Olympic short track trials, Chloe Kim’s return; winter sports broadcast schedule

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The U.S. team for Beijing really starts to take shape this week with athletes qualifying in a number of sports.

The Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Trials highlight live competition on NBC Sports, NBCOlympics.com and Peacock.

Trials will produce seven Olympians — five men and two women. Maame Biney is the lone skater in the field who has competed at an Olympics. Kristen Santos is the top American this season, making three World Cup podiums.

A short track trials preview is here.

Elsewhere, Chloe Kim competes for the first time this season at the Dew Tour in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Kim, who in 2018 became the youngest Olympic halfpipe champion at 17, is set to wrap up a spot on her second Olympic team over the next week. A win at Dew Tour would do it.

Short of that, she will almost surely make it via the world rankings update next week. The top two U.S. women on that list, provided they are top six overall, make the team for Beijing. Kim is currently third, followed by countrywoman Maddie Mastro.

At Dew Tour, Kim will put her win streak on the line. Last year, she returned from a 22-month break between competitions to win all four of her starts, including the X Games, world championships and the first U.S. Olympic qualifier. It’s been nearly five years since she finished worse than second anywhere.

Dew Tour is one in a series of Olympic qualifying events in snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle and ski halfpipe and slopestyle. The other main attraction is Shaun White, who was eighth at last week’s U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain but is still in decent shape to make a fifth Olympic team at age 35 later this winter.

U.S. Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Trials — Kearns, Utah

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 8:30 p.m. 1500m, 500m NBCSN | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 5:30 p.m. 1000m, 1500m NBCSN | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 p.m. 500m, 1000m NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK

Dew Tour — Copper Mountain, Colorado

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 11:05 a.m. Women’s Ski Halfpipe Dew Tour YouTube
12:15 p.m. Men’s Ski Slopestyle Dew Tour YouTube
2:30 p.m. Women’s Ski Slopestyle Dew Tour YouTube
Saturday 11 a.m. Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Dew Tour YouTube
1:15 p.m. Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Dew Tour YouTube
3:15 p.m. Men’s Ski Halfpipe Dew Tour YouTube
Sunday 11:10 a.m. Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe Dew Tour YouTube
12:50 p.m. Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Dew Tour YouTube

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Val Gardena/Alta Badia, Italy (Men) and Val d’Isere, France (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 5:45 a.m. Men’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:45 a.m. Men’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Monday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup — Altenberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 3 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. Women’s Monobob Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
8:30 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 4 a.m. Two-Woman Bobsled Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
8:30 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 — Igls, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:40 a.m. Doubles Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Women Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:15 a.m. Men’s Sprint Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Doubles Sprint Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7:35 a.m. Women’s Sprint Olympics.com | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup — Annecy, France

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 8:15 a.m. Women’s 7.5km Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Women’s 7.5km Sprint Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:15 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Men’s 10km Sprint Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
10 p.m.* Women’s 7.5km Sprint NBCSN | STREAM LINK
11 p.m.* Men’s 10km Sprint NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
11 p.m.* Women’s 10km Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 12 a.m.* Men’s 12.5km Pursuit NBCSN | STREAM LINK
6:45 a.m. Women’s 12.5km Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:45 a.m. Men’s 15km Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
12 p.m.* Women’s 12.5km Mass Start Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Men’s 15km Mass Start Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
5 p.m.* Women’s 12.5km Mass Start NBCSN | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Men’s 15km Mass Start NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Dresden, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Team Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Ramsau, Austria (women) and Engelberg, Switzerland (men)

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

Nordic Combined World Cup — Ramsau, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women’s 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:35 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Alpe d’Huez, France (Moguls) and Innichen, Italy (Ski Cross)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 6 a.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8 a.m. Dual Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Monday 5:30 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Carezza and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (Alpine) and Cervinia, Italy (Snowboard Cross)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 7 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
1 p.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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Valencia Marathon produces historic times in men’s, women’s races

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Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum and Ethiopian Amane Beriso won the Valencia Marathon and became the third-fastest man and woman in history, respectively.

Kiptum, a 23-year-old in his marathon debut, won the men’s race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 53 seconds. The only men to ever run faster over 26.2 miles are legends: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:09 world record, plus a 2:01:39) and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41).

Kipchoge made his marathon debut at age 28, and Bekele at 31.

Beriso, a 31-year-old whose personal best was 2:20:48 from January 2016, stunned the women’s field Sunday by running 2:14:58. The only women to have run faster: Kenyans Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:14:18).

Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey finished second in 2:16:49, the fastest-ever time for a woman in her marathon debut. Gidey is the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m.

Valencia is arguably the top annual marathon outside of the six World Marathon Majors. The next major marathon is Tokyo on March 5.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins Beaver Creek downhill

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won his second straight World Cup downhill race to start the season, despite feeling under the weather.

Although dealing with an illness all week in training, Kilde powered through the challenging Birds of Prey course Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 42.09 seconds. It was enough to hold off Marco Odermatt of Switzerland by 0.06 seconds. James Crawford of Canada was third to earn his second career World Cup podium finish.

Kilde also won the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“It’s been a tough week,” Kilde said after the race. “I caught the flu in Lake Louise after a very, very nice weekend. It really hit me hard. Then I got a couple of days to rest and take it easy. … I felt OK. Still feeling it a little bit in my system.”

The Beaver Creek crew members had the course in solid shape a day after a downhill race was canceled due to high wind and snowfall.

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Kilde reached speeds around 75 mph in picking up his eighth World Cup downhill victory. That tied him with Kjetil Jansrud for the third-most downhill wins in the World Cup discipline among Norwegian men. The total trails only Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Lasse Kjus (10).

“I found a really, really good set-up with my equipment and also with my skiing,” Kilde explained. “I believe in myself. I trust in myself. I have a good game plan. When I stand on the start, I don’t dwell on anything. I know that this plan is what I do and when I do that it’s going to be fast.”

Odermatt has been on the podium in all four World Cup races this season as he tries to defend his overall World Cup title. The 25-year-old finished third in the opening downhill of the season last weekend. He’s also won a giant slalom race and a super-G.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle wound up in seventh place for the top American finish. He was ninth in the downhill in Lake Louise.

“It’s been solid,” Cochran-Siegle said of his strides in the discipline. “A couple of little things here and there that pushed me off that top three. You have to ski with a lot of intensity and ski without abandon, in a sense. Today was a good step.”

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz, who won the Olympic downhill gold medal at the Beijing Games last February, tied for ninth.

The Beaver Creek stop on the circuit comes to a close Sunday with a super-G race. Odermatt will be the favorite after holding off Kilde in the opening super-G last weekend.

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