PARK CITY, Utah – NBC Sports and Universal Sports will feature Olympic stars Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) with complete television coverage of the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Feb. 8-20 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
UniversalSports.com will carry live and on-demand streaming of every race with same day coverage on their 24-hour TV network. NBC Sports Olympic alpine broadcast team of Tim Ryan, Todd Brooker and Christin Cooper will be calling the event with Steve Porino providing on-site analysis throughout the competition. NBC’s weekend coverage will feature premier events like men’s and women’s downhill, women’s slalom and men’s giant slalom.
A complete schedule can be found at www.UniversalSports.com.
“World Championships host nearly the same field as the Olympics, so it’s going to be a great show,” said Vonn. “I get notes from fans all season-long saying they saw my race on Universal Sports. It’s cool to know that the outlets are there and that fans are tuning in.”
Vonn is the defending World Champion in both downhill and super G, while Miller enters the season’s main event as a four-time World Champion fresh on the heels of a podium at the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Mancuso, a three-time Olympic and World Championships medalist surges into Garmisch with World Cup podium finishes in both downhill and super G this season. Ligety owns a giant slalom bronze from the 2009 Worlds, but will be the odds on favorite this time around after sweeping the first three World Cup giant slalom races of the season.
“Universal Sports prides itself on bringing viewers the top winter sports competitions from around the world, including the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships,” said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. “We are excited to present the feats of athletes like Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller to our audiences on television and the Internet.”
Racing begins Tuesday, Feb. 8 with women’s super G and runs through Sunday, Feb. 20 concluding with men’s slalom.
Current online subscribers to Universal Sports season-long alpine
coverage have the World Championships included in their package, however a special Worlds only package can be purchased for $9.99.
NBC Sports Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern)
Saturday, Feb. 12: 1-2 p.m. – men’s downhill, highlights of women’s super G and super combined
Sunday, Feb. Feb. 13: 12-12:30 pm. – women’s downhill
Saturday, Feb. 19: 3-4 p.m. – women’s slalom, highlights of men’s giant slalom
Universal Sports Broadcast Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 8: 12-1:30 p.m. – women’s super G
Wednesday, Feb. 9: 12-1:30 p.m. – men’s super G
Friday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – women’s super combined
Saturday, Feb. 12: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – men’s downhill
Sunday, Feb. 13: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – women’s downhill
Monday Feb. 14: 12 – 2 p.m. – men’s super combined
Thursday, Feb. 17: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – women’s giant slalom
Friday, Feb. 18: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – men’s giant slalom
Saturday, Feb. 19: 4 -5 p.m. – women’s slalom
Sunday, Feb. 20: 11-12:30 p.m. – men’s slalom