Winter Olympics Viewer's Guide: Sunday, Feb. 16
A couple of big hockey matchups highlight a busy Sunday slate in Sochi.
Trying to watch the Olympics? Even with NBCOlympics.com now streaming every event live online, the wild array of events can make the viewing experience a bit bewildering.
But we're here to help. Here's our chronological list of the events U.S. Olympic fans should consider watching, and where. All times Eastern and all events are live action unless otherwise noted.
A couple of big hockey matchups highlight the schedule, as well as the debut of the Jamaican bobsled team.
Don't forget that a lot of these events will be repackaged and shown in the prime time NBC slot so if you miss the big events live, you'll be able to see them later.
-- Denotes a medal event
1 a.m. ET -- Men's Super G, NBCOlympics.com: Reigning Olympic gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway is your favorite, but Americans Ted Ligety and Bode Miller could certainly make noise. Miller will be in search of some redemption after whiffing in his first three events. Svindal, too, has yet to medal in Sochi.
2 a.m. ET -- Women's Snowboard Cross, NBCOlympics.com: Though the first runs will start a couple hours after midnight on the east coast, the finals aren't slated to begin until around 4:45 a.m. ET. Australia’s Torah Bright looks to add another medal to the silver she won at the ladies half-pipe last week.
5 a.m. ET -- Men's Cross-Country 4 x 10km Relay, NBC Sports Network: It's for a medal, and it's a timed event, which always makes things more interesting. Norway and Sweden are your favorites.
7:30 a.m. ET -- Men's Hockey: Russia vs. Slovakia, USA: Slovakia is winless, so the Russians should feel pretty good about surviving pool play despite a deflating loss to the Americans Saturday. Even an overtime loss to Slovakia would be enough to push Russia through.
7:30 a.m. ET -- Men's Hockey: United States vs. Slovenia, NBC Sports Network: After their thrilling overtime win Saturday, the Americans just have a little bit of work left to move through the pool stage. It would take an outright regulation loss to Slovenia (coupled with a Russia win) to send the U.S. packing, and a victory of any sort would earn the Americans a bye.
9 a.m. ET -- Women's 1500m Speed Skating, NBCOlympics.com: Ireen Wuest is favored, and she's already won three career golds, including the 3000m earlier in the Sochi games. She also took silver in the 1000m. Americans have four skaters, but Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe offer the best chance for a medal.
10 a.m. ET -- Mixed Ice Dance, Short Program, NBC Sports Network: Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the Americans' best chance for gold, but they will be facing stiff competition.
10 a.m. ET -- Men's Biathlon 15km Mass Start, NBCOlympics.com: France's Martin Fourcade is in search of his third gold medal in Sochi, after already claiming the top spot in two other biathlon events.
11:15 a.m. ET -- Men's Bobsled 2-man, NBCOlympics.com: So the two-man bobsled event commences Sunday, and you know what that means: All of your Facebook friends quoting Cool Runnings. The Jamaicans will be the 28th team to try the course in run one, with a second run scheduled for 12:50 p.m. ET.
noon ET -- Men's Hockey: Finland vs. Canada, USA: Both teams are through the pool stage safely, but the winner gets an automatic bye to the quarterfinals.
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