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Huge Day for USA as Diggins Wins Cogne Sprint

By Reese Brown
February, 16 2019
Jessie Diggins
Jesse Diggins took the FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint victory Saturday in Cogne, Italy (FIS)

It was a huge day for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team as Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) won Saturday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint to lead six U.S. women into the top 30 in Cogne, Italy. Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) finished fourth to lead four U.S. men into the top 30.

Diggins advanced through the quarterfinal and the semi-final heats in the lucky loser position to advance to the finals. “Man I’m glad they do lucky loser.  Honestly, there have been lots of ups and downs this year, you don’t know what going to happen, but you have to believe in yourself and keep pushing the whole way.”

Three U.S. athletes qualified for the finals including Hamilton, and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.), who finishing in fifth.

“I was really thrilled to have finished fifth today,” said Bjornsen. “After a long camp of solid training in Davos, (Switzerland)  it feels good to know my plan to ‘focus my top form on the Championships’ is working out. Any time I make a sprint final means I’m in a place to fight for the podium. A few more days of sharpening up and a mind that is ready to dig even deeper is exactly what I was dreaming of for this time of year.”

Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.) posted a career-best World Cup result finishing 11th, followed by Sophie Caldwell (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) in 17th; Ida Sargent (Craftsbury, Vt.) 24th; Rosie Brennan (Anchorage, Alaska) 27th; and Kelsey Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) in 33rd.  Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) was 23rd; Logan Henneman (Fairbanks, Alaska) 27th; and Kevin Bolger (Sun Valley, Idaho) 30th.

“Crazy racing out there today,” said Hamilton. “I think people expected less clustered racing because the course was quite hard and at altitude, but there was for sure some wild heats where the pack was just in constant contact with each other.  The final was tough… it’s always tricky coming from the second semifinal with such a short turnaround into the finals, but I’m proud of how I skied it and although fourth is a frustrating place to be, I think it’s a good sign leading into World Champs.”

Italian local Federico Pellegrino won the men’s race, followed by fellow countryman Francesco De Fabiani in second and Lucas Chanavat of France in third. Germany’s Sandra Ringwald was second behind Diggins, followed by Sweden’s Johanna Hagstroem in third.

The team has one final classic distance race in Cogne before heading to the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, Monday.

RESULTS
Men’s sprint
Women’s sprint

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast

Sunday, Feb. 17
3:45 a.m. - Women’s classic 10k - Cogne, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. - Men’s classic 15k - Cogne, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:15 a.m. - Women’s SuperTour freestyle interval start - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
11:00 a.m. - Men’s SuperTour freestyle interval start - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
2:00 p.m. - Women’s classic 10k - Cogne, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV*

Shiffrin Wins Record Fourth World Slalom Title

By Tom Horrocks
February, 16 2019
Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin won a record fourth-straight World Championship slalom title Saturday in Are, Sweden. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Alain Grosclaude)

Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) won a record fourth-straight FIS Alpine World Ski Championships slalom title with an amazing come-from-behind victory in Are, Sweden, Saturday. Shiffrin’s win was even more impressive considering she was battling not only the best slalom racers in the world but a new opponent - a nasty chest cold.

“Halfway down the (second) run, I ran out of oxygen,” she said. “It was tough today.” It was so tough that at one point before the second run, she coughed so hard that her stomach went into spasms and she couldn’t breathe. Her mother, Eileen Shiffrin, said to her: “You don’t have to do this!”

In the end though, Shiffrin “just figured I had to be tough” for 60-seconds and she credited her team with the victory. “My whole team was around me all day and helping to make sure I was drinking...resting... and not wasting energy” she said.

After finishing third in the opening run, Shiffrin toughed it out and found her groove under the warm afternoon sunshine to absolutely nail the second run, moving into the lead by .72 seconds over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, and putting significant pressure on the final two racers - Sweden’s Anna Swenn-Larsson and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener.

“I knew I had to fight really hard the second run because Anna and Wendy are too strong, and the girls who were behind me were also really close,” Shiffrin said.

On the second run, Swenn-Larsson was fast up top but lost time to Shiffrin on the lower part of the course. Holdener, meanwhile, held a .15-second lead over Shiffrin, but quickly lost that and much more when she missed a gate just seconds into her run and was forced to ski back uphill in order to make the gate. She eventually finished 17th.

Swenn-Larsson held on to win the silver, her first World Championships medal, and Vlhova won the bronze, her third medal of the 2019 World Championships. With the win, Shiffrin goes down in the history books, becoming the first-ever athlete - male or female - to win in a specific discipline in four consecutive World Championships. Shiffrin’s slalom gold is her fourth-straight, including 2013, 2015 and 2017 World Championships. It is also her third medal of the 2019 World Championships, including the super-G gold and giant slalom bronze.

Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.) finished 18th, and Nina O’Brien (San Francisco, Calif.) skied an impressive first run, but missed a gate in the second and was forced to hike. She finished 34th.

Up next, the FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes with a city event in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday.

RESULTS
Women’s World Championships slalom

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast

Saturday, Feb. 16
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom - Are, SWE - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Tuesday, Feb. 19
11:30 a.m. - Men and women's city event - Stockholm, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
11:30 p.m. - Men and women's city event - Stockholm, SWE - NBCSN*

All streams are available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold andOlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold app and Olympic Channel app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass.
 

Ligety 11th, Ford 12th In World Championship Giant Slalom

By Tom Horrocks
February, 15 2019
Tommy Ford
Tommy Ford posted a career-best World Championships result in Friday's giant slalom. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom - Alexis Boichard)

Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) led three Americans with an 11th-place giant slalom finish at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, Friday. Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.) was right behind in 12th, and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.) was 21st.

“That course was just a gunner. It was so, so straight. It’s far from my specialty, that’s for sure.” said Ligety, a three-time giant slalom World Champion, who made an impressive second-run recovery, after going through a panel, to hold on and finish.

“I was going for it...when it’s a night race, with this kind of snow, this much terrain, I was taking a lot of risks,” he said. “I had just one huge mistake that probably cost me the lead at this point. It probably would not have been enough to get a medal. I was just trying to cut line and be clean. There is no margin for error when you’re probably going 60 miles per hour in there. I just got hooked inside a little bit and went through the middle of the panel. When you’re going that fast and something grabs you like that, it just throws you offline. I thought for sure I was going to fall, and then the next thing I knew I was like ‘I’m still in it, I guess.’ That’s just a testament to how straight and open the course was, I still had room to get back in it.”

After finishing fourth in the GS at the 2017 World Champs in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen surprised pre-race favorites Marcel Hirscher of Austria, and Alexis Pinturault of France, to take his first career World Championships gold. Hirscher - who has been ill and had to cancel his press conference earlier this week - held on for second, as first-run leader Pinturault took the bronze.

Athletes were challenged by warm conditions, similar to what the women’s faced in their GS Thursday - without the swirling wind. But in the end, it came down to the course set for Ligety.

“Some courses fit you and some don’t,” said Ligety, who was competing in his seventh World Championships. “I definitely need to work on my straighter course sets because my bread and butter has always been turning, and (straighter course sets) has definitely been more of the trend.”

Ford’s result was a career-best for him after finishing 19th in the giant slalom at the 2015 World Champs in Beaver Creek, Colo., and 14th in the super-G in Garmisch, Germany, in 2011. Cochran-Siegle also posted a career-best World Champs GS result. His previous best was 25th at the 2017 World Champs.

Up next, the men compete in their final event of the 2019 World Championships in slalom Sunday.

RESULTS
Men’s World Championships giant slalom

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Saturday, Feb. 16
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom - Are, SWE - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

All streams are available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold andOlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold app and Olympic Channel app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass.
 

U.S. Ski Team Alumna Twardokens Injured in Plane Crash

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
February, 15 2019
Eva Twardokens Injured in Plane Crash
Two-time Olympian and 1984 World Championship giant slalom bronze medalist, Eva Twardokens - pictured here in 1991 in Saalbach, Austria - was recently injured in a plane crash. (Bob Martin)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard wishes to extend our heartfelt wishes to U.S. Ski Team alumna Eva Twardokens for a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained in a plane crash in Watsonville, California on Saturday, Feb. 9. 

A two-time Olympian, and 1984 World Championship giant slalom bronze medalist, Eva faces a long road to recovery, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Eva with her recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Eva. She was an extraordinary ski racer and we know her strength will help her through this,” said Tiger Shaw, U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO.

Shiffrin Blown Back to Giant Slalom Bronze

By Tom Horrocks
February, 14 2019

Sometimes you ski like the wind, other times you ski straight into it. Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) experienced both scenarios in Thursday’s FIS World Alpine Ski Championships giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on her way to winning a bronze medal, her second medal of the 2019 Championships.

“Everyone was dealing with wind, and it was kind of a strange race with tough conditions,” said Shiffrin. “It’s an outdoor sport - weather is one of the many variables you can’t control. The wind was challenging, but the surface was also soft. It kind of reminded me of the Semmering (Austria) GS. I was thinking in between runs how bummed I was after Semmering, where I ended up fifth. It was a terrible race for me...so I wanted to fight for it. So today it was like redemption for that, in a way. As far as the weather goes, it is what it is.”

But it wasn’t just Shiffrin who had to battle the stiff, swirling winds that were blowing straight up the mountain. France’s Tessa Worley faced a full-on gust in her second run that was so strong it blew over a volunteer who was trying to hold onto one of the sponsor banners. Race officials also removed the overhead finish line banners for the second run due to the wind.

Starting bib 3, Shiffrin finished fourth in the opening run, .44-seconds off the pace set by Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg. In the second run, she displayed her usual hard-charging finishing form to take the lead with three racers remaining as the swirling wind continued. Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel was first, but she couldn’t knock Shiffrin out of the lead and eventually finished fourth. Up next, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova laid down an ace to knock Shiffrin back to second and put the pressure on Rebensburg. However, the German lost a considerable amount of time in the last split and came up 0.14-second short and settled for the silver medal. The gold for Vlhova was her first career World Championship victory, adding to the silver medal she won in the alpine combined last week in Are.

Having a bronze is quite exciting,” said Shiffrin, after earning her sixth World Championships medal dating back to 2013. “At times, for me, if it’s not gold it feels disappointing, but bronze doesn’t feel like that for me today. Sometimes a bronze medal feels as sweet as gold.”

Nina O'Brien (San Francisco, Calif.), competing in her first World Championships, finished 28th. 

Shiffrin has one more opportunity for a medal at the 2019 Championship when she goes for a record-fourth-straight gold in Saturday’s slalom.

RESULTS
Women’s World Championships giant slalom

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast

Friday, Feb. 15
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s giant slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
11:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s giant slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 16
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom - Are, SWE - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

All streams are available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold andOlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold app and Olympic Channel app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass.
 

First Run

Shiffrin Aims for Fourth-Straight Slalom Title

By Tom Horrocks
February, 13 2019
Shiffrin
Three-time World Slalom Champion Mikaela Shiffrin goes for a record fourth-straight title Saturday in Are, Sweden. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Steven Earl)

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships return to the forefront this week as Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.), already with one gold medal in her pocket from last week’s super-G, competes in giant slalom Thursday, and slalom Saturday.

Shiffrin will aim for a record fourth-straight slalom World Championship title Saturday, while she’ll take on giant slalom on Valentine’s Day - which she was a silver medalist in at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Shiffrin’s super-G win was her fourth world title, equalling Bode Miller in second-place among Americans. Only Ted Ligety (5) has won more World Championships titles. Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Nina O’Brien (San Francisco, Calif.) - who is making her World Championships debut - will join Shiffrin in the tech events.

Meanwhile, Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.), who has been posting numerous career-best results this season, will take on the giant slalom on Friday along with Olympic and World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), Brian McLaughlin (Waitsfield, Vt.), and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.). Cochran-Siegle was 11th in the super-G and 12th in the downhill last week, and his 1972 Olympic gold medal-winning mother, Barbara Ann Cochran, was here to watch him ski the second-fastest run in the downhill portion of Monday’s alpine combined.

NBC will offer live coverage of the World Championships Thursday through Sunday on four television and streaming platforms, including the NBC Sports Network, the Olympic Channel - Home of Team USA - OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold.

Fresh off the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, where U.S. athletes won 14 medals - five of them gold - the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Teams head to Calgary, Alberta, for World Cup halfpipe competition. Qualifying takes place Wednesday and Thursday, with the snowboard finals Friday night, followed by freeski finals Saturday night. NBC will broadcast both finals live on the Olympic Channel and offer live streaming on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold.

FIS Freestyle World Cup aerials return to Moscow for a city event Saturday night. U.S. athletes have performed well in the Russian capital the past with Kiley McKinnon winning last year. Jon Lillis (Park City, Utah) was fourth in Moscow in 2017, and second in 2016.

Live streaming of the Moscow event will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. A one-hour recap show will air on the Olympic Channel Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST.

This weekend is the final FIS Cross Country World Cup in Cogne, Italy, before the 2019 FIS Cross Country World Championships kick off next week (Feb. 20-March 3.) in Seefeld, Austria. The U.S. Cross Country Team will be represented by 12 athletes, including Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.), Sophie Caldwell (Stratton Mountain, Vt.), Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) and Erik Bjornsen (Anchorage, Alaska) in Saturday’s freestyle sprint, and Sunday’s 15k classic for the men and 10k classic for women.

The Olympic Channel will broadcast Saturday’s sprint, while live streaming will be offered on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. Sunday’s classic races will stream live on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold, while a one-hour recap show will air on the Olympic Channel Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EST.

World Cup start positions will be on the line in Minneapolis, Minn., this weekend with stop No. 5 of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour, featuring freestyle sprint Friday, classic mass start Saturday, and freestyle interval start Sunday. All events are taking place in Wirth Park, site of the 2020 FIS Cross Country World Cup, and will be streamed live through U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s partnership with Central Cross Country.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

ALPINE
Thursday, Feb. 14

8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s giant slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
10:30 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s giant slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Friday, Feb. 15
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s giant slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
11:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s giant slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 16
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
1:00 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom - Are, SWE - NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 2 - Are, SWE - NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

FREESKI
Saturday, Feb. 16

5:30 a.m. - Men and women’s skicross - Feldberg, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s halfpipe, Calgary, Alberta, CAN - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:30 a.m. - Men and women’s skicross - Feldberg, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

FREESTYLE
Saturday, Feb. 16

11:30 a.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Moscow, RUS - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. - Men and women’s aerials - Moscow, RUS - Olympic Channel-TV*

CROSS COUNTRY
Friday, Feb. 15

10:45 a.m. - Men and women’s SuperTour freestyle sprint qualification - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
1:15 p.m. - Men and women’s SuperTour freestyle sprint finals - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming

Saturday, Feb. 16
6:30 a.m. Men and women’s freestyle sprint - Cogne, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:45 a.m. - Men’s SuperTour classic mass start - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
11:50 a.m. - Women’s SuperTour classic mass start - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming

Sunday, Feb. 17
3:45 a.m. - Women’s classic 10k - Cogne, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. - Men’s classic 15k - Cogne, ITA - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:15 a.m. - Women’s SuperTour freestyle interval start - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
11:00 a.m. - Men’s SuperTour freestyle interval start - Minneapolis, Minn. - U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
2:00 p.m. - Women’s classic 10k - Cogne, ITA - Olympic Channel-TV*

SKI JUMPING
Friday, Feb. 15

9:45 a.m. - Men’s team event - Willingen, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:30 p.m. - Men’s team event - Willingen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV*

Saturday, Feb. 16
7:00 a.m. - Women’s individual - Oberstdorf, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:15 a.m. - Men’s individual - Willingen, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:00 a.m. - Women’s individual - Oberstdorf, GER - Olympic Channel-TV*
6:30 p.m. - Men’s individual - Willingen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV*

Sunday, Feb. 17
7:00 a.m. - Women’s individual - Oberstdorf, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. - Men’s individual - Willingen, GER - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. - Women’s individual - Oberstdorf, GER - Olympic Channel-TV*
7:00 p.m. - Men’s individual - Willingen, GER - Olympic Channel-TV*

SNOWBOARD
Friday, Feb. 15

9:00 p.m. - Men and women’s halfpipe, Calgary, Alberta, CAN - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:00 a.m. - Men and women’s parallel giant slalom - PyeongChang, KOR - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 16
12:00 a.m. - Men and women’s parallel giant slalom - PyeongChang, KOR - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

All streams are available via desktop (NBCSports.com/Live, NBCSports.com/Gold andOlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold app and Olympic Channel app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass.

U.S. Athletes Win 14 Medals at 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 11 2019
2019 World Champs Wrap

U.S. Athletes led the medal count at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Utah with 14 medals, including five gold. Relive some of the top moments from an amazing 10 days of world-class ski and snowboard competition below.

HIGHLIGHTS

PHOTO AND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
 

15 U.S. Athletes to Compete at Calgary World Cup

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 10 2019
Canada Olympic Park
World Cup event venue at Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Canada. (FIS Snowboard - Oliver Kraus)

Fresh off the 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota, 16 U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes will battle the frigid temperatures of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in the FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Cup halfpipe competition Wednesday through Saturday.

“I'm excited to go to Calgary for the World Cup,” said U.S. Freeski Rookie Team member Abigale Hansen (June Lake, Calif.). “I have been to Calgary before so I know it's a different venue than we are used to for a World cup event, but it should be super fun!”

Hansen recently had her tooth wired back into place after a fall at the World Championships. Being a true competitor, she plans to compete at Canada Olympic Park. Also, U.S. Freeski teammate Hunter Hess (Bend, Ore.) is happy to be back competing in Calgary.

“I’m really stoked to be skiing in the Calgary World Cup,” said Hess. “I have been coming to Calgary for the past few years and it’s one of my favorite places to compete. The people here really enjoy skiing and support it no matter what the temperatures are outside. Looking forward to see what type of show we can put on."

For the men, U.S. Freeskiers set to compete include Hess, Olympic gold medalist David Wise (Reno, Nev.), U.S. Pro Team member Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colo.) as well as U.S. Rookie Team members Jaxin Hoerter (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Dylan Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.). In addition, Americans Connor Ladd (Lakewood, Colo.), Cassidy Jarrell (Aspen, Colo.), Lennon Vaughn (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Cameron Broderick (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) are set to compete.

For the women, U.S. Freeskiers ready to drop in include Hansen, 2019 World Championships bronze medalist Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.), U.S. Pro Team member Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) and U.S. Rookie Team member Svea Irving (Park CIty, Utah).

Snowboarders representing the U.S. in Calgary include U.S. Pro Team member and fast rising star Toby Miller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Jason Wolle (Winter Park, Colo.).

The Canada Olympic Park is known for its world class halfpipe and cold temperatures. Freeski qualifying takes place Thursday, with the finals slated for Saturday night. On the snowboard side, qualifications are scheduled for Wednesday, with the finals on tap Friday night.

With many athletes coming hot off amazing halfpipe competitions at the FIS World Championships in Park City, Utah, skiers and riders are in top form and ready to throw down. Competition will be televised and streamed on the networks of NBC. Tune in live to catch all the action.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST

FREESKI
Saturday, Feb 16.

9:00 p.m. - men’s and women’s halfpipe - Calgary, Canada FIS World Cup - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold.  

SNOWBOARD
Friday, Feb 15.

9:00 p.m. - men’s and women’s halfpipe - Calgary, Canada FIS World Cup - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold.
 

Vonn Caps Illustrious Career With World Champs Downhill Bronze

By Tom Horrocks
February, 10 2019

Lindsey Vonn (Vail, Colo.) wrapped up her illustrious 18-year career as the most successful female ski racer in history Sunday with a bronze medal in the downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championship in Are, Sweden.

Vonn left everything on the hill Sunday as she competed in her final event in typical Vonn - all or nothing - fashion that over her 18-year career brought her 82 World Cup victories; eight World Championship medals, including two gold in downhill and super-G at the 2009 World Champs in Val d’Isere, France; and three Olympic medals, including the downhill gold at the 2010 Games in Whistler, Canada.

“I risked it all today as always. I was so nervous...I wanted more than anything to finish strong. I didn't want to end up like I did on Tuesday (in the super-G) in the fence,” said Vonn, who has won a medal in six different World Championship events - another woman's record. “I was weighing in my mind the risk of putting it all out there, crashing and being injured again, as opposed to finishing where I wanted to. It was an internal battle, but in the end, I went with my emotions and stayed calm, and I was able to execute my plan.”

With sunshine and fast, grippy snow, Vonn - starting bib 3 - charged from the lower reserved downhill start house after race organizers shortened the course due to wind at the summit. Despite a slow start, once she found her groove, she reached for the podium.

“For some reason, I’m always slow on top here, but on the bottom, I know how to carry my speed, and once I got into the rhythm of things, I was able to execute and hang on for one last podium,” she said.

After being sidelined with a knee injury last season, Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec successfully defended her downhill World Championship title Sunday. Switzerland’s Corinne Suter took home the silver. Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.), the 2017 Junior World Downhill Champion, was 22nd.

Vonn stood on the podium one final time to accept the bronze medal in a joyous awards ceremony as Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark, who holds the all-time World Cup win record of 86 victories, presented the awards to Vonn, Stuhec, and Suter.

In victory, defeat, battling back from crashes and injuries, Vonn will be remembered as a vicious competitor, who brought the sport of alpine ski racing the mainstream of American sports.

“I always risk everything all the time,” she said. “That’s the reason I was able to win so much. Also, the reason why I crashed so much and had so many injuries.”

With another World Championships medal, Vonn is comfortable with her decision to retire and hold her head high as she moves on to the next chapter of life.

“I’m in a position where my body isn’t allowing me to ski the way that I know that I can...and that’s why I’m retiring,” she said. “My body isn’t letting me do what I need to do to win races. That’s the best I could have done today. There's not another gear. I’m very, very happy and thankful for bronze today.”

RESULTS
Women’s World Championships downhill

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

Sunday, Feb. 10
3:30 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s downhill - Are, SWE - NBC*
10:30 p.m. - FIS World Alpine Championships women’s downhill - Are, SWE - NBCSN*
 

Stenmark & Vonn