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Take a look at the final week (Monday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 23) of Sochi Winter Olympics events on NBC’s basic cable channel (NBC Sports Network features more coverage. Check local listings in your area.)
Monday, February 17
Biathlon (Women’s 12.5km Mass Start), Freestyle Skiing (Men’s Aerials), Snowboarding (Men’s SBX)
More Details: The gold medal final of the women's Biathlon (12.5km mass start), plus men's qualifying in snowboard cross and aerials Freestyle Skiing.
Snowboarding (Men’s SBX), Freestyle Skiing (Men’s Aerials), Ski Jumping (Men’s Team Large Hill)
More Details: Michigan’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 2010 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists, face their Canadian training mates. American Seth Wescott goes for his third straight snowboard cross gold medal. The men's aerial field will have a difficult time catching the talented Chinese team. Meanwhile, Ski Jumping’s team event should feature a close battle between Austria, Germany and Norway.
Bobsled (Two-Man), Figure Skating (Recap)
More Details: Reigning four-man Olympic champ Steven Holcomb, who overcame a degenerative eye condition that nearly cost him his sight to win gold in Vancouver, attempts to pilot his way to the first U.S. Olympic title in the two-man since 1936.
Tuesday, February 18
Speed Skating (Men’s 10,000m), Nordic Combined (Individual Large Hill)
More Details: The men's 10,000m features a redemption opportunity as Dutch star Sven Kramer looks to win the gold medal that would have been his in Vancouver if not for a lane violation. In the large hill Nordic combined event, reigning Olympic champion Bill Demong hopes for an encore of his victory in Vancouver.
Alpine Skiing (Women’s Giant Slalom), Freestyle Skiing (Men’s Halfpipe), Short Track (Women’s Relay), Bobsled (Women’s)
More Details: American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin debuts in the giant slalom. Men’s halfpipe Skiing brings an American rivalry to the world stage; David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace should be jostling for the top spot. In women's Bobsled, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Elana Meyers shifts from brakeman to the driver's seat for Team USA, and Short Track's wild relay race puts 16 skaters on the ice at the same time.
Short Track (Men’s 500m and Women’s 1000m)
More Details: In Short Track, American Emily Scott, who applied for food stamps before strangers learned of her struggles in a USA Today article and pitched in nearly $50,000 to fund her Olympic dream, will look to advance in the women’s 1000m. Plus the men's 500m.
Wednesday, February 19
Speed Skating (Women’s 5000m), Cross-Country (Men’s and Women’s Team Sprints)
More Details: Germany’s Claudia Pechstein finished fourth in Sochi's 3000m but could earn her 10th career medal in the women's 5000m. The hosts have become serious contenders in the men's Cross-Country team sprint since earning bronze in Vancouver. The U.S. won the 2013 world title in the women's team sprint, but could struggle against the sport’s Scandinavian powers.
Alpine Skiing (Men’s Giant Slalom), Bobsled (Women’s Runs 3 and 4), Figure Skating (Ladies’ Short Program), Snowboarding (Men’s PGS)
More Details: The rivalry between 2010 Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada and 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim is reignited with the ladies’ short program. Ted Ligety skis for gold in his signature event alongside Bode Miller. Elana Meyers, a 2010 Olympic bronze medalist as a brakeman, is now in the bobsled driver’s seat as a top medal threat, plus the men's parallel giant slalom gold medal final.
Biathlon (Mixed Relay)
More Details: This new event for Sochi gives nations a chance to showcase their depth of Biathlon talent, as men and women team up to win gold.
Thursday, February 20
Hockey (Women’s Gold Medal Final), Freestyle Skiing (Men’s Ski Cross)
More Details: The women's hockey final is expected to feature perennial powers Canada and the United States. Coverage also includes qualifying-round action in the Freestyle Skiing men's ski cross event. Note: NBC network coverage is LIVE in all time zones.
Freestyle Skiing (Women’s Halfpipe and Men’s Ski Cross), Figure Skating (Ladies’ Free Skate)
More Details: Yuna Kim looks to repeat her Vancouver perfection in the ladies’ free skate. In women's halfpipe Freestyle Skiing, the U.S. has a deep team of contenders, led by 19-year-old Maddie Bowman and 20-year-old Devin Logan. And 2013 world ski cross bronze medalist John Teller, an auto mechanic from California, could earn a podium spot.
Nordic Combined (Team Large Hill), Figure Skating (Postgame)
More Details: After earning a historic silver medal in this event in Vancouver, the U.S. claimed bronze at the 2013 World Championships. Led by Vancouver large hill gold medalist Bill Demong, the Americans cannot be counted out in Sochi. Plus a recap of women's free program Figure Skating.
Friday, February 21
Freestyle Skiing (Women’s Ski Cross), Biathlon (Women’s Relay)
More Details: Switzerland’s Fanny Smith is coming off the best season of her young career and is likely the favorite, but 37-year-old Ophelie David, a three-time world medalist, may have the necessary experience to navigate this wild, unpredictable event. Plus the Biathlon women's relay.
Alpine Skiing (Women’s Slalom), Short Track (Men’s 500m, Men’s Relay, Women’s 1000m), Speed Skating (Men’s Team Pursuit)
More Details: Eighteen-year-old phenom Mikaela Shiffrin skis her signature event, bidding to win the first slalom gold for the Americans since 1972. Two-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski could skate for two medals on this night, and Scot Elise Christie will attempt to win the first Short Track medal ever by a British woman. Plus the semifinals in men's team pursuit Speed Skating.
Speed Skating (Women’s Team Pursuit)
More Details: The fastest women on skates come together for Speed Skating’s team pursuits. Three skaters per team race in tandem in head-to-head raceoff rounds as they try to advance to the gold medal final, which will ultimately determine which elite speed skating nation is the best the world.
Saturday, February 22
Biathlon (Men’s Relay), Cross-Country (Women’s 30km Freestyle), Snowboarding (Men’s and Women’s Parallel Slalom)
More Details: Snowboarding’s parallel slalom event makes its debut at the Games. Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk is the reigning Olympic champion in the women’s most prestigious Cross-Country event, but she will face stiff competition from Norwegian star Marit Bjorgen. Plus the men's Biathlon relay.
Alpine Skiing (Men’s Slalom), Bobsled (Four-Man), Speed Skating (Team Pursuit), Snowboarding (Men’s Parallel Slalom), Figure Skating (Gala)
More Details: Torino slalom combined gold medalist Ted Ligety will lead the Americans alongside Bode Miller. Reigning Olympic Bobsled champion Steven Holcomb is back with the latest iteration of the Night Train sled, and snowboarder Justin Reiter is looking to repeat his silver medal performance from the 2013 World Championships. Plus men's and women's Speed Skating’s team pursuits and a Figure Skating gala.
Figure Skating (Gala)
More Details: The top skaters from the Sochi Games return to the ice for special exhibition performances.
Sunday, February 23
NBC Pre: A half-hour preview show ahead of the men's Hockey final (LIVE to all time zones).
Hockey (Men’s Gold Medal Final)
More Details: The last of the 98 gold medals in Sochi is awarded to the winner of the men's Hockey final. Note: NBC network coverage is LIVE to all time zones.
Cross-Country (Men’s 50km Freestyle), Bobsled (Four-Man Runs 3 and 4)
More Details: Reigning 50km freestyle Olympic champion and two-time World Series of Poker participant Petter Northug edged Germany’s Axel Teichmann in Vancouver by a mere 0.3 seconds. The Norwegian star will be looking to win in Sochi by a more comfortable margin. Plus the gold medal final runs in four-man Bobsled.
NBC Sochi Gold: Olympic Review Show