Jessie Diggins back in action; winter sports broadcast schedule

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Jessie Diggins left everything on the course in the last race of the Olympics. She returns to competition less than a week after that as the cross-country skiing World Cup resumes in Lahti, Finland, live on Peacock this weekend.

World Cup competition also returns in Alpine skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined, live on Peacock. Freestyle skiing events in Russia were canceled.

Diggins now has a medal of every color after bagging a silver and bronze at the Olympics. She sets her sights on the the last weeks of the World Cup season. The World Cup Finals will not take place as originally scheduled in Tyumen, Russia, from March 18-20. They could be canceled or relocated.

Diggins, who last season became the first American woman to win a World Cup overall title, is third in this season’s standings, 221 points behind Russian Natalya Nepryayeva.

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Lahti, Finland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 7:30 a.m. Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 5:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s 15km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (Men) and Crans-Montana, Switzerland (Women)

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

Ski Jumping World Cup — Hinzenbach, Austria (Women) and Lahti, Finland (Men)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 9 a.m. Women Team Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7:45 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Men Team Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7:40 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Lahti, Finland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 5:30 a.m. Team Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:40 a.m. Team Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:15 a.m. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:25 a.m. 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

ALPINE SKIING WORLDS: Broadcast Schedule

She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

ALPINE SKIING WORLDS: Broadcast Schedule

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