NBC Olympics Coverage of Winter Paralympics Begins March 7
NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all five Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing (which includes snowboarding), cross-country skiing, biathlon, wheelchair curling and sled hockey – spread across 11 days of coverage on NBC and NBCSN.
NBCSN will provide 48 of 52 total hours of coverage, as well as live coverage nearly every day of the Paralympic Winter Games. NBC’s coverage is highlighted by the sled hockey gold medal game on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. ET.
This unprecedented 2014 Paralympic Winter Games coverage is made possible through the support of the broadcast and streaming sponsors BMW, BP, Citi, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Procter & Gamble and The Hartford, marking the first time the media delivery has been exclusively sold to USOC sponsors.
"We are looking forward to covering the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and telling the amazing stories of these great athletes across multiple platforms in partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee," said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. "With the support of our six corporate partners – who were critical to providing this unprecedented level of coverage – Paralympic fans can now consume more Winter Games coverage in the U.S. than ever before, whether they are at home or on the go."
"NBC Olympics’ commitment to airing the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games marks a significant turning point for the Paralympic Movement in the United States," said Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee chief executive officer. "Americans have always been interested in the inspiring stories of our Paralympians. With the Paralympic Games on television, Americans will be able to experience the thrill of sport, which is what the Paralympic Movement is about. The Paralympic Games are not about disability. The Paralympic Games are about athletes competing to be the best in the world. Behind the commitment of our broadcast partner and our sponsors, we are excited to bring this world class sporting event to Americans."
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will feature nearly 700 athletes with a physical disability or visual impairment from 45 countries competing in six sports. The Games feature 72 medal events (34 men, 34 women, four mixed). Team USA will compete in each of the sports contested in Sochi with an estimated team of 77 athletes.
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