LOS ANGELES – February 18, 2009 – U.S. Olympians Kikkan Randall and Andy Newell lead the cross-country team and recent World Cup winners Billy Demong and Lindsey Van headline the Nordic combined team when Universal Sports presents same-day webcast coverage of the 2009 Nordic World Championships from Liberec, Czech Republic, on Feb. 19, 2009. Universal Sports will offer a daily highlights show starting March 4.
COVERAGE ON UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM: UniversalSports.com will offer free, on-demand webcast coverage of each event starting Thursday.
Thu. Feb. 19, Women’s Cross Country, Nordic Combined Mass
Fri. Feb. 20, Women’s Individual Ski Jumping, Men’s Cross Country
Sat. Feb. 21, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Individual Ski Jumping
Sun. Feb. 22, Nordic Combined Individual, Men’s Cross Country
Tue. Feb. 24, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Sprint
Wed. Feb. 25, Women’s and Men’s Team Sprint
Thu. Feb. 26, Nordic Combined Team, Women’s Cross Country Relay
Fri. Feb. 27, Men’s Cross Country Relay, Men’s Individual Ski Jumping
Sat. Feb. 28, Nordic Combined Individual, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Team Ski Jumping
Sun., March 1, Men’s Cross Country
Detailed coverage times are in 2009-Nordic-World-Championships-Schedule.pdf.
COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, available in 45 million homes, will offer daily one-hour highlight shows starting March 4 – 13, on its 24-hour television network, including multiple encore presentations of each race. Visit UniversalSports.com/tvschedule for details.
WOMEN’S SKI JUMPING: For the first time in history, women will have the opportunity to participate in the sport of ski jumping at the Nordic World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. Female ski jumpers have been petitioning for many years for the opportunity to jump in international competitions and were finally granted the right to participate from a decision made by the International Ski Federation in 2006. The first women’s ski jumping coverage will be on demand on UniversalSports.com Feb. 20.
U.S. TEAM: The 2009 team is considered to be the strongest team that the U.S. has assembled, featuring many Olympics, World Cup champions and frequent top-10 finishers across the various disciplines. The team includes four women ski jumpers who will take part in the historic debut of their participation in the sport at the World Championship level.
FIS WORLD CUP EVENTS ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS SCHEDULE: Universal Sports continues to provide coverage the entire 2008-09 FIS Nordic Combined season. Past events are available on UniversalSports.com.
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