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How to watch 40 hours of World Cup ski events this weekend

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NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA combine to air more than 40 hours of World Cup action in Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping from Friday through Sunday, with more than 30 hours of live streaming on NBC Sports Gold.

The Alpine skiing World Cup makes its final stops in North America. Double Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin looks to build on her World Cup overall standings lead in two downhills and a super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta. Another two-time gold medalist, Ted Ligety, tackles the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colo., where he will be one of the favorites in Sunday’s giant slalom, following Friday’s super-G and Saturday’s downhill.

PyeongChang Olympic champ Jessie Diggins leads the U.S. cross-country team to Lillehammer, Norway, for its second World Cup stop.

The Nordic combined World Cup also heads to Norway’s 1994 Olympic host village this weekend for the Lillehammer Tour. The stop features the first mass-start Nordic combined event on the World Cup in nearly a decade.

Finally, the men’s and women’s ski jumping circuits are split between Nizhny Tagil, Russia, and Lillehammer, respectively.

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ALPINE SKIING

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 12:30 p.m. Men’s Downhill NBCSN NBC Sports
2:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
5:30 p.m. Women’s Downhill* NBCSN NBC Sports
Saturday 1 p.m.** Men’s Super-G NBCSN NBC Sports
2 p.m. Women’s Downhill NBCSN NBC Sports
5 p.m. Men’s Downhill* NBC
6 p.m. Men’s Downhill* Olympic Channel
10 p.m. Women’s Downhill* Olympic Channel
Sunday 11:45 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports
1 p.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
2:30 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) NBCSN NBC Sports
5 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom* NBC
6:30 p.m. Women’s Super-G* NBCSN
11:30 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay

**Race start delayed to 2
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 6 a.m. Men’s, Women’s Sprints Olympic Channel Olympic Channel
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Olympic Channel
6:15 a.m. Men’s 15km Olympic Channel
12 p.m. Women’s 10km* Olympic Channel
9:30 p.m. Women’s 10km* NBCSN NBC Sports
Sunday 4:15 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel
5:45 a.m. Men’s 15km Pursuit Olympic Channel
2:30 p.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit* Olympic Channel
3:30 p.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit* NBCSN NBC Sports

*Same-day delay
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

NORDIC COMBINED

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 5 a.m. Men’s HS98 Olympic Channel
8:30 a.m. Men’s 5km Gunderson Olympic Channel
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Men’s 10km Mass Start Olympic Channel
8:15 a.m. Men’s HS98 Olympic Channel
Sunday 4:35 a.m. Men’s HS140 Olympic Channel
8:05 a.m. Men’s 10km Gunderson Olympic Channel

All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

SKI JUMPING

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 9:45 a.m. Men’s HS134 (Qualifying) Olympic Channel
11:30 a.m. Women’s Individual Olympic Channel
7 p.m. Women’s Individual* Olympic Channel
Saturday 9:45 a.m. Men’s Individual Olympic Channel
11:15 a.m. Women’s Individual Olympic Channel
7 p.m. Men’s Individual* Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Women’s Individual* Olympic Channel
Sunday 6:45 a.m. Women’s Individual Olympic Channel
10 a.m. Men’s Individual Olympic Channel
7 p.m. Women’s Individual* Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m. Men’s Individual* Olympic Channel

*Same-day delay
All races stream live on NBC Sports Gold for “Snow Pass” subscribers and will have a replay of the event. Click here for more info.

Simon Ammann believes ski jumping career end is near

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Simon Ammann, the most decorated active ski jumper with four Olympic gold medals, said it is hard to imagine competing beyond this season, according to Swiss newspaper Blick.

Ammann, 37, swept the individual Olympic titles in 2002 and 2010 to join retired Finn Matti Nykänen as the only four-time Olympic ski jumping champs.

In PyeongChang, his sixth Olympics, Ammann placed 11th and 13th, one month after making his first World Cup podium in nearly three years. He decided after those Winter Games that he would continue at least one more season, but has no plan to go all the way to a seventh Olympics in 2022, according to Blick.

Ammann has teased retirement since at least 2011 and even said going into the 2014 Sochi Olympics that he was “99 percent sure” they would be his final Games.

The now-father of two first gained crossover celebrity with his surprise Salt Lake City 2002 gold medals, his first wins in top-level international competition. The bespectacled Ammann’s victory screams and resemblance to Harry Potter helped land him on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and one of Europe’s biggest shows, sitting next to Shakira.

Fellow ski jumper Noriaki Kasai of Japan holds the Winter Olympic record of eight appearances. Kasai, 46, has said he plans to go for a ninth participation at Beijing 2022.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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Janne Ahonen, ski jumping great, retires for third time

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Janne Ahonen, the greatest ski jumper without an individual Olympic medal, has retired for a third time at age 41, according to Finland newspaper Ilta-Sanomat.

The Finnish legend earned two Olympic silver medals in team events in 2002 and 2006, plus individual world titles in 1997 and 2005. He also amassed 36 World Cup wins and 108 podiums between 1992 and 2018, plus a record five titles at the prestigious Four Hills Tournament.

“I will never quit ski jumping — I will continue to jump when I feel like it — but I can confirm that I will not take part in any competitions anymore” Ahonen said, according to an International Ski Federation translation of the report.

Individually, Ahonen’s best Olympic finish was fourth — on the normal hill in 1998, 2002 and 2010.

Ahonen retired in 2008 and 2011, only to come back for his fifth and sixth Winter Olympics. He competed in a seventh Olympics in PyeongChang with finishes of 27th and 40th, plus eighth in the team event.

Only fellow ski jumper Noriaki Kasai of Japan has competed in more Winter Games than Ahonen.

Ahonen entered the sport at the tail end of Finland’s dominance. Now, Finland is an afterthought. No Olympic or world medals in a decade and just one men’s World Cup podium in the last seven years.

Ahonen wrote a tell-all autobiography during his first retirement that sold out in first printing. He detailed the kind of severe lack of eating that has long been associated with the sport.

During the summer, Ahonen would sometimes consume no more than 200 calories a day, eating cereal with a little nonfat yogurt for breakfast, nothing for lunch and another small portion of cereal for dinner.

He was also known for drag racing in offseasons.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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