Today’s the day! The 2014 Sochi Olympics officially start today with the first rounds of competition. There are lots of firsts today: this is the first time NBC has broadcast primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremonies and two sports, Slopestyle Snowboarding and Team Figure Skating are making their Olympic debut.
What to Watch As mentioned, tonight’s an early start to the competition from Sochi. In the new Team Figure Skating event, you can watch the men & pairs this evening. (How does Team Figure Skating work you ask? The top 10 nations put up one representative each in men’s singles, women’s singles, pairs and ice dance. They all perform one short program and one free skate. The field narrows to the top five after the all of the short programs are complete. Every score/program counts. The team with the most points at the end wins gold. )
In Freestyle Skiing, Women’s Moguls also start tonight with American Hannah Kearney looking to defend her gold medal. And Slopestyle Men’s & Women’s Snowboarding will make its debut, without Shaun White on the men’s side. If you haven’t already heard, a wrist injury is keeping the extremely popular athlete from competing.
Tomorrow is the more traditional start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, with the Opening Ceremonies. Coverage begins at 7:30pm on NBC.
Over the Weekend Saturday is the gold medal final of Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding (the women finish on Sunday), both of which will be history-making, no matter who wins. Team Figure Skating concludes on Sunday. Bode Miller, familiar to Olympic fans as the most decorated US skier, returns in the Men’s Downhill. And for those who like a little racing in their weekend, coverage of Speed Skating begins. Cool story: Claudia Pechstien of Germany, now 41, is going for her fourth Olympic gold in the 3000m event, 20 years after winning her first.
Remember, you have LOTS of options to watch these Sochi Olympics. Not only can you find coverage on the networks of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports Network will be broadcasting competition on local Sochi time, which means you could watch Men’s 5000m Speed Skating at 6am, if you wanted…or you could wait and watch during daytime coverage on NBC around 3pm…or you could watch on your mobile app a few days later.
We’ve made it even easier for our customers who want to watch all of the action on TV by temporarily grouping the NBCUniversal channels airing coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in one easy-to-find location on the channel lineup.
- Bakersfield: NBC HD (KGET) – 1235 NBC Sports HD – 1236 MSNBC HD – 1237 USA HD – 1238 CNBC HD – 1239
- Birmingham: NBC HD (WTVM) – 1030 NBC Sports HD – 1031 MSNBC HD – 1032 USA HD – 1033 CNBC HD – 1034
- Central Florida: NBC HD (WESH) – 1200 NBC Sports HD – 1201 MSNBC HD – 1202 USA HD – 1203 CNBC HD – 1204
- Indianapolis: NBC HD (WTHR) – 1030 NBC Sports HD – 1031 MSNBC HD – 1032 USA HD – 1033 CNBC HD – 1034
- Michigan: NBC HD (WDIV) – 400 NBC Sports HD – 401 MSNBC HD – 402 USA HD – 403 CNBC HD – 404
- Tampa: NBC HD (WFLA) – 1200 NBC Sports HD – 1201 MSNBC HD – 1202 USA HD – 1203 CNBC HD – 1204
Go Team USA!
What are you watching this weekend from Sochi?
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