Are you one of the lucky few going to Sochi to watch the Winter Olympics? Didn’t think so. Then check out this comprehensive TV and online program guide below that will point you to the whats, whens, wheres and whos of your favorite Olympics events. And of course, if you have a Slingbox, you’re never confined to the couch to watch your favorite events whenever they air.
To Stream or Not to Stream
Five-hundred hours of televised Winter Olympics broadcasts will appear on the various NBC-owned channels, including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and USA Network. Some of them will air live (Sochi is 12 hours ahead of us on the West Coast and nine hours ahead of those on the East Coast), but the majority will be delivered on tape delay.
For all you live-TV junkies, fret not. NBC is live-streaming all 15 events for authenticated cable, satellite and telco TV subscribers. If you want to catch as many live broadcasts as possible, better set your alarm clocks. The most live televised broadcasts are for Hockey, Figure Skating, Curling, Speed Skating and Cross-Country Skiing.
Here’s what you do:
- On your computer: Go to http://stream.nbcolympics.com/live-extra/ or visit NBCOlympics.com.
- On your mobile device: Download the NBC Sports Extra Live app to you iOS or Android device.
If you’re looking to live-stream the Opening Ceremony, don’t bother. It’s the only event that will not be streamed. Watch the televised broadcast when it airs on Friday, February 7th at 8:30 pm PT on NBC.
Ones to Watch
- Shaun White – Favorite to win the men’s snowboard halfpipe after winning gold in the previous two Olympics.
- Meryl Davis and Charlie White – Will Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ever catch up to claim ice dancing’s top spot?
- Lolo Jones – Part of the four-person bobsled team and the ninth athlete ever to participate in both Summer and Winter Olympics.
- Shani Davis – Going after his third gold medal in speed skating.
- Ted Ligety and Bode Miller – Best bets for Olympic medals on the ski slopes in downhill, combined, giant slalom and slalom events.
- Updated Schedules: http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv-listings
- Official Sochi Olympics Website: http://www.sochi2014.com/en
- Canadian perspective: http://olympics.cbc.ca/
- What the Brits think: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/winter-olympics/26044945
- U.S. Travel Advisory: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/Sochi.html
- Background Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Winter_Olympics
Interesting Olympic Facts
- East Timor, Zimbabwe, Paraguay, Togo and Tonga are the countries that are making their Winter Olympics debut.
- Norway is the most medaled country, bringing home more than 300 in the Winter Olympics.
- Men’s and women’s competitions in ski halfpipe, ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle, and snowboard parallel slalom are among the 12 new events premiering at Sochi.
- The next Winter Olympics, in 2018, will be held in Pyeonchang, South Korea.
- Bids for 2022 have been submitted by Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing, China; Krakow, Poland, Lviv, Ukraine and Oslo, Norway. The lucky country will be announced in July 2015.
- The Olympics isn’t the end of the road for Sochi. The city is also hosting 2018 World Cup and Formula 1 Grand Prix races, starting this year (in October) through 2020.
- The youngest Winter Olympics medalist was Korea’s Yun-Mi Kim, who won the gold at 13 years old for speed skating. The oldest was Carl August Verner Kronlund of Sweden – he was 58 when he won the silver for curling.
And of course, you can watch all televised events no matter where you are in the world with a Slingbox at home and SlingPlayer on your favorite mobile device.