FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS INAUGURAL TEAM USA WINTER CHAMPIONS SERIES EVENT THIS SATURDAY
Team USA Winter Champions Series Features Big Air Snowboarding, Women’s Luge and Women’s Hockey
NBC’s Coverage Begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET with Big Air Snowboarding from Copper Mountain, Colo., Followed by FIL Women’s World Cup Luge from Park City, Utah
NBCSN Presents U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team vs. Canada on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 14, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series, a tripleheader of Olympic winter sports events, this Saturday, December 17, on NBC and NBCSN.
Coverage of the Team USA Winter Champions Series begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC with men’s and women’s big air snowboarding from Copper Mountain, Colo., an event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. NBC will also present the FIL Women’s World Cup luge event from Park City, Utah, as part of the telecast.
NBCSN caps the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series with one of international hockey’s best rivalries on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET, when the U.S. Women’s National Team hosts Canada at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Team USA Winter Champions Series this Saturday.
TEAM USA WINTER CHAMPIONS SERIES – SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC AND NBCSN
NBC’s coverage of big air snowboarding kicks off the Team USA Winter Champions Series on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET, and also serves as part of the opening weekend of the 21st season of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino, who finished second in big air at last month’s Olympic Test Event, lead the U.S. women, while 2014 Olympian Ryan Stassel is among the American men expected to compete.
The women’s FIL Luge World Cup follows big air snowboarding on NBC. Saturday’s event takes place at the Utah Olympic Park sliding center in Park City, which hosted the events of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Winter Champions Series telecast will feature sliders Summer Britcher and Erin Hamlin, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, as they look to repeat their first and second-place finishes at Park City in 2015.
Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET, when the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team hosts Canada in a clash of bitter rivals. Team USA defeated Canada in their most recent matchup, a 5-3 win on Nov. 5 in Finland to capture the Four Nations Cup. The game will feature several Olympians, and is likely to include American standouts Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, and Hilary Knight. The only two teams to win Olympic gold have met four times for the gold medal. Canada has won three of the four matchups, most recently in 2014, but the Americans have defeated the Canadians at the two World Championships held since Sochi.
Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), and Tina Dixon (reporter) will call the Big Air event. Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Kate Hansen (analyst), and Lewis Johnson (reporter) will call women’s luge coverage. Gord Miller (play-by-play), AJ Mleczko (analyst), and Leila Rahimi (reporter) will call Team USA-Canada women’s hockey.
Following is NBC Sports Group’s Team USA Winter Champions Series telecast schedule:
|Sat., December 17||Big Air Snowboarding – Copper Mountain, Colo.||NBC||2:30 p.m.|
|FIL Women’s World Cup Luge – Park City, Utah||NBC|
|Women’s Hockey – Team USA vs. Canada||NBCSN||4:30 p.m.|
NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream coverage of the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series. The NBC Sports app will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
-NBC SPORTS GROUP-