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How to watch Mikaela Shiffrin in her signature event this weekend

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After notching her 36th slalom win this past weekend to become the most successful female slalom skier in World Cup history, Mikaela Shiffrin looks to continue her streak in Zagreb, Croatia.  Shiffrin, 23, has had a stellar start to the season: on December 22, she became the youngest skier to reach 50 World Cup wins. She also set the record for most World Cup wins in a calendar year (15) with her victory in Semmering, Austria, on December 29. The three-time Olympic medalist finished second in her most recent World Cup race, a city event in Oslo on New Year’s Day.

PyeongChang gold medalist Jessie Diggins headlines the U.S. women at the Tour de Ski, a multi-stage cross-country skiing World Cup competition modeled after cycling’s Tour de France. After finishing third in the sprint on Tuesday, Diggins moved into first place in competition standings. Last season, she became the first American to finish on the overall podium at the event, placing third.

The ski jumping World Cup continues with the Four Hills Tournament, which is held annually at the turn of each year and includes four competitions in Germany and Austria. PyeongChang Olympians Kevin Bickner and Nita Englund headline the U.S. competitors.

Coverage of the Nordic Combined World Cup on Saturday and Sunday will also be available on NBC Sports Gold.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Oslo, Norway and Zagreb, Croatia

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 7:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
9:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom (Run 2) Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP — Val Muestair, Switzerland, Oberstdorf, Germany and Val di Femme, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Wednesday 6:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W 10km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
8:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: M 15km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Thursday 7:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: M 15km Pursuit Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
9:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W 10km Pursuit Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W 10km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
2:00 p.m.* Tour de Ski: M 15km Mass Start Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 7:00 a.m. Tour de Ski: W Final Climb Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
2:00 p.m.* Tour de Ski: M Final Climb Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

*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 WORLD CUP — Otepaa, Estonia

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 4:00 a.m. Men’s HS97 NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. Men’s 10km NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 5:00 a.m. Men’s HS97 NBC Sports Gold
7:45 a.m. Men’s 10km NBC Sports Gold

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP — Four Hills Tournament, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen, Austria

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Thursday 8:00 a.m. Men’s HS130 (Qual) NBC Sports Gold
Friday 8:00 a.m. Men’s HS130 NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 11:00 a.m. Men’s HS142 (Qual) NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 11:00 a.m. Men’s HS142 NBC Sports Gold

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

How to watch Mikaela Shiffrin ski for history this weekend

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Mikaela Shiffrin goes for the World Cup slalom wins record, live as part of NBC Sports’ coverage of winter sports this weekend.

Shiffrin, the double Olympic champion, has been on a tear in 2018, racking up a record-tying 14 World Cup wins for one year, including her last five starts. She is up to 50 career World Cup victories (youngest of the eight skiers to reach the milestone) and last lost Dec. 1.

The current win streak includes two super-Gs, a giant slalom, a slalom and a parallel slalom (she also skipped a downhill and super-G in Italy last week).

She is the favorite for Friday’s giant slalom and Saturday’s slalom in Semmering, Austria, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold.

On Saturday, Shiffrin can break her tie with retired Austrian Marlies Schild for the most career World Cup slalom victories. The 23-year-old American and her childhood idol are both at 35.

The last alpine skier to win six straight World Cup starts was German speedster Katja Seizinger, who swept a trio of downhills and super-Gs in November and December 1997. Seizinger didn’t skip any races in her streak, though.

The last skier to win more than six straight World Cup starts was Italian Alberto Tomba, who captured eight in a row between giant slaloms and slaloms in 1994 and 1995, according to the International Ski Federation.

Also this week, Olympic team sprint champion Jessie Diggins is expected to compete in the opening stages of the Tour de Ski. Last season, Diggins became the first American to finish on the overall Tour de Ski podium.

The most prestigious ski jumping competition — the Four Hills Tournament — opens with the first of four stops. Poland’s Kamil Stoch, winner of three of the last four individual Olympic titles, is looking to become the first man to three-peat at Four Hills in 50 years.

ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP — Semmering, Austria and Bormio, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Friday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) NBC Sports Gold
12 p.m.* Men’s Downhill NBCSN
Saturday 4:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 1) NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. Men’s Super-G Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Women’s Slalom (Run 2) NBC Sports Gold
2:30 p.m.* Men’s Super-G NBCSN
5 p.m.* Women’s Slalom NBC NBC

*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.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP — Toblach, Italy

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 8:30 a.m. Men’s, Women’s Sprints Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 6:30 a.m. Women’s 10km Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold
8:30 a.m. Men’s 15km Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

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 WORLD CUP — Oberstdorf, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event TV Stream
Saturday 10:20 a.m. Four Hills Qualifying Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
Sunday 10:20 a.m. Four Hills Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
11 a.m.* Four Hills Olympic Channel NBC Sports Gold

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

Putting Team USA’s 121 medals, 46 Rio golds in Olympics perspective

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The United States ended the Rio Olympics with a remarkable 46 gold medals, 37 silver, and 38 bronze combining for 121 medals.

That’s great, you say, but what does it mean? Well, good thing we’re paid to help put things in perspective.

For one, the difference between the first- and second-place teams is gigantic. The 51-medal dropoff from the United States to China is the largest total since 1984, and the seventh best all-time.

The total is the third-most medals in a single Olympics for the United States, and the eighth overall amongst all nations. Moreover, the 121 is the most by a single nation since the Americans hauled in 132 medals in 1988.

The 46 golds are tied with 2012 for the most U.S. golds in a single Olympics, and gave the Americans the ninth-biggest gap between first- and second-place gold winners since 1984. The U.S. had 19 more golds than Great Britain.

The picture above, by the way, comes with an amazing story. Read about the U.S. women’s water polo team and their amazing gesture to a coach who’s been through a tumultuous summer here.