Hahnenkamm downhills in Kitzbühel highlight winter sports broadcast schedule

Getty Images
1 Comment

The most famous annual race in Alpine skiing — the Hahnenkamm downhill — happens twice this week, live on Peacock.

The world’s bravest male ski racers head to Kitzbühel, Austria, for World Cup action, two weeks before the Olympics start.

The Streif downhill track is a two-minute, two-mile test of guts: a 3,000-foot drop at an average 65 miles per hour (and maxing out much faster than that). Crashes are commonplace. A helicopter is at the ready to airlift skiers to the nearest hospital.

The last American to win the Hahnenkamm downhill was Daron Rahlves in 2003. The favorites include Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Austrians Matthias Mayer and Vincent Kriechmayr, Italian Dominik Paris and Swiss Beat Feuz.

Elsewhere, the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup has speed races at the 2026 Winter Olympic host Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Mikaela Shiffrin is not taking part, instead focusing on training ahead of the Olympics.

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Kitzbühel, Austria (Men) and Cortina, d’Ampezzo, Italy (Women)

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

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships — Tallinn, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 5:35 a.m. Rhythm Dance Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Pairs’ Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Women’s Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
2 p.m.* Women’s Short E!
Friday 5:20 a.m. Men’s Short Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:20 a.m. Free Dance Peacock | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Men’s Short E!
3 p.m.* Free Dance E!
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Women’s Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m. Pairs’ Free E! | Peacock | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Women’s Free E!
Sunday 4:45 a.m. Men’s Free Peacock | STREAM LINK
6 a.m. Men’s Free E!

Biathlon World Cup — Antholz-Anterselva, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 8:15 a.m. Men’s Individual Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:15 a.m. Women’s Individual Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 6:50 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:15 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

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

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Idre Fjäll, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 5:15 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

Kendall Gretsch

Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

Kyle Smaine

Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”