By United States Olympic Committee, February 19, 2014
STAMFORD, Conn. — NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN including 27 hours of live coverage, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games.
NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all five Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing (which includes snowboarding), biathlon, cross-country skiing, wheelchair curling and sled hockey – spread across 11 days of coverage on NBC and NBCSN.
NBCSN will provide 48 of 52 total hours of coverage, as well as live coverage nearly every day of the Paralympic Winter Games. NBC’s coverage is highlighted by the sled hockey gold medal game on March 15 at 1 p.m. ET.
“We are looking forward to covering the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and telling the amazing stories of these great athletes across multiple platforms in partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “With the support of our six corporate partners – who were critical to providing this unprecedented level of coverage – Paralympic fans can now consume more Winter Games coverage in the U.S. than ever before, whether they are at home or on the go.”
This unprecedented 2014 Paralympic Winter Games coverage is made possible through the support of the broadcast and streaming sponsors BMW, BP, Citi, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Procter & Gamble and The Hartford, marking the first time the media delivery has been exclusively sold to USOC sponsors.
“NBC Olympics’ commitment to airing the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games marks a significant turning point for the Paralympic Movement in the United States,” said Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee chief executive officer. “Americans have always been interested in the inspiring stories of our Paralympians. With the Paralympic Games on television, Americans will be able to experience the thrill of sport, which is what the Paralympic Movement is about. The Paralympic Games are not about disability. The Paralympic Games are about athletes competing to be the best in the world. Behind the commitment of our broadcast partner and our sponsors, we are excited to bring this world class sporting event to Americans.”
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will feature nearly 700 athletes with a physical disability or visual impairment from 45 countries competing in six sports. The Games feature 72 medal events (34 men, 34 women, four mixed). Team USA will compete in each of the sports contested in Sochi with an estimated team of 77 athletes.
For the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the U.S. sent 50 athletes, winning four gold medals, five silver medals and four bronze medals, finishing fifth overall in the medal count. In 2010, Andy Soule (Pearland, Texas), a U.S. Army veteran who will compete in Sochi, won a bronze medal in the men’s sitting 2.4-kilometer individual pursuit biathlon event, becoming the first U.S. biathlete to medal at an Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games.
NBCSN will present up to nine hours of alpine skiing coverage beginning March 8 with live downhill coverage at 1 a.m. ET. Coverage continues March 10 with live coverage of the super G at 2 a.m. ET and concludes with coverage of the giant slalom on March 16 at 4:30 a.m. ET. Athletes expected to compete in Paralympic alpine skiing events include Alana Nichols, the first U.S. female athlete to win gold in both the Summer and Winter Games (wheelchair basketball in Beijing, alpine skiing in Vancouver).
NBCSN will present coverage of the debut of snowboarding at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Three hours of snowboarding coverage will air on March 14 beginning at 3 a.m. ET . Athletes expected to compete in the Paralympic debut of snowboarding include gold-medal contenders Amy Purdy and Evan Strong.
NBCSN will air 6.5 hours of live cross-country skiing coverage from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Coverage begins March 9 on NBCSN at 1 a.m. ET and continues on March 15 at 3:30 a.m. Tatyana McFadden, a three-time Paralympian in track and field and 10-time Paralympic medalist, will compete in cross-country skiing for the first time at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
NBC and NBCSN will provide eight hours of sled hockey coverage, including Team USA vs. Russia on March 11 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, live semifinals coverage on March 13 on NBCSN and the sled hockey final on NBC on March 15 at 1 p.m. ET. Team USA is led by captain Andy Yohe, who was a member of the Team USA squad that won gold in Vancouver, and goaltender Steve Cash, who did not allow a single goal in five games in Vancouver. The team also boasts four players who have served in the U.S. military; Sergeant Jen Lee (U.S. Army, active), and purple heart recipients Paul Schaus (U.S. Marine Corps), Josh Sweeney (U.S. Marine Corps) and Rico Roman (U.S. Army).
NBCSN will present 5.5 hours of wheelchair curling hockey coverage from the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Coverage of wheelchair curling begins with Team USA against China on Wednesday, March 12 at 1:30 a.m. ET. NBCSN will also air the wheelchair curling final on Saturday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
In addition, coverage of the biathlon and all Paralympic winter sports will be highlighted across NBCSN’s 11.5 hours of daily coverage spanning five days, recapping the day’s biggest events, providing highlights and in-depth analysis throughout the Games. Coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games concludes on March 22 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with a one-hour special looking back at top moments from this year’s competition.
NBC and NBCSN’s coverage schedule for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
* All dates and times subject to change