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Thursday, January 9th, 2020

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN & 2020 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES HEADLINE THIS WEEK’S OLYMPIC PROGRAMMING ACROSS NBC SPORTS

Shiffrin Looks to Continue Historic Alpine Skiing World Cup Success with Events in Austria; Men Compete in Slalom & Giant Slalom in Switzerland; Coverage Begins This Saturday on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBCSN

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to Present More Than 40 Hours of Coverage of Youth Olympic Games; Coverage of Opening Ceremony Begins Tonight at 8 P.M. ET

Additional Olympic Sports Programming this Week Includes Cross-Country Skiing World Cup, Bobsled & Skeleton World Cup, Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Biathlon World Cup, European Speed Skating Championships, Ski Jumping World Cup & Luge World Cup

All Olympic Sports Coverage Televised and Streamed Across NBC Sports Platforms is Presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 9, 2020 – This week’s Olympic programming across NBC Sports is highlighted by the winningest slalom skier in World Cup history Mikaela Shiffrin, and the beginning of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

Shiffrin is expected to headline the field competing in this weekend’s alpine skiing World Cup with a women’s combined event in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. A three-time Olympic medalist, Shiffrin is expected to compete in Sunday’s Super-G at 3:15 a.m. ET live on NBC Sports Gold, while the women’s slalom event will take place on Sunday at 5:45 a.m. ET live on NBC Sports Gold. Shiffrin won a silver medal in women’s combined at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

The men’s World Cup field will be held this weekend in Adelboden, Switzerland, where two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and two-time Olympian Tommy Ford are expected to lead the American men in giant slalom. Ford, 30, won his first career World Cup race earlier this season at the Birds of Prey giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colorado. NBC Sports Gold will present live coverage this Saturday, Jan. 11, beginning at 4 a.m. ET (streaming on OlympicChannel.com at 11 a.m. ET). NBCSN will have coverage at 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

On Sunday, 22-year-old Luke Winters will lead the American men in the slalom, beginning live at 4 a.m. ET on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. NBCSN will present coverage of the event at midnight on Sunday.

This weekend marks the beginning of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games as NBC Olympics will present more than 40 hours of TV coverage of the event from Lausanne, Switzerland, over the next 14 days exclusively on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Coverage begins with the Opening Ceremony tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

For more information on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, click here.

All coverage on NBC and NBCSN will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app, in addition to NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

Additional Olympic sports programming this week includes:

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WORLD CUP – DRESDEN, GERMANY

LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 7:20 A.M. ET ON OLYMPICCHANNEL.COM AND NBC SPORTS GOLD

The cross-country skiing World Cup season continues this weekend in Dresden, Germany. Two-time Olympian Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, who recently placed seventh in the Tour de Ski, and 2018 Olympic team sprint gold medalist Jessie Diggins currently lead the U.S. women’s team.

OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold present live coverage of the men’s and women’s sprint this Saturday at 7:20 a.m. ET. Sunday’s coverage of the men’s and women’s team sprint begins at 7:20 a.m. ET on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET each day.

BOBSLED & SKELETON WORLD CUP – LA PLAGNE, FRANCE

OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA PRESENTS LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE TOMORROW AT 9:50 A.M. ET

The bobsled & skeleton World Cup season continues with a stop in La Plagne, France. The women’s team is expected to be led by Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada who switched to compete for the U.S. team during the 2019 offseason. Humphries won the first two women’s bobsled events of the season.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA presents live television coverage of the men’s skeleton tomorrow at 9:50 a.m. ET and will have coverage of the women’s skeleton tomorrow at 10:50 a.m. ET. On Saturday, live streaming coverage on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app begins at 4 a.m. ET. For a full schedule, click here. 

FREESTYLE SKIING WORLD CUP – FONT ROMEU, FRANCE

OLYMPIC CHANNEL.COM AND NBC SPORTS GOLD PRESENT LIVE COVERAGE SATURDAY AT 4 A.M. ET

The freestyle skiing World Cup continues with a slopestyle competition on Saturday in Font Romeu, France, where the United States is expected to be led by two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper.

OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold present live coverage on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will show the event later in the morning at 10:30 a.m. ET.

BIATHLON WORLD CUP – OBERHOF, GERMANY

COVERAGE ON NBCSN BEGINS TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. ET

The Biathlon World Cup continues this week in Oberhof, Germany. The U.S. women’s team is expected to be led by two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee, and Clare Egan, who was the top American finisher in the World Cup standings last season.

NBCSN has coverage of the women’s 7.5km sprint tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold present live coverage throughout the week, beginning tomorrow with the men’s 10km sprint at 8:30 a.m. ET. All events will be shown live on NBC Sports Gold.

EUROPEAN SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS – HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS

OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA PRESENTS COVERAGE OF THE THREE-DAY EVENT AT 11 P.M. ET FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Heerenveen, Netherlands, will host the ISU European Speed Skating Championships this weekend, where a total of fourteen titles will be up for grabs throughout the three-day competition.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the event each day at 11 p.m. ET, beginning tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10. Each day of the competition will be shown live on NBC Sports Gold.

SKI JUMPING WORLD CUP

LIVE COVERAGE CONTINUES ON OLYMPICCHANNEL.COM AND NBC SPORTS GOLD TOMORROW AT 11:55 A.M. ET

The ski jumping World Cup season continues this weekend with both men’s and women’s competitions. The men’s competition will take place in Val di Fiemme, Italy, while women’s events will be held in Sapporo, Japan.

This weekend’s live coverage begins tomorrow with men’s qualifying beginning at 11:55 a.m. ET on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. For a complete schedule, click here.

LUGE WORLD CUP – ALTENBERG, GERMANY

LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY AT 3:25 A.M. ET ON OLYMPICCHANNEL.COM

The luge World Cup season continues in Europe with an event in Altenberg, Germany. Two-time Olympian Tucker West is the top American in the men’s singles standings so far this season, while Emily Sweeney, who has two silvers and one bronze medal in the 2019-20 season, is the top U.S. woman. This week’s live coverage begins Saturday at 3:25 a.m. ET on OlympicChannel.com. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present daily coverage, while the women’s singles event will be shown on NBCSN on Monday, Jan. 13, at 11 p.m. ET. For a full schedule, click here.

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