Olympic Alpine Skiing Schedule 2018: Live Stream, TV Guide for Men’s Super-G
The speed events are set to take centre stage in the alpine skiing sector of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Thursday will see gold, silver and bronze decided in the men’s Super-G final.
Participants will descend down a steep climb at Jeongseon Alpine Centre and arc their way through gates in a similar fashion to the downhill event, except with a lot more focus fixed upon the turning aspect of the race.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud bulleted to gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and returns four years on hoping to defend his crown, except numerous challengers to the throne lie waiting to pounce on any errors.
One of those looking to claim gold will be Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who has already won gold in alpine skiing at these Games, as well as American Andrew Weibrecht, who took silver at Sochi four years ago.
Read on for a preview of Thursday’s race, along with a breakdown of the viewing details you need to tune in.
Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 9 a.m. ET/2 a.m. GMT (Friday, Feb. 16)
TV Info: NBC Universal (U.S.), BBC and Eurosport (UK)
The men’s Super-G will make a belated arrival in Pyeongchang after high winds caused disruption to the alpine skiing speed events, per BBC Sport, with optimal conditions required in this as much as any other discipline.
Jansrud posted his appreciation of the improving weather in preparation for this and the men’s combined event on Tuesday:
The defending champion kept the Super-G men’s gold medal in Norwegian hands after namesake Kjetil Andre Aamodt won at the 2002 and 2006 Games, while fellow compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal topped the times in Vancouver in 2010.
Austria’s Hermann Maier was the last non-Norwegian competitor to win Olympic gold in the men’s Super-G, and Jansrud’s immediate reaction to his triumphant run in Sochi made it clear just how fast it was:
One of the leading contenders to take the podium’s top spot from him is another Austrian, in-form Hirscher, who succeeded in the downhill and slalom on Tuesday to taste gold in the men’s combined event.
NBC’s Nick Zaccardi teased the opportunity for Hirscher to record a rare piece of Olympics history following that win, with a man largely viewed as one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time gathering good momentum:
France are one of the most heavily represented nations in the men’s Super-G event, with their eight competitors second only to Switzerland’s mass of nine.
Jan Hudec was one of two skiers to take the bronze in Sochi four years ago, and sports reporter Gregory Strong commented on the changed landscape since he switched allegiance from Canada to his native Czech Republic since then:
Along with Hirscher, the French pair of Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet will be looking to add to the medals they collected in the combined after tasting silver and bronze, respectively.
The Super-G promises thrills and spills at an unnatural pace, with an open field of contenders vying for control in one of the fastest events on offer at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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February 15, 2018 at 05:04AM