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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
SIMONE BILES MAKES SEASON DEBUT, HIGHLIGHTING OLYMPIC SPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEK ACROSS NBC SPORTS
TV Coverage of World Cup Gymnastics Event in Germany Begins Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
NBC Presents Coverage of Toyota U.S. Grand Prix This Sunday, March 17 at Noon ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 13, 2019 – Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles makes her season debut at a World Cup gymnastics event this weekend, highlighting NBC Sports’ extensive Olympic sports coverage this week.
TV coverage from Stuttgart, Germany begins Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET with the men’s all-around on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Biles headlines coverage of the all-around competition on Sunday, March 17, beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. NBCSN presents encore coverage at 4:30 p.m. ET. Tanith White handles play-by-play, joined by two-time Olympic medalist Tim Daggett to call the action from Germany.
At the 2018 World Championships, Biles won five individual medals and helped the U.S. team win gold. She is considered a top medal contender in multiple events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she could become the first female gymnast since Vera Caslavska (1964, 1968) to win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles.
Two-time world silver medalist Jade Carey will also be competing this weekend, at a different World Cup event in Baku, Azerbaijan. The event in Baku is one of the eight individual apparatus World Cup events which will play a role in determining 2020 Olympic qualification.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA presents coverage of the apparatus finals from Baku on Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, March 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
All Olympic sports televised and streamed on NBC Sports platforms are presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Following are programming highlights from this week across NBC Sports:
TOYOTA U.S. GRAND PRIX – MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA
NBC PRESENTS COVERAGE OF SNOWBOARD-HALFPIPE SUNDAY, MARCH 17 AT NOON E.T.
Several of the world’s top freestyle skiers and snowboarders competed in halfpipe and slopestyle events last week at Mammoth Mountain in California. The U.S. was led by a strong contingent of Olympians, including 2014 Olympic ski slopestyle medalists Joss Christensen and Nick Goepper, two-time Olympic ski halfpipe gold medalist David Wise and PyeongChang ski halfpipe bronze medalist Brita Sigourney.
Encore TV coverage continues tonight at 12:30 a.m. ET with the freestyle-halfpipe on NBCSN. NBC also presents coverage of the snowboarding halfpipe on Sunday, March 17 at noon E.T.
WORLD BIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – OSTERSUND, SWEDEN
TV COVERAGE CONTINUES TOMORROW, MARCH 14 AT NOON E.T. ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee returns to the World Biathlon Championships, two years after finishing second in the 12.5km mass start at 2017 Worlds. Dunklee is joined in Sweden by teammates Clare Egan, who is having the best season of her career, and two-time Olympians Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty.
Live coverage continues tomorrow, March 14 at noon ET with the single mixed relay on NBC Sports Gold’s “Snow Pass” and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is also available on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP – FALUN, SWEDEN
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY, MARCH 16 AT 9:30 A.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA & NBC SPORTS GOLD’S “SNOW PASS”
The cross-country skiing World Cup continues this weekend in Falun, Sweden, for freestyle sprints and a women’s freestyle 10km. Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins has three podium finishes this season, while her teammate Sophie Caldwell also has three sprint podiums this season. Three-time Olympian Simi Hamilton is the top-ranked U.S. skier in the men’s World Cup sprint ratings.
Live coverage of the men’s and women’s sprint begins on Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold’s “Snow Pass.” TV coverage of the women’s 10km on Sunday, March 17 begins at 1 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
WRESTLING WORLD CUP – YAKUTSK, RUSSIA
TV COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY, MARCH 15 AT 10 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
The 2019 men’s freestyle wrestling World Cup, an annual dual meet event, travels to the Russian port city of Yakutsk, a part of eastern Siberia considered to be the world’s coldest city. The competition will feature the top eight men’s teams from the 2018 World Championships, including the defending freestyle World Cup Champion United States.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA presents coverage beginning on Friday, March 15, at 10 p.m. ET with session one. All live coverage is also available on trackwrestling.com.
WORLD WOMEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS – SILKEBORG, DENMARK
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY, MARCH 16 AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
The World Curling Championships begin with the women’s tournament in Denmark starting this weekend. Three-time reigning U.S. champion Jamie Sinclair, who helped the U.S. women to fourth at last year’s World Championships, will again lead the American women. Sinclair and her team won the 2018 Players’ Championship, becoming the first U.S. team to win a Grand Slam of Curling event.
Live TV coverage begins this Saturday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and continues through March 24.
SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP – RAW AIR TOURNAMENT
LIVE COVERAGE CONTINUES TOMORROW, MARCH 14 AT 9 A.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD’S “SNOW PASS”
The ski jumping World Cup season continues with the third annual Raw Air Tournament, which takes place in four cities in Norway over 10 days. Women are competing in the tournament for the first time this year.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Snow Pass,” OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app continue to provide live coverage tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. ET. TV coverage continues tomorrow, March 14, at 3 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
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