Mikaela Shiffrin’s last race before Olympics; winter sports broadcast schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin races for the last time before flying to China for what could be a historic Olympics, live on Peacock this week.

Shiffrin headlines a World Cup giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy, on Tuesday.

The women’s World Cup then heads to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for a downhill and super-G this weekend, but Shiffrin is not expected to take part in those races.

The Kronplatz GS may determine the Olympic favorite in the event. Shiffrin, the 2018 gold medalist, is second in the World Cup standings behind Swedish veteran Sara Hector, who is having her best season at the advanced age of 29 for an Alpine skier.

Shiffrin, who has said she hopes to race all five individual events at the Olympics, also ranks second in the World Cup in slalom and fifth in super-G. She is also the world champion in the combined, which is not on this season’s World Cup schedule but will be contested at the Olympics.

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Kronplatz, Italy and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (Women) and Schladming, Austria (Men)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Tuesday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:45 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
2:45 p.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Women’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 5:30 a.m. Women’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK

Snowboard World Cup — Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 1 p.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Willingen, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 10 a.m. Mixed Team Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:15 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Seefeld, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 7:30 a.m. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. 7.5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:45 a.m. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. 12.5km Peacock | STREAM LINK

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Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

Teri McKeever

Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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