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Thursday, December 7th, 2017
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS SHAUN WHITE, MIKAELA SHIFFRIN AND LINDSEY VONN HIGHLIGHT MORE THAN 200 HOURS OF OLYMPIC WINTER SPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND
White and 17-Year-Old Phenom Chloe Kim Compete in U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding From Copper Mountain, Colo., This Weekend on NBC
Olympic Gold Medalists Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin Highlight This Weekend’s Alpine Skiing World Cup Coverage
Speed Skating, Bobsled and Skeleton, Cross-Country Skiing, Luge, Biathlon & Ski Jumping All Featured This Week Across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Coverage Streamed on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel app
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 7, 2017 – NBC Sports Group will present more than 200 hours of Olympic winter sports coverage this weekend across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel app, highlighted by U.S. Ski & Snowboard Toyota U.S. Grand Prix coverage from Copper Mountain, Colo.
Top U.S. athletes and PyeongChang Winter Olympic hopefuls slated to participate this weekend include:
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White
- 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn
- 2014 Olympic slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin
- 2014 Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson
- Two-time Olympic alpine skiing gold medalist Ted Ligety
- 2014 Olympic freestyle skiing gold medalist David Wise
- Two-time speed skating Olympian and 2017 double-world champion Heather Bergsma
- 1000m speed skating world record holder Brittany Bowe
- Two-time Olympic bobsled medalist Elana Meyers Taylor
This week’s coverage also features FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup from Val d’Isere in France and St. Moritz in Switzerland; ISU World Cup speed skating from Salt Lake City; IBSF bobsled and skeleton coverage from Winterberg, Germany; FIS freestyle skiing from Ruka, Finland; FIS cross-country skiing from Davos, Switzerland; FIL luge from Calgary; IBU biathlon from Hochfilzen, Austria; and FIS ski jumping from Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.
In addition, NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of the conclusion of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating season as 2017 U.S. champion Nathan Chen goes for his third win of the season at the Grand Prix Final from Nagoya, Japan. Click here for more information.
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U.S. GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBC
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of U.S. Grand Prix freestyle skiing and snowboarding coverage this weekend.
This weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo., serves as a U.S. Olympic team qualifying event for several snowboarding and freestyle skiing events. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and 17-year-old phenom Chloe Kim are expected to headline the snowboarding halfpipe field this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.
Jamie Anderson, 2017 X Games slopestyle winner Julia Marino and 2017 X Games big air winner Hailey Langland should lead the way in big air, while David Wise and 2014 Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Maddie Bowman are expected to represent the U.S. in freestyle skiing.
NBC will present freestyle skiing halfpipe coverage on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, followed by snowboarding big air at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), and Tina Dixon (reporter) will call the action.
FIS ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 8 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of FIS alpine skiing coverage this weekend.
Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin are both expected to compete for the U.S. as women’s alpine skiing returns to St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the first combined race of the season, in addition to two super-G events. Shiffrin picked up her first World Cup downhill win this past weekend in Lake Louise, while Vonn crashed in two of her three races and will look to rebound in St. Moritz.
On the men’s side, Ted Ligety will likely lead the American men in giant slalom at this weekend’s FIS World Cup event in Val d’Isere, France, where giant slalom and slalom will be contested. Six-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, who won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek on Sunday, is expected to headline the international field.
Steve Porino (play-by-play) and two-time Olympian Doug Lewis (analyst) will call both FIS World Cup events on Friday and Saturday, while Porino (analyst) and Steve Schlanger will call Sunday’s races.
ISU WORLD CUP SPEED SKATING
COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The World Cup speed skating season continues in Salt Lake City. This will be the final event for determining Olympic country quota places. Coverage begins tomorrow on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage from Salt Lake City shifts to Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and 2017 mass start world champion Joey Mantia are expected to lead the Americans.
Bill Doleman calls the event alongside three-time Olympic medalist Joey Cheek.
IBSF BOBSLED & SKELETON WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW AT 9:30 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of IBSF bobsled and skeleton coverage this weekend.
2014 Olympic bobsled bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser and Meyers Taylor – who are second and third, respectively, in the World Cup standings – lead the American women in bobsled. The U.S. men’s bobsled team is led by two-time Olympian Nick Cunningham, 2010 Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen and Codie Bascue – who has three podium finishes this season – while the American skeleton team features 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine and three-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender.
Country quota places for the PyeongChang Games will be determined by this season’s World Cup results, and selection to the U.S. Olympic team will be heavily influenced by the results on this circuit.
Martin Haven calls the action from Winterberg, Germany, joined by analyst John Morgan.
FIS FREESTYLE SKIING WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 11 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of FIS freestyle skiing coverage this weekend.
Coverage of the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup season continues this Saturday from Ruka, Finland, with the first moguls competition of the Olympic season, and features U.S. Olympic hopefuls Brad Wilson and Morgan Schild.
Trace Worthington will provide commentary alongside analyst Luke Van Valin.
FIS CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of FIS cross-country skiing coverage this weekend.
2017 world bronze medalist Sadie Bjornsen, who has two podium finishes through the first two World Cup competitions of the season, 2014 Olympian Jessie Diggins, who won two medals at the 2017 World Championships, and 2014 Olympian Sophie Caldwell are expected to lead the American women as the cross-country skiing World Cup season continues in Davos, Switzerland. 2014 Olympian Erik Bjornsen headlines the American men.
Bill Seward calls the event alongside former U.S. Biathlon team member and cross-country analyst Chad Salmela.
IBU BIATHLON WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW AT 6 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of IBU biathlon coverage this weekend.
The biathlon World Cup season continues from Hochfilzen, Austria, tomorrow as Lowell Bailey, who was the first American to qualify for the 2018 Olympic team and win a biathlon world championship, and Susan Dunklee, the first American woman to qualify for the PyeongChang Games and the first American woman to win an individual medal at a world championships, are expected to compete.
Bill Seward calls the event alongside Chad Salmela.
FIS SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of FIS ski jumping coverage this weekend.
World Cup ski jumping continues from Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, with men’s individual and team competitions. Reigning U.S. champion Michael Glasder and 22-year-old William Rhoads are expected to lead the Americans.
Bill Spaulding calls the event joined by 2014 Olympian and analyst Jessica Jerome.
FIL LUGE WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW AT 9 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of FIL luge coverage this weekend.
2014 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, who qualified for her fourth Olympic team with a fourth-place finish in Winterberg earlier this season, headlines the luge World Cup competition this weekend from Calgary.
NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this weekend’s coverage. The NBC Sports app will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
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