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Shiffrin Back On The Slopes, Humphries Back On Track & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 17, 2020, 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 the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.

 

Shiffrin Goes After 65th World Cup Win In Sestriere

All it took was a helicopter ride this week for two-time Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin and her U.S. women’s alpine skiing teammates.

After Shiffrin finished in third at Tuesday night’s slalom race in Flachau, Austria, leading three American skiers in the top 30, the trio headed for the next world cup stop in Sestriere, Italy, by helicopter on Wednesday. There, Shiffrin will go after her 65th world cup career win and second in a row in giant slalom on Saturday.

Shiffrin has a lead of 273 points over Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in the world cup overall standings. She is also first in the race for another world cup slalom crystal globe and is in second place in giant slalom, trailing Federica Brignone of Italy by just 21 points after winning the giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, on Dec. 28.

Shiffrin has reached the podium in three of four giant slalom races this season, and has 10 overall podium finishes.

Joining her in Sestriere are Paula Moltzan, who finished 23rd in the Flachau slalom, and Nina O’Brien, who was 29th.

“Three in the top 30 is awesome,” Shiffrin said after Tuesday’s race. “We’re all headed to Sestriere together tomorrow and I’m looking forward to switching gears and skiing some giant slalom.”

In addition to Saturday’s giant slalom race, a parallel giant slalom event is scheduled for Sunday.

TV: 8 a.m. ET Saturday, 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 5 and 8:05 a.m. Saturday, 3:15 and 5:45 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: FIS Alpine World Cup on Twitter, US Ski and Snowboard Team on Twitter and Mikaela Shiffrin on Instagram


Humphries And Gibbs Focused On Big Bobsled Finish


The chase continues for two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries, and this weekend she is joined by "Milk Life presents, The Next Olympic Hopeful" finalist Sylvia Hoffman.

In the first four world cup stops of the season, Humphries and 2018 Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs earned two wins and two fourth-place finishes. But after a second consecutive fourth-place finish last week in La Plagne, France, Humphries is clear about getting back to the top of the podium.

“Part of me wants to throw my hands in the air and throw a little tantrum because, of course, I want to be winning,” she said after last week’s race, which was won by Germany’s Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi. “I keep trying to remind myself of my long-term goal, which eases the stress of where I want to be in the moment. I’m still enjoying the team, we’re working really well together and I’m enjoying the sliding, which is the most important point in sport.”

Humphries is still atop the points standings entering Saturday’s competition.

The weekend also includes women’s and men’s skeleton on Friday, two-man bobsled on Saturday and four-man bobsled on Sunday.

A sixth-place finish last week in La Plagne boosted driver Hunter Church into sixth place in the four-man points standings. Teaming up with Church are Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kyle Wilcox. Church is also piloting the two-man on Saturday.Megan Henry is the top-ranked American skeleton athlete, in ninth place, and Kendall Wesenberg, a 2018 Olympian, is 11th. Also competing is No.14 Savannah Graybill. The U.S. men are led by 16th-ranked Austin Florian and 19th-ranked Alex Ivanov.

TV: 11 a.m. and noon ET Friday, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: US Bobsled and Skeleton on Twitter, Kaillie Humphries on Instagram and International Bobsled Skeleton Federation on Twitter


Women’s Lugers Poised For Historic Run At Youth Olympic Games


Maya Chan and Reannyn Weiler will make history in their luge sled Saturday.

Competing in women’s doubles at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, Chan and Weiler are in the first women’s doubles race ever sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.

Five luge competitions are among 22 events this weekend with medals up for grabs. Saturday’s medal events also include short track speedskating, Nordic combined, cross-country and freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Sunday’s competition includes monobob, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and cross-country and freestyle skiing.

The Youth Olympic Games go through Jan. 22.

In addition to Chan and Weiler competing in women’s doubles, other U.S. luge athletes are Matt Greiner and Hunter Harris in men’s singles, McKenna Mazlo in women’s singles, and Sam Day and Sam Eckert in men’s doubles.

Short track speedskaters Jenell Berhorst, Hailey Choi and Jonathan So are ready to make their Youth Olympic Games debuts. Competition in men’s and women’s 1,000-meter races Saturday marks the first of three medal-round dates for short track.

Mixed doubles competition in curling begins Saturday. The U.S. men’s ice hockey team will play a pair of preliminary round games: Finland on Saturday and Switzerland on Sunday. 

TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Follow along on social: Lausanne2020 on Instagram, Youth Olympic Games on Instagram and Team USA on Twitter


Henricksen Is Top Qualifier In Slopestyle Snowboarding

Competing in just his second world cup in slopestyle snowboarding, Dusty Henricksen of the U.S. rookie team is the top qualifier entering Friday’s men’s final in the first slopestyle world cup of the season in Laax, Switzerland.

Henricksen finished 29th in his world cup slopestyle debut last year at Mammoth Mountain, California, but got off to a strong start in Tuesday’s qualifying round in Laax. He leads seven U.S. snowboarders into the final round of 12, including Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard and two-time Olympian Ryan Stassel.

Olympians Julia Marino and Hailey Langland made it into the women’s final.

U.S. starters in the halfpipe include 2018 Olympian Maddie Mastro on the women’s side, and Olympians Chase Josey and Jake Pates on the men’s side.

The halfpipe finals are Saturday.

TV: 6 a.m. ET Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 6 a.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App

Follow along on social: US Snowboard Team on Instagram, Maddie Mastro on Instagram and FIS Snowboard on Twitter


Cross-Country Skiing – Nove Mesto World Cup
Jessie Diggins and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen will chase down more world cup points in this week’s freestyle and classic pursuit races in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Diggins, a 2018 Olympic gold medalist, is in fifth place in the women’s points standings and Maubet Bjornsen, a two-time Olympian, is sixth. Diggins finished sixth in a mass start race two weeks ago in Val di Fiemme, Italy, and is attempting to become the first non-European skier to win a world cup race five years in a row. Maubet Bjornsen finished seventh in the Tour de Ski. Joining them in the women’s races are Rosie Brennan, Julia Kern, Caitlin Patterson and Alayna Sonnesyn. David Norris and Ian Torchia are in the men’s races. Women’s 10-kilometer and men’s 15K freestyle races are set for Saturday, followed by women’s 10K and men’s 15K classic pursuits on Sunday.

TV: 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 3:45 and 5:15 a.m. Saturday, 5:10 and 7 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Men’s Alpine Skiing – Wengen World Cup
Ryan Cochran-Siegle, a 2018 Olympian who ranks 12th in the world cup downhill standings, is among the U.S. skiers who are in Wengen, Switzerland, for a packed weekend of world cup races. An alpine combined event is set for Friday, followed by a downhill race Saturday and slalom on Sunday. Cochran-Siegle has finished among the top 18 in his last three downhills and was second in Tuesday’s training run in Wengen. Among those joining him are four-time Olympian Steven Nyman, who is 17th in the world cup standings; 2018 Olympian Bryce Bennett, who was seventh in Tuesday’s training run; and 2014 Olympian Travis Ganong, who is 18th in the world cup standings. Starters in Sunday’s slalom include Luke Winters, who finished 26th last week in Adelboden, Switzerland.

TV: 7:30 a.m. ET Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel; 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 p.m. Sunday, NBCSN

Webcast: 4:30 and 8 a.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 7:15 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Slopestyle Skiing – Seiser Alm World Cup
Alex Hall, a 2018 Olympian who won his third consecutive big air competition in Atlanta in December, and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper are among the U.S. skiers going after podium finishes in Saturday’s slopestyle skiing world cup stop in Seiser Alm, Italy. Deven Fagan also headlines the men’s competition after landing a sixth-place finish last week in Font Romeu, France. Also on the start list for Friday’s qualifying round are Willie Borm, Colby Stevenson, Tim Ryan and Ryan Stevenson. Marin Hamill, who is coming off a fourth-place finish last week, is among the contenders on the women’s side. Joining her are Rell Harwood and Caroline Claire.

TV: 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: 5:20 a.m. Saturday, NBC Sports App


Swimming – TYR Pro Swim Series
More than 40 Olympians, including four-time Olympic medalist Simone Manuel and eight-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian, are competing in a TYR Pro Swim Series stop this week in Knoxville, Tennessee. More than 500 swimmers from at least 40 nations are racing in the four-day meet, which began with the 800-meter finals Thursday. Knoxville is the second stop in the 2019-20 Pro Swim Series schedule. Manuel, who captured seven medals at the 2019 FINA World Championships, is the top seed in the women’s 50- and 100-meter freestyle. Adrian is seeded No. 3 in the men’s 50 free and No. 4 in the 100 free. Other Olympians include Allison Schmitt, a three-time Olympian and eight-time medalist who is the No. 2 seed in the women’s 200-meter freestyle, and Kelsi Dahlia, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist who is the No. 1 seed in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. Regan Smith, who set a world record in the women’s 200 backstroke at the world championships, is the top seed in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and No. 2 in the 200 fly.

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday, NBCSN

Webcast: 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, usaswimming.org

Biathlon – Ruhpolding World Cup
The final three days of this week’s world cup stop in Ruhpolding, Germany, includes a men’s 4x7.5-kilometer, an event in which the U.S. posted a season-best 12th-place finish last week in Oberhof, Germany. Two-time Olympians Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren, and Paul Schommer and Jake Brown will seek another strong finish Saturday. The competition in Ruhpolding also includes women’s 7.5K and men’s 10K sprint races Friday, a women’s 4x6K Saturday, and women’s 10K and men’s 12.5K pursuit races Sunday. The women’s relay team, consisting of two-time Olympian Susan Dunklee, 2018 Olympians Clare Egan and Emily Dreissigacker, and Hallie Grossman, also placed 12th last week.

TV: 10 a.m. ET Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

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


Luge – Lillehammer World Cup
The FIL world cup tour moves this week to Lillehammer, Norway, and four U.S. luge athletes are ranked among the top 10 in the season standings. Emily Sweeney, a 2018 Olympian, is in fourth place in the women’s rankings despite not finishing last week’s event in Altenberg, Germany, due to a neck injury. Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher is in sixth place after an eighth-place finish in Altenberg. Among the top 10 on the men’s side are Tucker West, a two-time Olympian who is in fifth place, and Chris Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian who is in ninth place. Mazdzer, who has been battling through upper body injuries, is also competing in doubles with two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman. Mazdzer was 13th in singles last week and 17th in doubles with Terdiman. Women’s and doubles races are Saturday, followed by men’s singles and the team relay on Sunday.

TV: 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel


Men’s Ski Jumping – Titisee-Neustadt World Cup
Kevin Bickner, a 2018 Olympian, is the lone U.S. ski jumper competing in this weekend’s world cup stop in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany. Bickner has three top-40 finishes in January, including a 26th-place finish in the Four Hills Tournament. The competition begins Friday with a qualifying round, followed by HS142 jumps on Saturday and Sunday.

TV: 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday, 11 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Webcast: Noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports App


Skicross – Nakiska World Cup
Tyler Wallasch and Brant Crossan are among six U.S. skiers racing in a world cup skicross event in Nakiska, Alberta. Wallasch, who is 28th in the world cup men’s standings, had a second-place finish last week in a Nor-Am Cup race and was 16th in his last world cup race in Innichen, Italy, in December. Crossan is 34th in the world cup rankings. Joining them are Stuart Whittier and Noah Giron in the men’s competition, and Mazie Hayden and Lauren Saiko on the women’s side. Qualifying is Friday, followed by the final rounds Saturday.

Webcast: 2 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports App


Alpine Snowboarding – Rogla World Cup
Robert Burns, who had a 13th-place finish in his world cup season debut last week in Scuol, Switzerland, is among the U.S. snowboarders racing in Saturday’s world cup parallel giant slalom event in Rogla, Slovenia. Joining him are Dylan Udolf, Ryan Rosencranz and Myles Silverman. The qualifying round and finals are Saturday.

Webcast: 7 a.m. ET Saturday, NBC Sports App


Badminton -- Indonesia Masters
Beiwen Zhang, who is ranked 15th in the world in women's badminton, has reached the quarterfinal round of a BWF World Tour event for the second time in her last three tournaments. She faces seventh-ranked He Bing Jiao of China in the quarterfinals on Friday. The semifinals are Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday. Zhang defeated China's Zhang Yi Man, ranked 13th on the world tour, and Denmark's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt, ranked 29th in the world, to reach the quarterfinals.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.