Universal Sports Network Unveils Extensive Coverage of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct. 16, 2014) – Universal Sports Network will present extensive multi-platform coverage of the 2014-15 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup both on air and at UniversalSports.com starting with the season’s opener in Soelden, Austria this October 25 and 26. Continuing through March 2015, Universal Sports will showcase more than 65 international alpine competitions and 100 hours of exclusive television coverage, including the World Cup finals from Meribel, France. In addition, UniversalSports.com is scheduled to live stream more than 250 hours of full event competition for authenticated users.
Live television coverage of the 2014-15 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup begins Saturday, October 25, at 6:30 a.m. ET with the women’s giant slalom from Soelden, Austria, and continues with the men’s giant slalom on Sunday, October 26, at 7:30 a.m. ET. LIVE streaming begins at 3:30 a.m. ET on both days.
With the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships taking place in the U.S. at Vail-Beaver Creek this February, the U.S. Ski Team faces extra pressure against the world’s best skiers this year. The 2014-15 season will see Austria’s Marcel Hirscher and Anna Fenninger defending their overall World Cup titles against veterans Askel Lund Svindel (SUI), Ted Ligety (USA) and Tina Maze (SLO), in what could be her final season, alongside the next generation of skiers including Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen and the USA’s rising star Mikaela Shiffrin.
Not to be overlooked is veteran Lindsey Vonn (USA) who is looking to make a much-anticipated comeback following major knee surgery this past January which sidelined her from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Vonn has indicated that she hopes to be race-ready by the Lake Louise World Cup speed races December 5-7 which will air LIVE on Universal Sports. Already the most decorated American skier in history, Vonn has 59 World Cup race victories which is just three short of the women’s record held by Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Prll.
Presented by Longines, Universal Sports’ broadcast coverage of the 2014-15 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup will feature the veteran play-by-play announcer Steve Porino and analyst Doug Lewis. This year’s broadcasts will also include the newly-designed Audi Race Room where the network’s analysts give viewers an insider’s look at the elite competition by breaking down the techniques and technologies behind individual performances.
“2015 was supposed to be a curtain call for two of the sport’s biggest stars, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn, but Miller, Vonn and Julia Mancuso have more in them and are all back,” Porino commented about Team USA. “I predict that we’re also going to watch Mikaela Shiffrin bud from best slalom skier in the world to one of the best skiers, period. And Ted Ligety will continue to cement his legend as one of the greatest giant slalom skiers to have ever lived by adding another World Championship title.”
With regard to the international scene, Porino added, “Fans need to tune in to watch the male version of Shiffrin in 20-year-old Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, who is the youngest male Olympic alpine medalist ever. He’s as impressive as three-time overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher, who at 25 is the atypical Austrian: slight in stature, big on personality, and he still calls his dad from the starting gate. It’s hard to imagine who will stand in his way this season.”
The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, with men’s and women’s skiers competing in the slalom, giant slalom, Super G, downhill and combined, a combination of downhill and slalom. This year’s events will take place in Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
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Soelden Broadcast Schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 25
Women's Giant Slalom
6:30 a.m. ET Live
Sunday, Oct. 26
Men's Giant Slalom
7:30 a.m. ET Live
Subject to change, all times Eastern. Visit UniversalSports.com for schedule updates and streaming times.