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Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

U.S. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST LINDSEY VONN EXPECTED TO MAKE SEASON DEBUT FRIDAY MORNING ON NBC SPORTS GOLD

Live Coverage of Women’s Downhill From Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy Begins Friday at 6 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold’s “Snow Pass”

Vonn is Four World Cup Wins Shy of Tying All-Time Wins Record (86) Held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark

Three-time Olympic Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin Expected to Compete in Super-G on Sunday with Vonn

PyeongChang Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medalist Chloe Kim Headlines Snowboarding World Cup, Starting Fri., Jan. 18

Live Coverage of World Men’s Handball Championship Begins Saturday at Noon ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 15, 2019 – Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is expected to make her season debut this Friday on NBC Sports Gold’s “Snow Pass” in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, as the 34-year-old continues her pursuit of the all-time World Cup wins. The women’s downhill begins at 6 a.m. ET, with NBCSN presenting encore coverage at 7 p.m. ET. Three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is also expected to race in Cortina on Sunday in the Super-G, starting at 5 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold.

Vonn, who returns to action for the first time since suffering a knee injury in a November training crash, is four wins shy of tying Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark for the most World Cup wins all-time (86). The women’s World Cup wins record holder says this will be her final full season, though she plans to race in Lake Louise, Canada, next season after missing this year’s event due to the injury. Vonn is expected to compete in all three races this weekend.

While the three women’s races will be held in Cortina this weekend, the men will compete in Wengen, Switzerland. TV coverage of the men’s races begins on Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. ET with the men’s super combined on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Olympians Bryce Bennett, Steve Nyman and Travis Ganong are expected to lead the American men in the downhill on Saturday.

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Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is available on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.

Additional events this week across NBC Sports include:

SNOWBOARDING WORLD CUP – LAAX, SWITZERLAND

TV COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

PyeongChang Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Chloe Kim headlines the U.S. team at the snowboarding World Cup event in Laax, Switzerland this weekend. She will compete in the halfpipe event on Saturday, Jan. 19, alongside PyeongChang Olympians Jake Pates, Maddie Mastro and Arielle Gold, who won bronze in this event at the 2018 Olympics. Live coverage of the halfpipe event will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. In addition, Olympians Julia Marino, Hailey Langland, Chris Corning and Ryan Stassel are expected to compete in the slopestyle competition on Friday, Jan. 18.

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WORLD MEN’S HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP  

LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS THIS SATURDAY, JAN. 19 AT NOON ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

This year’s World Men’s Handball Championship is hosted by two nations for the first time, with Germany and Denmark splitting the role. Historically dominated by European nations, the World Handball Championships are held every two years in a round-robin format followed by knock-out semifinals and finals. France is the defending champion.

Live coverage begins on Saturday, featuring the top 12 qualifiers from the preliminary round. Live TV coverage will continue through Sun., Jan. 27 with the gold medal game at 11:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the gold medal match on Monday, Jan. 28 at midnight ET.

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U.S. SKI AND SNOWBOARD FREESTYLE CUP

TV COVERAGE ON NBC STARTS SATURDAY, JAN. 19 & SUNDAY, JAN. 20 AT 5 P.M.

Lake Placid, New York, hosts the next stop of the freestyle skiing World Cup, which will include moguls and aerials competitions. 2018 Olympian Jaelin Kauf of the U.S. is second in the women’s moguls standings following her World Cup win in Thaiwoo, China, in December. Three-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell and 2018 Olympian Jonathon Lillis are expected to be the top Americans in the aerials competition.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP – OTEPAA, ESTONIA

TV COVERAGE BEGINS ON SATURDAY, JAN. 19 AT 3 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

The cross-country skiing World Cup circuit continues this weekend in Otepaa, Estonia, where 2018 Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins is expected to headline the American women. Two-time Olympians Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen, both of whom have made World Cup podiums this season, are also expected to compete.

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BOBSLED & SKELETON WORLD CUP – INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

TV COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY, JAN. 18 AT 9 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

The fifth event of the bobsled and skeleton World Cup circuit will be held this weekend in Innsbruck, Austria. Three-time Olympic bobsled medalist Elana Meyers Taylor has three podium finishes in the first four races of the season. 2010 Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen and PyeongChang Olympian Codie Bascue are the top U.S. men so far this season in bobsled.

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BIATHLON WORLD CUP – RUHPOLDING, GERMANY

TV COVERAGE STARTS THURSDAY AT 11 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

The fifth competition of the 2018-19 biathlon World Cup season will be held in Ruhpolding, Germany this week. The top U.S. woman in the overall standings is 2018 Olympian Clare Egan, who earned a career-best sixth-place finish in pursuit at the first World Cup stop of the season in Slovenia. Egan and two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee are expected to lead the American women in Germany, while two-time Olympians Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty are the top American men.

Live streaming coverage begins on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold and OlympicChannel.com. TV coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

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SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP – ZAO, JAPAN (WOMEN’S) & ZAKOPANE, POLAND (MEN’S) 

TV COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY, JAN. 18 AT 1:30 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

The ski jumping season continues this weekend with the women’s World Cup competitions in Zao, Japan, and men’s World Cup action in Zakopane, Poland. 2018 Olympians Kevin Bickner and Nita Englund are expected to lead the U.S. team. Bickner finished 18th at the World Cup stop in Russia last month.

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TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP – CAMBRIDGE, NEW ZEALAND  

LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY, JAN. 19 AT 9 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

The six-stop UCI track cycling World Cup continues on Saturday with the penultimate round in Cambridge, New Zealand. Individual pursuit world record holder Ashton Lambie is expected to headline the American contingent. Athletes are preparing for the World Championships, which begin in late February in Poland.

CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CUP  

COVERAGE BEGINS SUNDAY, JAN. 20 AT 11 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

The Cyclo-Cross World Cup season makes its next stop in Pont-Chateau, France. Cyclo-Cross, a non-Olympic discipline, combines cycling, steeplechase and NASCAR all into one, with athletes racing around a circuit course with steep hills, difficult descents, mud, grass, sand and dirt. Kaitlin Keough is the top U.S. woman in the world cup rankings, in fourth.

TV coverage of the women’s event starts on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. ET and coverage of the men’s event starts on Monday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

WORLD PARA ALPINE SKIING WORLD CUP – ZAGREB, CROATIA

STREAMING COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW AT 10 A.M. ET ON OLYMPICCHANNEL.COM AND THE OLYMPIC CHANNEL APP

The world’s best Para alpine skiers return to the slopes this week for the first major races since the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Zagreb, Croatia returns as a World Cup host for the second consecutive season.

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