May 12, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT
Every event of the World Alpine Skiing Championships will be covered live for the first time in 2015, across NBC, NBCSN, Universal Sports and NBC Sports Live Extra.
The 2015 World Championships are in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., from Feb. 2-15, the first time worlds will be held outside of Europe since 1999 (also in Vail). They will be the biggest Alpine skiing event in the U.S. since the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine for over 25 hours of coverage, include 16 hours live. NBC will have six hours total, NBCSN will have 8.5 and Universal Sports will have 13.
Live Extra will stream all coverage on NBC and NBCSN.
Universal Sports will air daily pre-race shows in addition to event coverage.
The event is expected to feature six U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing medalists.
2010 Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn expects to return from knee surgery in December. It could be the final World Championships for six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller, who in Sochi became the oldest Olympic Alpine medalist ever at 36.
Ted Ligety hopes to build on his breakout performance at the 2013 World Championships, when he became the first man in 45 years to win three gold medals at a single worlds. Julia Mancuso has won a medal at every Olympics and World Championships since 2010.
Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend her World Championship in the slalom, while perhaps racing a speed events at worlds for the first time. Andrew Weibrecht could be a force in the super-G, where he’s won medals at the last two Olympics.
The top international stars will be World Cup overall champions Marcel Hirscher and Anna Fenninger of Austria and Olympic champions Tina Maze of Slovenia and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
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