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Sunday, February 16th, 2014
2014 SOCHI WINTER GAMES – FEB. 16 NBC PRIMETIME HIGHLIGHTS
Monday in Primetime: World Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White Compete in Gold Medal Final
Seven-Time X Games Champion Nate Holland Competes in Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final
2010 Four-Man Bobsled Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Holcomb Takes Final Runs in Two-Man Bobsled in Primetime on NBC
LIVE Coverage of Team USA Women’s Hockey vs. Sweden Semifinal Game Begins at 7:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN
All Events Live Streamed on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports Live Extra Mobile & Tablet App
Stamford, Conn. – February 16, 2014 – Highlights of Monday’s coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games:
- NBC’s primetime presentation – which begins at 8/7c – features world ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White going for gold in ice dancing as they sit in first place heading into the free dance portion of the program. Two-time Olympian Nate Holland leads a deep U.S. men’s snowboard cross team into Sochi, hoping to win a third consecutive U.S. gold medal in this event. Also in primetime are the gold medal final runs in two-man bobsled, where 2010 Olympic four-man gold medalist Steven Holcomb has the top American sled in third place, hoping to earn the first U.S. medal in this event since 1952, and the aerials gold medal final in men’s freestyle skiing, featuring 18-year-old American aerialist Mac Bohonnon.
- Tomorrow’s live coverage on NBCSN is highlighted by the semifinal in women’s hockey as Team USA faces Sweden at 7:15 a.m ET, followed by the ice dancing gold medal final at 10 a.m. ET. NBCSN’s live coverage begins at 3 a.m. ET with women’s curling action between Team USA and South Korea.
- MSNBC’s live coverage beings at noon ET as Canada faces Switzerland in women’s hockey. USA will present live coverage of men’s curling at 5 a.m. ET as Team USA faces Switzerland. CNBC’s coverage of women’s curling continues with Denmark vs. Great Britain at 5 p.m. ET.
Following are highlights from today’s NBC coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi:
Matt Lauer closing Sunday’s primetime show: “Do you believe in miracles? Some good news, Bob Costas returns to this studio tomorrow night to take us all through primetime, and we’re all happy about that.”
Tracy Wilson on Meryl Davis and Charlie White: “You watch them back stage in the nervous moments before they had to take ice, you could feel their tension and you could feel the pressure these two have been carrying all year – and they floated through their short dance…that’s the trick in ice dance, making the difficult look easy…you get caught up with what they do.”
Wilson on the Shibutani siblings in short dance portion of ice dancing: “And that’s called taking the ballroom to the ice. That was elegant and classy – beautifully skated.”
Wilson on Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: They saved their best for last. I have not seen them skate this well this season…in terms of performance and artistry, they nailed it.”
Dan Hicks following Ted Ligety’s 14th place finish in the super-G:” “Normally one of the steadiest and most mistake-free racers in the world has been anything but, so far.”
Brooker on favorites struggling in downhill skiing in Sochi: “It’s come down to conditions. When have they raced in weather this warm? The snow is soft, it’s icy and slick at the top, it’s so inconsistent and so many racers have had trouble with it.”
Todd Brooker on Bode Miller, who finished tied for bronze in super-G: “Bode is absolutely the best at taking one look, no training run, then naturally skiing the fastest line.”
Brooker on Andrew Weibrecht’s unlikely silver-medal performance: “The fact is he almost quit last year. Even he had lost confidence in himself…this is an amazing performance.”
Hicks on the super-G: “Andrew Weibrecht proves that when it comes to the Olympics, anything can happen. And for what might be the sixth and final Olympic medal in the storied career for Bode Miller, it is without question the most emotional – a shared bronze with not only Jan Hudec, but his entire family.”
Todd Harris following Lindsey Jacobellis’ fall in snowboard cross: “The cruel and unpredictable serpent of snowboard cross rises up and bites Lindsey Jacobellis yet again.”
Todd Richards on snowboard cross after three of six racers crashed in quarterfinal run: “You want to know why snowboard cross is so awesome? It’s because of the complete and total unpredictability of the sport…that is the essence of snowboard cross, and that is why it’s one of the favorite things to watch here at the Winter Olympics.”
Chad Salmela on Norway’s struggles in cross-country skiing: “You think it’s fun to come to the Olympics? Well if you’re a Norwegian coach right now, you’re not having a whole lot of fun. In fact, you are burning…you’re entire nation is wondering what is going on with your team.”
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