Countdown to Sochi: Eleven days

By Jamie M. Blanchard | Feb. 24, 2014, 11 a.m. (ET)

Events featuring alpine skier Alana Nichols, who won four medals at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the most of any U.S. athlete, will be among those shown on the NBC Olympics broadcast of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, in Sochi, Russia.

NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN, including 27 hours of live coverage, and will live stream all events from Sochi, Russia, on TeamUSA.org. With 11 days until the start of the Games on March 7, learn more about the 11 days of television coverage that the Games will receive in the United States.

The 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.

March 7

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games kick-off on March 7 with the Opening Ceremony at Olympic Stadium. With competitors in each of the sports on the Paralympic program – alpine skiing/snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey and wheelchair curling, Team USA will be represented in Sochi by an 80-member 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team that includes six guides for visually impaired skiers.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Opening Ceremony - LIVE

NBCSN

11 a.m.

March 8

NBCSN’s live coverage of the Games beings at 1 a.m. ET on March 8 with one of the most competitive races in alpine skiing, the downhill, which is on the same course that the men competed on at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Alana Nichols won the event at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games with Laurie Stephens second and Stephani Victor fourth. Stephens goes into Sochi as the reigning world champion. She was the only American, male or female, to win a gold medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Championships. While the best medal chance may be in the women’s sit skiing competition, Team USA is competitive in downhill all around. Mark Bathum, a visually impaired athlete, won silver in Vancouver in the downhill while Danelle Umstead, also visually impaired, won a bronze. As of February 2014, men’s sit-skiers Chris Devlin-Young and Tyler Walker are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the world, respectively, while Andrew Kurka is No. 5.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Alpine Skiing (Downhill) - LIVE

NBCSN

1 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

NBC

1 p.m.

Paralympics Day 1 Coverage

NBCSN

5:30 p.m.

March 9

On March 9, U.S. athletes will compete in the men’s 15-kilometer and women’s 12 km cross-country skiing  sitting races, which will be aired live on NBCSN starting at 1 a.m. ET. Oksana Masters, who is competing in the women’s race, has experience on a Paralympic podium. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she won a bronze medal in rowing with teammate Rob Jones, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Now a Nordic skier, she is looking for her first individual medal. Americans Monica Bascio, Tatyana McFadden and Beth Requist will challenge Masters along with a strong international field. At the 2014 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup Final in January, Masters won a bronze in the women’s 12 km sit-ski race. The men’s event features eight U.S. athletes, including Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen, who owns world cup medals in cross-country skiing, and Army veteran Andy Soule, who medaled in biathlon at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Cross-Country Skiing - LIVE

NBCSN

1 a.m.

Paralympics Day 2 Coverage

NBCSN

11 p.m.

March 10

Coverage of alpine skiing continues live with the super-G on March 10 at 2 a.m. ET. In Vancouver, Nichols won a silver medal in her super-G race, marking the only medal for Team USA in super-G action. Nichols, Stephens and Victor are ranked third, fourth and fifth in the women’s super-G sitting event while Allison Jones is currently ranked fourth in women’s standing. On the men’s side, Bathum is ranked No. 2 in the visually impaired classification and Walker is No. 3 in the sitting classification.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Alpine Skiing (Super-G) - LIVE

NBCSN

2 a.m.

Paralympics Day 3 Coverage

NBCSN

Noon

March 11

At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Soule won a bronze medal in the men's 2.4 km pursuit biathlon, becoming the first U.S. athlete to win a biathlon medal at the Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games. While the event is not a part of the Sochi program, Soule will compete in the 7.5 km event on March 11, which will be a part of NBCSN live coverage that starts at 2 a.m. ET. Following biathlon, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will take on Russia in a preliminary sled hockey game that could rival the match-up from the Olympic Winter Games. At the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in December, Team USA narrowly beat Russia 2-1.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Biathlon - LIVE

NBCSN

2 a.m.

Sled Hockey – Team USA vs. Russia

NBCSN

3 p.m.

March 12

Team USA finished fourth at the World Wheelchair Curling Federation’s 2013 World Wheelchair Championship after a last-rock loss to China in the bronze-medal game at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia. The two teams face-off again in Sochi on March 12 with live coverage starting at 1:30 a.m. on NBCSN.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Wheelchair Curling – Team USA vs. China - LIVE

NBCSN

1:30 a.m.

Paralympics Day 5 Coverage

NBCSN

3 p.m.

March 13

Heading into the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, no sled hockey team has ever won consecutive Paralympic Games titles. Team USA, defending champions, hopes to change that, just like they became the first team to win consecutive world titles when they successfully defended their 2009 title in 2012. Watch the semifinals live from Sochi on March 13 starting at 5 a.m. ET.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Sled Hockey Semifinal - LIVE

NBCSN

5 a.m.

Sled Hockey Semifinal - LIVE

NBCSN

Noon

March 14

At the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, men’s and women’s standing snowboard cross for athletes with a lower limb impairment will be contested for the first time, with NBCSN coverage starting at 3 a.m. ET on March 14. The U.S. men could sweep the inaugural podium with Keith Gabel, Mike Shea and Evan Strong all in contention for the sport’s top prize. Shea and Strong hold the No. 1 spot in the world ranking while Gabel is tied for No. 3 with New Zealand’s Carl Murphy. On the women’s side, Heidi Jo Duce and Amy Purdy hold the No. 2 world ranking while Nicole Roundy is fifth.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Snowboarding

NBCSN

3 a.m.

Paralympics Day 7 Coverage

NBCSN

11:30 p.m.

March 15

While the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team hopes to be in the Paralympic final for the first time in history, the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team looks to return to the final for the second straight Games. Will the sled hockey finale at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games be a rematch of the gold medal game at the 2013 world championships? Defending Paralympic champion Team USA finished second to Canada at that event. But in January 2014, the U.S. played the last of its sled hockey games prior to Sochi, taking two out of three from No. 1 Canada in Indian Trail, N.C. Should the U.S. win gold in Sochi, it will mark the first time any country has won two consecutive sled hockey titles in the Games. NBC will air the sled hockey final at 1 p.m. ET while NBCSN will air cross-country skiing at 3:30 a.m. ET and wheelchair curling at 6:30 p.m.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Cross-Country Skiing - LIVE

NBCSN

3:30 a.m.

Sled Hockey Final

NBC

1 p.m.

Wheelchair Curling Final

NBCSN

6:30 p.m.

March 16

Before the Closing Ceremony is aired at 3:30 p.m. ET, Nichols and Victor will face each other live on NBCSN at 4:30 a.m. ET in the giant slalom, an event that saw Nichols win gold and Victor win silver in Vancouver. Victor is currently ranked second in the world rankings while Nichols and Stephens are fourth and fifth respectively. In the women’s standing event, Jones is currently ranked fourth.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Alpine Skiing (Giant Slalom) - LIVE

NBCSN

4:30 a.m.

Closing Ceremony

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

March 22

The action in Sochi, Russia, wraps-up on March 16 but television coverage continues March 22 at 1 p.m. ET. Relive the top moments of the Paralympic Winter Games in alpine skiing/snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey and wheelchair curling during NBC’s Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Review Show.

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Review Show

NBC

1 p.m.

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