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With GS bronze in Are, EagleVail’s Shiffrin wins 6th career worlds medal

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February 14, 2019, 10:59 am

Battling a rain- and wind-scoured course at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Are, Sweden, on Thursday, EagleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin improved on her fourth-place first-run time to wind up with the bronze medal in the giant slalom.

Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, second after the first run, turned in an aggressive and sometimes ragged second run to bump first-run leader Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany into silver and claim the world championship gold.

Shiffrin trailed Rebensburg by .44 seconds after the first run but managed to bump Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel off the podium and claim the sixth word championship medal of her career on warm and windy night, adding to her gold last week in the super-G.

Shiffrin has one more chance for a gold in her signature slalom on Saturday, and a victory would give her a record fourth straight world championship slalom victory.

“I know it’s not gold,” Shiffrin said. “I feel good and little bit lucky, but I’m super-happy to walk away with a medal today.”

Here’s a press release from the U.S. Ski Team prior to Shiffrin’s GS bronze:

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships return to the forefront this week as Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.), already with one gold medal in her pocket from last week’s super-G, competes in giant slalom Thursday, and slalom Saturday.

Shiffrin will aim for a record fourth-straight slalom World Championship title Saturday, while she’ll take on giant slalom on Valentine’s Day – which she was a silver medalist in at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Shiffrin’s super-G win was her fourth world title, equalling Bode Miller in second-place among Americans. Only Ted Ligety (5) has won more World Championships titles. Paula Moltzan (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Nina O’Brien (San Francisco, Calif.) – who is making her World Championships debut – will join Shiffrin in the tech events.

Meanwhile, Tommy Ford (Bend, Ore.), who has been posting numerous career-best results this season, will take on the giant slalom on Friday along with Olympic and World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), Brian McLaughlin (Waitsfield, Vt.), and Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.). Cochran-Siegle was 11th in the super-G and 12th in the downhill last week, and his 1972 Olympic gold medal-winning mother, Barbara Ann Cochran, was here to watch him ski the second-fastest run in the downhill portion of Monday’s alpine combined.

NBC will offer live coverage of the World Championships Thursday through Sunday on four television and streaming platforms, including the NBC Sports Network, the Olympic Channel – Home of Team USA – OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold.

Fresh off the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, where U.S. athletes won 14 medals – five of them gold – the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Teams head to Calgary, Alberta, for World Cup halfpipe competition. Qualifying takes place Wednesday and Thursday, with the snowboard finals Friday night, followed by freeski finals Saturday night. NBC will broadcast both finals live on the Olympic Channel and offer live streaming on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold.

FIS Freestyle World Cup aerials return to Moscow for a city event Saturday night. U.S. athletes have performed well in the Russian capital the past with Kiley McKinnon winning last year. Jon Lillis (Park City, Utah) was fourth in Moscow in 2017, and second in 2016.

Live streaming of the Moscow event will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. A one-hour recap show will air on the Olympic Channel Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST.

This weekend is the final FIS Cross Country World Cup in Cogne, Italy, before the 2019 FIS Cross Country World Championships kick off next week (Feb. 20-March 3.) in Seefeld, Austria. The U.S. Cross Country Team will be represented by 12 athletes, including Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.), Sophie Caldwell (Stratton Mountain, Vt.), Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) and Erik Bjornsen (Anchorage, Alaska) in Saturday’s freestyle sprint, and Sunday’s 15k classic for the men and 10k classic for women.

The Olympic Channel will broadcast Saturday’s sprint, while live streaming will be offered on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold. Sunday’s classic races will stream live on OlympicChannel.com and NBC Sports Gold, while a one-hour recap show will air on the Olympic Channel Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EST.

World Cup start positions will be on the line in Minneapolis, Minn., this weekend with stop No. 5 of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour, featuring freestyle sprint Friday, classic mass start Saturday, and freestyle interval start Sunday. All events are taking place in Wirth Park, site of the 2020 FIS Cross Country World Cup, and will be streamed live through U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s partnership with Central Cross Country.

HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
*Same-day broadcast
**Next-day broadcast

ALPINE
Thursday, Feb. 14

8:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships women’s giant slalom run 1 – Are, SWE – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
10:30 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships women’s giant slalom run 2 – Are, SWE – NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Friday, Feb. 15
8:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships men’s giant slalom run 1 – Are, SWE – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
11:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships men’s giant slalom run 2 – Are, SWE – NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 16
5:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 – Are, SWE – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 1 – Are, SWE – NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom run 2 – Are, SWE – NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
1:00 p.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships women’s slalom – Are, SWE – NBC*

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 – Are, SWE – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 1 – Are, SWE – NBCSN*
8:00 a.m. – FIS World Alpine Championships men’s slalom run 2 – Are, SWE – NBCSN OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

FREESKI
Saturday, Feb. 16

5:30 a.m. – Men and women’s skicross – Feldberg, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:00 p.m. – Men and women’s halfpipe, Calgary, Alberta, CAN – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Sunday, Feb. 17
5:30 a.m. – Men and women’s skicross – Feldberg, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

FREESTYLE
Saturday, Feb. 16

11:30 a.m. – Men and women’s aerials – Moscow, RUS – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:00 p.m. – Men and women’s aerials – Moscow, RUS – Olympic Channel-TV*

CROSS COUNTRY
Friday, Feb. 15

10:45 a.m. – Men and women’s SuperTour freestyle sprint qualification – Minneapolis, Minn. – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
1:15 p.m. – Men and women’s SuperTour freestyle sprint finals – Minneapolis, Minn. – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming

Saturday, Feb. 16
6:30 a.m. Men and women’s freestyle sprint – Cogne, ITA – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:45 a.m. – Men’s SuperTour classic mass start – Minneapolis, Minn. – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
11:50 a.m. – Women’s SuperTour classic mass start – Minneapolis, Minn. – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming

Sunday, Feb. 17
3:45 a.m. – Women’s classic 10k – Cogne, ITA – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. – Men’s classic 15k – Cogne, ITA – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:15 a.m. – Women’s SuperTour freestyle interval start – Minneapolis, Minn. – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
11:00 a.m. – Men’s SuperTour freestyle interval start – Minneapolis, Minn. – U.S. Ski & Snowboard Streaming
2:00 p.m. – Women’s classic 10k – Cogne, ITA – Olympic Channel-TV*

SKI JUMPING
Friday, Feb. 15

9:45 a.m. – Men’s team event – Willingen, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:30 p.m. – Men’s team event – Willingen, GER – Olympic Channel-TV*

Saturday, Feb. 16
7:00 a.m. – Women’s individual – Oberstdorf, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
9:15 a.m. – Men’s individual – Willingen, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:00 a.m. – Women’s individual – Oberstdorf, GER – Olympic Channel-TV*
6:30 p.m. – Men’s individual – Willingen, GER – Olympic Channel-TV*

Sunday, Feb. 17
7:00 a.m. – Women’s individual – Oberstdorf, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
10:00 a.m. – Men’s individual – Willingen, GER – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. – Women’s individual – Oberstdorf, GER – Olympic Channel-TV*
7:00 p.m. – Men’s individual – Willingen, GER – Olympic Channel-TV*

SNOWBOARD
Friday, Feb. 15

9:00 p.m. – Men and women’s halfpipe, Calgary, Alberta, CAN – Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:00 a.m. – Men and women’s parallel giant slalom – PyeongChang, KOR – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

Saturday, Feb. 16
12:00 a.m. – Men and women’s parallel giant slalom – PyeongChang, KOR – OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold

All streams are available via desktop (NBCSports.com/LiveNBCSports.com/GoldandOlympicChannel.com) as well as mobile, tablet and connected television platforms. The NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold app and Olympic Channel app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass.

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