SAN DIEGO, October 23, 2013 – NBC Olympics will present 34.5 hours of live coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials across NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and NBC Sports Live Extra in the months leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
NBC is planning Trials coverage of six sports: speed skating, short track speed skating, women’s ice hockey, ski jumping, Nordic combined and curling.
Trials coverage begins on Friday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with curling from Fargo, North Dakota, and concludes on Sunday, January 5 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC with short track from the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.
All events will be live streamed across NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets. Many of the events will also be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
Following is the schedule sport by sport.
NBCSN will provide 15 hours of Trials coverage of the curling finals from Fargo, North Dakota featuring both both men’s and women’s Trials. The U.S. men’s curling team will have to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics following the Trials.
Curling TV Schedule (All Time Eastern Time)
Friday, November 15: Men’s & Women’s Curling Trials – Match 1, NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 16: Men’s Curling Trials – Match 2, NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 16: Women’s Curling Trials – Match 2, NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 17: Men’s Curling Trials – Match 3 (if needed), NBCSN 12 Noon
Sunday, November 17: Women’s Curling Trials – Match 3* (if needed), NBCSN (TBA)
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
NBCSN will have live coverage of two women’s hockey games between Team USA and Team Canada in preparation for the Sochi Games. The rivalry in women’s hockey between the U.S. and Canada is one of the most heated in sports, and has been a fixture at the Games since women’s hockey was added to the Olympic program at the 1998 Nagano Games. The Americans defeated the Canadians 3-1 in Nagano to win the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey. The two teams have competed in the gold medal game in three out of four Olympics, including the 2010 Vancouver Games, when Team Canada skated away with a 2-0 victory.
The first matchup between Team USA and Team Canada will take place on Friday, December 20 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The two squads will face off once more on Saturday, December 28 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Women’s Ice Hockey TV Schedule
Friday, December 20: Team USA vs. Team Canada, NBCSN 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 28: Team USA vs. Team Canada, NBCSN 4 p.m.
NBC and NBCSN will combine to provide live Trials coverage of men’s and women’s speed skating from the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah. Coverage begins on NBCSN Friday, December 28, shifts to NBC over the weekend, and returns to finish up on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis will highlight NBC’s speed skating coverage. Davis begins his quest for his third straight Olympic gold medal in the 1000m after standing atop the podium in Torino and Vancouver.
Speed Skating TV Schedule
Friday, December 27: Men’s 5000m and Women’s 3000m, NBCSN 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 28: Men’s & Women’s 500m, NBC 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 29: Men’s & Women’s 1000m, NBC 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31: Men’s & Women’s 1500m. NBCSN 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1: Men’s 10,000m & Women’s 5000m, NBCSN 5 p.m.
SKI JUMPING & NORDIC COMBINED
The 2014 Sochi Games marks the debut of women’s ski jumping at the Winter Games. NBC will provide live Trials coverage of men’s and women’s ski jumping as well as Nordic combined from the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.
Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined TV Schedule
Sunday, December 29: Men’s & Women’s Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined, NBC 1:30 p.m.
SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
Two-time Olympic medalist and 500m world record holder J.R. Celski headlines NBC and NBCSN’s live Trials coverage of men’s and women’s short track from the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah. Celski broke the world record in the men’s 500m last year, and aims to build off of his bronze medals in the men’s 1500m and 5000m relay from the 2010 Vancouver Games.
NBCSN kicks off short track coverage on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET with the men’s and women’s 1500m events. Coverage continues on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the men’s and women’s 500m, and concludes on NBC on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. ET with the men’s and women’s 1000m.
Short Track Speed Skating TV Schedule
Friday, January 3: Men’s & Women’s 1500m, NBCSN 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 4: Men’s & Women’s 500m, NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sunday, January 5: Men’s & Women’s 1000m, NBC 4 p.m.
NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials that air on NBC and NBCSN. The vast majority of events will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
**All times ET. Subject to change.
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