The NBC Winter TV schedule is full of listings and channels with coverage of the Sochi Russia Olympics and the snowy Games begin officially on February 7 with the Opening Ceremony, while there will be a number of events starting up the previous day as things kick off on a variety of channels, including the NBC Sports Network, USA Network, CNBC and MSNBC
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The first day of events starts on the schedule just before the opening ceremony begins, as February 6 will have a number of preliminary and qualifying events in snowboarding as well as skiing for both men and women, figure skating and the slopestyle competition in snowboarding and names like Shaun White and Mark McMorris will be the main names in that event and there are some new ones added as well. The NBC family of networks will be carrying everything live during the two weeks and the NBC Sports Network will have tons of live footage, special programs, segments as well as replays of the best games and events and recaps of the day's events and medals each night.
The hockey competition is expected to be one of the most popular and competitive in the entire Olympics and it has a number of favorites, including Team USA and the Canadian team, while superstar Alex Ovechkin will be looking to lead his Russian team to gold at his home Olympics in Sochi. The men's hockey was amazing last time around in Vancouver, as the United States made it to the finals and played against Canada and in their home nation, Sidney Crosby led the team to a gold medal and now the two sides are looking to get that once again.
Both the US and Canada teams are stacked this year and Zach Parise will serve as the captain of the Americans in the tournament and he will be joined by Ryan Suter and Dustin Brown as the alternates and that gives the team some great leadership heading into the games. Parise is an alternate in the NHL for the Wild and is a former captain on the Devils and now he gets the chance to represent his nation with the big C on his jersey and Parise said that he was honored to get the nod and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma said the same thing to reporters and now the team will be looking to make a run in Russia.
The hockey competitions for the men and women will be at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena and the actual competition starts for those groups on February 8, the day after the Opening Ceremony. The women's tournament will run until the 20th of the month, while the men's tournament will finish with the gold medal game later on February 23. The men's competition has 12 teams and the women have eight and all the games will be on TV live for the men, including the best game of the day that will be re-run on the NBC Sports Network. The other channels like the USA network will have eight games, MSNBC will have one and the Sports Network will carry 14 hockey games from the tournament.