By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 18, 2019, 12:01 a.m. (ET)


As you settle into your 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.

Lindsey Vonn Makes Season Debut At Cortina d’Ampezzo World CupLindsey Vonn competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 21, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


The highly anticipated season debut of four-time Olympian Lindsey Vonn is expected Friday on the slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy.

Bad weather forced the cancellation of last week’s races in St. Anton, Austria, setting up Vonn for this week’s downhill races in Cortina d’Ampezzo on Friday and Saturday. Vonn, the 2010 Olympic champion in women’s downhill, is coming back from a knee injury.

“I was really excited to race this weekend in St. Anton,” Vonn posted on Instagram after last week’s cancellation, “but even more excited that it was rescheduled for Cortina next weekend … at one of my favorite venues.”

Vonn has won nine times at Cortina d’Ampezzo over the years.

World cup overall points leader Mikaela Shiffrin has chosen not to compete in the downhill races, but she may race in Sunday’s super-G. She is also the world cup leader in slalom, giant slalom and super-G.

Expected to join Vonn in the downhill competition are two-time Olympian Laurenne Ross and 2018 Olympian Alice Merryweather.

TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday, 9 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN; 4:30 a.m. Saturday, 5 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 6 a.m. ET Friday, NBC Sports Gold; 4:30 a.m. Saturday, 5 a.m. Sunday,

Follow along on social: Lindsey Vonn on Instagram, FIS Alpine on Twitter and the U.S. Ski Team on Instagram.

World’s Best Moguls, Aerials Skiers To Make Their Mark On Lake PlacidJaelin Kauf competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 8, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


Jaelin Kauf, a 2018 Olympian, will heat up the moguls competition Friday at the Putnam Freestyle World Cup in Lake Placid, New York.

Kauf is seeking her fourth consecutive podium finish in world cup action. After scoring consecutive wins in moguls and dual moguls in China, she finished third last week in Calgary, Alberta. Qualifying runs are Friday, followed by the women’s and men’s moguls finals on Saturday.

Among those joining Kauf in the moguls competition is Hunter Bailey, who finished fifth on the men’s side last week.

The aerials competition, which is the first world cup of the season, is set for Sunday.

TV: 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 11 a.m. ET Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Gold

Follow along on social: FIS Freestyle on Twitter, U.S. Ski & Snowboard on Twitter and Jaelin Kauf on Instagram.

Curlers Take On Las Vegas
The U.S. men's curling team competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in Feb. 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea


Team North America is looking to roll a magic seven this week in Las Vegas.

The team, which is made up of athletes from the U.S. and Canada, including 2018 Olympic gold-medal-winning Team Shuster, is going after its seventh consecutive Continental Cup championship. The World Financial Group Continental Cup, which began with the opening ceremony Wednesday, goes through Sunday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. 

Team North America, led by 2006 Olympic medalist Pete Fenson as a non-playing captain, consists of two U.S. rinks and four Canadian rinks. Besides competing as whole teams, athletes from these rinks will take on Team World in mixed doubles, scramble, mixed team play and skins games events.

The U.S. rinks are led by Shuster — that includes his fellow 2018 Olympic gold medalists Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, along with 2010 Olympian Chris Plys — and Jamie Sinclair. Sinclair is joined by 2012 Youth Olympian twin sisters Taylor and Sarah Anderson, and Monica Walker. 

Follow along on social: Curling Las Vegas on Twitter, USA Curling on Instagram and Matt Hamilton on Instagram.


Alpine Skiing – Men’s Wengen World Cup
Four-time Olympians Ted Ligety and Steven Nyman are in Wengen, Switzerland, this week for a world cup stop with combined, downhill and slalom races scheduled for Friday through Sunday. Joining Ligety and Nyman are 2018 Olympians Bryce Bennett, Tommy Biesemeyer, Wiley Maple, Jared Goldberg and Ryan Cochran-Siegle. Bennett is in sixth place in the world cup downhill rankings, and Nyman is 11th.

TV: 8 a.m. ET Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 7 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. ET Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 4:15 and 7 a.m. Sunday,

Halfpipe and Slopestyle Snowboarding – Laax World Cup
Olympic gold medalist and two-time Youth Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim leads a stacked U.S. lineup at this week’s halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding world cup in Laax, Switzerland. Kim finished first in the women’s halfpipe qualifying on Wednesday and was among three Americans advancing to the semifinals. Taylor Gold, a 2014 Olympian, led six Americans in qualifying in the men’s halfpipe, and 2018 Olympian Chris Corning led seven U.S. qualifiers in men’s slopestyle. The finals in men’s and women’s slopestyle are Friday, followed by halfpipe finals on Saturday.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 6 a.m. ET Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday,

Alpine Snowboarding – Rogla World Cup
AJ Muss, a 2018 Olympian, and Ryan Rosencranz are competing in this weekend’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding world cup in Rogla, Slovenia. The final is Saturday.

Webcast: 8 a.m. ET Saturday,

Cross-Country Skiing – Otepää World Cup
The cross-country skiing world cup tour heads to Otepää, Estonia, this weekend for sprint classic races Saturday, and women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 15-kilometer classic events on Sunday. Among the U.S. skiers are two-time Olympians Jessie Diggins, Sadie Bjornsen, Ida Sargent and Erik Bjornsen.

TV: 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 6:55 a.m. ET Saturday, 3:30 and 7 a.m. Sunday,

Bobsled/Skeleton – Igls World Cup
Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor goes after her fourth consecutive world cup medal on Saturday, but this time competing with Next Olympic Hopeful finalist Sylvia Hoffman in the BMW sled. Meyers Taylor won two bronze medals and one silver medal the previous three world cup stops with Lake Kwaza. Also racing for the women are Brittany Reinbolt and Next Olympic Hopeful finalist Jessica Davis. Codie Bascue, a 2018 Olympian, and three-time Olympian Justin Olsen are piloting sleds in two-man and four-man bobsled. After snow canceled last week’s skeleton competition, Greg West, Kyle Brown and Austin Florian will start things off Friday in the men’s competition. Savannah Graybill and Olympian Kendall Wesenberg will race on the women’s side.

TV: 9 a.m. ET Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 10 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 3:15 and 8:30 a.m. ET Friday, 3 and 8 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday,

Biathlon – Ruhpolding World Cup
Two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee is coming off her best performance of the season, having placed seventh in the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit last week in Oberhof, Germany. This week’s world cup stop in Ruhpolding, Germany, includes a women’s 4x6-kilometer on Saturday and 12.5-kilometer women’s mass start on Sunday. Also scheduled: men’s 4x7.5-kilometer on Friday and men’s 15-kilometer mass start on Sunday. Among those joining Dunklee are Clare Egan on the women’s side, and Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren on the men’s side.

TV: 4 and 5 p.m. ET Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 6 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 8:30 a.m. ET Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 6:15 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Soccer – Women’s Friendly, USA vs. France
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, riding a 28-game unbeaten streak, begins its FIFA World Cup year on Saturday, when it faces No. 3-ranked France at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France. Leading the U.S. are three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd and two-time Olympian Alex Morgan, both forwards. The U.S. had a weeklong camp in Portugal and will stay in Europe to play Spain on Tuesday.

Tennis – Australian Open
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams is among the leading Americans as the Australian Open heads into the third round on Friday and Saturday, and the fourth round Sunday, in women’s and men’s singles. Williams is seeded 16th and Sloane Stephens, a 2016 Olympian, is seeded fifth. Three-time Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan are seeded fourth in the men’s doubles competitions. The tournament goes through Jan. 27 in Melbourne.

Track Cycling – Cambridge World Cup
The U.S. elite women are ranked third in team pursuit entering this week’s UCI World Cup stop in Cambridge, New Zealand. Among those leading the U.S. squad is Jennifer Valente, an Olympic silver medalist who is ranked second in women’s omnium. Also on the pursuit squad are Kelly Catlin, Kim Geist, Emma White and Christina Birch. The pursuit team has won three consecutive world titles.

TV: 9 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Ski Jumping – Women’s Zao World Cup
Three night competitions are on tap for the women’s world tour in Zao, Japan. Individual HS102 competitions are Friday and Sunday. A team competition is scheduled for Saturday. U.S. competitors are Nita Englund, a 2018 Olympian, along with Tara Geraghty-Moats, Nina Lussi and 2016 Youth Olympian Logan Sankey.

TV: 1:30 p.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3 a.m. ET Friday, 3 a.m. Saturday, 2 a.m. Sunday,

Ski Jumping – Men’s Zakopane World Cup
Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, is in Zakopane, Poland, where an individual HS134 competition is scheduled for Sunday. Bickner had a 46th-place finish last week in Val di Fiemme, Italy. A team competition is set for Saturday.

TV: Noon ET Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: Noon ET Friday, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, 12:10 p.m. Sunday,

Nordic Combined – Chaux-Neuve World Cup
Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher is in Chaux-Neuve, France, along with 2018 Olympic teammates Ben Loomis and Jasper Good, and Grant Andrews, for three days of competition. Fletcher and Loomis combined for a 10th-place finish in the team competition last week in Val di Fiemme. The world cup event features large hill HS118 jumps along with a 5-kilometer run on Friday, 10-kilometer run on Saturday, and 15-kilometer run on Sunday.

Webcast: 6 and 10 a.m. ET Friday, 5:30 and 9:45 a.m. Saturday, 5 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday,

Skicross – Idre Fjall World Cup
Four world cup competitions are set for Saturday and Sunday in Idre Fjall, Sweden. Women’s and men’s races will be held both days. Among the expected U.S. entrants are Whitney Gardner on the women’s side, and Tyler Wallasch on the men’s side.

Webcast: 5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 4:30 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Table Tennis – Hungarian Open
Two-time Olympian Lily Zhang and 2016 Olympian Jennifer Wu are competing in women’s doubles together in the Hungarian Open, a World Tour event in Budapest. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Friday, followed by the finals on Saturday.

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 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.