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Shiffrin Ready for Levi

By Megan Harrod
November, 9 2017
Mikaela Shiffrin poses with her reindeer Sven, won in 2016.

This weekend marks the 2017-18 FIS World Cup slalom kickoff in Levi, Finland for both the men and the women. Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) will go for her third win on Lapland soil—and therefore her third reindeer to join the herd along with Rudolph (2013) and Sven (2016). Listen to Shiffrin's thoughts ahead of Saturday's race.

The Northern Lights have been bright up in northern Finland, giving World Cup athletes quite the show as they head into what will, no doubt, be an action-packed weekend. Though the temps have been a bit on the warmer side, the piste is hard and the word on the street is the snow is "perfect." On the men's side, David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colo.) will look to make moves in an incredibly deep men's slalom field. Chodounsky snagged one of his best finishes on the World Cup in Levi in 2014, with a fifth place.

U.S. Ski Team alumni Steve Porino and Will Brandenburg will call the race for this weekend's broadcasts. See who to watch and where to catch all of the action.

Megan McJames
Mikaela Shiffrin
Resi Stiegler 

Michael Ankeny
Dave Chodounsky
Mark Engel
AJ Ginnis
Robby Kelley
Hig Roberts

Saturday, Nov. 11
4:00am – women’s first run – streamed LIVE on the Olympic Channel app //
7:00am – women’s second run – LIVE on NBCSN // NBC Sports app //

9:00am – women's slalom (encore) – Olympic Channel

Sunday, Nov. 12
4:00am – men’s first run – streamed LIVE on the Olympic Channel app //
7:00am – men’s second run – LIVE on the Olympic Channel // Olympic Channel app //