The snarkmeisters of the Internet will gladly tell you everything that was wrong with the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi last night, but in all it was actually a pretty sweet program. Of course, NBC did everything they could to mess it up, but then what would you expect?
Anyway, let's get up up to speed on what to expect today. ALL events are available live via streaming at NBCOlympics.com, so long as you're a customer of a participating cable, satellite or FIOS provider. All times Central.
DELAYED BROADCAST INFO: On your local NBC station, NBC Daytime airs from 1:30-5:00pm; NBC Primetime from 7:00-10:30pm, and replayed from midnight-3:30am; NBC Latenight from 11pm-midnight.
Biathlon: The Men's 10k sprint event kicks off at 8:30am. Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Leif Nordgren, and Russell Currier compete for the USA. MEDAL EVENT. Partial delayed coverage on NBC Daytime.
Cross-Country: The Women's Skiathlon begins at 4am. Team USA is represented by Elizabeth Stephen, Jessica Diggins, Sadie Bjornsen, and Holly Brooks. MEDAL EVENT. Partial coverage LIVE on NBCSN at 4:30am; partial delayed coverage on NBC Daytime.
Figure Skating: The team events, which began on Day -1 with the men's and pairs short programs, continue with the Team Ice Dance Short Dance at 8:30am (Meryl Davis and Charlie White for the USA), the Team Ladies' Short Program at 10:10am (Ashley Wagner), and the Team Pairs Free Skate at 12:05pm (Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir). All three events begin airing LIVE on NBCSN at 8:30am; partial delayed coverage on NBC Primetime and NBC Latenight.
Freestyle Skiing: Another event which began on Thursday is the Ladies' Moguls. The second qualification round begins at 8am as Heidi Kloser and Heather McPhie try to reach the final. (Hannah Kearney and Eliza Outtrim qualified for the final on Thursday.) The finals commence at 12:00, with the second run at 12:35; the final run will be on Sunday. Partial delayed coverage on NBC Primetime.
Ice Hockey: Women's action begins at 2am with Team USA facing Finland in preliminary round action. At 7am, Canada meets Switzerland. USA-FIN is LIVE on NBCSN at 2am; CAN-SUI airs LIVE on MSNBC at 7am. One of the two games will re-air on tape delay at 5pm on NBC Sports Network.
Luge: The first two of four men's singles heats take place today. The first run starts at 8:30am, the second at 10:40am. Christopher Mazdzer, Tucker West, and Adam Kelly will slide down the chute for the Americans. Partial delayed coverage on NBC Latenight.
Ski Jumping: At 10:30am, the qualification round for the Men's Normal Hill starts off. Team USA includes Nicholas Alexander, Anders Johnson, Peter Frenette, and Nicholas Fairall. Partial delayed coverage on NBC Daytime.
Snowboard: The Men's Slopestyle concludes with a semifinal which has already started as I post this and a final at 2:45am. Sage Kotsenburg, Ryan Stassel, and Charles Guldemond are in the semis, trying to advance; Shaun White, of course, withdrew from the event to focus on the half-pipe. MEDAL EVENT. Partial delayed coverage on NBC Primetime.
Speed Skating: At 5:30am, the Men's 5k event commences. Patrick Meek, Emery Lehman, and Jonathan Kuck compete for the USA. MEDAL EVENT. Partial coverage LIVE on NBCSN at 4:30am; partial delayed coverage on NBC Daytime.
IF YOU INTEND TO WATCH TAPE-DELAYED COVERAGE, DON'T LOOK AT THE COMMENTS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
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