By Paul D. Bowker | Dec. 28, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

 

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 Break Slalom Wins Record At Semmering World Cup Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates competing at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Dec. 8, 2018 in Courchevel, France.

 

The numbers are just crazy and incredible for two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin.

At 23, she is the youngest ever to capture 50 world cup wins.

She has won her last five world cup competitions and is the seventh woman in history to win in all six world cup disciplines.

Her lead in the overall world cup standings has stretched to more than 500 points.

This weekend in Semmering, Austria, Shiffrin can become the all-time world cup wins leader in slalom with a victory on Saturday, surpassing the record held by her childhood idol — Marlies Schild of Austria.

A win in either the slalom or giant slalom on Friday would establish Shiffrin as the record-holder for world cup wins in one calendar year. She and Austria’s Marcel Hirscher each have 14 wins in 2018; Hirscher’s next race is on New Year’s Day.

Shiffrin already has 889 world cup points, and is ranked No. 1 in slalom and super-G, and No. 2 in giant slalom. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia is 501 points behind in the overall points race.

U.S. teammates expected to join her in Semmering include Tricia Mangan, Nina O’Brien, Paula Moltzan and AJ Hurt.

TV: 5 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC

Webcast: 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: FIS Alpine on Twitter, Mikaela Shiffrin on Instagram and U.S. Ski Team on Instagram.

 

Jessie Diggins Looks For Second Straight Podium Finish At Tour de Ski ItalyJessie Diggins celebrates after placing second in the overall World Cup standings on March 18, 2018 in Falun, Switzerland.

 

Jessie Diggins, a two-time Olympian who won an Olympic team sprint gold medal in 2018, chases after a second consecutive podium finish in the Tour de Ski beginning Saturday in Toblach, Italy.

Tour de Ski consists of seven stages and opens with women’s and men’s sprint freestyle races Saturday. The event continues Sunday with a women’s 10-kilometer freestyle race and men’s 15-kilometer freestyle. After that, Tour de Ski moves on to Val Mustair, Switzerland; Oberstdorf, Germany; and Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Diggins finished third overall last year, becoming the first American to medal in the overall standings in the prestigious event.

Also back on the U.S. women’s team are two-time Olympians Sadie Bjornsen, who finished ninth overall in the 2017-18 Tour de Ski, and Sophie Caldwell, who placed second in the freestyle sprint.

Competing on the men’s side are three-time Olympian Simi Hamilton, two-time Olympian Erik Bjornsen, Kevin Bolger and Ben Lustgarten.

TV: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 8:20 a.m. Saturday, 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, olympicchannel.com

Follow along on social: #TourdeSki on Twitter, U.S. Ski Team on Instagram and Jessie Diggins on Instagram.


Men's Alpine Skiing - Men's World Cup
Four-time Olympian Steven Nyman and 2018 Olympian Bryce Bennett, who are both ranked among the top 10 in the world cup downhill standings, are among the U.S. men competing in Friday’s downhill race in Bormio, Italy. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, a 2018 Olympian, finished third in downhill training on Wednesday. A super-G race is scheduled for Saturday in Bormio. Others in the competition include four-time Olympian Ted Ligety, two-time Olympian Jared Goldberg, 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong, and 2018 Olympians Tommy Biesemeyer and Wiley Maple.

TV: 5:30 a.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel; noon Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 5:15 a.m. Friday and Saturday, olympicchannel.com

 

Men's Ski Jumping - 4-Hills Tournament
Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, is ready to compete in the 67th 4-Hills Tournament, which begins Saturday and Sunday in Oberstdorf, Germany. Qualifying for the HS137 event is Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday. Bickner had 33rd- and 34th-place finishes two weeks ago in Engelberg, Switzerland. After this weekend, the 4-Hills moves on to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and Innsbruck and Bischofshofen, Austria.

TV: 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 10:20 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, olympicchannel.com

 

Speedskating - US Long Track Championships
Three days of speedskating at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, this weekend will determine spots on the US Speedskating World Cup Team, in addition to national titles. Two-time Olympian Brittney Bowe, who leads the world cup standings at 1,000 meters, is among the expected skaters. The competition includes 500-meter women’s and men’s races Friday, 1000-meter women’s and men’s races on Saturday, followed by the women’s and men’s 1,500-meter, women’s 5,000-meter and men’s 10,000-meter on Sunday.


Ice Hockey - IIHF World Junior Championship

Team USA faces Kazakhstan on Friday and Sweden on Saturday in the preliminary round of the IIHF World Junior Championship in Victoria, British Columbia. Goals by Mikey Anderson and Evan Barratt, along with a stop on a penalty shot in the final period by goaltender Kyle Keyser, carried Team USA to a 2-1 win over Slovakia in the opening game on Wednesday. After playing Finland on Monday, the playoff round begins with the quarterfinals on Jan. 2. The medal round begins Jan. 5 in Vancouver.

 

Men's Water Polo - USA vs. Italy
The USA Water Polo Men’s National Team opens up an exhibition series against Italy on Friday night (10 p.m. ET) at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. Team USA and Italy will play three exhibition matches in California, ending the 2018 year for Team USA. They’ll also play at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chapman University in Orange and on Monday at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. The U.S. men have won 17 of 27 matches this year

 

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.