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2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships: Men's Free Skating
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Gold-medal contenders look to book their spots on the U.S. Olympic team in the most anticipated week of qualifying competitions, live on NBC Sports and Peacock this week.

The U.S. Olympic figure skating roster will be announced after the national championships in Nashville, where world champion Nathan Chen is the headliner. A committee will choose three men, three women, two pairs and three ice dance couples, considering results from the past year. The team usually mirrors nationals results, but not always.

In the Olympic speed skating trials, Brittany BoweErin Jackson and Joey Mantia look to return to the Winter Games after impressive World Cup seasons. Each native of Ocala, Florida, is ranked No. 1 in the world in their best event.

Shaun White is the marquee name at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California. While Chloe Kim already clinched her Olympic spot, White must either get on the podium this week or rely on a discretionary selection to get to his fifth Games.

Elsewhere, Americans are looking to lock up Olympic spots via international results in bobsled, luge and skeleton. Cross-country skiing and ski jumping finish their annual showcases — the Tour de Ski and the Four Hills Tournament.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships — Nashville

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 5 p.m. Pairs’ Short USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 p.m. Women’s Short USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 4:30 p.m. Rhythm Dance USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 p.m. Women’s Free NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 p.m. Men’s Short NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 p.m. Pairs’ Free USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 p.m. Free Dance USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2 p.m. Men’s Free NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK

U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Trials — Milwaukee

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 6 p.m. W3000m, M5000m USA | STREAM LINK
Thursday 7 p.m. Men’s, Women’s 1000m USA | STREAM LINK
Friday 6 p.m. Men’s, Women’s 500m USA | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 p.m. Men’s, Women’s 1500m USA | STREAM LINK
Sunday 12:30 p.m.* Highlights NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:30 p.m. Men’s, Women’s Mass Start USA | STREAM LINK

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Grand Prix — Mammoth Mountain, California

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 10 p.m. Ski Halfpipe Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 12 p.m.* Ski Halfpipe CNBC
12:30 p.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
4 p.m. Ski Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 p.m. Snowboard Halfpipe Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 9:30 a.m.* Snowboard Slopestyle CNBC
11 a.m.* Ski Slopestyle CNBC
1 p.m.* Snowboard Halfpipe CNBC

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Zagreb, Croatia (Men/Women), Adelboden, Switzerland (Men) and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:05 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 7 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:10 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock
7:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock
7:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup — Winterberg, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 4:30 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 3:45 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

Luge World Cup –Sigulda, Latvia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3:10 a.m. Men Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Doubles Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:05 a.m. Women Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 a.m. Men’s Sprint Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:45 a.m. Doubles Sprint Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7:20 a.m. Women’s Sprint Olympics.com | STREAM LINK

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Val di Fiemme, Italy (Tour de Ski)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Monday 6:40 a.m. Women’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:50 a.m. Men’s 15km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Tuesday 5:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:25 a.m. Men’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Innsbruck and Bischofshofen, Austria (Men, Four Hills Tournament)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Monday 7:30 a.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Wednesday 10:15 a.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 10:30 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 a.m. Men Team Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Le Relais, Canada (Aerials) and Mont-Tremblant, Canada (Moguls)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 2 p.m. Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 2 p.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 2 p.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Snowboard Cross) and Scuol, Switzerland (Parallel)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 2 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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In a tie, Wendy Holdener puts to rest a remarkable stat in Alpine skiing

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Swiss Wendy Holdener ended one of the most remarkable victory droughts in sports by tying for the win with Swede Anna Swenn Larsson in a World Cup slalom in Killington, Vermont, on Sunday.

Holdener, after 15 second-place finishes and 15 third-place finishes in her career, stood on the top step of a World Cup slalom podium for the first time. She shared it with Swenn Larsson, who had six World Cup slalom podiums before Sunday and also earned her first win.

They beat Austrian Katharina Truppe by .22 of a second combining times from two runs.

ALPINE SKIING: Full Results | Broadcast Schedule

Holdener, 29, previously won three World Cups in other disciplines, plus two world championships in the combined and Olympic and world titles in the team event.

“To be tied first when I came into the finish was such a relief,” Holdener said while shoulder to shoulder with Swenn Larsson. “On the end, it’s perfect, because now we can share our first win together.”

Mikaela Shiffrin had the best first-run time but lost her lead midway through the second run and finished fifth. Shiffrin, who won the first two slaloms this season last weekend, was bidding for a 50th World Cup slalom victory and a sixth win in six slaloms in Killington.

“I fought. I think some spots I got a little bit off my timing, but I was pushing, and that’s slalom,” she said before turning her attention to Holdener and Swenn Larsson. “It’s a pretty special day, actually.”

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves next weekend to Lake Louise, Alberta, with two downhills and a super-G.

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Injured Ilia Malinin wins Grand Prix Finland, qualifies for Grand Prix Final

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Ilia Malinin, competing “a little bit injured” this week, still won Grand Prix Finland and goes into the Grand Prix Final in two weeks as the world’s top-ranked male singles skater.

Malinin, who was second after Friday’s short program, landed four clean quadruple jumps in Saturday’s free skate to overtake Frenchman Kevin Aymoz.

Malinin, who landed a quad flip in competition for the first time, according to SkatingScores.com, also attempted a quad Axel to open his program, but spun out of the landing and put his hand down on the ice.

Malinin also won his previous two starts this season in come-from-behind fashion. The 17-year-old world junior champion became the first skater to land a clean, fully rotated quad Axel in September, then did it again in October at Skate America, where he posted the world’s top overall score this season.

Next, Malinin can become the second-youngest man to win the Grand Prix Final after Russian Yevgeny Plushenko. His biggest competition is likely to be world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who like Malinin won both of his Grand Prix starts this fall. Malinin and Uno have not gone head-to-head this season.

Grand Prix Finland highlights air on NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Earlier, Japan’s Mai Mihara overtook world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium to become the only woman to win both of her Grand Prix starts this season. Mihara prevailed by .23 of a point. The top three women this season by best total score are Japanese, led by a junior skater, 14-year-old Mao Shimada, who isn’t Olympic age-eligible until 2030.

Mihara and Hendrickx qualified for the Grand Prix Final, joining world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Rinka Watanabe, both of Japan, South Korean Yelim Kim and American Isabeau Levito, the world junior champion.

Italians Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini won both pairs’ programs and qualified for their first Grand Prix Final.

Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara and Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier headline the Final. Both pairs won each of their Grand Prix starts earlier this fall. The Japanese have the world’s two best scores this season. The Americans are reigning world champions.

At least one Russian or Chinese pair made every Grand Prix Final podium — usually pairs from both countries — but neither nation competed in pairs this Grand Prix season. All Russian skaters are banned due to the war in Ukraine. China’s lone entry on the Grand Prix across all disciplines was an ice dance couple.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier improved on their world-leading score for this season in winning the ice dance by 17.03 points over Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker. Both couples qualified for the Grand Prix Final in the absence of all three Olympic medalists this fall.

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