Olympic curling trials, Mikaela Shiffrin headline winter sports broadcast schedule

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The winter sports season is in full swing with an Olympic Trials, a Grand Prix figure skating event and the U.S.’ biggest skiing star in action this weekend across NBC Sports and Peacock.

The U.S. Olympic Curling Trials conclude in Omaha with the men’s and women’s best-of-three finals series.

The top seeds after round-robin play were the favorites — Olympic gold medalist John Shuster‘s rink and world bronze medalist Tabitha Peterson‘s team.

Figure skating’s Grand Prix Series visits France, headlined by four-time world ice dance champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, reigning world champion Anna Shcherbakova of Russia and U.S. Olympic hopefuls Jason BrownKaren Chen and Mariah Bell.

Mikaela Shiffrin, fresh off notching her 70th World Cup win last month, races in the first two World Cup slaloms of the season in Levi, Finland, where the prize is a reindeer. Shiffrin has won four of them in her career.

U.S. Olympic medal hopefuls are also in action in short- and long-track speed skating and the opening World Cup of the bobsled and skeleton season.

U.S. Olympic Curling Trials — Omaha

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 10 a.m. Women’s Tiebreaker (if necessary) NBCOlympics.com | STREAM LINK
2 p.m. Men’s or Women’s Tiebreaker (if necessary) NBCOlympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m. Men’s Final Game 1 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
9 p.m. Women’s Final Game 1 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
Saturday 6 p.m. Men’s Final Game 2 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
9 p.m. Women’s Final Game 2 NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
Sunday 6 p.m. Men’s Final Game 3 (if necessary) NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock
9 p.m. Women’s Final Game 3 (if necessary) NBCSN | NBCOlympics.com | Peacock

Figure Skating Grand Prix — Grenoble, France

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 7 a.m. Women’s Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Rhythm Dance Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:45 p.m. Men’s Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:45 p.m. Pairs’ Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Women’s Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:10 a.m. Free Dance Peacock | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Men’s Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
1:10 p.m. Pairs’ Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 p.m. Highlights NBC | STREAM LINK

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Levi, Finland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK

Speed Skating World Cup — Stavanger, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 11 a.m. Women’s 1000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:33 a.m. Men’s 1000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:17 p.m. Women’s 5000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 9 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:28 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:07 a.m. Men’s 10,000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:05 p.m. Men’s Team Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:28 p.m. Women’s Team Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 9 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:28 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:07 a.m. Men’s 1500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:54 a.m. Women’s 1500m Peacock | STREAM LINK

Short Track Speed Skating World Cup — Debrecen, Hungary

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 7:45 a.m. 500m, 1500m, Relays Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7:45 a.m. 1000m, Relays Peacock | STREAM LINK

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup — Igls, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 4 a.m. Men’s Skeleton Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. Women’s Skeleton Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3 a.m. Women’s Monobob Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Two-Man Bobsled Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Women’s Monobob Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Two-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3 a.m. Two-Woman Bobsled Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Two-Woman Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

Ski Jumping World Cup — Nizhny Tagil, Russia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Stubai, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 5:20 a.m. Ski Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK

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Kelly Cheng, Sara Hughes, beach volleyball’s new sensation, win World Tour Finals

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In just a few months since reuniting, Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes have become not just the best women’s beach volleyball team in the U.S., but also, arguably, the world.

Cheng and Hughes, former partners who got back together for a 2024 Olympic run, won the World Tour Finals on Sunday for the biggest title for a U.S. pair since April Ross and Alix Klineman took gold in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old Californians swept reigning world champions Duda and Ana Patricia of Brazil 21-18, 21-16 in Sunday’s final in Doha.

Cheng and Hughes have entered four tournaments since reuniting last fall and won all of them — once on the domestic AVP tour and now three international events.

They are rolling into the start of the 2024 Olympic qualifying window next week. It’s likely that the top two U.S. women’s pairs across international events over the course of the next 18 months qualify for the Paris Games.

Cheng and Hughes were previously NCAA champion teammates at USC, then the most promising, young U.S. pro team before splitting in 2018. Cheng made the Tokyo Olympics with Sarah Sponcil (lost in the round of 16), while Hughes’ Tokyo bid flamed out when partner Summer Ross suffered a back injury in 2019.

“It was a lot of the unknown and being young and kind of immature and listening to maybe outside forces and not really knowing how to deal with things as well,” Hughes said in October of their past breakup. “We’ve pretty much moved past that in our relationship. Moving forward with one another, we’re completely different players, and we’re a lot more mature. It feels like the right time. The past is past. We’re just moving forward.”

Cheng and Hughes have taken over from April Ross and Klineman as the top U.S. team. After winning Olympic gold, Klineman underwent shoulder surgery in January 2022 and last week announced she is pregnant and may return from childbirth for a “last-second” 2024 Olympic qualifying bid.

April Ross, a 40-year-old with an Olympic medal of every color, last competed in March, then withdrew before June’s world championships, where she was entered with Emily Day, with an unspecified injury. She has not announced if or when she plans to return to competition.

The U.S. has won at least one beach volleyball medal at every Olympics that the sport has been on the program (since 1996). Eighteen months out from the Paris Games, Cheng and Hughes are the best hope to keep the podium streak going.

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Germany opens bobsled worlds with double gold; Kaillie Humphries gets silver

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Germans Laura Nolte and Johannes Lochner dethroned the reigning Olympic and world champions to open the world bobsled championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, this weekend.

Nolte, the Olympic two-woman champion driver, won the four-run monobob by four tenths of a second over American Kaillie Humphries, who won the first world title in the event in 2021 and the first Olympic title in the event in 2022. Another German, Lisa Buckwitz, took bronze.

In the two-man, Lochner became the first driver to beat countryman Francesco Friedrich in an Olympic or world championships event since 2016, ending Friedrich’s record 12-event streak at global championships between two-man and four-man.

Friedrich, defeated by 49 hundredths, saw his streak of seven consecutive world two-man titles also snapped.

Lochner, 32, won his first outright global title after seven Olympic or world silvers, plus a shared four-man gold with Friedrich in 2017.

Swiss Michael Vogt drove to bronze, one hundredth behind Friedrich. Geoff Gadbois and Martin Christofferson filled the top American sled in 18th.

Americans Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton were the last non-Germans to win a world two-man title in 2012.

Bobsled worlds finish next weekend with the two-woman and four-man events.

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