The 2014 Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia are one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, and the Day 1 festivities are scheduled to kick off on Thursday, Feb. 6 on NBC.
With the introduction of men’s and women’s slopestyle snowboarding, women’s moguls skiing and team figure skating kicking off the games, sports fans from all walks of life will want to tune in to an action-packed opening night of coverage.
All of the events will be taped earlier in the day due to the vast time difference from the United States to Russia, and NBC will show the replay on its main channel later in the night for fans in America.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Day 1 of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Where: Sochi, Russia
When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports LiveExtra
|2014 Winter Olympics Day 1 Schedule|
|Snowboarding||Men's Slopestyle Qualification||1 a.m.|
|Snowboarding||Women's Slopestyle Qualification||5 a.m.|
|Freestyle Skiing||Women's Moguls Qualification||9 a.m.|
|Figure Skating||Team - Men's Short Program||10:30 a.m.|
|Figure Skating||Team - Pairs Short Program||12:10 p.m.|
|Source: NBC Sports. Events will be aired on NBC at 8 p.m. ET|
Athletes to Watch on Day 1
Shaun White, Men’s Slopestyle Snowboarding
The introduction of slopestyle snowboarding at the Winter Olympics is one of the biggest stories of the games, but the focus on Day 1 will be on how action sports superstar Shaun White performs in the event.
White is a five-time X Games gold medalist in the men’s slopestyle classification.
While all of the other competitors pale in comparison to White in terms of mainstream notoriety, these will be the best athletes in the world competing to take the crown as the top performer and to become the man that took down a legend.
As exciting as it will be to see the slopestyle course in the Olympics for the first time on Thursday, Feb. 6, the fact that this is a qualification round indicates that the fans will not be treated to the biggest tricks.
There will be several unproven talents that go all-out to ensure a spot in the medal rounds, but men like White will not show his full arsenal this early in the event.
It will be fun to see White usher in a new era at the Winter Olympics, but we won’t see his best tricks just yet.
Hannah Kearney, Women’s Mogule Skiing
There is no better women’s mogul skier on Team USA—and possibly in the world—than Hannah Kearney, and the defending gold medalist will look to add to her already impressive resume by dominating in Sochi.
Kearney faltered in 2006 during the qualification round and missed the chance to contend for a medal, but she will not let that happen in 2014. She will rise to the occasion and show the field why she is considered the favorite to finish in first place.
After winning the gold in moguls at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and taking home the Women’s World Cup in moguls for four straight years (2009-2013), Kearney knows that this is her chance to prove that she is the greatest female athlete in the sport’s history.
Dominating Sochi starts with a great qualifying run.