Biathlon greats Martin Fourcade of France and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will have to wait another day to begin their attempts at Olympic history. Following an unforeseen act of nature, the men's biathlon 15-kilometer mass start was pushed back from Sunday morning to Monday.
Heavy fog rolled into the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on Sunday. The discipline was initially postponed for an hour. However, with the fog refusing to give way, it was declared that the shooting range did not have proper visibility, and the event was inevitably pushed back to Monday at 1 a.m. ET.
Here's how Monday's schedule looks after the postponement of the biathlon:
|Monday's Full Updated Olympic Schedule|
|Time (ET)||Event||Live TV|
|12 a.m.||Women's Curling: RUS vs. GBR||--|
|12 a.m.||Women's Curling: RUS vs. GBR||--|
|1 a.m.||Biathlon: Men's 15km Mass Start||--|
|2 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross: Seeding||--|
|3 a.m.||Women's Curling: KOR vs. USA||NBCSN|
|4:30 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross: 1/8 Final||--|
|4:52 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross: Quarterfinals||--|
|5:04 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross: Semifinals||--|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling: CHN vs. GBR||--|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling: GER vs. RUS||--|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling: SUI vs. USA||USA|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling: NOR vs. DEN||--|
|7 a.m.||Women's Ice Hockey Playoffs: USA vs. SWE||NBCSN|
|8:45 a.m.||Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials Qualification 1||--|
|9:30 a.m.||Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials Qualification 2||--|
|9:30 a.m.||Bobsled: Two-Man Heat 3||--|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling: CHN vs. SUI||--|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling: CAN vs. KOR||--|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling: SWE vs. JPN||--|
|10 a.m.||Figure Skating: Ice Dance Free Dance||NBCSN|
|11:05 a.m.||Bobsled: Two-Man Heat 4||--|
|12 p.m.||Women's Ice Hockey Playoffs: Can vs. SUI||MSNBC|
|12:15 p.m.||Ski Jumping: Men's Team Round 1||--|
|12:30 p.m.||Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials Finals 1||--|
|12:55 p.m.||Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials Finals 2||--|
|1:30 p.m.||Biathlon: Women's 12.5km Mass Start||NBCSN|
|1:30 p.m.||Ski Jumping: Men's Team Finals||NBCSN|
|3 p.m.||Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials Finals 3||NBC|
|3 p.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross: Finals||NBC|
|5 p.m.||Women's Curling: DEN vs. GBR||CNBC|
|Sochi2014.com and NBCOlympics.com|
All events can be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.
For those who are unable to watch the action during the day—or simply want to see it all over again—NBC will show highlights from the day's events during its prime-time coverage starting at 8 p.m ET. Here's a look at the events that will be showcased:
- Snowboarding: Men's Snowboard Cross
- Ski Jumping: Men's Aerials
- Figure Skating: Ice Dance Free Dance
- Ski Jumping: Men's Team Large Hill
NBC Late Night Coverage (Tuesday, 1 a.m. ET)
- Bobsled: Men's Two-Man
- Figure Skating Recap
Now, let's take a look at the updated viewing information and live stream for the men's 15-kilometer mass start followed by its outlook once it finally takes place.
Viewing Information for Postponed Event
What: Biathlon: Men's 15-Kilometer Mass Start
Where: Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center
When: Monday, Feb. 17
Time: 1 a.m. ET
Prime-Time Coverage: 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
With better conditions hopefully arriving on Monday, Fourcade and Bjoerndalen will each have a chance to earn a place in Olympic history.
Fourcade will be looking to continue his biathlon dominance in Sochi, as he has already claimed two gold medals in the 2014 Olympics—one in the men's 20-kilometer individual and one in the men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit.
At just 25 years of age, Fourcade figures to be one of the most exciting biathlon athletes for years to come. In fact, he is already being compared to the legendary Bjoerndalen. During an interview with Eric Willemsen of ABC News, Fourcade spoke of the honor.
Said Fourcade, "It's an honor to be compared to Bjoerndalen. But I am not thinking about becoming part of biathlon history. I am just happy when I can share my victories with friends and teammates."
The 40-year-old Bjoerndalen will be making his own run at Winter Games history.
He is currently tied with fellow Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie with a total of 12 medals in the Winter Olympics—the most ever. What makes Bjoerndalen so impressive is his consistency. Seven of his 12 Olympic medals are gold—the most recent coming this year in the men's 10-kilometer sprint.
Should Bjoerndalen reach the podium on Monday, he will be the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.
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