Sochi Olympics events will actually begin the day before the Olympics officially start–February 7–and these events are scheduled for TV coverage on February 6, preceding the grand opening night ceremony the same evening. Reviewing the schedule for the Olympics and its most anticipated events will be essential to not missing out on this year’s coverage.
Set in the snow, ice and surf of the Caucuses Mountains and the Black Sea, 230 hours of Olympic coverage across 98 events, including 12 new events, will be broadcast on the National Broadcast Channel (NBC). Bob Costas will host the prime-time and late night shows for the 10th time in his career. The Sochi Olympics TV schedule will cover 16 days, with one or more gold medals being awarded live each day. The 2014 Sochi Games will be the first Winter Olympics to be broadcast live from start to finish. Every event will be broadcast by NBC online, in addition to the 230 hours of television coverage.
Mark Lazarus, NBC Universal’s Sports Group chairman, said of the Games, “Our plan is pretty straightforward: We’re going to deliver the most comprehensive coverage the Winter Olympics have ever had.”
Sochi is nine hours ahead of North America’s Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST). NBC Sports (NBCSN) will broadcast live coverage daily beginning 3 a.m. EST. The coverage will last 12 hours on most days. Live online feeds that take place in the early morning (U.S. time) will be restarted again at 3:00 p.m. EST the same day, every day.
The first day of the Sochi Olympics TV schedule will be February 6–the day before the official beginning of the Games. Feb. 6 will see preliminary rounds for Freestyle skiing, Figure skating, and Snowboarding. Women’s Moguls will also be broadcast before the opening ceremony the same night, which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. EST. These events will all be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com. Most live streaming, however, will be available only to those viewers who are subscribers of authenticated cable, satellite, or telco programs.
First three days of scheduled TV coverage from NBC Sochi Olympics, on whose website full daily schedules are available for all 16 days
Ice hockey and Figure skating are two of the most popular Winter Olympic sports. Hockey TV coverage at the Sochi Olympics will include 16 games from the bronze metal round on. Figure skating will have complete, live coverage on NBCSN, beginning Feb. 8, with the team event, which will air live during the day (EST). Key events from the Figure skating championships will air on tape delay later the same day. Tara Lipinksi and Johnny Weir will provide commentary for the event. NBCSN will also provide gold medal coverage of Cross-country skiing, Bobsledding, Speed skating, Ski jumping, and Nordic combined.
Summary of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating Schedules
According to Sports Illustrated, the top five “must-watch” events of the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be:
- Sunday, Feb. 9, Men’s downhill. This event will be broadcast live at 2 a.m. Easter Standard Time (EST), which is 11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). The event will be tape delayed and air at 7-11 p.m. EST/10 a.m.-1 p.m. PST.
- Saturday, Feb. 15,Team U.S.A. versus Team Russia Men’s hockey. The silver medalists from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games will face off against the Russians. The puck will drop at 7:30 a.m. EST/10:30 PST.
- Tuesday, Feb. 17, Ice dancing free skate. This event will feature competition between the U.S.’s Maryle Davis and Charlie White and Team Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The U.S. skaters are world champions and the Canadian team are gold medalists. This event will be broadcast at 10 a.m EST/1 p.m. Pacific.
- Thursday, Feb. 20, live airing of Women’s hockey Gold Medal Game. The final match will be broadcast live in all time zones, starting at noon EST/3 p.m. PST.
- Sunday, Feb. 23, Men’s hockey finals. The final hockey game of the 2014 Olympics will air live at 6:30 EST/9:30 PST.
Some notable Olympic athletes to look out for at Sochi will include Mikaela Shiffin, an 18-year-old alpine skier who is said to be the world’s best at slalom. Shiffin has been called the Mozart of ski racing. Lindsey Vonn and Lolo Jones are two others to watch for. Lolo, who is also a track and field star (hurdles), took the third and final brakeman spot on the U.S. Women’s Bobsledding team. Returning gold medalists include Shani Davis, who took home the gold twice for the 1000 meter Speed skating at the Turin and Vancouver Games. Davis hopes to break the record by winning three consecutive Olympic Winter Games titles in the same event.Other notable returning gold medalists include snowboarder Shaun White and alpine skier Bode Miller.
NBC Universal paid $775 million for the U.S. television rights for the Games, which will also promote NBC’s other networks. Besides the 230 hours of coverage on MSNSN, NBC will broadcast 185 hours and other NBC networks will broadcast dozens of hours. NBCOlympics.com will broadcast 1,000 hours online. NBCUniversal will broadcast an average of 85 hours per day for a total of 1,539 hours, more than Vancouver and Torino combined.
The Sochi Olympic TV schedule will just be a part of the greater media coverage that will focus on Sochi 2014. The well-publicized corruption, terrorism and gay rights issues that will also be a part of this year’s Olympics will be covered by both NBCSN–when the issues are relevant from a sports perspective–and NBC News, who will be covering news items at the Sochi Games, according to NBC News’ Mark Lazarus.
By Day Blakely Donaldson