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Sochi Watch List: Opening Weekend

Sochi, Russia is 10 hours ahead of U.S. Central Standard time, but NBC Channel 11 is still dishing huge television coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

The NBC Sports channel has additional coverage of qualification and training sessions at all hours of the day, so check your local listings for air times.

According to the NBC Olympics website, here's what we can expect to see at the end of this week and into this weekend on the basic cable channel.

 

Thursday, February 6 @ 7-10 p.m.

Men's and Women's Snowboarding Slopestyle (NEW), Women's Moguls Freestyle Skiing, Men's and Pairs Figure Skating team event (NEW)

More Details: As an early start to official competition, NBC will preview the newest Olympic events introduced in Sochi: Snowboarding Slopestyle and Team Figure Skating for Men's and Pairs. Shaun White was originally expected to debut in the new slopestyle category, but has been sidelined due to a wrist injury. He will return for his signature halfpipe competition. Women's slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson of the USA is favored to win the event's first Olympic gold.Team USA's Hannah Kearney will compete in defense of her moguls gold medal from 2010.

 

Friday, February 7 @ 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies.

More Details: Pageantry, the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the cauldron will take place.

 

Saturday, February 8

1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men's Nordic Ski Jumping Qualification (normal hill), Biathlon (men’s 10km sprint), Speed Skating (Men’s 5000m), Cross-Country (women’s skiathlon)

7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Snowboarding (Men's Slopestyle), Freestyle Skiing (Women's Moguls), Figure Skating Team Event (short dance, ladies' short program)

More Details: It's the gold medal final of new Slopestyle Snowboarding event for the men.  Then Freestyle Skiing's Hannah Kearney attempts to repeat as women's moguls champ, and Figure Skating's new team event continues.

11 p.m. – midnight

Luge (men’s singles), Figure skating new team event (pairs free skate).

More Details: The Men's Singles Luge competition will feature host-nation hopeful Albert Demtschenko.

 

Sunday, February 9

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Figure Skating (Team Event), Biathlon (Women's 7.5km Sprint), Speed Skating (Women's 3000m), Cross-Country (Men's Skiathlon)

More Details: Speed Skating legend Claudia Pechstien of Germany, age 41, targets her fourth career Olympic gold in the 3000m event. Norway's Petter Northug seeks gold in the Cross-Country men's skiathlon event, and biathlete Anastasia Kuzmina -- a Russian turned Slovakian -- returns home to defend her Olympic title in the women's 7.5km sprint.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Alpine Skiing (Men's Downhill), Snowboarding (Women's Slopestyle), Figure Skating (Team Event), Ski Jumping (Men's Normal Hill)

More Details: Bode Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier of all time, chases Alpine gold in the men's downhill. Plus, Figure Skating's new team event concludes (coverage includes the free dance and ladies' free skate), Swiss sensation Simon Ammann seeks a fifth career Ski Jumping gold medal (normal hill), and Snowboarding's Jamie Anderson leads the field in the Olympic debut of women's slopestyle.

10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Luge (Men's Singles), Figure Skating (Team Event - Postgame)

More Details: Luge legend Armin Zoeggeler of Italy attempts to become the first Olympian, (summer or winter) to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event. Plus, a recap of Figure Skating's new team event.

 

 

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