Winter Olympics 2014 Schedule: Live Stream, TV Info and Day 16 Preview

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Winter Olympics 2014 Schedule: Live Stream, TV Info and Day 16 Preview
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The Americans will be going for gold in the final bobsled event of the games.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics reaching their final day, there are still a few big events worth paying attention to.

Many of the big competitions might’ve concluded already, but there are still a few medals up for grabs on Day 16 of the games. 

Read on for full TV and live stream information for how you can catch all of the final day’s events.

 

Day 16 Winter Olympics Info

Where: Sochi, Russia

When: Sunday, Feb. 23

Time: 2 p.m./8:30 p.m. ET

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

 

Cross Country: Men’s 50 km Freestyle

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It might not be apparent to the average Winter Olympics fan, but Sweden and Norway have been battling fiercely in cross country skiing events for the duration of the games, and this event is their last chance to square off.

Norwegians have been particularly disappointed with their showing in cross country competitions, despite their relatively high overall medal count.

In fact, there’s been a great deal of controversy surrounding the conditions in Sochi and how their skis have been treated.

“When the skis are that bad, it’s just awful. It’s not fun to race when it’s like this,” Norway’s Chris Andre Jesperson told The New York Times’ Ken Belson.

Jesperson was part of Norway’s 4x10 kilometer men’s relay team that failed to medal, so he’ll be looking for some measure of revenge in this event.

But Swede Daniel Richardsson offers stiff competition, as does the rest of the event’s field.

 

Bobsled: Four-man run

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Steve Holcomb will try and power the Americans past Russia.

Like so many other winter sports, the final bobsled event of the games could come down to America and Russia.

American driver Steve Holcomb is trying to follow up on his gold medal in the four-man run in Vancouver with a repeat here, but he’s facing an uphill battle to do so.

Not only is he fighting through a calf injury he suffered in the two-man event, but he’s also dealing with Russia’s “homefield” advantage. 

Russian Alexander Zubkov helped his country win the two-man run, and he has been busy practicing at the bobsled venue for years now, as Stacy St. Clair of The Los Angeles Times explains.

Zubkov, whose four-man crew finished second at the world championships last year, became the medal favorite in this event after four clean runs during the two-man event. Although other drivers are still trying to figure out the Sanki Sliding Center track, his familiarity with the course gives him a clear home-ice advantage. 

His competitors estimate Zubkov has taken 300 training runs on the track, which has 17 curves and three rare uphill sections. The other drivers — who have had about 40 runs here over the last two years — have taken to studying his efforts in order to determine how to best handle the course.

While Zubkov undoubtedly has the advantage coming in, Holcomb is a steady veteran that could still pilot the Americans to the upset.

 

Hockey: Gold medal game

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Nicklas Backstrom has helped power Sweden to the gold medal game.

Team Canada may be used to appearing in hockey’s gold medal game, but this is something new for Team Sweden.

The Swedish boast a stacked roster of NHL stars, much like the Canadians, but this is the country’s first time playing for gold since 2006.

While the Swedes took home the gold eight years ago, they’ve got a tough road to earning another in this one.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been outstanding, as he was back in 2006, but the team’s offense is what makes them really deadly. 

The combination of Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson have helped the Swedes score with ease.

“Some guys have been in this situation before; some haven’t, including myself,” Karlsson told The Washington Post’s Rick Maese. “I don’t think I really realize how big it is sometimes, but maybe that’s a good thing.”

But Canada’s stingy defense and surprisingly good goaltending will make the team a real challenge.

Carey Price smothered the United States in the Canadians’ 1-0 semifinal victory, and the defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Drew Doughty made life incredibly difficult for the Americans’ top line.

Sunday’s gold medal game should be a chess match in every sense, and Sweden has the offense to break through.

A lot will hinge on Price. He played very well against the Americans, but if he can’t match up to Lundqvist’s consistent excellence, Sweden’s offense could take over.

Either way, it’ll make for an exciting end to the Winter Olympics.

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