2020-21 Alpine skiing World Cup season TV, live stream schedule

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NBC Sports, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and Peacock Premium combine to air Alpine skiing World Cup races all season, starting next week.

In addition to TV coverage, Peacock Premium will live stream snow sports events that were previously on NBC Sports Gold’s “Snow Pass” and will be the exclusive home for events held in Austria.

Mikaela Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic champion eyeing a fourth World Cup overall title, headlines the Alpine circuit, starting with back-to-back slaloms in Levi, Finland.

Extra European races were added given annual North American stops in Beaver Creek, Colo., Killington, Vt., and Lake Louise, Alberta will not be held due to coronavirus pandemic travel-related precautions.

Last season, Shiffrin led the overall standings when she stepped away from competition after her father’s death on Feb. 2. Italian Federica Brignone ended up with the crystal globe, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

This season, Shiffrin bids to become the third woman to collect a fourth overall title, joining 1970s Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll and Lindsey Vonn, who retired in 2019. Shiffrin can also make significant gains on Vonn’s female record 82 World Cup wins. Shiffrin is second on the list with 66.

On the men’s side last season, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde edged Frenchman Alexis Pinturault by 54 points for the overall in the first season since eight-time champion Marcel Hirscher‘s retirement.

This season also includes the world championships in February in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, followed by 2022 Olympic test events outside of Beijing.

Here is the broadcast schedule through January (to be updated later with more 2021 events):

Date Event Time (ET) Network
Nov. 21 Women’s SL – Levi, Finland 6:45 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s SL – Levi, Finland* 12 a.m. NBCSN
Nov. 22 Women’s SL – Levi, Finland 6:45 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 26 Women’s PG – Lech/Zuers, Austria 11:45 a.m. Peacock Premium
Nov. 27 Men’s PG – Lech/Zuers, Austria 11:50 a.m. Peacock Premium
Nov. 28 Women’s SL – Levi, Finland^ 3 p.m. NBC
Nov. 29 Women’s SL – Levi, Finland^ 2:30 p.m. NBC
Dec. 5 Women’s SG – St. Moritz, Switzerland 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s GS – Val d’Isere, France 7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 6 Women’s SG – St. Moritz, Switzerland 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s GS – Val d’Isere, France 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s SG – St. Moritz, Switzerland* 4:30 p.m. NBC
Dec. 12 Men’s DH – Val d’Isere, France 4:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s GS – Courchevel, France 6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 13 Men’s SG – Val d’Isere, France 4:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s GS – Courchevel, France 6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s GS – Courchevel, France* 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 18 Women’s DH – Val d’Isere, France 4:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SG – Val Gardena, Italy 5:45 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 19 Women’s DH – Val d’Isere, France 4:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s DH – Val Gardena, Italy 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s DH – Val d’Isere, France* 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 20 Women’s SG – Val d’Isere, France 5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s GS – Alta Badia, Italy 7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s SG – Val d’Isere, France* 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 21 Men’s SL – Alta Badia, Italy 7 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 22 Men’s SL – Madonna di Campiglio, Italy 2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 28 Women’s GS — Semmering, Austria 4, 7 a.m. Peacock Premium
Men’s DH – Bormio, Italy 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s DH – Bormio, Italy* 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 29 Men’s SG – Bormio, Italy 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s SL — Semmering, Austria 9:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Peacock Premium
Jan. 3 Women’s SL — Zagreb, Croatia 9:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s SL — Zagreb, Croatia* 3 p.m. NBC
Jan. 6 Men’s SL — Zagreb, Croatia 9:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 8 Men’s GS — Adelboden, Switzerland 7:15 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 9 Women’s DH — St. Anton, Austria 5:45 a.m. Peacock Premium
Men’s GS — Adelboden, Switzerland 7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s GS — Adelboden, Switzerland* 8 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 10 Women’s SG — St. Anton, Austria 5:30 a.m. Peacock Premium
Men’s SL — Adelboden, Switzerland 7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SL — Adelboden, Switzerland* 2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 12 Women’s SL — Flachau, Austria 12 p.m., 2:45 p.m. Peacock Premium
Jan. 16 Men’s SL — Kitzbuehel, Austria 6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s GS — Kranjska Gora, Slovenia 8 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 17 Women’s GS — Kranjska Gora, Slovenia 6:15 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SL — Kitzbuehel, Austria 7:45 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 22 Women’s DH — Crans-Montana, Switzerland 4 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s DH — Kitzbuehel, Austria 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 23 Women’s DH — Crans-Montana, Switzerland 4 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s DH — Kitzbuehel, Austria 5:30 a.m. Peacock Premium
Women’s DH — Crans-Montana, Switzerland* 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Men’s DH — Kitzbuehel, Austria* 6 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 24 Men’s SG — Kitzbuehel, Austria 4:20 a.m. Peacock Premium
Women’s SG — Crans-Montana, Switzerland 6 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s SG — Crans-Montana, Switzerland* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 26 Women’s GS — Kronplatz, Italy 7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SL — Schladming, Austria 11:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m. Peacock Premium
Jan. 30 Women’s DH — Garmisch, Germany 5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SL — Chamonix, France 6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s DH — Garmisch, Germany* 3 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 31 Women’s DH — Garmisch, Germany 5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SL — Chamonix, France 6:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Feb. 5 Men’s SG — Garmisch, Germany 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s SG — Garmisch, Germany* 4 p.m. NBCSN
Feb. 6 Men’s DH — Garmisch, Germany 5:30 a.m. Olympic Channel

MORE: 2021 World Alpine Skiing Championships TV Schedule

*Same-day Delay
Note: In addition to streaming on Peacock Premium, all television coverage will stream on NBC Sports digital platforms.

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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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