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Five For Friday: Alpine Skiing

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 19, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Julia Mancuso competes in women's downhill at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on Feb. 2, 2015 in Beaver Creek, Colo.


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The final week of Olympic qualifying includes world cup races in men’s and women’s downhill, men’s and women’s super-G, and men’s slalom.

Women’s downhill world cup races are set for Friday and Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, followed by a super-G event on Sunday. Mikaela Shiffrin, who leads the world cup standings by more than 800 points and has already qualified for PyeongChang, is competing this week. Lindsey Vonn, an 11-time world cup winner in Cortina who also has punched her ticket to Korea, won Wednesday’s downhill training session.

Laurenne Ross, a 2014 Olympian, is coming off her season debut in downhill last weekend in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria. Recovered from a severe knee injury, Ross led the U.S. team with an 11th-place finish. Others in the competition include four-time Olympian Julia Mancuso, 2014 Olympian Jackie Wiles and 2010 Olympian Alice McKennis.

TV: 4 a.m. ET Friday, 4 a.m. Saturday, 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network

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A men’s super-G takes place Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria, followed by downhill on Saturday and slalom on Sunday.

Three-time Olympian Steven Nyman, who placed second in a downhill training run Tuesday, is among those competing. Joining him are two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht, 2018 Olympic nominee Bryce Bennett and 2014 Olympian Jared Goldberg.

David Chodounsky, a 2014 Olympian who is the highest-ranked American in the men’s slalom standings in 32nd place, is in Sunday’s race. Among those expected to join him is two-time Olympian Nolan Kasper, who finished 20th in his first world cup back from injury in three years.

TV: 5:30 a.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 4 p.m. Friday, midnight and 10 p.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Network; 3 p.m. Saturday, NBC

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