Mikaela Shiffrin returns for World Cup overall battle; winter sports broadcast schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to race for the first time since the Olympics, returning to the Alpine skiing World Cup for an overall title battle, live on Olympic Channel and Peacock this weekend.

Shiffrin and years-long rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia are tied atop the standings for the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in the sport.

After sitting out last week’s downhills, both skiers are expected to return for a super-G and giant slalom in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Saturday and Sunday. The overall crystal globe will likely be decided at the season-ending World Cup Finals in two weeks in France.

Shiffrin won three consecutive World Cup overall titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Vlhova is the reigning champion.

With a fourth crown, Shiffrin can tie Lindsey Vonn for second place in women’s history, trailing only Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll, who won six in the 1970s.

Also this week, the storied world allround speed skating championships, along with sprint worlds, take place at the Viking Ship in Hamar, Norway.

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Kvitfjell, Norway (Men) and Lenzerheide, Switzerland (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Men’s Super-G Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock

World Allround and Sprint Speed Skating Championships — Hamar, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 11:30 a.m. Sprint Day 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 11:30 a.m. Sprint Day 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 8 a.m. Allround Day 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8 a.m. Allround Day 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup — Kontiolahti, Finland

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 8:30 a.m. Women’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 6:45 a.m. Men’s 10km Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Women’s 7.5m Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:45 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:40 a.m. Women’s 12.5km Pursuit Peacock | STREAM LINK

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Drammen and Oslo, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 6:30 a.m. Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Women’s 30km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6 a.m. Men’s 50km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 10:45 a.m. Men Qualifying Peacock | STREAM LINK
1:45 p.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
Thursday 10 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
1:30 p.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 10 a.m. Team Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 7 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 9:45 a.m. Men Peacock | STREAM LINK
1:15 p.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Oslo, Norway (Men)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 3 a.m. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:30 a.m. 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Cup — Bakuriani, Georgia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 2 a.m. Ski Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2 a.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK

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

Lucas Braathen

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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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

Sifan Hassan

Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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