Olympics Schedule 2014: Full NBC Prime-Time TV Guide for Day 6

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Olympics Schedule 2014: Full NBC Prime-Time TV Guide for Day 6
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The 2014 Winter Games has already provided loads of excitement, standout performances and major storylines. For many, checking up on the live results throughout each day is a must.

For many others, though, NBC's prime-time coverage is the best way to get their Olympic fill. Each night throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT), the day's top events are rounded up into the same program on NBC for your viewing pleasure.

Here's a look at the complete Thursday schedule for Day 6 of competitions followed by notable events you should keep an eye on during prime time.

 

Day 6 Winter Olympics Info

Where: Sochi, Russia

When: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 8 p.m. / 7 p.m. CT

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

Mobile: NBC Sports Live Extra app (iPhone/iPad|Android) 

 

Complete Viewing Information

Complete Day-by-Day Sochi Competition Schedule

Complete Sochi Olympic Television Listings

 

Complete Feb. 13 Olympics Schedule
Sport Event
Curling Women's, Round Robin
Freestyle Skiing Men's Slopestyle, Qualifications
Skeleton Women's Individual, Run 1
Hockey Men's: FIN vs. AUT
Hockey Women's: JPN vs.GER
Skeleton Women's Individual, Run 2
Freestyle Skiing Men's Slopestyle Finals*
Curling Men's, Round Robin
Short Track Women's 500-Meter, Quarterfinals
Cross Country Women's 10km Classic Style*
Short Track Men's 1,000-Meter, Heats
Short Track Women's 500 Relay, Semifinals
Short Track Men's 5,000-Meter, Semifinals
Short Track Women's 500-Meter, Finals*
Hockey Men's: RUS vs. SLO
Hockey Men's: SVK vs. USA
Biathlon Men's 20km Individual*
Speedskating Women's 1,000-Meter*
Curling Women's, Round Robin
Figure Skating Men's Singles, Short Program
Luge Mixed Team Relay*
Hockey Men's: CAN vs. NOR
Hockey Women's: SWE vs. RUS

ESPN.com

 

Men's Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle

If there's any event on Thursday where America has the best chance to bring home the gold medal, it's in men's freestyle skiing slopestyle, which is making its Olympic debut.

This is among the most mesmerizing sports at the Winter Games, as riders hit a series of big jumps down the hill, twisting and turning through the air along the way.

The U.S. squad is stacked in this discipline and leading the way is 19-year-old Nicholas Goepper, an Indiana native who has taken the slopestyle world by storm in recent years. Before Thursday's competition, Goepper sent out this tweet to share his excitement.

Paul D. Bowker of TeamUSA.org detailed Goepper's rise from a quaint Cincinnati suburb to the top of his sport.

Goepper’s path toward Sochi began in 2011 when he was in Mt. Hood, Ore., and saw the news on his computer that slopestyle skiing would make its Olympic debut in 2014.

“I was not surprised, but I was insanely stoked,” Goepper told TeamUSA.org.

Since then, he has ruled the sport. He won the gold medal at the last two Winter X Games, including in January in Aspen, Colo. He was a bronze medalist at the 2013 FIS World Championships. Plus he has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 the last three years in the AFP World rankings.

But Goepper is hardly alone as an American threat to bring home a medal. Other top U.S. skiiers in this event include Gus Kenworthy, Joss Christensen and Bobby Brown.

 

Men's Figure Skating Short Program

Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press

There are a few elite contenders for the gold medal in the individual men's figure skating competition, which opens on Thursday with the short program.

Canada's Patrick Chan finished fifth in the men's event during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, but has since won three straight world championships. As such, a major target will be on his back heading into this much-anticipated event.

Chan got a test run on the rink during the team competition earlier last week, but finished a disappointing third in the short program. Still, Chan considered it a valuable experience, per comments he made to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press.

I got out early, got to get a sense of the rink and skating in front of the Russian audience. It’s very different from Vancouver and any Grand Prix circuit competition that I compete in during the season.

You have to get used to it. It helps also to come and watch and support my teammates as well and see, feel the energy in the rink. Because we don’t get to experience that very much in the season. Yeah, it all plays a huge role in the comfort of when my music starts begin, be able to be comfortable and be in the zone.

Chan appears to have three top competitors, led by Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu. The 19-year-old sensation looks like he's peaking at the right time, as he set a world record with a 99.84 short program score in a December Grand Prix event in Fukuoka, Japan, toppling Chan for a first-place finish in the process.

Other top skaters to keep an eye on are Spain's Javier Fernandez and Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, who took gold in this event in 2006, along with silvers in 2002 and 2010. The 31-year-old host country favorite looked sharp during the team program last week, finishing second in the short program and first in the free program to help lead Russia to the gold. 

 

Women's Speedskating 1,000-Meter Race

Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe will be going for the gold on Thursday, but they'll also be skating for bragging rights.

The American skaters have a tight rapport, but they've also been responsible for pushing each other to the top of the sport globally. As Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote, these two friends and competitors have a great chance to join each other on the podium in Sochi.

U.S. women were shut out in Turin in 2006 and again in Vancouver four years later.

"I think that's very likely to change (in Sochi)," Richardson said of the medals drought.

Though Richardson finished a disappointing eighth in the 500 meters Tuesday and Bowe was 13th, their best races are yet to come: the 1,000 on Thursday and the 1,500 on Sunday.

"I think we're in a really good spot for our 1,000 meter, which is both of our strongest race," Bowe said.

The U.S. duo will have to emerge from a deep field of competitors, though. So far, speedskating has been dominated by the Netherlands, which has won four of five golds so far, and there's another strong crop of Dutch women in this event.

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