World luge championships highlight winter sports TV, live stream schedule

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The world luge championships highlight this week’s winter sports events on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium.

The host Germans are expected to again dominate luge worlds, which were relocated from Whistler, B.C., to Königssee due to coronavirus pandemic-related travel issues.

Two-time Olympic champions Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger lead the individual World Cup standings in comeback seasons.

Loch, after dropping from first to fifth in the fourth and final run at the 2018 Olympics, won just one World Cup event in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons (plus the 2019 World title). But this season, Loch has won nine of 11 races, the only defeats coming in the non-Olympic sprint event.

Geisenberger, after taking the 2019-20 season off due to pregnancy, finished first or second in every World Cup, often battling countrywoman Julia Taubitz.

Five different doubles teams among four different nations have won World Cups this season.

The U.S. team joined the World Cup circuit late this season due to the pandemic, flying to Europe for January races. Its best hopes are 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer (best finish this season: 13th), 2019 World bronze medalist Emily Sweeney and Summer Britcher, the lone American to make a World Cup podium this season (third on Sunday).

In other sports this week, Mikaela Shiffrin competes in a giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy, on Tuesday, likely her last race before February’s world Alpine skiing championships.

World Luge Championships  — Königssee, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 6:45 a.m. Men’s Sprint OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
7:40 a.m. Doubles Sprint OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
8:35 a.m. Women’s Sprint OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Doubles Run 1 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
4:50 a.m. Doubles Run 2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
6:50 a.m. Men Run 1 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Men Run 2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
2:30 p.m.* Highlights NBC | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Women Run 1 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
5:50 a.m. Women Run 2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Team Relay OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Highlights NBCSN | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Alpine Skiing World Cup  — Kronplatz, Italy and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (Women)
Schladming, Austria and Chamonix, France (Men)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Tuesday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:45 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
2:45 p.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Wednesday 12:30 a.m.* Women’s Giant Slalom NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
3 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup  — Igls, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 4 a.m. Men’s Skeleton OlympicChannel.com
8 a.m. Women’s Skeleton OlympicChannel.com
6 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 6:10 a.m. Two-Man Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
10 a.m. Women’s Monobob OlympicChannel.com
6 p.m.* Two-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s Monobob Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
8 a.m. Two-Woman Bobsled OlympicChannel.com
6 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Two-Woman Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Falun, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 5:15 a.m. Women’s 15km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7:25 a.m. Men’s 15km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Women’s 10km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Sprint Finals Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Feldberg, Germay (Ski Cross) and Minsk, Belarus (Aerials)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 6 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

*Delayed broadcast

Nordic Combined World Cup — Seefeld, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 7:30 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Men’s 5km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 2:30 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:40 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Men’s 15km Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Willingen, Germany (Men) and Titisee-Neustadt, Germany (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 9:45 a.m. Men’s Qualifying Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:15 a.m. Women’s Qualifying Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7:45 a.m. Women Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10 a.m. Men Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7:15 a.m. Women Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:15 a.m. Men Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Moscow

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 9 a.m. Parallel Slalom Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

Speed Skating World Cup — Heerenveen, Netherlands

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 8:10 a.m. Women’s 1500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8:56 a.m. Men’s 1500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:15 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:57 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:57 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:16 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:45 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:13 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:52 a.m. Women’s 3000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:35 a.m. Men’s 5000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:22 a.m. Women’s 1000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
2:41 p.m. Men’s 1000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

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Katie Ledecky out-touches new rival at swimming’s U.S. Open, extends streak

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It was a rare sight: Katie Ledecky being matched stroke for stroke in a distance race in an American pool. She was up for the challenge.

Ledecky out-touched emerging 16-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh by eight hundredths of a second in the 400m freestyle at the U.S. Open in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday night.

Ledecky and McIntosh were tied at the 300-meter mark. Ledecky ended up clocking 3:59.71 to McIntosh’s 3:59.79 to extend a decade-long win streak in freestyle races of 400 meters or longer in U.S. pools.

“I know we’ll have a lot more races ahead of us,” Ledecky said on Peacock. “We bring the best out of each other.”

The U.S. Open continues Friday with live finals coverage on Peacock at 6 p.m. ET.

U.S. OPEN SWIMMING: Full Results

At the Tokyo Olympics, McIntosh placed fourth in the 400m free at age 14.

She accelerated this year, taking silver behind Ledecky at the world championships and silver behind Tokyo gold medalist Ariarne Titmus of Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Then in October, McIntosh outdueled Ledecky in a 400m free — also by eight hundredths — in a short-course, 25-meter pool at a FINA World Cup meet in Toronto. Long-course meets like the Olympics and the U.S. Open are held in 50-meter pools.

McIntosh also won world titles in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley, becoming the youngest individual world champion since 2011.

A potential showdown among Ledecky, Titmus and McIntosh at the 2024 Paris Games is already being compared to the “Race of the Century,” the 2004 Olympic men’s 200m free where Australian Ian Thorpe edged Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps.

In other events Thursday, Regan Smith, an Olympic and world medalist in the backstroke and butterfly, won a 200m individual medley in a personal best 2:10.40, a time that would have placed fifth at June’s world championships. She beat 16-year-old Leah Hayes, who took bronze in the event at worlds.

Olympic 400m IM champ Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200m IM in 1:56.52, his best time ever outside of major summer meets. Frenchman Léon Marchand won the world title in 1:55.22 in June, when Kalisz was fourth.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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