Shaun White begins Olympic season; winter sports broadcast schedule

Shaun White
Getty Images
0 Comments

Shaun White begins his build-up to a potential fifth Olympics (and fourth gold medal) headlining the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado, live this week on NBC Sports and Peacock.

White, 35, competes for the first time this season at Copper Mountain, one of the Olympic selection events for ski and snowboard halfpipe. He must advance through qualifying to reach Saturday’s final (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Peacock).

White is favored to make the Olympic team of up to four men later in December or January, given he was the top American in the first of four Olympic qualifiers last March. He finished fourth overall, behind two Japanese riders and a German, at a contest in Aspen, Colorado.

That was his first competition since taking his third Olympic title in PyeongChang.

The top two U.S. men and women in the world halfpipe rankings on Dec. 22 qualify for Beijing, if they’re in the top six. No American men are currently in the top six. White is ranked 70th in large part because of his lack of competitions.

After world rankings, the riders with the best single podium result among the four Olympic selection events make the team until it reaches three men and three women. A fourth rider per gender can be added via discretionary selection.

This week’s field includes four Olympic medal contenders from Japan, led by two-time silver medalist Ayumu Hirano and last season’s top rider, Yuto Totsuka.

Other Americans entered include 2014 Olympian Taylor Gold and 2018 Olympian Chase Josey.

Headliners in ski halfpipe at Copper: two-time Olympic champion David Wise, 2018 Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney.

Top U.S. female halfpipe snowboarders Chloe Kim and Maddie Mastro are not entered, but do not need to compete to be Olympic eligible. They are ranked Nos. 4 and 5 in the world.

Elsewhere in winter sports, Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to race a pair of super-Gs in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Shiffrin is working on her speed events as she eyes racing all five individual Alpine skiing events at the Olympics for the first time.

U.S. Grand Prix — Copper Mountain, Colorado

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 2:30 p.m. Ski Halfpipe Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 p.m.* Ski Halfpipe NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 2 p.m. Snowboard Halfpipe NBCSN | Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 p.m.* Ski Halfpipe NBC | STREAM LINK
Sunday 1 p.m.* Snowboard Halfpipe NBC | STREAM LINK

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Val d’Isere, France (Men) and St. Moritz, Switzerland (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock
7 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup — Winterberg, Germany

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 4 a.m. Four-Man Bobsled Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. Women’s Monobob Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s Monobob 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

Luge World Cup — Altenberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Doubles Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:10 a.m. Women Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:15 a.m. Men Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Team Relay Olympics.com | STREAM LINK

Speed Skating World Cup — Calgary, Canada

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 2:30 p.m. Day 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 2:30 p.m. Day 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2:30 p.m. Day 3 Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 p.m.* Highlights NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup — Hochfilzen, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 5:25 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint Olympic Channel | Peacock
8:15 a.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint Olympic Channel | Peacock
Saturday 6:15 a.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:15 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m.* Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
10 a.m.* Women’s Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
4 p.m.* Men’s 10km Sprint NBCSN | STREAM LINK
11 p.m.* Men’s 12.5km Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 5:45 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m.* Men’s Relay Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m.* Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
5:30 p.m.* Men’s Relay NBCSN | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s 10km Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM LINK
8 p.m.* Women’s 7.5km Sprint NBCSN | STREAM LINK
11 p.m.* Women’s Relay NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Davos, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 8:15 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 5:40 a.m. Men’s 15km Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Women’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Klingenthal, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 9 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
1:15 p.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Otepaa, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Women’s 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:30 a.m. Women’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Women’s 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Val Thorens, France (Ski Cross), Ruka, Finland (Aerials), Idre Fjall, Sweden (Moguls)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 3:45 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:40 a.m. Women’s Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:15 a.m. Men’s Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Team Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7 a.m. Dual Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Montafon, Austria (Snowboard Cross) and Bannoye, Russia (Alpine)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 7 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Team Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Parallel Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

IOC gives more time to pick 2030 Olympic host, studies rotating Winter Games

Getty
0 Comments

The 2030 Winter Olympic host, expected to be Salt Lake City or Sapporo, Japan, is no longer targeted to be decided before next fall, the IOC said in announcing wider discussions into the future of the Winter Games, including the possibility of rotating the Games within a pool of hosts.

The IOC Future Host Commission was granted more time to study factors, including climate change, that could impact which cities and regions host future Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The 2030 Winter Games host is not expected to be decided before or at an IOC session next September or October.

Hosts have traditionally been chosen by IOC members vote seven years before the Games, though recent reforms allow flexibility on the process and timeline. For example, the 2024 and 2028 Games were awarded to Paris and Los Angeles in a historic double award in 2017. The 2032 Summer Games were awarded to Brisbane last year without a traditional bid race.

There are three interested parties for the 2030 Winter Olympics, the IOC said Tuesday without naming them. Previously, Salt Lake City, Sapporo and Vancouver were confirmed as bids. Then in October, the British Columbia government said it would not support a Vancouver bid, a major setback, though organizers did not say that decision ended the bid. All three cities are attractive as past Winter Games hosts with existing venues.

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials have said Salt Lake City is a likelier candidate for 2034 than 2030, but could step in for 2030 if asked.

The future host commission outlined proposals for future Winter Olympics, which included rotating hosts within a pool of cities or regions and a requirement that hosts have an average minimum temperature below freezing (32 degrees) for snow competition venues at the time of the Games over a 10-year period.

The IOC Executive Board gave the commission more time to study the proposals and other factors impacting winter sports.

The IOC board also discussed and will continue to explore a potential double awarding of the 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympic hosts.

Also Tuesday, the IOC board said that Afghanistan participation in the 2024 Olympics will depend on making progress in safe access to sports for women and young girls in the country.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch urged the IOC to suspend Afghanistan until women and girls can play sport in the country.

In a press release, the IOC board expressed “serious concern and strongly condemned the latest restrictions imposed by the Afghan authorities on women and young girls in Afghanistan, which prevent them from practicing sport in the country.” It urged Afghanistan authorities to “take immediate action at the highest level to reverse such restrictions and ensure safe access to sport for women and young girls.”

The IOC board also announced that North Korea’s National Olympic Committee will be reinstated when its suspension is up at the end of the year.

In September 2021, the IOC banned the North Korean NOC through the end of 2022, including banning a North Korean delegation from participating in the Beijing Winter Games, after it chose not to participate in the Tokyo Games.

North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was the only one of 206 National Olympic Committees to withdraw from Tokyo. The country made its choice in late March 2021, citing a desire “to protect our athletes from the global health crisis caused by the malicious virus infection.”

The IOC said in September 2021 that it “provided reassurances for the holding of safe Games and offered constructive proposals to find an appropriate and tailor-made solution until the very last minute (including the provision of vaccines), which were systematically rejected by the PRK NOC.”

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe leaves moguls for another skiing discipline

Justine Dufour-Lapointe
Getty
0 Comments

Justine Dufour-Lapointe, the 2014 Olympic moguls champion, is leaving the event to compete in freeriding, a non-Olympic skiing discipline.

“After three Olympic cycles and 12 years on the World Cup circuit, I felt that I needed to find a new source of motivation and had to push my limits even more so I can reach my full potential as a skier,” the 28-year-old Montreal native said in a social media video, according to a translation from French. “Today, I am starting a new chapter in my career. … I want to perfect myself in another discipline. I want to connect with the mountain differently. Above all, I want to get out of my comfort zone in a way I’ve never done before.”

Dufour-Lapointe said she will compete on the Freeride World Tour, a series of judged competitions described as:

There‘s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins. It truly is that simple. Think skiers and snowboarders choosing impossible-looking lines through cornices and cliff-faces and nasty couloirs. Think progressive: big jumps, mach-speed turns and full-on attack. Think entertaining.

Dufour-Lapointe has retired from moguls skiing, according to a Freeride World Tour press release, though she did not explicitly say that in social media posts Tuesday.

At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Dufour-Lapointe denied American Hannah Kearney‘s bid to become the first freestyle skier to repeat as Olympic champion. Older sister Chloé took silver in a Canadian one-two.

Dufour-Lapointe also won the world title in 2015, then Olympic silver in 2018 behind Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont.

Chloé announced her retirement in September. A third Dufour-Lapointe Olympic moguls skier, Maxime, retired in 2018.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!