TV schedule for first weekend of 2014 Winter Olympics

TV schedule for first weekend of 2014 Winter Olympics

LOOKING FOR TV LISTINGS for the rest of the Winter Olympics? Here's the listings for the Pacific time through the end of the games

Primetime coverage starts #LiveOnKMTR on Thursday, Feb. 6, followed by the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night. Team USA will take part in the Parade of Nations wearing sweaters made with Oregon-grown wool.

Here's a look at the first full weekend of Olympic coverage, including event coverage set to air on NBCSN, MSNBC, CNBC and USA networks.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 (Pre-Olympics) | FRIDAY | SATURDAY | SUNDAY | MONDAY

NBC
8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

•    Figure Skating Team Event - Men’s and Pairs’ Short Program: For the first time in Olympic history, figure skaters of all four disciplines - men, ladies, pairs and ice dancing - compete in a team format, representing the 10 countries with the strongest all-around squads. The first athletes to take the ice in Sochi are the men and pairs teams for the short program.

•    Snowboarding - Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Competition: Slopestyle, a new judged event in which riders perform tricks and high-flying jumps over a downhill course, makes its debut in Sochi, promising to bring to the Games the same excitement that has characterized snowboard halfpipe. The men’s event will feature a trio of high-flying Canadians, including 20-year-old phenom Mark McMorris. In the women’s event, 23-year-old Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe has long been the leading figure and is favored to win the event’s first Olympic gold.

•    Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Competition: Hannah Kearney begins her attempt to become her sport’s first repeat champion tonight. Since winning gold in Vancouver, Kearney has dominated women’s moguls, capturing the 2013 world title and the moguls World Cup title the past three seasons. The U.S. has a strong team behind Kearney, including Vancouver Olympian Heather McPhie.



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

NBC
7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime): The Opening Ceremony will feature a compelling journey through Russia’s history and culture and the Parade of Nations, culminating with the lighting of the Olympic flame.



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8


NBC
2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Men’s Ski Jumping - Individual K-95 Competition
Men’s Biathlon - 10km Sprint Gold Medal Final
Men’s Speed Skating - 5000m Gold Medal Final
Women’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final

8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Figure Skating - Team Event
Ice Dancing Short Dance           
Ladies’ Short Program
Men’s Snowboarding - Slopestyle Gold Medal Final
Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Gold Medal Final

Midnight - 1 a.m.
Figure Skating - Team Event
            Pairs’ Free Skate
Men’s Luge - Singles Competition

NBCSN
3 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Women’s Hockey - USA vs. Finland (LIVE)

5:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Women’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Men’s Speed Skating - 5000m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Figure Skating - Team Event
Ice Dancing Short Dance (LIVE)

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Figure Skating - Team Event
Ladies’ Short Program (LIVE)
Pairs’ Free Skate (LIVE)

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Game of the Day: Hockey

MSNBC
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Women’s Hockey - Canada vs. Switzerland (LIVE)


NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
•    Figure Skating Team Event - Short Dance, Ladies’ Short Program: For the first time in Olympic history, figure skaters of all four disciplines compete on the same team in this new event. On day two of the three-day competition, the ladies and ice dance teams skate their short programs, with 2010 Olympic silver medalists and reigning world champions in ice dance Meryl Davis and Charlie White anchoring a strong American team.
•    Snowboarding - Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Competition: Slopestyle, a new judged event in which riders perform tricks and high-flying jumps over a downhill course, makes its debut in Sochi, promising to bring to the Games the same excitement that has characterized snowboard halfpipe. The men’s event will feature a trio of high-flying Canadians, including 20-year-old phenom Mark McMorris. In the women’s event, 23-year-old Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe has long been the leading figure and is favored to win the event’s first Olympic gold.
•    Women’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Gold Medal Final: Hannah Kearney returns to the Olympics in hopes of becoming her sport’s first champion. Since winning gold in Vancouver, Kearney has dominated women’s moguls, capturing the 2013 world title and the moguls World Cup title the past three seasons. The U.S. has a strong team behind Kearney, including Vancouver Olympian Heather McPhie.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
•    Men’s Ski Jumping - Individual K-95 Competition: Switzerland’s Simon Ammann has shown his ability to rise to the occasion at the Olympics, sweeping both individual events in 2002 and 2010, but the spotlight may be on Austrian star Gregor Schlierenzauer, who collected three medals in Vancouver.
•    Men’s Biathlon - 10km Sprint Gold Medal Final: A combination of fast skiing and precise shooting, biathlon remains the only winter sport in which the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal. But New York native Tim Burke will look to change that in Sochi, where he will face tough competition from the home team. Russian Biathlon Union president Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire tycoon who also owns the Brooklyn Nets, set a goal of two or three gold medals for his athletes at the Games.
•    Men’s Speed Skating - 5000m Gold Medal Final: Reigning Olympic champion Sven Kramer of the Netherlands will be hard to beat, but the home crowd will be pulling for 2010 bronze medalist Ivan Skobrev, who competes for Russia but spends offseasons in Connecticut, where his family has lived for the last 15 years.
•    Women’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final: Norway’s Marit Bjorgen won this event in Vancouver and has a chance to challenge the all-time Olympic Winter Games women’s record of 10 medals. She enters Sochi with seven.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Late Night):
•    Figure Skating Team Event - Pairs Free Skate: Following the short program phase, the field is cut from ten teams to five. The free skating phase begins with pairs, with the Americans expected to be in medal contention.
•    Men’s Luge - Singles Competition: Luge legend Armin Zoeggeler of Italy will attempt to become the first Olympian - summer or winter - to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event.

NBCSN HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Women’s Hockey - USA vs. Finland: The U.S. women have won medals at all four Olympic tournaments but no gold since 1998. They begin their title bid LIVE against 2010 bronze medalist Finland, which upset the Americans 3-1 in November. Finland goalie Noora Raty, who made 58 saves in that game, led the University of Minnesota to its second consecutive national title and the first undefeated season in women’s NCAA hockey history last year.
•    Women’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final: Norway’s Marit Bjorgen won this event in Vancouver and has a chance to challenge the all-time Olympic Winter Games women’s record of 10 medals. She enters Sochi with seven and begins her attempt LIVE in the event she won in Vancouver.
•    Men’s Speed Skating - 5000m Gold Medal Final: Reigning Olympic champion Sven Kramer of the Netherlands attempts to defend his title LIVE in the 5000m. But the home crowd will be pulling for 2010 bronze medalist Ivan Skobrev, who competes for Russia but spends offseasons in Connecticut, where his family has lived for the last 15 years.
•    Figure Skating Team Event - Short Dance, Ladies’ Short Program, Pairs’ Free Skate: For the first time in Olympic history, figure skaters of all four disciplines compete on the same team in this new event. On day two of the three-day competition, the ladies and ice dance teams skate their short programs LIVE, with 2010 Olympic silver medalists and reigning world champions in ice dance Meryl Davis and Charlie White anchoring a strong American team. The top five nations will qualify for the free skate round, beginning with pairs immediately following the ladies’ short program.



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

NBC
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Figure Skating - Team Event Gold Medal Final
Men’s Free Skate
Women’s Biathlon - 7.5km Sprint Gold Medal Final
Women’s Speed Skating - 3000m Gold Medal Final
Men’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Figure Skating - Team Event Gold Medal Final
            Ladies’ Free Skate
            Ice Dancing Free Dance
Men’s Alpine Skiing - Downhill Gold Medal Final
Women’s Snowboarding - Slopestyle Gold Medal Final
Men’s Ski Jumping - Individual K-95 Gold Medal Final

11:35 p.m. - 12:35 a.m.
Figure Skating - Team Event Gold Medal Final Postgame
Men’s Luge - Singles Gold Medal Final Runs


NBCSN
3 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.

Women’s Hockey - Sweden vs. Japan (LIVE)

5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Men’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Women’s Speed Skating - 3000m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Men’s Luge - Singles Competition (LIVE)

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Figure Skating - Team Event Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Men’s Ski Jumping - Individual K-95 Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hockey Encore

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Game of the Day: Hockey

MSNBC
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Women’s Hockey - Russia vs. Germany (LIVE)


NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
•    Figure Skating Team Event - Ladies’ Free Skate, Free Dance: The first-ever medals for figure skating’s new team event will be handed out following the ladies’ free skate and the free dance. The competition favors the most well-rounded skating countries, meaning the fight for the podium will be fierce among Canada, the United States, and host country Russia on the event’s final night.
•    Men’s Alpine Skiing - Downhill Gold Medal Final: Skiing’s signature race covers two miles in two minutes and has been won by two Americans. Bode Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier of all time, would like to become the third after winning bronze in Vancouver. The 36-year-old Miller will have to contend with a deep field of rivals, led by Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist and reigning world champion.
•    Women’s Snowboarding - Slopestyle Gold Medal Final: South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson is favored to win the first gold medal as women’s slopestyle makes its Olympic debut. The 23-year-old avid environmentalist has been the dominant figure in the event in recent years.
•    Men’s Ski Jumping - Individual K-95 Gold Medal Final: At just 24, Austrian star Gregor Schlierenzauer is already being called one of ski jumping’s all-time greats, but is still in search of his first individual Olympic gold medal. Swiss rival Simon Ammann, who has broadened his aerial skillset by earning his pilot’s license since sweeping the individual events for a second time in Vancouver, could also be in the hunt.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
•    Figure Skating Team Event - Men’s Free Skate: The final day of the first-ever figure skating team event gets underway with the men’s free skate. The competition favors the most well-rounded skating countries, meaning the fight for the podium will be fierce among Canada, the United States, and host country Russia on the event’s final night.
•    Women’s Biathlon - 7.5km Sprint Gold Medal Final: Russia lost a medal contender when biathlete Anastasia Kuzmina changed her citizenship to compete for Slovakia at the Vancouver Games, where she won gold in the sprint. She returns to her home country to try to defend her Olympic title.
•    Women’s Speed Skating - 3000m Gold Medal Final: Germany’s Claudia Pechstein looks to win her fourth Olympic medal in this event, 20 years after her first. Another medal would give the 41-year-old 10 for her career, tying the all-time Olympic Winter Games women’s record.
•    Men’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final: Norwegian Petter Northug, who is his nation’s most popular athlete, takes the snow in Sochi for the first time in the event formerly known as the pursuit. After winning four medals, including two gold, in Vancouver, Northug could be poised for an even bigger haul in Sochi.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Late Night):
•    Men’s Luge - Singles Gold Medal Final Runs:
Luge legend Armin Zoeggeler of Italy will attempt to become the first Olympian - summer or winter - to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event.

NBCSN HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Men’s Cross-Country - Skiathlon Gold Medal Final:
Norwegian Petter Northug, who is his nation’s most popular athlete, takes the snow in Sochi for the first time LIVE in the event formerly known as the pursuit. After winning four medals, including two gold, in Vancouver, Northug could be poised for an even bigger haul in Sochi.
•    Women’s Speed Skating - 3000m Gold Medal Final: Germany’s Claudia Pechstein attempts to win her fourth Olympic medal in this event LIVE, 20 years after her first. Another medal would give the 41-year-old 10 for her career, tying the all-time Olympic Winter Games women’s record.
•    Men’s Luge - Singles Gold Medal Final Runs: Luge legend Armin Zoeggeler of Italy goes for history LIVE when he attempts to become the first Olympian - summer or winter - to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event.
•    Figure Skating Team Event - Men’s and Ladies’ Free Skate, Free Dance: The first-ever medals for figure skating’s new team event will be handed out following the men’s and ladies’ free skate and the free dance. The competition favors the most well-rounded skating countries, meaning the fight for the podium will be fierce among Canada, the United States, and host country Russia on the event’s final night.
•    Men’s Ski Jumping - Individual K-95 Gold Medal Final: At just 24, Austrian star Gregor Schlierenzauer is already being called one of ski jumping’s all-time greats, but will be in search of his first individual Olympic gold medal LIVE in the men’s individual K-95. Swiss rival Simon Ammann, who has broadened his aerial skillset by earning his pilot’s license since sweeping the individual events for a second time in Vancouver, could also be in the hunt.



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

NBC
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Men’s Speed Skating - 500m Gold Medal Final
Men’s Biathlon - 12.5km Pursuit Gold Medal Final

8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Women’s Alpine Skiing - Super Combined Gold Medal Final
Men’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Gold Medal Final
Men’s Short Track - 1500m Gold Medal Final

12:05 - 1:05 a.m.
Women’s Short Track - Competition
Women’s Luge - Competition


NBCSN
3 a.m. - 5 a.m.
Men’s Curling - Germany vs. Canada

5 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Women’s Hockey - USA vs. Switzerland (LIVE)

7:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m.
Men’s Speed Skating - 500m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

11:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Women’s Luge - Competition (LIVE)
Women’s Curling - Sweden vs. Great Britain

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Curling Encore

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Game of the Day: Hockey

MSNBC
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Women’s Hockey - Finland vs. Canada (LIVE)

CNBC
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Men’s Curling - USA vs. Norway

USA
5 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Women’s Curling - USA vs. Switzerland


NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
•    Women’s Alpine Skiing - Super Combined Gold Medal Final: The super combined, which involves one downhill run and one slalom run in a single day, is the first event on the women’s alpine program. Julia Mancuso, whose three Olympic medals are the most by any female American ski racer, should be in contention four years after winning silver in this event in Vancouver. She’ll have to be faster than a deep field of European contenders, led by German reigning champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
•    Men’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Gold Medal Final: One of the lasting images of the Vancouver Games occurred when Alex Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win Olympic gold on home soil and celebrated his victory with his older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. Bilodeau will look to defend his title in Sochi, but his teammate Mikael Kingsubry edged him for the world title last March. The Americans cannot be counted out either, as they have won a medal in this event in four consecutive Games.
•    Men’s Short Track - 1500m Gold Medal Final: The first day of competition in short track speed skating is headlined by the final of the men’s 1500m, one of the two events in which top American J.R. Celski won bronze in Vancouver. Celski will be challenged by Russia’s Viktor Ahn, who missed Vancouver because of a knee injury but won three gold medals in Torino skating for his native South Korea as Ahn Hyun-Soo. Apolo Ohno’s former rival has since changed his nationality and his name, but he remains among the best in the sport. He may have a chance to win the host country’s first gold medal of the Games, which would also be Russia’s first ever short track medal.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
•    Men’s Speed Skating - 500m Gold Medal Final: Two all-out sprints determine who gets gold in this distance. Wisconsin native Tucker Fredricks, who specializes in the 500m, makes his third Olympic appearance in Sochi, where he will be joined on the ice by American record holder Mitch Whitmore.
•    Men’s Biathlon - 12.5km Pursuit Gold Medal Final: Biathlon remains the only winter sport in which the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal, but New York native Tim Burke, who earned bronze in this event earlier this season, will look to change that in Sochi.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Late Night):
•    Women’s Short Track - Competition: Top American Aly Dudek looks to advance in short track’s shortest event, the four-and-a-half-lap 500m. She’ll likely have to contend with China’s most decorated Winter Olympian, Wang Meng, who won this event at the past two Games.
•    Women’s Luge - Competition: Germany is aiming to slide to its fifth straight gold in this event, as competitors from several other nations try to crash the podium in Sochi. The veteran leader of the U.S. squad is 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin, a 27-year-old from the small town of Remsen, New York, who will be making her third Olympic appearance in Sochi.

NBCSN HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Women’s Hockey - USA vs. Switzerland: The U.S. women, who have won medals at all four Olympic tournaments but no gold since 1998, continue their pursuit LIVE against Switzerland. They may have a chance to clinch a bye to the semifinals today.
•    Men’s Speed Skating - 500m Gold Medal Final: Two all-out sprints determine who gets gold in this distance LIVE. Wisconsin native Tucker Fredricks, who specializes in the 500m, makes his third Olympic appearance in Sochi, where he will be joined on the ice by American record holder Mitch Whitmore.
•    Women’s Luge - Competition: Germany is hoping to slide to its fifth straight gold in this event, as competitors from several other nations look primed to crash the podium LIVE in Sochi. The veteran leader of the U.S. squad is 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin, a 27-year-old from the small town of Remsen, New York, who will be making her third Olympic appearance in Sochi.

USA HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Women’s Curling - USA vs. Switzerland:
Sixteen years after her Olympic debut in Nagano, Erika Brown returns to the Games as the skip of the U.S. women’s curling team. The U.S. women will be seeking their first Olympic curling medal after finishing fourth at the 2013 World Championships. Sweden, Great Britain and Canada are among the top international teams.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
•    Men’s Curling - USA vs. Norway:
Two-time Olympian John Shuster has the Olympic experience required to guide the U.S. team through a deep men’s field. The 31-year-old Minnesota native was part of the 2006 Olympic team that collected the first U.S. Olympic curling medal and then led the Americans in Vancouver. Norway - whose showing in Vancouver is better remembered for the team’s bold checkered pants than its silver medal - is among the medal contenders.