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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Viewing Guide

February 7th, 2014

olympics tv schedule dishWell, it’s finally here — those magical two weeks every four years when the world puts aside their troubles and watches sports they don’t care about. I kid, I kid. This time around, the world will be having a blast watching the failings of the Sochi games, or more or less the Russian infrastructure. There are distractions a plenty but when it comes down to it, this is the Olympics, and sports fans love watching nations compete, no matter what they are. With that said, here are a few highlights if you’re looking for can’t-miss events for this Olympic Games.

The opening ceremony takes places at 7:30PM on Friday night on NBC coast-to-coast and will last for over four hours. Not long after, the first events will begin at around 3:00AM Eastern Time. Remember that the games are in western Russia, so most live events will take place at some strange times. Events can be found on NBC, NBCSports, USA, MSNBC, and CNBC.

As far as popular sporting events go (for Americans anyway), speed skating will begin on Saturday the 8th, ski jumping begins on Sunday the 9th, hockey will begin on Thursday the 20th, bobsleigh starts Monday the 17th, and figure skating will begin on Sunday the 9th as well.

As far as a few marquee match-ups go, don’t miss these events:

Feb. 15: USA-Russia hockey will face off at 7:30AM on Thursady the 15th. Expect this game to be replayed if you’re not an early riser.

Feb. 11: Shaun White (the world’s most — and maybe only — famous snowboarder) will take to the halfpipe to challenge Apolo Ohno as the most decorated U.S. Olympian in the Winter games.

Feb. 17: Meryl Davis and Charlie White in ice dance final.

Feb. 14: Bode Miller in super-combined alpine skiing. Miller also has a shot (along with White) at Ohno’s record.

Feb 19-24: Hockey elimination rounds — the best in the NHL will be going at it hard, but this time the stakes are higher. Don’t miss it!

Remember, NBC and NBCSports will  be streaming almost everything, with plenty of replays on NBC-owned stations on Dish Network from coast-to-coast, and you’ll be able to watch replays on-demand online as well via Stay tuned for more coverage!

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