Alex Azzi

Olympics Researcher at NBC.

Despite delay, Felix focused on Tokyo Olympics, thinks it will be ‘time of healing’

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When the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics was announced in March, questions were raised about whether every athlete who had been aiming to compete at the Olympics in 2020 would be just as motivated to keep going until 2021.

On Wednesday, Allyson Felix, a four-time Olympian and the most decorated woman in U.S. Olympic track & field history, left no doubt about her Olympic goals.

“I am still super excited about this push for the fifth team,” Felix told Mike Tirico during Wednesday’s episode of “Lunch Talk Live” on NBCSN. “I feel more like myself than I have since I had my daughter [in November 2018]… I’m still training extremely hard and still building to be my best when it comes time for Olympic Trials.”

Felix also spoke about the team around her and the motivation they’ve given her these past few months. “The people around me really helped me build that confidence to keep going,” Felix told Tirico. “It’s actually another year to get stronger, and to build, and just to be even more prepared.”

The six-time Olympic gold medalist also shared her initial reaction to the postponement announcement, as well as the perspective she has taken in recent weeks. “I think knowing that the entire world was also facing adversity and such a loss of life and loss of jobs, you feel like you’re in it with everyone else,” she said. “I know that when this [the Olympics] does happen, I think sports will really be a time of healing for a lot of people.”

Later this week, Felix will also be featured in “On Her Turf: Inspiring Greatness,” a show celebrating women in sports (Sunday, 8pm ET, NBCSN).

Ted Ligety’s goggles company assisting in PPE shortage

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With personal protective equipment (PPE) in short supply at hospitals across the country, many people have been looking for creative ways to help those on the front lines. Among those finding a way to contribute: skiers and snowboarders.

Ted Ligety, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, joined Mike Tirico during Wednesday’s episode of “Lunch Talk Live” on NBCSN to discuss the grassroots “Goggles for Docs” program, which has been providing hospital staff with new and used ski goggles.

“In this pandemic, there’s a huge shortage of PPE, especially on the eyewear side of things,” Ligety told Tirico. “And it just so happens that ski and mountain bike and motorcross goggles work as a good eyewear protection for those frontline workers.”

Ligety told Tirico that he has donated all of his ski goggles (made by his own company, Shred Optics) to the program. According to the Goggles for Doc website, over 38,000 pairs of goggles have been donated so far.

“It’s a really neat way for the ski community and the snow sports community to give back and help during this pandemic,” Ligety told Tirico.

The website walks people through how to donate their own new or used goggles, and where to send them in order to have the greatest impact.

Ligety also talked with Tirico about his own future in the sport. At the beginning of the 2019-20 season, the four-time Olympian announced that he would be scaling back his racing schedule and focusing primarily on giant slalom, the event in which he won Olympic gold in 2014.

“The way my body’s been feeling, I feel like I’m starting to progress again to the point where I feel like I can start winning races,” Ligety said. “I’m looking to do two final years and finish it off at the Olympics.”

Ligety also noted he and his wife Mia, who already have two-year-old son Jax, are expecting twins. “The family life is about to get exponentially more hectic.”

Relive Mikaela Shiffrin’s record-breaking 2018-19 season on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

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Following alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s historic 2018-19 season, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will commemorate her record-breaking campaign by re-airing 20 races: Shiffrin’s 17 World Cup wins, plus her three medal-winning performances at the 2019 World Championships in Are, Sweden. Olympic Channel’s 25 hours of primetime programming begins on Monday, April 8 at 7:30pm (ET), and continues through Friday, April 12.

Over the course of the 2018-19 season, Shiffrin accomplished the following feats:

  • Won 17 World Cup races (the most ever in a single season)
  • Claimed her fourth straight slalom world title, making her the first alpine skier to win four consecutive world championship titles in the same discipline
  • Became the first skier to win World Cup titles in the overall, giant slalom, super-G and slalom disciplines in the same year
  • Became the 12th skier (and 7th woman) to win a World Cup race in all five major disciplines (giant slalom, slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined)
  • Became the youngest skier to reach 50 World Cup wins
  • Broke the women’s World Cup slalom wins record
  • Ended the season with 60 career World Cup wins, which is 5th-most all time and 3rd-most by a woman

All coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be streamed on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

Date Start Time (ET) Event
Monday 04/08/2019 07:30 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Levi, Finland
Monday 04/08/2019 09:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Killington, Vermont
Monday 04/08/2019 11:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Super-G – Lake Louise, Alberta
Tuesday 04/09/2019 07:30 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Super-G – St. Moritz, Switzerland
Tuesday 04/09/2019 09:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Parallel Slalom – St. Moritz, Switzerland
Tuesday 04/09/2019 10:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Giant Slalom – Courchevel, France
Tuesday 04/09/2019 11:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Courchevel, France
Tuesday 04/09/2019 12:00 AM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Semmering, Austria
Wednesday 04/10/2019 07:30 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Zagreb, Croatia
Wednesday 04/10/2019 08:30 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Giant Slalom – Kronplatz, Italy
Wednesday 04/10/2019 09:30 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Super-G – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Wednesday 04/10/2019 11:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Giant Slalom – Maribor, Slovenia
Wednesday 04/10/2019 12:00 AM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Maribor, Slovenia
Thursday 04/11/2019 07:30 PM FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships – Women’s Super-G
Thursday 04/11/2019 09:00 PM FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships – Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2)
Thursday 04/11/2019 10:30 PM FIS World Alpine Skiing Championships – Women’s Slalom (Run 2)
Friday 04/12/2019 07:30 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – City Event – Stockholm, Sweden
Friday 04/12/2019 09:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Women’s Slalom – Spindleruv Myln, Czech Republic
Friday 04/12/2019 10:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – World Cup Finals: Women’s Slalom – Soldeu, Andorra
Friday 04/12/2019 11:00 PM FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup- World Cup Finals: Women’s Giant Slalom – Soldeu, Andorra