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Sunday, February 16th, 2014
2014 SOCHI WINTER GAMES – FEB. 16 NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC & USA HIGHLIGHTS
Tonight at 7/6c on NBC: World Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White Skate in Short Dance Program
Ted Ligety and Bode Miller Aim for Gold in Super-G; Lindsey Jacobellis Competes in Snowboard Cross Final
Brittany Bowe Contends in 1500m Speed Skating Event; Steven Holcomb Leads Team USA in Two-Man Bobsled
STAMFORD, Conn. – February 16, 2014 – Coming up on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games:
- Tonight at 7/6c on NBC, world ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White skate in the short dance program; reigning super-G world champion Ted Ligety and 2010 Olympic silver medalist Bode Miller compete for gold in the super-G; top American Lindsey Jacobellis contends for gold in the snowboard cross final; Brittany Bowe competes in the 1500m event in women’s speed skating; and Steven Holcomb attempts to pilot his way to the first U.S. Olympic title in the two-man bobsled. For more information on tonight’s primetime program on NBC, click here.
- 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 NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC & USA COVERAGE OF THE 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES IN SOCHI:
U.S. Olympic hockey goalkeeper Jonathan Quick on what was going through his mind during the shootout and teammate T.J. Oshie: “Just playing in the National Hockey League, you go into shootouts at the end of games so you find yourself in situations like that a lot. The guys that they had shooting on us yesterday – Kovalchuk, Datsyuk and Malkin – I’ve seen those guys before in shootouts. It’s kind of a mind game. You’re trying to figure out what they’re trying to do. They might be tapping into their memory as far as moves that have worked for them on me in the past. You’re trying to figure them out, they’re trying to figure you out. At the end of the day, you just have to try and stop the puck.
Quick on what it meant to beat Russia yesterday: “It meant we got two points in the standings. It didn’t get us what we came here to get. We came here to win a gold medal – it’s what 12 teams came here to do…we were able to win our [pool]. We get a bye and now we just start preparing, keep working, getting ready for the next game.”
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick on the Russian men’s hockey team: “It would cast a significant pall over the country [if Russia lost]… There is much that is expected from the Russian Olympic team, partly because they’re hosting it, partly because they have so many really good players, and they are the main fulcrum of an entire league – the KHL.
Johnny Weir jokingly to Tara Lipinski on competing in ice dance together as a couple: “We have to figure out what country we’re going to represent.”
Lipinski to Weir: “And what we’re going to wear.”
Lipinski on the personalities in the ice dance field: “Meryl [Davis] and Charlie [White] bring more of the athletic, aggressive vibe where Tessa [Virtue] and Scott [Moir] are very classical, passionate dancers. Everyone else for me sort of falls into this other group whereas ‘the Shibs’ [siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani] really bring a modern, fun personality to the ice.”
Weir on the Shibutani siblings, Maia and Alex, who are partners in ice dancing: “There is a limit to how far chemistry and revolutionizing yourself and changing yourself [can go] every season. It’s something that has to happen. And it’s hard with a brother and sister team to constantly be on the verge – be on the edge – when it really limits the things that you can do.”
Weir on American ice dance couple Madison Chock and Evan Bates: “They sold that program like the rent is due tomorrow and they’re broke. That was fabulous… This was a performance. This was a show, and with the ice dancers being the peacocks of our sport, we needed some plumage.”
Lipinski on Davis and White’s short program: “If you’re wondering what perfection in ice dancing is, it’s that. They skate so close together – that’s really hard and risky. Everything is technically perfect. They put you at ease. They’re under so much pressure here. Their skating speaks for itself.”
1998 Olympic gold medalist AJ Mlezcko on U.S. women’s hockey team (U.S. vs. Sweden – Monday at 7:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN): “They’re regrouping and they need to make sure that they’re focusing on tomorrow’s game – Sweden has some fire power…after that loss to Canada, it seemed like they deflated a little bit… I expect Team USA to roll through [Sweden] and meet [Canada] on Thursday [in the gold medal final].”
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