As you settle into your holiday weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of some of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.
Mikaela Shiffrin Could Tie Slalom Wins Record At Courchevel World Cup Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates competing at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Dec. 8, 2018 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
World cup overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin chases after podium finishes Friday and Saturday in a tech world cup stop in Courchevel, France, where she will aim to tie a record.
With 34 world cup slalom wins, she is one shy of the all-time record held by Austria’s Marlies Schild.
Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and defending overall world cup champion, is on top of the overall standings by more than 300 points. She also leads the slalom standings, a discipline in which she won an Olympic gold medal in 2014 in Sochi. She is No. 4 in giant slalom, an event she won at the 2018 Olympics.
The giant slalom is Friday in Courchevel, followed by the slalom on Saturday. Shiffrin swept to a pair of wins last year in Courchevel in the giant slalom and parallel slalom.
Shiffrin became the first woman in history to win events in all six world cup disciplines with a super-G victory earlier this month.
Among those expected to join her in Courchevel are Paula Moltzan and Nina O’Brien.
TV: 7:30 a.m. ET Friday, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel; noon Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC
Webcast: 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com
World Champ And Olympic Snowboardcross Stars Compete In ItalyLindsey Jacobellis competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 16, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Double races and world championship qualifying points await U.S. snowboardcross athletes in this weekend’s season opener in Cervinia, Italy.
Lindsey Jacobellis, a four-time Olympian and the defending world champion, is among 12 U.S. athletes in the competition, which includes women’s and men’s finals on Friday and Saturday. A second competition was added Saturday because the original season-opening race in Montafon, Austria, was canceled because of weather conditions.
“Excited to finally get the season started,” said Alex Deibold, a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist. “It’s going to be an important week as Cervinia is the only chance we have to earn a spot to world champs at Solitude (Utah).”
Among those joining Jacobellis and Deibold in the competition are defending world team snowboardcross champions and 2018 Olympians Hagen Kearney and Nick Baumgartner, along with three-time Olympian Nate Holland, and 2018 Olympians Jonathan Cheever and Mick Dierdorff.
Webcast: 5:30 a.m. ET Friday, 5:40 a.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com
Men's Alpine Skiing - Madonna di Campiglio World Cup
The U.S. men are looking for another Italian success story on Saturday, when Madonna di Campiglio is host to a world cup slalom race. Last week’s competition in Alta Badia, Italy, included a career-best fifth-place finish by Tommy Ford in the giant slalom. One day later Ford finished 16th and Ryan Cochran-Siegle was 17th in parallel giant slalom, also in Alta Badia. Ford, a two-time Olympian, is coming off a 14th-place finish Wednesday in a giant slalom race in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria. He is in 24th in the overall world cup standings.
TV: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel
Webcast: 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, olympicchannel.com
Nordic Combined - Ramsau am Dachstein World Cup
Jasper Good and Ben Loomis are in Austria this week to compete in an FIS World Cup in Ramsau am Dachstein. Double competitions are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Both are 10-kilometer events with normal hill HS98 jumps.
Webcast: 6 and 8:45 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold
Biathlon - Nove Mesto World Cup
Two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee is powering up as the U.S. Biathlon world cup team heads to Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, this week. Dunklee was the top American finisher in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint and women’s pursuit races last week in Hochfilzen, Austria. Dunklee, along with Clare Egan and Joanne Reid, are in Friday’s sprint race. Both the women’s and men’s pursuit races are Saturday, followed by the mass start races on Sunday. The men’s team is led by two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren.
TV: 1 p.m. ET Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN; 9 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel
Skicross - Innichen World Cup
Whitney Gardner, Tyler Wallasch and Brant Crossan are in Innichen, Italy, to compete in a skicross world cup. Women’s and men’s finals are set for Friday and Saturday. Gardner finished 27th in the qualifying round last week in Arosa, Switzerland, and Crossan finished 32nd in the men’s competition.
Diving - U.S. Winter Trials
The final day of competition at the USA Diving Winter Trials is Friday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. The weeklong competition is a qualifier for 2019 FINA Grand Prix events in the U.S., Germany and Canada, as well as the World University Games. The competition concludes Friday with finals in women’s 3-meter and men’s platform. Among the women to watch are Hailey Hernandez, a two-time silver medalist at the 2018 World Junior Championships, and Bridget O’Neil, a bronze medalist on 3-meter at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Women's Water Polo - International Friendlies
The USA Water Polo Women’s National Team finishes off a memorable year of competition on Saturday, when it meets Netherlands in an exhibition match to be played at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens is among eight members of the 2016 Olympic champion team participating in a five-game series against China and Netherlands. Team USA defeated China 13-9 and 14-2 in a pair of matches last week, and topped Netherlands 12-6 on Tuesday in Claremont, California. The U.S. women won 2018 titles in the FINA World Cup, FINA World League Super Final and FINA Women’s Intercontinental Tournament. Its only loss of the year came in the preliminary round of the Intercontinental Tournament.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.