2014 Olympic Slalom Gold Medalist MIKAELA SHIFFRIN & 2017 U.S. Champion NATHAN CHEN Highlight Coverage This Week on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
U.S. Champions Nathan Chen, Maia and Alex Shibutani highlight seven hours of live 2017 Bridgestone Skate America coverage. 2014 Olympic slalom gold medalist and reigning overall World Cup Champion Mikaela Shiffrin highlights Saturday's live Alpine Skiing World Cup coverage at 12:30 p.m. ET. IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup season continues Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET, live from Whistler, Canada, headlined by two-time olympic Bobsled Medalist Elana Meyers Taylor. 2014 olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin highlights FIL Luge World Cup season coverage from Winterberg, Germany on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Coverage streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
Content airing on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. Select replays and highlights will be available on these digital platforms as well as TeamUSA.org.
Following are programming highlights from this week on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA:
The ISU Grand Prix of FIGURE SKATING makes its sixth stop this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., for Bridgestone Skate America, the final event before the Grand Prix Final. 2017 U.S. champion and Grand Prix Russia winner Nathan Chen, the first skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single program, can clinch a spot at the Grand Prix Final with a top-four finish. He faces fellow American and 2016 U.S. champion Adam Rippon, who has a chance to make his second straight Grand Prix Final after finishing second at Grand Prix Japan earlier this month, in the men's field.
The ladies' competition will feature 2016 world silver medalist and three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and 18-year-old Karen Chen, who won her first U.S. title and finished fourth at the World Championships last season. Wagner, who won Skate America last season, can guarantee herself a spot in the Grand Prix Final with a win in Lake Placid.
American siblings and three-time world medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, who won Grand Prix Russia earlier this season, will compete in ice dance, while in the pairs' competition, two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada face off against Germany's two-time world medalists Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot. The pairs' field also includes Americans Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, the 2015 U.S. champions.
Terry Gannon calls the men's and ladies' action across NBC, NBCSN, and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, joined by 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir. Andrea Joyce will report rink-side.
Bill Doleman calls the pairs' free skate on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, alongside 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley. Doleman will be joined by 2006 Olympic silver medalist Ben Agosto for the ice dance competitions.
Olympic slalom gold medalist and reigning overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin looks for her first win of the season after finishing fifth in giant slalom in the World Cup opener, and second in the first slalom race of the season. The women's giant slalom field is deep this season, with Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, France's Tessa Worley, Italy's Sofia Goggia and Switzerland's Lara Gut (who is in the process of returning from an ACL injury) all top contenders, while Slovakia's Petra Vlhova has beaten Shiffrin in each of her last two slalom starts.
The men's speed season begins in Lake Louise, Alberta. 2013 super-G world champion Ted Ligety is expected to compete in Sunday's super-G, while 2015 downhill world silver medalist Travis Ganong is likely to headline the American men's downhill field.
Dan Hicks will call the XFINITY Killington Cup from Killington, Vt., joined by analysts Bode Miller, the most decorated skier in U.S. Olympic history, former World Cup skier Steve Porino, and reporter Carolyn Manno.
Steve Schlanger calls the action from Lake Louise, Alberta, alongside 2010 Olympian and analyst Will Brandenburg.
Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor - who has two podium finishes through two World Cup events this season - and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser - who won the World Cup event in Park City this weekend - lead the American women in bobsled. The U.S. men's bobsled team is led by two-time Olympian Nick Cunningham, 2010 Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen and Codie Bascue, who has finished on the podium in three of four World Cup races this season. This season's U.S. skeleton field features 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine and three-time Olympian Katie Uhlaender.
Country quota places for the PyeongChang Games will be determined by this season's World Cup results, and selection to the U.S. Olympic team will be heavily influenced by the results on this circuit.
Martin HAVEN calls the action from Whistler, Canada, joined by analyst John Morgan.
The cross-country skiing World Cup season kicks off this weekend with live coverage from Ruka, Finland, as athletes begin their journey to the Olympics, where the U.S. is aiming to win its first ever Olympic medal in women's cross-country skiing. 2014 Olympian Jessie Diggins, who won two medals at the 2017 World Championships, four-time Olympian Kikkan Randall and 2017 world bronze medalist Sadie Bjornsen are expected to lead the American women.
Bill Seward calls the event alongside former U.S. Biathlon team member and cross-country analyst Chad Salmela.
Coverage of the FIL Luge World Cup season continues this weekend from Winterberg, Germany, as 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin leads the American women, while 2014 Olympian Tucker West and two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer are expected to lead the U.S. men's team in singles. Sochi Olympians Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman headline the U.S. doubles team.
Country quota places for the PyeongChang Games will be determined by this season's World Cup results, and selection of the U.S. Olympic team will be based on this season's World Cup results.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA continues its presentation of the FIS SNOWBOARDING World Cup this Saturday with coverage of the men's and women's big air competitions from Beijing, China. 2014 Olympian and 2015 slopestyle world champion Ryan Stassel is expected to lead the U.S. effort.
Trace Worthington will provide commentary alongside analyst Tina Dixon.
Coverage of the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup season continues this Sunday in Stubai, Austria, with the second slopestyle competition of the year. 2014 Olympian Julia Krass, who finished fifth at the 2015 X Games, is expected to be the only American in the field with Olympic experience.
Trace Worthington will provide commentary alongside analyst Luke Van Valin.
World Cup ski jumping action continues from Ruka, Finalnd, with the second men's individual and team competitions of the season. The individual competition is likely to feature a showdown between reigning world champion Stefan Kraft of Austria and reigning Olympic champion Kamil Stoch of Poland. Rising prospect Kevin Bickner is expected to headline the U.S. men's field.
Bill Spaulding calls the event joined by three-time Olympic medalist and analyst Johnny Spillane.
The IBU biathlon World Cup season kicks off this weekend from Ostersund, Sweden, and will feature the first two athletes to earn spots on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, four-time Olympian Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee. Bailey, a two-time Olympian, is coming off an historic championship season in which he became the first American biathlete to win a world title when he won the men's 20km individual, while Dunklee took silver in the women's mass start at the world championships, becoming the first American woman to win an individual biathlon world medal.