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Five For Friday: Alpine Skiing

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 20, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Jackie Wiles competes at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women's downhill on Dec. 17, 2016 in Val d'Isere, France.


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Another big weekend has arrived for 2010 Olympic women’s downhill champion Lindsey Vonn and a skier she sponsors.

Vonn, returning to action for the first time in nearly a year, finished 13th in last week’s women’s downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. Up next is a downhill Saturday and super-G on Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Seeking a second consecutive podium appearance in the downhill is Jackie Wiles, a skier sponsored by Vonn. Wiles, a 2014 Olympian, scored her first world cup podium last week, finishing third in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.

“I’m really happy for Jackie,” Vonn said. “I felt like I was skiing pretty well, just not quite on the limit yet. For me, it’s not really a matter of the results. I’m just happy to be racing again.”

Also expected to be in the competition this week are Laurenne Ross, Stacey Cook, Breezy Johnson, Alice McKennis and Leanne Smith. Ross, Cook, Wiles and Johnson are all ranked among the top 20 in the downhill, including Ross in 13th place.

TV: 3-4:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Universal HD

Webcast: 4:15 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

The U.S. men are in Kitzbuehel, Austria, for three days of world cup racing, beginning with a super-G Friday. There will also be a downhill Saturday and slalom Sunday.

Among those in the competition are Steven Nyman, a three-time Olympian who is seventh in the world cup downhill standings, and Travis Ganong, a 2014 Olympian who is 11th. Joining them are Bryce Bennett, who placed 10th in the combined last week, along with Jared Goldberg and Andrew Weibrecht, a two-time Olympic medalist in super-G. David Chodounsky is the highest-ranked American in slalom, in 25th place. Robby Kelley had a 25th-place finish in slalom last week in Wengen, Switzerland.

TV: 2:30-4 p.m. ET Friday, Universal HD

Webcast: 5:30 a.m. Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.