athletics. What are the chances she eventually moves up to the marathon distance?

“This new chapter is an exploration,” she answered. “I’m going to let the races, training, and coaching guide the next steps as they come. I know I can physically do it, it’s a matter of whether I can be great at it and my team and I will only go there if we think we can be competitive. So, let’s say for chances… 51% :)”

Simpson made her first Olympic team in 2008 in the 3000m steeplechase, then in 2012 and 2016 in the 1500m, earning a bronze medal in Rio. She is the lone U.S. woman to win a world 1500m title (2011) or an Olympic 1500m medal.

From 2007 through 2019, Simpson finished in the top three in one of the 1500m, 5000m or 3000m steeplechase at all 13 annual USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Last year, she was 10th in the Olympic Trials 1500m in a bid to become the oldest U.S. Olympic 1500m runner in history, according to Olympedia.org.

Simpson focused much of her time this year helping her Colorado community heal and rebuild from a late December fire. She did not enter the USATF Outdoors for the first time since 2006.

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