This weekend on the Road to PyeongChang: Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn season opener in Austria
Here's the best of what to watch this weekend in the lead-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang:
Alpine skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn set to make season debuts
Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn are scheduled to race Saturday in the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria at 6:30 a.m. ET on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Shiffrin, the 2017 World Championships giant slalom silver medalist, is hoping to stand on the Soelden podium for the fourth consecutive year, while Vonn is racing in Soelden for the first time since 2012. They will be challenged by two-time Olympic giant slalom medalist Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany and two-time giant slalom world champion Tessa Worley of France.
Switzerland’s Lara Gut, Slovenia’s Ilka Suhec and Austria’s Anna Veith are all sidelined with injuries.
The men will open the 2017-18 World Cup season on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on the Olympic Channel.
American Ted Ligety is expected to race for the first time since Dec. 18, 2016, when back surgery ended his season prematurely. Ligety, the 2014 Olympic giant slalom champion, is nicknamed “Mr. GS.”
Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, the 2017 giant slalom world champion, will miss the Soelden giant slalom after breaking his ankle in pre-season training.
Figure skating: Grand Prix series continues with Ashley Wagner, Karen Chen at Skate Canada
The second stop on the Grand Prix circuit is Skate Canada, taking place this weekend in Regina, Saskatchewan.
In the ladies event, Ashley Wagner makes her international season debut. Karen Chen, the 2017 US national champion, will also compete. Also in the field is 2017 Worlds silver medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, Marin Honda of Japan, and Russians Maria Sotskova and Anna Pogorilaya. A full preview of the event is here.
In the men’s event, three-time world champion Patrick Chan will perform for a home crowd against rising Japanese star Shoma Uno, who won silver at the 2017 Worlds. Team USA’s Jason Brown is also in the field.
In dance, 2017 world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will continue their undefeated streak, which began a year ago. They’ll face training partners Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States, plus their countrymen Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.
The pairs field includes two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, also of Canada. Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, who were the 2017 Worlds silver medalists, are also in the mix.
Coverage will stream live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA on Friday and Saturday.
Schedule (all times Eastern):
Friday, Oct. 27:
Ladies short program: 3 p.m.
Short dance: 5 p.m.
Men’s short program: 7 p.m.
Pairs short program: 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Ladies free skate: 1 p.m.
Free dance: 3 p.m.
Men’s free skate: 7 p.m.
Pairs free skate: 9 p.m.
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