The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia have been anticipated for years, and the focus for many of the athletes from the United States has shifted to the trials in several of the most important events.
Whether you’re a hardcore winter sports fan or just enjoy international competition, the television schedule from NBC Sports will give everyone a chance to witness each athlete hunt for a berth in the Olympic Games.
Here is the full schedule of remaining U.S. Olympic trials and where fans can watch them on TV.
|Friday, Dec. 27||Speedskating||Men’s 5,000m/Women’s 3,000m||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, Dec. 28||Speedskating||Men’s/Women’s 500m||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, Dec. 28||Women’s Hockey||U.S. vs. Canada||NBCSN||4 p.m.|
|Sunday, Dec. 29||Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined||Men’s/Women’s Trials||NBC||1:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, Dec. 29||Speedskating||Men’s/Women’s 1,000m||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Dec. 31||Speedskating||Men’s/Women’s 1,500m||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Jan. 1||Speedskating||Men’s 10,000m/Women’s 5,000m||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|Friday, Jan. 3||Short Track||Men’s/Women’s 1,500m||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 4||Short Track||Men’s/Women’s 500m||NBCSN||4 p.m.|
|Sunday, Jan. 5||Short Track||Men’s/Women’s 1,000m||NBC||4 p.m.|
Source: NBC Sports. Times subject to change.
Can’t Miss Events
The United States women’s hockey team is one of the best in the world, and on Saturday, Dec. 28, the team will once again go one-on-one with Team Canada. The programs will meet six times before the 2014 Winter Olympics and have met once previously on NBC.
The last matchup on Dec. 20 resulted in a 4-1 win for Team USA, but the talk after the game was about the extracurricular activity. Each team took exception to how aggressive the other was playing, and a brawl broke out on the ice that forced the referees to assess 10 fighting majors.
When two national squads become this familiar with each other—the U.S. women have played Canada in the gold-medal game of every Winter Olympics since the sport was added, sans the 2006 games—bad blood is sure to come to fruition.
Team Canada has utterly dominated the United States over the years, winning the last three gold medals in a row, but the Americans’ dominance in the trials thus far should be a great building block for a run at the program’s first gold since 1998.
Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined
There are plenty of events that fans of Team USA will be excited to witness, but few have the awe-inspiring ability that the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 29 will have on fans.
Not only will the women’s ski jumpers be making their Winter Olympics debut this year, but the Nordic Combined team is also returning to the event after bringing home the first-ever medals in the discipline during the 2010 games.
Team USA will face intense competition from the Nordic teams, as Norway and Finland have a long history in the sport, but the recent success of the Americans gives even more credibility to the team’s hunt for medals.