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Alpine skiing World Cup speeds up at Beaver Creek on NBC Sports, Peacock

Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO - DECEMBER 03: Jared Goldberg of Team United States skis the Birds of Prey race course during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Downhill race at Beaver Creek Resort on December 03, 2022 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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The first World Cup downhill races of the Alpine skiing season are in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this weekend, airing on NBC Sports and Peacock.

The Birds of Prey course holds men’s downhills on Friday and Saturday, plus a super-G on Sunday. NBC Sports airs highlights on Saturday and Sunday.

DayRaceTime (ET)Platform
SaturdayDownhill (1)2 p.m.**CNBC, Peacock
Downhill (2)5 p.m.*NBC, Peacock
SundaySuper-G4:30 p.m.*NBC, Peacock

*Same-day delayed broadcast.
**Next-day delayed broadcast.
***All shows stream on and the NBC Sports app for subscribers of those channels.

Beaver Creek does not typically hold the first speed races of the season, but the usual Thanksgiving weekend stop in Lake Louise, Alberta, was taken off the World Cup schedule starting this season.

Men’s and women’s downhills scheduled for earlier in November at the Matterhorn at the Italy-Switzerland border were canceled due to weather.

The first three men’s races this season were all canceled, leaving a Nov. 18 slalom as the lone event held before Beaver Creek.

That means that this week marks the first races of the season for the two biggest male stars in the sport: Swiss Marco Odermatt and Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who went one-two in the World Cup overall standings the last two seasons.

Odermatt earned his first World Cup win in Beaver Creek at age 22 in December 2019.

Since, he won the Olympic giant slalom, world titles in the downhill and GS, the last two World Cup overall titles, plus upped his World Cup race victory count to 24. His 2,042 World Cup points last season broke the men’s single-season record of 2,000 set by Austrian Hermann Maier in 2000.

Kilde won the last four races at Beaver Creek over the last two seasons en route to claiming World Cup season titles in the downhill.

No active U.S. man has made a Beaver Creek downhill or super-G podium, now that Travis Ganong and Steven Nyman retired after last season.

The best U.S. hope this weekend is likely Olympic super-G silver medalist Ryan Cochran-Siegle, whose top finish last season was fourth in his last race at the World Cup Finals, a super-G.