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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
LIVE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS HIGHLIGHT NBC SPORTS’ WINTER SPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND
Three-Time Olympic Medalist J.R. Celski Headlines Live Coverage of Short Track Speed Skating Trials on NBC & NBCSN
13 Hours of Mixed Doubles Curling Trials on NBCSN This Week, Beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. ET
Team USA & Team Canada Continue Women’s Hockey Rivalry This Friday at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Alpine Skiing, Bobsled and Skeleton, Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Luge, Biathlon & Ski Jumping All Featured This Week Across 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 13, 2017 – NBC Sports will present live, comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, highlighted by short track speed skating from Kearns, Utah, mixed doubles curling from Blaine, Minn., and women’s hockey from San Jose, Calif.
Top U.S. athletes and PyeongChang Winter Olympic hopefuls slated to participate this weekend throughout NBC Sports’ Olympic Trials and winter sports coverage include:
- Two-time Olympic alpine skiing gold medalist Ted Ligety
- Olympic bobsled medalists Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser
- Three-time Olympic short track speed skating medalist R. Celski
- Olympic curling bronze medalist John Shuster
- Olympic luge bronze medalist Erin Hamlin
- Olympic snowboarding bronze medalist Alex Deibold
This week’s coverage also features alpine skiing World Cup coverage from Val d’Isere in France and Val Gardena and Alta Badia, Italy; bobsled and skeleton World Cup coverage from Innsbruck, Austria; luge World Cup coverage from Lake Placid, N.Y.; snowboarding World Cup coverage from Montafon, Austria; freestyle skiing World Cup coverage from Beijing, China; cross-country skiing World Cup coverage from Toblach, Italy; biathlon World Cup coverage from Annecy-Le Grand Bornaud, France; and ski jumping World Cup coverage from Engelberg, Switzerland, and Hinterzarten, Germany.
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U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 8:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This weekend’s competition will determine the 2018 U.S. Olympic Short Track team. The winner of each event will be named to the team at the conclusion of the weekend, and the remaining spots will be determined based solely on the results from the weekend’s races.
Live coverage begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with men’s and women’s 1500m, followed by live coverage of men’s and women’s 500m Saturday on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET. Coverage concludes Sunday with live coverage of men’s and women’s 1000m at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
Three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski and John-Henry Krueger, who were both part of the U.S. men’s relay that set a world record earlier this season, are expected to headline the men’s field and make the Olympic team. On the women’s side, 17-year-old Ghana-born Maame Biney attempts to make the team in the 500m, while Jessica Kooreman, who finished fourth in the 1000m at the Sochi Games, and 2010 Olympians Katherine Reutter-Adamek and Lana Gehring, all attempt to make their second Olympic teams.
Ted Robinson (play-by-play), eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno (analyst), and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will call the action on Friday and Saturday, and Steve Schlanger will handle play-by-play duties on Sunday.
|Fri., Dec. 15||8:30 p.m.||Men’s & Women’s 1500m – Kearns, Utah||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 16||2:30 p.m.||Men’s & Women’s 500m – Kearns, Utah||NBC|
|Sun., Dec. 17||1 p.m.||Men’s & Women’s 1000m – Kearns, Utah||NBC|
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – MIXED DOUBLES CURLING
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Mixed doubles curling makes its Olympic debut in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in Blaine, Minn., will determine which Americans will compete in the inaugural tournament.
Live coverage begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by live coverage Friday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage resumes Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the semifinal and concludes on Sunday with live coverage of the final at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Siblings Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton, who have both already qualified for the Olympics in the team event, are favored to win the tournament.
2006 Olympic bronze medalist John Shuster, Nina Roth, Tabitha Peterson and Pyeongchang alternates Cory Christensen and Joe Polo have already made the Olympic team and are also competing at the mixed doubles trials. Jamie Sinclair, who finished second at curling team trials last month, is also competing in an attempt to make the Olympics in mixed doubles.
Bill Doleman (play-by-play), Canadian gold medalist Kevin Martin (analyst), and Trenni Kusnierek (reporter) will call the action.
|Thurs., Dec. 14||7 p.m.||Round Robin Matches – Blaine, Minn.||NBCSN|
|Fri., Dec. 15||4 p.m.||Round Robin Matches – Blaine, Minn.||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 16||10 p.m.||Semifinals – Blaine, Minn.||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 17||4 p.m.||Final – Blaine, Minn.||NBCSN|
WOMEN’S HOCKEY – TEAM USA VS. TEAM CANADA
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Team USA and Team Canada continue their rivalry in women’s ice hockey with the seventh of eight pre-Olympic meetings between the two countries beginning Friday at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Team Canada defeated Team USA, 2-1, in overtime on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The U.S. women’s national team is highlighted by two-time Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight, and Sochi Olympians Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel, and returns 12 members from the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team. The United States and Canada have faced each other in four of the five Olympic gold-medal games, including in Sochi, when Canada defeated the U.S., 3-2, in overtime.
Gord Miller (play-by-play), Olympic gold medalist A.J. Mleczko (analyst) and Leila Rahimi (reporter) will call the action.
FIS ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 6 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn suffered a back injury during a World Cup race in Switzerland on Saturday, and though she finished the race, it is unknown whether she will compete this weekend in Val d’lsere, France. Americans Stacey Cook, Jackie Wiles and Breezy Johnson all have top-ten finishes in World Cup downhill races this season, and are expected to compete this weekend.
On the men’s side, Ted Ligety is expected to headline the U.S. contingent in giant slalom in Alta Badia on Sunday, while Travis Ganong, who finished fifth in the downhill at the 2014 Olympics, is expected to lead the American men in downhill and Super-G.
Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Steve Porino (analyst) will call the men’s Super-G on Friday, and Porino and two-time Olympian Doug Lewis will anchor coverage throughout the rest of the weekend.
|Fri., Dec. 15||6 a.m.||Men’s Super-G – Val Gardena, Italy||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sat., Dec. 16||4:30 a.m.||Women’s Downhill – Val d’lsere, France||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|6 a.m.||Men’s Downhill – Val Gardena, Italy||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|5 p.m.||Women’s Downhill – Val d’Isere, France*||NBCSN|
|6 p.m.||Men’s Downhill – Val Gardena, Italy*||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 17||3:30 a.m.||Men’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) – Val Gardena, Italy||Streaming**|
|4:30 a.m.||Women’s Super-G – Val d’lsere, France||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|6 a.m.||Men’s Giant Slalom – Alta Badia, Italy||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|6 p.m.||Women’s Super-G – Val d’lsere, France*||NBCSN|
|Mon., Dec. 18||12:30 p.m.||Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom – Alta Badia, Italy||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
*Indicates same-day delay
**OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app only
IBSF BOBSLED & SKELETON WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 8:30 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of bobsled and skeleton World Cup coverage this weekend.
Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser are second and third, respectively, in the World Cup bobsled standings after four events. Meyers Taylor has finished on the podium in each of the first four World Cup events this season. The U.S. men’s bobsled team is led by two-time Olympian Nick Cunningham and 23-year-old Codie Bascue, 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 Innsbruck, Austria, joined by analyst John Morgan.
FIL LUGE WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 11:30 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of luge World Cup coverage this weekend.
2014 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, who qualified for her fourth Olympic team earlier this season, headlines the luge World Cup competition this weekend from Lake Placid, N.Y. The 2018 U.S. Olympic luge team will be named at the conclusion of the event.
Coverage of the luge World Cup airs on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET and Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation on Sunday.
Leigh Diffey (play-by-play) and 2014 Olympian Kate Hansen (analyst) will provide commentary during NBCSN’s coverage.
FIS SNOWBOARDING WORLD CUP – SNOWBOARD CROSS
COVERAGE CONTINUES SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of snowboarding World Cup coverage this weekend.
2006 Olympic silver medalist and five-time world champion Lindsey Jacobellis, who placed first and second in the first two World Cup events of the season, is expected to headline the American women in snowboard cross. 26-year-old Hagen Kearney and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold are expected to lead the American men, along with Jonathan Cheever.
This weekend’s events in Montafon, Austria, will serve as qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Team. Podium finishes are integral in earning a spot on the 2018 U.S. Olympic team.
FIS FREESTYLE SKIING WORLD CUP – AERIALS
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 12:30 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of freestyle skiing World Cup coverage this weekend.
Coverage of the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup season continues this Saturday from Beijing, China, and will serve as one of five qualification events for the U.S. Olympic Team, and features reigning World Cup champion Ashley Caldwell and 2017 world champion Jon Lillis.
Trace Worthington will provide commentary alongside analyst Sean Smith.
FIS CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 1 P.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 three World Cup competitions of the season, 2014 Olympian Jessie Diggins, who won two medals at the 2017 World Championships, 2014 Olympian Sophie Caldwell and four-time Olympian Kikkan Randall, who earned her first podium finish of the season on Saturday, are expected to lead the American women as the cross-country skiing World Cup season continues in Toblach, Italy.
Bill Seward calls the event alongside former U.S. Biathlon team member and cross-country analyst Chad Salmela.
IBU BIATHLON WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Click here for a full television and streaming schedule of biathlon World Cup coverage this weekend.
The biathlon World Cup season continues in Le Grand Bornaud, France, and is highlighted by Lowell Bailey, who became the first America to qualify for the 2018 Olympic team after winning the first-ever world title in biathlon for the U.S., and Susan Dunklee, who was the first American to qualify for the PyeongChang Games.
Bill Seward calls the event alongside Chad Salmela.
FIS SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP
COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 5:30 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 in Engelberg, Switzerland, for the men, and Hinterzarten, Germany, for the women. The American women’s contingent is highlighted by 25-year-old Nita Englund and 2013 world champion Sarah Hendrickson. William Rhoads leads the American men.
Bill Spaulding calls the event joined by 2014 Olympian and analyst Jessica Jerome.
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.
ABOUT OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
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