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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
2014 SOCHI WINTER GAMES – FEB. 18 NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA HIGHLIGHTS
Tonight at 8/7c on NBC: American Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Makes Her Olympic Debut in Giant Slalom Gold Medal Final
Top American Skiers David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace Compete in Men’s Halfpipe Gold Medal Final in Primetime on NBC
Seven-Time X Games Champion Nate Holland Competes in Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final
USA-Czech Republic Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal Airs Live at 12 Noon ET Wednesday on USA Network; Live Ladies’ Figure Skating Remains on NBCSN at 10 a.m. ET
Stamford, Conn. – February 18, 2014 – Coming up on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games:
- Tonight at 8/7c on NBC, 18-year old American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin makes her Olympic debut in the giant slalom gold medal final, and the most-decorated woman in U.S. Olympic alpine history, Julia Mancuso will also vie for a medal. In freestyle skiing, top American David Wise contends for gold in the men’s halfpipe gold medal final. Also in primetime, two-time Olympian Nate Holland leads a deep U.S. snowboard cross team into Sochi, hoping to win a third consecutive U.S. gold medal in this event. For more information on tonight’s primetime program on NBC, click here.
- Tomorrow’s live coverage is highlighted by live men’s hockey quarterfinals including Team USA vs. Czech Republic on USA Network at noon ET. NBCSN airs two quarterfinal men’s hockey games featuring Sweden vs. Slovenia at 3 a.m. ET and Finland vs. Russia at 7:30 a.m. ET. MSNBC presents Canada vs. Latvia at noon ET.
- NBCSN’s live coverage on Wednesday features the beginning of the ladies’ individual figure skating event with the short program at 10 a.m. ET and gold medal finals in men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom and women’s cross-country team sprint.
FOLLOWING ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC & USA COVERAGE OF THE 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES IN SOCHI:
Liam McHugh on the Czech Republic men’s hockey team: “Depending on your perspective, you can describe this Czech Republic team as mature, perhaps experienced. You can probably also simply call them old – they have six players that are 35+, two players that are in their 40s.”
Play-by-play voice Ted Robinson on the Dutch sweep in the men’s speed skating 10,000m: “It’s just another in an unending series of incredible performances by the Netherlands in speed skating.”
Analyst Dan Jansen on six-time Olympic Dutch medalist Sven Kramer in the men’s speed skating 10,000m: “It’s the most grueling race out of the five individual races. It’s painful as it goes… He’s such a powerful skater, makes it look so easy.”
Analyst Brian Engbom on Latvia moving to the quarterfinals after winning against Switzerland 3-1: “Pure joy, and they deserve it. They’ve played a heck of a hockey game.”
Engblom on the physical play in the Latvian defensive zone in the final minutes of the elimination round: “It is physical warfare down there. As it should be when you’re defending the lead as the Latvian’s are.”
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