Winter Olympics 2014 Schedule: Live Stream, TV Info and Day 8 Preview

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

Shani Davis of the U.S. skates in the prototype of the official US Speedskating suit during a training session at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. The team thought it had a chance to do something special, given some impressive World Cup results this season and new high-tech suits from Under Armour, which got an assist in the design from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. Now, there's plenty of grumbling that the suits are actually slowing the skaters down in Sochi. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Day 8 of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia is a quality microcosm of the Games itself. 

Speed skating, skiing, curling and the ever-important hockey take center stage on Saturday in what is sure to be an epic slate of events. 

As always, the schedule is a bit unkind for American viewers on Feb. 15, but fans can live-stream the action on NBC Olympics Live Extra. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, they can then catch the highlights of the day on various networks.

Several events stick out as must-see action on what is an absolutely loaded schedule.

 

Full Day 8 Event and Television Schedule
Time (ET)Sport Matchup Live TV
12 a.m.Women's CurlingCAN vs. JPNMSNBC
12 a.m.Women's CurlingCHN vs. SWE--
12 a.m.Women's CurlingGBR vs. KORNBCSN
2 a.m.Alpine SkiingWomen's Super-G--
3 a.m.Men's HockeySVK vs. SLONBCSN
3 a.m.Women's HockeyFIN vs. SWEMSNBC
5 a.m.Men's CurlingSWE vs. GER--
5 a.m.Men's CurlingCAN vs. GBR--
5 a.m.Men's CurlingDEN vs. SUI--
5 a.m.Men's CurlingRUS vs. CHN--
5 a.m.Cross CountryLadies' 4x5-kilometer RelayNBCSN
5 a.m.Short TrackLadies' 1,500-meter Heats--
5:45 a.m.Short TrackMen's 1,000-meter Quarterfinals--
6:15 a.m.Short TrackLadies' 1,500-meter Semifinals--
6:45 a.m.Short TrackMen's 1,000-meter Semifinals--
7:15 a.m.Short TrackLadies' 1,500-meter FinalNBC
7:30 a.m.Women's HockeySUI vs. RUSMSNBC
7:30 a.m.Men's HockeyUSA vs. RUSNBCSN
7:45 a.m.Short TrackMen's 1,000-meter Final--
8:30 a.m.SpeedskatingMen's 1,500 Meters--
9:45 a.m.SkeletonMen's Heat 3NBCSN
10:00 a.m.Women's CurlingCAN vs. RUSNBCSN
10 a.m.Women's CurlingUSA vs. SWECNBC
10 a.m.Women's CurlingGBR vs. SUI--
10 a.m.Women's CurlingDEN vs. CHN--
11 a.m.SkeletonMen's Heat 4NBCSN
12 p.m.Men's HockeySWE vs. LATNBCSN
12 p.m.Men's HockeySUI vs. CZEUSA
12:30 p.m.Ski JumpingMen's Large Hill Individual 1st Round--
1:15 p.m.Ski JumpingMen's Large Hill Individual Final Round--
Source: Sochi2014.com and NBCOlympics.com

 

Men's 1,000-Meter Short-Track Final

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  J.R. Celski of the United States competes in the Short Track Men's 1000 m Heat on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images
Clive Mason/Getty Images

Redemption is the biggest story in short track on Saturday, as America's J.R. Celski looks to hit the podium after a disappointing showing in the 1,500-meter short track.

The spotlight in the wake of Celski's fourth-place finish went to gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada, who is on his own path of redemption after a miserable showing in Vancouver, as he told reporters after his trip to the podium, via Robert Laflamme of The Canadian Press:

It's not the distance I'm most comfortable with, but I had a good start and, later, I was able to keep control of the course. I hope to be just as solid for the rest of the week. Vancouver was a disappointment and I wanted to bounce back. I worked hard to get to this point.

"The Locomotive of Sainte-Julie" and Celski will go at it once more on Saturday, with the host country's Victor An also figuring to play a large role in the outcome of the event after a bronze medal in the aforementioned race.

 

Ladies' 1,500-Meter Final

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Heather Richardson of the United States competes during the Women's 1000m Speed Skating event on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Roo
Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

The story is much of the same on Saturday for American athletes in the ladies' 1,500-meter long-track race.

Both Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe failed to live up to expectations in the 1,000-meter event. Bowe owns a world record at the distance, but came in eighth. Richardson is ranked No. 1 in the world at the distance, but finished just one spot ahead of Bowe.

Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News captured the aftermath of the event as they now turn their attention to Saturday's event:

The women said they will watch film with their coaches and try to see where they can improve. They said they feel great and expect they should be able to perform better in their remaining events — the 1,500 and the team relay.

“Physically, I feel fine,” said Richardson, whose time was 1:15.23. “I think it’s the most fit I’ve been this season. I think everyone’s getting faster in Sochi. … Obviously it’s disappointing, but it’s all we could do.”

While certainly not their best event, Richardson and Bowe still have a chance to make an impact and improve upon their times on Saturday. The rest of the field features stiff competition, which will make it one of the more entertaining finals of the Games.

 

Men's 1,500-meters Speed Skating Final

Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press

Believe it or not, what the Americans wear in their speedskating events has come under fire, according to Joshua Robinson and Sara Germano of The Wall Street Journal:

These suits—designed by apparel sponsor Under Armour and billed before the Games as a competitive advantage—have a design flaw that may be slowing down skaters, according to three people familiar with the U.S. team. Vents on back of the suit, designed to allow heat to escape, are also allowing air to enter and create drag that keeps skaters from staying in the low position they need to achieve maximum speed, these people said.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, American athletes will return to a former edition of their suit as a result.

One athlete who has been subjected to these alleged flawed suits is Olympic legend Shani Davis, who failed to score his third consecutive gold medal in the 1,000-meter race.

Now, Davis has to bounce back through the adversity against a field that includes heavyweights such as Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands, who took home the top prize in the 1,000 meters.

The field is deep and the storylines are plentiful, so making time for what is sure to be the highlight of the day is a smart move.

 

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