Winter sports TV schedule: Five different world championships on tap this week

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World championships in Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboard cross and speed skating air live on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium this week.

In total, 33 medal events are taking place from Wednesday through Sunday in the busiest winter sports weekend of the season.

Alpine skiing worlds were due to start last Monday, but weather canceled racing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, condensing the schedule of the two-week championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, featuring Mikaela Shiffrin.

Biathlon worlds could produce the first athlete to qualify for the 2022 U.S. Winter Olympic team.

In bobsled and skeleton, Kaillie Humphries looks to back up her two-woman world title by winning the first world championship in monobob, which makes its Olympic debut in Beijing next year. German Francesco Friedrich, who in the two-man broke the record for total world championships, looks in the four-man to pull off the men’s sweep at a fourth consecutive worlds.

American Mick Dierdroff is the defending world snowboard cross champion. Lindsey Jacobellis, a five-time world champion, is also on the U.S. roster.

In speed skating, American Brittany Bowe has a chance to sweep the 1000m and 1500m. Otherwise, the Dutch are expected to dominate at home.

World Alpine Skiing Championships  — Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Super-G NBCSN | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
5 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 5 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
2:30 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBC | STREAM LINK
4:30 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 5 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Men’s Downhill NBC | STREAM LINK
4:30 p.m.* Men’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Monday TBA Women’s Combined Super-G TBA
TBA Women’s Combined Slalom TBA
TBA Men’s Combined Super-G TBA
TBA Men’s Combined Slalom TBA

MORE: Full World Alpine Skiing Championships Broadcast Schedule

World Biathlon Championships  — Pokljuka, Slovenia

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Wednesday 9 a.m. Mixed Relay Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:30 p.m.* Mixed Relay NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Sprint Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11 a.m.* Men’s Sprint NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8:30 a.m. Women’s Sprint Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 12:30 a.m.* Women’s Sprint NBCSN | STREAM LINK
7:15 a.m. Men’s Pursuit Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Women’s Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Monday 2 a.m.* Men’s Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Tuesday 12:30 a.m.* Women’s Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM LINK

World Bobsled and Skeleton Championships  — Altenberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 3 a.m. Women’s Skeleton Runs 1/2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Skeleton Runs 1/2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
Friday 3 a.m. Women’s Skeleton Runs 3/4 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Skeleton Runs 3/4 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
3 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Runs 3/4 Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
5 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Runs 3/4 Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3 a.m. Mixed Team Skeleton OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Women’s Monobob Runs 1/2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
9:45 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled Runs 1/2 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
5 p.m.* Mixed Team Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Runs 1/2 Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3 a.m. Women’s Monobob Runs 3/4 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled Runs 3/4 OlympicChannel.com | STREAM LINK
3 p.m.* Women’s Monobob Runs 3/4 Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
8 p.m. Four-Man Bobsled Runs 3/4 Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Monday 11:30 p.m. Four-Man Bobsled Runs 3/4 NBCSN | STREAM LINK

World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Championships — Idre Fjäll, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 5:30 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m.* Snowboard Cross Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Friday 6:30 a.m. Team Snowboard Cross Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Saturday 6:30 a.m. Ski Cross Olympic Channel | Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m.* Ski Cross Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

World Speed Skating Championships  — Heerenveen, Netherlands

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 8:50 a.m. Women’s 3000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:01 a.m. Men’s 5000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Highlights NBCSN | STREAM LINK
11 p.m.* Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Friday 9:10 a.m. Women’s Team Pursuit Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:33 a.m. Men’s Team Pursuit Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:13 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:56 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Highlights NBCSN | STREAM LINK
11:30 p.m.* Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 9:13 a.m. Women’s 1000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:02 a.m. Men’s 1000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
10:54 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:11 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Highlights Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
11:30 p.m.* Highlights Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:35 a.m. Women’s 1500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
7:32 a.m. Men’s 1500m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
8:28 a.m. Women’s 5000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
9:35 a.m. Men’s 10,000m Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
6:30 p.m.* Highlights Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Monday 12:30 a.m.* Highlights NBCSN | 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 a.m. Men Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10:10 a.m. Men Peacock Premium | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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Japanese pair edges Americans for historic Grand Prix Final figure skating title

Riku Miura, Ryuichi Kihara
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Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won the biggest title ever for a Japanese figure skating pair, taking the Grand Prix Final and consolidating their status as the world’s top active team.

Miura and Kihara, last season’s world silver medalists, barely outscored world champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier in Turin, Italy, in both Thursday’s short program and Friday’s free skate to win the six-pair event that is a preview of March’s worlds.

The Japanese totaled 214.58 points, distancing the Americans by a mere 1.3 points after Frazier erred on both of their side-by-side jumping passes in the free skate. Italians Sara Conti and Niccolo Macii took bronze.

“We had a very late start to our season than initially planned, so as we have been performing at each event, I see us getting stronger, improving things,” said Frazier, who with Knierim had their best short program and free skate scores of the autumn.

Knierim and Frazier didn’t decide to continue competing together this season until July.

“I feel a little personally disappointed tonight just for myself for my jumps,” Frazier continued. “I was a little all over the place and, normally, I can execute better, so I feel a little bad, but I’m very proud of us overall. We’ve done a great job of improving each competition and looking forward to the second half of the season where we can start tapping into our best skating.”

GRAND PRIX FINAL: Results | Broadcast Schedule

Miura and Kihara, who partnered in June 2019 and train in Ontario, both waited with trepidation for their final score to be posted, worried that each’s separate mistake on jumps might cost them the title. When they learned they won, both burst into tears.

“This was the first time in eight years that I made a mistake with a Salchow, so I thought we might not get a good score, and it would be my fault,” Kihara said.

Miura and Kihara entered the competition ranked No. 1 in the world by best scores this season ahead of Knierim and Frazier, who in March became the first U.S. pair to win a world title since 1979.

Last season, Miura and Kihara became the second Japanese pair to make a Grand Prix podium and to earn a world championships medal. Their ascension helped Japan win its first Olympic figure skating team event medal in February (a bronze that could be upgraded to gold pending the Kamila Valiyeva case).

In Grand Prix Final history, Japan had won 11 gold medals and 40 total medals, all in singles, before this breakthrough.

Knierim and Frazier, already the first U.S. pair to compete in the Grand Prix Final since 2015, became the first U.S. pair to win a Grand Prix Final medal. The Final has been held annually since 1996, though it was canceled the last two seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Miura and Kihara and Knierim and Frazier ascended to the top of the sport while the top five teams from the Olympics from Russia and China have not competed internationally since the Winter Games.

All Russian skaters are ineligible for international competition due to the war in Ukraine. China’s pairs, including Olympic champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, didn’t enter last March’s worlds and did not compete in the fall Grand Prix Series.

Later Friday, world champion Kaori Sakamoto of Japan led the women’s short program with 75.86 points, 1.28 ahead of countrywoman Mai Mihara. American Isabeau Levito, the 15-year-old world junior champion, was fifth of six skaters in her Grand Prix Final debut.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier topped the rhythm dance with 85.93 points, edging Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates by .44. Both couples are bidding for the biggest international title of their careers. None of the Olympic medalists competed internationally this fall.

The Grand Prix Final ends Saturday with the men’s and women’s free skates and free dance, all live on Peacock.

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A Winter Olympic medal still being decided, 10 months later

Fanny Smith, Daniela Maier
It's still unknown whether Fanny Smith (green) or Daniela Maier (blue) is the Olympic ski cross bronze medalist. (Getty)
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There is a second Winter Olympic medal result still in question, 10 months after the Games.

While the figure skating team event results are still unknown due to the Kamila Valiyeva case, the bronze medal in women’s ski cross is also in dispute.

Originally, Swiss Fanny Smith crossed the finish line in third place in the four-woman final at the Winter Games in February. Upon review by the International Ski Federation (FIS) jury, she was minutes later demoted to fourth place after making contact with German Daniela Maier near the end of the course. Maier, who originally was fourth, was upgraded to bronze.

“I tried to be OK with the fourth place. I was very disappointed, I have to say, [then] the jury was like this,” Maier said then. “I am really sorry for Fanny that it’s like this right now. … The jury decided like this, so accept it and be happy with the medal.”

Smith and the Swiss ski federation appealed. FIS reinstated Smith as the bronze medalist nine days after the race and six days after the Closing Ceremony. A FIS appeals commission met four times and reviewed video and written documentation for several hours before deciding that “the close proximity of the racers at that moment resulted in action that was neither intentional or avoidable.”

But that wasn’t the end. The case ended up reportedly going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), whose rulings are usually accepted as final. The CAS process is ongoing, European media reported this week.

CAS has not responded to a request for comment. A FIS contact said Friday, “There is currently no update to provide in regards to the bronze medal in ski cross. Should there be any update, we will inform you.”

Smith said there should be news soon regarding the case, according to Blick.

Maier still has the bronze medal at her home and enjoys looking at it, according to German media, which also reported that the German ski federation expects Maier to win the case and keep the medal. Smith and Maier spoke extensively about it in recent training sessions and cleared things up. Maier said the best outcome would be bronze medals for both of them, according to the report.

For now, FIS lists Smith as the bronze medalist. The IOC lists Maier as the bronze medalist.

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