Mikaela Shiffrin closes in on title, speed skaters bid farewell; winter sports schedule

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Mikaela Shiffrin can move closer to her fourth World Cup overall title, among the winter sports live on Peacock this weekend.

Shiffrin and the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup visit Are, Sweden, for a giant slalom and slalom, the last stop before the four-race World Cup Finals.

The focus will be on Shiffrin and Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova, the world’s top two skiers this season. Last weekend, Shiffrin surged ahead in the race for the overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

She finished second and fourth in a GS and super-G, while Vlhova had a DNF and an 18th, dropping from a tie to 117 points behind with six races left. A race winner receives 100 points, with 80 points to second place and 60 for third place on a descending scale through 30th place.

Shiffrin is guaranteed to stay ahead of Vlhova going into the World Cup Finals if she places fifth or better in each race this weekend. She has been fifth or better in 10 of the 11 giant slaloms and slaloms that she has finished this season.

In the men’s World Cup, Swiss Marco Odermatt has a 189-point lead over Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde with seven races left. Kilde does not race slalom and rarely does giant slalom, so Odermatt should have his first overall title all but clinched after this week’s slalom and giant slaloms.

Elsewhere, the speed skating World Cup Finals will be a farewell for retiring Dutchwoman Ireen Wüst, who in Beijing earned her 12th and 13th medals and became the first person to win an individual medal at five Olympics.

Swede Nils van der Poel, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m at the Olympics, has said the Finals will be his last competition before elite retirement, though he could come back as he has done before.

Alpine Skiing World Cup — Flachau, Austria and Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (Men) and Are, Sweden (Women)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Wednesday 11:45 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
2:45 p.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 9 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
12 p.m. Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
4:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:45 a.m. Women’s Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Peacock | STREAM LINK

Speed Skating World Cup — Heerenveen, Netherlands

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 7 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:13 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:10 a.m. Women’s 1500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:55 a.m. Men’s 1000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:35 a.m. Men’s 5000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8:10 a.m. Women’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:49 a.m. Men’s 500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:28 a.m. Women’s 3000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:19 a.m. Men’s 1500m Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:03 a.m. Women’s 1000m Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:49 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:10 p.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK

Biathlon World Cup — Otepää, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 8:30 a.m. Men’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Friday 8:30 a.m. Women’s Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 6 a.m. Men’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:15 a.m. Women’s Mass Start Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 6:30 a.m. Mixed Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:15 a.m. Single Mixed Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK

Cross-Country Skiing World Cup — Falun, Sweden

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 6:15 a.m. Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Men’s 15km Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:15 a.m. Women’s 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 a.m. Mixed Relay Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Mixed Team Sprint Peacock | STREAM LINK

Ski Jumping World Cup — Oberhof, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 7:30 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8:45 a.m. Women Peacock | STREAM LINK

Nordic Combined World Cup — Schonach, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 4 a.m. Women Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Men Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:15 a.m. Men 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Women Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:30 a.m. Men Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Women 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
8:35 a.m. Men 10km Peacock | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Tignes, France (Slopestyle) and Reiteralm, Austria (Ski Cross)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 6:30 a.m. Slopestyle Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4:30 a.m. Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

Snowboarding World Cup — Reiteralm, Austria (Snowboard Cross) and Piancavallo, Italy (Alpine)

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Saturday 5 a.m. Snowboard Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 a.m. Parallel Slalom Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 7 a.m. Team Parallel Slalom 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.

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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.

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