COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - To commemorate the one year countdown to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and to kick-off its Road to Sochi campaign, the United States Olympic Committee, in partnership with the U.S. Biathlon Association, USA Curling and USA Luge, will air 20 hours of action-packed winter sport competition across both NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports beginning Feb. 8 and running through Feb. 16.
The national telecasts will feature a Viessmann Luge World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., Feb. 8-10; the International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, Feb. 9-12; and the 2013 USA Curling National Championships presented by Brooms Up Curling Supplies in Green Bay, Wis., Feb. 15-16.
"The Road to Sochi is about sharing our athletes' journeys to the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and with just one year until the Games, we are thrilled to bring Olympic winter sport competition into living rooms across the country," said USOC Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird. "America's athletes are incredibly inspiring, determined and talented, and these Road to Sochi telecasts will help introduce their stories and their sports to the American public ahead of the Games."
The Road to Sochi will continue throughout the coming year with additional telecasts, an Olympic and Paralympic interactive fan tour which will make stops across the country, a 100-Day Out spectacular, U.S. Olympic Team Trials events, exclusive content on TeamUSA.org and other USOC digital platforms, and more.
Additional information on the Road to Sochi one year out telecasts, including schedules and U.S. athletes to watch, is listed below (all times ET).
Luge World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The eighth of nine races in the annual World Cup series - which began Nov. 24, 2012, in Innsbruck, Austria, and will end Feb. 24, on the 2014 Olympic track in Sochi - this event includes the team relay, which will make its Olympic debut in 2014, and marks the first World Cup to be held in Lake Placid since 2007. U.S. athletes to watch include two-time Olympian and 2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin and 2010 Olympians Julia Clukey and Chris Mazdzer.
The telecast will be analyzed by three-time Olympic luge athlete Duncan Kennedy who was the first American slider to win a luge World Cup. Kennedy will be supported by Leigh Diffey, an NBC Sports Group commentator specializing in speed events - mainly IndyCar and Formula One - who will serve as the play-by-play announcer.
|Date||NBC Sports Network||Univsersal Sports|
|Friday, Feb. 8||--||Doubles: 11 a.m. - noon. (LIVE)|
|Saturday, Feb. 9||Team relay: 1-2 p.m.||Men's singles: 11 a.m. - noon (LIVE)|
|Sunday, Feb. 10||Women's singles: 5-6 p.m.||--|
Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
The Biathlon World Championships will field the world's best biathletes. U.S. athletes to watch include 2010 Olympians Lowell Bailey and Sara Studebaker, two-time Olympian Tim Burke, Annelies Cook, Russell Currier, Susan Dunklee and Leif Nordgren.
Veteran play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger, who provided commentary for the London 2012 Olympic Games and has experience in nearly 30 sports over his 15-year career, will work with Chad Salmela who will serve as the program's analyst. Salmela, a biathlon coach and former competitor, was NBC's biathlon commentator during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
|Date||NBC Sports Network||Universal Sports|
|Saturday, Feb. 9||Men's sprint: 6-7 p.m.||--|
|Sunday, Feb 10||Men's pursuit 6-7 p.m.||--|
|Monday, Feb 11||--||Women's sprint: 7-8 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Feb 12||--||Women's pursuit 7-8 p.m.|
USA Curling National Championships in Green Bay, Wis.
The 2013 USA Curling National Championships will feature the top-10 men's and women's teams in the country. At stake for the winners is a spot on the U.S. Team that will compete at the World Curling Championships held March 16-24, in Riga, Latvia, and March 30-April 7, in Victoria, Canada, for women and men, respectively. The winners will also qualify for a berth to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, to be held in Fargo, N.D., in November 2013.
Sports anchor Andrew Catalon will provide the play-by-play commentary with assistance from Canadian Olympic silver medalist in curling Mike Harris who will fill the analyst spot. Catalon has done play-by-play for three Olympic Games, including curling at the Vancouver 2010 Games.
|Date||NBC Sports Network||Universal Sports|
|Friday, Feb. 15||--||Women's semifinal: 3-6 p.m. (LIVE)
Men's semifinal: 9
|Saturday, Feb. 16||Women's final: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (LIVE)
Men's final: 4-7 p.m. (LIVE)