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

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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.”

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

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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.

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