Mikaela Shiffrin’s last pre-Olympic slalom highlights winter sports broadcast schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin races her last slalom before the Olympics, while more skiers, bobsledders and skeleton sliders look to lock up Olympic spots on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock this week.

Shiffrin has a rare competition during the American workday — a night slalom in Schladming, Austria, on Tuesday.

Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova is guaranteed to go into the Olympics ranked No. 1 in the world in Shiffrin’s trademark event, but this is Shiffrin’s chance to get some momentum back after straddling a gate in the last slalom on Sunday.

Elsewhere, it’s the last weekend of World Cup competition before U.S. Olympic teams are determined in Alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding, bobsled and skeleton.

Shaun White, after withdrawing from last week’s U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California, flew to Switzerland for the Laax Open. White failed to clinch an Olympic spot objectively, but only one U.S. male halfpipe rider did (Taylor Gold). There are up to three more spots available via coaches’ picks, and White is in strong position to land one of them.

Among the notable events is a World Cup for aerials and moguls at the 2002 Olympic site of Deer Valley, Utah. Three-time Olympic aerials skier Ashley Caldwell is the biggest name yet to secure a spot on the team for Beijing in those events.

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Schladming and Zauchensee, Austria (Women) and Wengen, Switzerland (Men)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Tuesday 12 p.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
2:45 p.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 6:30 a.m. Men’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 6:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock
Saturday 4:45 a.m. Women’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock
Sunday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Women’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock

European Figure Skating Championships — Tallinn, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 4:45 a.m. Men’s Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:45 a.m. Pairs’ Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 4:15 a.m. Women’s Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Women’s Short E!
12 p.m.* Men’s Short E!
12 p.m. Pairs’ Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 5 a.m. Rhythm Dance Peacock | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Men’s Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
1 p.m. Men’s Free E!
Saturday 6:35 a.m. Free Dance Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m. Women’s Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
1:30 p.m. Women’s Free E!
Sunday 4 p.m.* Highlights NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Deer Valley, Utah (Aerials, Moguls), Nakiska, Canada (Ski Cross) and Font Romeu, France (Slopestyle)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 5 p.m. Aerials Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 4 p.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 2:15 p.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
4 p.m. Moguls Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 12:30 p.m.* Moguls, Aerials CNBC
2:15 p.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 a.m. Ski Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
2:30 p.m.* Moguls, Aerials NBC | STREAM LINK

Bobsled/Skeleton World Cup — St. Moritz, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 3 a.m. Women’s Skeleton Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Skeleton Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6 p.m.* Women’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Men’s Skeleton Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3 a.m. Women’s Monobob Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
7 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 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 — Oberhof, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:45 a.m. Doubles Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 a.m. Women Olympics.com | STREAM LINK
6:50 a.m. Team Relay Olympics.com | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup — Ruhpolding, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. Women’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:30 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:45 a.m. Women’s Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:45 a.m. Men’s Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Zakopane, Poland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 12 p.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 10 a.m. Men Team Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Klingenthal, Germany

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

Snowboarding World Cup — Bad Gastein and Simonhöhe, Austria (Parallel) and Laax, Switzerland (Halfpipe, Slopestyle)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Tuesday 12:45 p.m. Parallel Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Wednesday 7 a.m. Team Parallel Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:15 a.m. Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:15 a.m. Team Parallel Giant Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:15 a.m. Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m. Halfpipe Olympic Channel | Peacock
2 p.m.* Slopestyle Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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Ukraine officials say athletes should not compete in Olympic qualifiers with Russians

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The Ukraine government decided that its athletes should not compete in 2024 Olympic qualifying events if Russians are present, according to several media reports in Ukraine.

“At a meeting of the government, a protocol decision was made on the proposal of colleague (sports minister Vadym) Guttsait that we take part in qualifying competitions only where there are no Russians,” government minister Oleh Nemchinov said Thursday, according to a Reuters translation of a Ukraine public broadcaster report. “Accordingly, participation outside these criteria may be grounds for depriving federations of their national status.”

A decision has not been published on the Ukraine government website.

Guttsait is also the president of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee. A message was sent to the committee late Thursday seeking comment.

On Tuesday, the IOC updated its recommendations for the possible participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competition. Previously, the IOC recommended no Russians or Belarusians be allowed to compete.

Tuesday’s update called for strict measures should international sports federations decide to readmit Russians and Belarusians who do not actively support the war as neutral athletes in individual events.

“I want to tell our fellow athletes who are worried that due to the IOC measures and the admission of Russians or Belarusians to competitions, and accordingly Ukrainians will not be able to participate, that their careers will be broken,” Nemchinov said, according to the Reuters translation of the public broadcaster report. “But your life and that of your children will remain.”

The International Fencing Federation (FIE) decided earlier in March that it planned to readmit Russians and Belarusians starting in the second half of April, which is also when the 2024 Olympic qualifying period begins in that sport.

Most other international federations for Olympic sports are so far still barring Russians and Belarusians. Some have said they are considering the IOC’s updated recommendations as they monitor their positions.

After Nemchinov’s reported comments, the Ukraine fencing federation press secretary said late Thursday that its fencers will not compete against Russians.

“Ukrainian fencers will not only refuse to compete against Russian and Belarusian athletes but will not participate in events of any level where Russian or Belarusian athletes will be competing,” the press secretary said in an email.

Ukraine won at least one fencing medal at each of the last five Olympics.

“We are all professionals, and if I will fence, which can be or cannot, I think I will be professional,” Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan, a four-time Olympic medalist and a four-time individual world champion, said Wednesday regarding a possible boycott. “As a Ukrainian citizen, it’s tough to even imagine how to stand next to [Russians], to know that they’re supporting or they’re in silence and we haven’t heard any word from them or we know that they represent army that’s shelling Ukraine every day.”

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Wimbledon reverses ban on Russia, Belarus tennis players

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Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete at Wimbledon as neutral athletes after the All England Club on Friday reversed its ban from last year.

The players must sign declarations of neutrality and comply with “appropriate conditions,” including not expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision, not taken lightly or without a great deal of consideration for those who will be impacted,” All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt said in a statement.

The players cannot receive funding from the Russian or Belarusian states, including sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by the states.

Those impacted include Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Russian players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev.

Other tennis tournaments have allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutral athletes.

“We also consider alignment between the Grand Slams to be increasingly important in the current tennis environment,” the club said.

The same conditions will apply for Lawn Tennis Association tournaments used by players as grass-court warmups for the sport’s oldest Grand Slam tournament.

The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours last year imposed heavy fines on the LTA and threatened to pull its tournaments. The ATP and WTA had also responded to last year’s ban by not awarding ranking points for Wimbledon — an unprecedented move against the prestigious event.

“There was a strong and very disappointing reaction from some governing bodies in tennis to the position taken by the All England Club and the LTA last year with consequences which, if continued, would be damaging to the interests of players, fans, The Championships and British tennis,” the club said.

This year’s Wimbledon tournament will start on July 3. The women’s final is scheduled for July 15 and the men’s final on July 16.

The All England Club said the conditions were developed through talks with the British government, the LTA and “international stakeholder bodies in tennis.”

The club’s statement described “personal player declarations” but didn’t provide details. The LTA said the players and support staff “will be required to sign neutrality declarations” similar to those used in other sports.

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