World Nordic skiing championships highlight winter sports TV schedule

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Jessie Diggins is a headliner at the world Nordic skiing championships this week, airing on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium.

Diggins, the Tour de Ski champion and cross-country skiing World Cup overall leader, eyes medals in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Her best individual event — the 10km freestyle — is next week, but this week she’s expected to race her Olympic gold-medal event — the two-person team sprint on Sunday.

Worlds open with the individual men’s and women’s sprints on Thursday. Diggins took silver in that event at worlds in 2017, when it was in her preferred freestyle technique. This year, it’s classic skiing.

Nordic combined and ski jumping events also take place starting Thursday.

Elsewhere, the Alpine skiing World Cup resumes following the two-week world championships.

Mikaela Shiffrin is sitting out speed races, as she has done all season, but American Breezy Johnson will go for her first World Cup win in downhills on Friday and Saturday.

World Nordic Skiing Championships  — Oberstdorf, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 5:30 a.m. Sprint Finals Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Women’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m.* Women’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Sprint Finals NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Friday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Nordic Comb. NH Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m.* Men’s Nordic Comb. NH Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
10 a.m. Men’s Nordic Comb. NH 10km Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:15 a.m. Women’s Team Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Women’s Team Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
2:30 p.m. Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Qual. Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Women’s Nordic Comb. NH Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:45 a.m. Women’s Skiathlon 15km Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Skiathlon 30km Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Women’s Nordic Comb. NH 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m.* Women’s Skiathlon 15km Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m.* Men’s Skiathlon 30km Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Team Nordic Comb. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Team Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 a.m.* Men’s Team Nordic Comb. Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Men’s Team Nordic Comb. XC Relay Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m.* Team Sprints Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Mixed Team Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK

Alpine Skiing World Cup  — Val di Fassa, Italy (women) and Bansko, Bulgaria (men)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 5:45 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
2 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Bakuriani, Georgia

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 2:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Team Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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