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250 Hours of Total Coverage, 156 Streaming Hours, 94 Television Hours, and 670 Athletes

Stamford, Conn. – March 7, 2018 – NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, begins live on NBCSN this Friday, March 9, at 6 a.m. ET with the Opening Ceremony hosted by Andrea Joyce, a veteran of 14 Olympic Games, and Chris Waddell, a 12-time Paralympic alpine skiing medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member.

Listed below are some key metrics about NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games:

1976                The inaugural year of the Winter Paralympics, which were held in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden

670                  Number of Paralympians expected to compete this year from 49 countries, 131 more than in Sochi in 2014

250                  Total hours of NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games, the most ever by NBC Olympics

156                  Number of streaming hours available via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

94                    Number of television hours of coverage, nearly doubling Sochi (50)

80                    Total number of medal events at the Games, eight more than Sochi

74                    Number of participating U.S. Paralympians, including 41 returning and 33 first-time Paralympians

70                    Increase in hours of NBC Sports’ television coverage compared to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics

43                    Number of years between the oldest and youngest athlete on Team USA (16-year-old Ally Kunkel – 59-year-old Mark Bathrum)

22                    U.S. Paralympic medalists set to compete in PyeongChang, including 12 Paralympic gold medalists

15                    Total number of Paralympic medals won by NBC Sports’ commentators

14                    Number of NBC Sports commentators, analysts and reporters set to call all of the Paralympic action in PyeongChang

5                      Four-time U.S. Paralympians participating at the Games

3rd                   Consecutive assignment as host of NBC Sports’ coverage of the Paralympic Games for Carolyn Manno


The 2018 Paralympic Games will take place March 9-18, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea, with nearly 700 of the world’s finest Paralympic winter athletes competing for glory in 80 events across six different sports on snow and ice. Team USA will compete in each of the sports contested in PyeongChang with an estimated team of 74 athletes.