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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

Marcel Hirscher dominates to win third slalom world title

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As he has done for most of this World Cup season, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher came out hot in the first run of the men’s slalom in Are, attempting to win his third world title in the event. But big events have not always worked out for the man ranked third on the all-time World Cup win list.

Hirscher’s body of work at events like the Olympics and world championships have, in the past, swung between the extremes of skiing superiority to disastrous mistakes. Thirty-two of Hirscher’s 68 career World Cup wins have come in slalom. He won his first slalom world championship title in 2013, but did not get his second until 2017. His attempt to win back-to-back titles in 2015 ended after he straddled a gate in the final run.

At the Olympics, Hirscher has not won a single slalom medal in three attempts. At the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Hirscher shockingly fell in his opening run. He was skiing for his third gold medal in PyeongChang when he faltered.

Despite his career hiccups, there is no doubt that Hirscher is the most dominant slalom skier currently competing.

In Are, Hirscher made his statement early, slicing up the course, gaining speed as he rushed down the hill, posting a first run time that was well out of reach for the majority of the field.

NBC Sports’ Steve Porino pointed out many of the men were crossing the finish line completely “gassed,” gasping to catch their breath, indicating to Porino that many of them were exerting themselves in the flats, pushing off their skis at each turn to generate more speed.

None did it better than Hirscher.

The first run finished with Hirscher ahead of France’s Alexis Pinturault by a little more than a half second. Austria’s Marco Schwarz was nearly a full second and a half off the lead in third.

Skiing to just ahead of Hirscher in the second run, Pinturault showed he was gunning for the top podium spot. Pushing himself beyond his limit, Pinturault lost his balance mid-run, going down on the snow but quickly recovered to cross the finish line in third.

Hirscher now entered the start gate with just over a second and a half cushion. Once more he attacked the slalom course as if he were fighting from the back of the pack. Hirscher crossed the line to win his third world championship slalom title by more than two seconds.

“The first part I tried to push it really, really hard,” Hirscher said after the race. “There were two or three gates where it was bumpy, hopefully [I would] stay safe there and into the finish line.

“It is unbelievable, you know? After ’13, ’17 and now ’19, maybe my last world champs, finally get another gold medal.”

The 29-year-old Hirscher, who became a father back in October, has been forthcoming about his future in competitive Alpine racing, saying it’s “not the most important thing.”

It was an all-Austrian podium at the end of the day, with Hirscher’s countrymen Michael Matt winning silver and Marco Schwarz getting bronze. Although he made a remarkable recovery, Pinturault’s mistake cost him the podium, dropping the Frenchman to fourth.

Full results are here.

Hirscher’s slalom win is the first gold medal for Austria at these world championships. Hirscher also won silver in giant slalom earlier in Are.

With the 2019 World Championships now complete, World Cup competition picks back up with both the men and women back on skis on Tuesday for a city event in Stockholm. The two tours split for the upcoming weekend with the men skiing in Bansko, Bulgaria as the women travel to the Swiss Alps region of Crans-Montana. Check out the full slate below for ways to watch on the networks of NBCSN and Olympic Channel on TV and streaming.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Stockholm, Sweden; Bansko, Bulgaria; Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Tuesday 11:30 a.m. City Event – Stockholm Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
11:30 p.m. City Event – Stockholm* NBCSN
Friday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Combined (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. Men’s Combined (Run 2) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 4:15 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
5:45 a.m. Men’s Super-G Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
4:30 a.m. Women’s Combined (Run 1) OlympicChannel.com/NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Women’s Combined (Run 2) Olympic Channel Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold
10:30 p.m. Women’s Combined (Run 2)* NBCSN

*Same-day delay

Mikaela Shiffrin proving she’s in league of her own

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There are ski racers, and then there is Mikaela Shiffrin.

NBC Sports essayist Tim Layden calls Shiffrin the “rarest creature,” a prodigy who continues to get better with age.

Shiffrin’s stardom took off with her heart-stopping slalom gold medal in the 2014 Olympics. It looked like she would ascend to an even higher level four years later in PyeongChang when she claimed a gold medal in the giant slalom, but then she lost a battle with her nerves and failed to win a medal in the slalom. She did capture a silver in the combined event.

That Olympic disappointment has fueled her historic World Cup season. She became the youngest skier to pass the 50 win mark. She broke the women’s career record for slalom victories, and she became the first skier ever to win four-straight world championship titles in a single event.

A true prodigy indeed.