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China’s first Winter X Games postponed due to coronavirus

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A Winter X Games competition due to be held in Chongli, China, next month has been postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.

“Due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns, the X Games Chongli 2020 event will be postponed until a later date,” organizers announced via Twitter. “The safety of our athletes, staff and spectators is our top priority, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The competition would have been the first Winter X Games held in China. Shanghai has hosted many X Games in the summer, including a event last June.

As with an Alpine skiing World Cup event that was canceled Wednesday, the X Games were due to take place at a 2022 Olympic venue, Chongli’s Secret Garden ski report. The venue hosted a World Cup snowboard event in December.

READ: First Alpine World Cup in China canceled

Several of the most decorated X Games and Olympic athletes, including two-time Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson, were scheduled to compete in China.

The coronavirus outbreak has also affected qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics, with boxing and women’s soccer tournaments moved from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Asia-Oceania boxing qualifiers will be held March 3-11 in Amman, Jordan, with coverage on the Olympic Channel. The women’s soccer qualifiers, including traditional power China and a strong Australian team, were originally moved to Nanjing but then moved to Sydney, Australia.

China’s team has arrived in Australia but is under quarantine, putting the start of the qualifiers in doubt.

Aspen hosted the biggest X Games competition of the winter last week. Another X Games is scheduled for March 7-8 in Norway.

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Alex Hall lands 1800 for SunTrust Park ski big air title

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Ski big air makes its Olympic debut in Beijing in 2022. American Alex Hall is putting his name among the early favorites.

Hall, a 21-year-old born in Alaska and raised in Zurich, landed a switch left double 1800 on his third and final run to leap to victory at the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park on Saturday night.

“I was so hyped,” Hall said on NBCSN. “That was the best jump of my life.”

Hall earned 97 points for the trick. Coupled with a 90.50 first run, he overtook Frenchman Antoine Adelisse by one point.

Hall, who in 2016 became the first to land a switch triple cork 1800 in big air, finished 16th in slopestyle at the PyeongChang Olympics as the last skier to make the four-man Olympic team (and the only teen). Since, he finished fourth in big air at the world championships and won an X Games Norway big air title.

On Saturday, he beat a field that included reigning X Games Aspen champion Birk Ruud of Norway. Two-time Olympic slopestyle medalist Nick Goepper was eliminated in qualifying.

Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland won Saturday’s women’s final that lacked an American.

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Big air event at Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park highlights Olympic sports weekend action

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About 900,000 pounds of snow sit inside the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park, where the world’s best big air snowboarders and skiers will descend a 15-story ramp for a unique World Cup event Friday and Saturday.

NBCSN airs live coverage of snowboard finals Friday and ski finals Saturday, both at 7 p.m. ET. NBC airs coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. All coverage streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Each field features an Olympic champion: Americans Jamie Anderson and Red Gerard in snowboard and Norwegian Øystein Bråten, Swiss Sarah Höfflin and Canadian Dara Howell in ski.

Other big air events have been held at famous stadiums, including inside Fenway Park in 2016, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadiumthe San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and outside the Rose Bowl.

In other sports, the men’s Alpine skiing World Cup has four straight days of races in Italy beginning with a super-G and downhill in Val Gardena on Friday and Saturday.

Americans Tommy Ford, coming off his first World Cup win in Beaver Creek, Colo., and double Olympic champion Ted Ligety are podium contenders in Alta Badia, where a giant slalom and parallel giant slalom are slated Sunday and Monday.

The women race a downhill and combined in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday and Sunday. Mikaela Shiffrin was due to race speed at the venue for the first time in her career before withdrawing on Thursday. Italians Sofia Goggia and Federica Brignone are among the contenders.

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 5:30 a.m. Men’s SG — Val Gardena Olympic Channel
Saturday 4:15 a.m. Women’s DH – Val d’Isere Olympic Channel
5:45 a.m. Men’s DH — Val Gardena Olympic Channel
8:30 p.m.* Men’s DH — Val Gardena NBCSN
Sunday 7 a.m. Men’s GS – Alta Badia Olympic Channel
8 a.m. Women’s SC – Val d’Isere Olympic Channel
7:30 p.m.* Women’s SC – Val d’Isere NBCSN
Monday 12 p.m. Men’s PGS – Alta Badia Olympic Channel

*Delayed broadcast

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