Snowboard, freestyle skiing world champs highlight winter sports TV, stream schedule

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Chloe Kim headlines the world freestyle skiing and snowboarding championships, among several winter sports competitions on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium this week.

Kim, who in PyeongChang became the youngest Olympic halfpipe champion at 17, bids to repeat as world champion in Aspen, Colorado.

Kim went nearly two years between contests — taking a year off for Princeton freshman classes — before returning in January to win a World Cup event and, for the fifth time, the Winter X Games in Aspen.

The world championships field is stronger than the previous events with China entering Olympic silver medalist Liu Jiayu and two-time world champion Cai Xuetong, one year before it hosts the Winter Olympics. Also entered: Maddie Mastro, the last person to beat Kim in competition in 2019, and Spain’s Queralt Castellet, who won the 2020 X Games in Kim’s absence.

Other headliners include Australian Scotty James in men’s halfpipe and Americans Jamie Anderson and Red Gerard, Austrian Anna Gasser Canadian Mark McMorris in big air and slopestyle.

World championships events in freestyle skiing are split between Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Aspen this week. In Almaty, the U.S. has medal chances in both aerials and moguls after making World Cup men’s and women’s podiums in both disciplines this season.

Aspen hosts big air, halfpipe and slopestyle, featuring two-time Olympic champion David Wise and fellow American Olympic medalists Brita SigourneyAlex Ferreira, Devin Logan and Nick Goepper, plus Gus Kenworthy, who now skis for Great Britain.

In other sports, Mikaela Shiffrin competes in the last Alpine skiing World Cup races before next week’s World Cup Finals. Shiffrin goes for her 70th World Cup win starting Friday, the 10th anniversary of her debut on the circuit at age 15.

World Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding Championships  — Almaty, Kazakhstan (Aerials, Moguls) and Aspen, Colorado

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Monday 4 a.m. Moguls Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Moguls Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Tuesday 4 a.m. Dual Moguls Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 p.m.* Dual Moguls Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Wednesday 4 a.m. Aerials Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
4 p.m.* Aerials NBCSN | Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Thursday 4 a.m. Team Aerials Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 p.m. Team Aerials Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Friday 11:30 a.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
3 p.m. Ski Halfpipe Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 11:30 a.m. Ski Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Snowboard Slopestyle NBC | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Ski Slopestyle Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
3 p.m. Snowboard Halfpipe Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 12 a.m.* Ski Halfpipe NBCSN | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Snowboard Halfpipe NBC | STREAM LINK

Alpine Skiing World Cup  — Are, Sweden (Women) and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (Men)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 7:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 12 a.m.* Women’s Slalom NBCSN | STREAM LINK
3:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup  — Nove Mesto, Czech Republic

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 11:30 a.m. Men’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 11:30 a.m. Women’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8:45 a.m. Men’s Pursuit Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m. Women’s Pursuit Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 5:25 a.m. Mixed Relay Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:45 a.m. Single Mixed Relay Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup  — Engadin, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 5:40 a.m. Men’s 15km Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:15 a.m. Women’s 30km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:35 a.m. Men’s 50km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup  — Sunny Valley, Russia (Ski Cross) and Almaty, Kazakhstan (Aerials, Moguls)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 2 a.m. Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
3 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3 a.m. Dual Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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NFL star Jared Allen’s team beats Olympic champions at curling nationals

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Retired NFL star Jared Allen was part of a curling team that beat 2018 Olympic champion John Shuster to open the U.S. Championships in Denver on Sunday night.

Allen, who retired from the NFL in 2016 and picked up curling in 2018, is on 2010 Olympian Jason Smith‘s team, which beat Shuster’s team 10-6 in the first game of round-robin play.

After all eight teams play each other, the top four advance to Friday’s playoffs. The winner of Saturday’s final is national champion and is expected to be the U.S. team for the world championship in Ottawa in April.

Allen, 40, said before nationals that he is eyeing the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“I thought curling was going to be a lot easier than it was,” Allen, who was on a different team at the last nationals in 2021 that went 0-9, told the newspaper. “But I’m one of those guys who, once I start something, I’m going to see it through. Our goal at nationals is to beat as many teams as we possibly can and see where we land.”

How big of an upset was Sunday’s result? Ken Pomeroy rated Smith’s team fifth in the eight-team field before the tournament, while he had Shuster’s team second behind Korey Dropkin.

Shuster’s team won the last three nationals that they entered, plus the last two Olympic Trials since the bulk of the team formed for the 2015 season. Shuster went 11-0 at his last nationals in 2020, then 11-2 at the 2022 Olympic Trials, where the younger Dropkin beat him twice but ultimately lost in the finals series.

Allen was first linked to serious curling in February 2018 via U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Lou Nanne on a Minnesota ESPN radio show. Nanne said Allen told him at a dinner.

“[Allen] says, ‘I’m giving myself four years to make the Olympic curling team,’” said Nanne, a 1968 U.S. Olympian.

Allen, along with retired quarterback Marc Bulger, first played on a team with 2010 Olympian John Benton and fellow veteran curler Hunter Clawson.

Allen’s new team includes Smith, who played on the 2010 Olympic team skipped by Shuster, Clawson and Dominik Maerki.

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U.S. Alpine skiers wear climate change-themed race suits at world championships

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Looking cool is just the tip of the iceberg for Mikaela Shiffrin, Travis Ganong and the rest of the U.S. ski team when they debut new race suits at the world championships.

Even more, they want everyone thinking about climate change.

The team’s predominantly blue-and-white suits depict an image of ice chunks floating in the ocean. It’s a concept based on a satellite photo of icebergs breaking due to high temperatures. The suit was designed in collaboration with Kappa, the team’s technical apparel sponsor, and the nonprofit organization Protect Our Winters (POW).

The Americans will wear the suits throughout the world championships in Courchevel and Meribel, France, which started Monday with a women’s Alpine combined race and end Feb. 19.

“Although a race suit is not solving climate change, it is a move to continue the conversation and show that U.S Ski & Snowboard and its athletes are committed to being a part of the future,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, the president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

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Global warming has become a cold, hard reality in ski racing, with mild temperatures and a lack of snow leading to the postponement of several World Cup events this winter.

“I’m just worried about a future where there’s no more snow. And without snow, there’s no more skiing,” said Ganong, who grew up skiing at Lake Tahoe in California. “So this is very near and dear to me.”

What alarms Ganong is seeing the stark year-to-year changes to some of the World Cup circuit’s most storied venues.

“I mean, it’s just kind of scary, looking at how on the limit (these events) are even to being possible anymore,” said Ganong, who’s been on the U.S. team since 2006. “Places like Kitzbuehel (Austria), there’s so much history and there’s so much money involved with that event that they do whatever they can to host the event.

“But that brings up a whole other question about sustainability as well: Is that what we should be doing? … What kind of message do we need show to the public, to the world, about how our sport is adapting to this new world we live in?”

The suits feature a POW patch on the neck and the organization’s snowflake logo on the leg.

“By coming together, we can educate and mobilize our snowsports community to push for the clean energy technologies and policies that will most swiftly reduce emissions and protect the places we live and the lifestyles we love,” according to a statement from executive director Mario Molina, whose organization includes athletes, business leaders and scientists who are trying to protect places from climate change.

Ganong said a group of ski racers are releasing a letter to the International Ski Federation (FIS), with the hope the governing body will take a stronger stance on sustainability and climate change.

“They should be at the forefront of trying to adapt to this new world, and try to make it better, too,” Ganong said.

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