Sochi Games Six Months Away for Comcast and NBCUniversal

The 2014 Sochi Games, which begin Feb. 6, 2014, will be the largest Winter Olympics ever held, with 18 days of competition and 98 medal events. Once again, Comcast and NBCUniversal are poised to deliver online, On Demand and television coverage of the Olympic Games across multiple platforms.

Comcast and NBCUniversal provided viewers with awe-inspiring coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, breaking records as the most-watched event in U.S. TV history. 

Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 6, with preliminary rounds of snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating, Comcast and NBCUniversal are set to deliver once again.

Every phase of competition from all 15 sports on the Sochi program will be streamed live on the NBCOlympics.com website and in the "Live Extra" mobile app. Television coverage expands to 18 days for the first time in Winter Games history, with the addition of a Thursday night NBC Primetime show on Feb. 6, in advance of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb.7. Live daytime broadcasts in the U.S. begin Saturday, Feb. 8, on the NBC Sports Network.

Below is brief schedule overview for all 15 sports with links to a more detailed schedule. Comprehensive news, previews and past highlights can be found on NBCOlympics.com.

Alpine Skiing
The men’s downhill will be the first Alpine skiing event to be contested on Day 2 in Sochi. American Bode Miller looks to improve on his bronze-medal finish in the event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Lindsey Vonn will likely see her first competition on Monday, Feb. 10 (2 am, ET) during the women’s super combined. First event: Men’s downhill (Feb. 9 at 2 am, ET)
See full Alpine schedule

The United States has never won an Olympic medal in biathlon. American hopes rest with Tim Burke, silver medalist at the 2013 World Championships. The debut of the mixed relay will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (9:30 am, ET). First event: Men’s 10km sprint (Feb. 8 at 9:30 am, ET)
See full biathlon schedule

American Steven Holcomb piloted the United States to its first Olympic bobsled gold medal since 1948 in Vancouver. He will once again be in the lead seat of "Night Train" to defend the men’s 4-man Olympic title in Sochi. First event: Men’s 2-man (Feb. 16 at 11:15 am, ET)
See full bobsled schedule

The United States has only one Olympic medal in cross-country and that came during the 1976 Innsbruck Games by Bill Koch. The best chance for the U.S. to grab a second medal will come in the women’s team sprint (Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4:15 am, ET) where Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall are the defending world champions. First event: Women’s skiathlon (Feb. 8 at 5 am, ET)
See full cross-country schedule

Canada is the two-time defending Olympic champion in men’s curling while the Swedish women have won the last two Olympic gold medals. The U.S. men have yet to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with their final chance coming in December while the American women will be in Sochi but have never won a medal. First event: Men’s/Women’s round robin (Monday, Feb. 10 at 12 am, ET)
See full curling schedule

Figure Skating
Added to the Olympic figure skating program in 2014 is the team competition, which kicks off two days before Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 am, ET. The best American hopes for a figure skating medal comes in ice dancing with defending world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10:00 am, ET). First event: Team (Feb. 6 at 10:30 am, ET)
See full figure skating schedule

Freestyle Skiing
Four new events have been added to the freestyle skiing program for Sochi: Men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe. Defending Olympic and world champion Hannah Kearney goes for her second consecutive gold medal in women’s moguls. First event: Women’s moguls qualification(Feb. 6 at 9:00 am, ET)
See full freestyle skiing schedule

If history is any indication Canada and the United States will likely vie for the gold medal in the women’s hockey competition. On the men’s side, defending Olympic champions Canada is a strong contender as are the United States and host Russia, led by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. First event: Women’s group phase (Feb. 8 at 3:00 am, ET)
See full hockey schedule

Germany’s dominance in luge is expected to continue in Sochi. During the 2013 World Luge Championships, Germany took gold and silver in men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles, and was crowned champion in the team relay, new to the Olympic program for 2014. First event: Men’s singles(Feb. 8 at 9:30 am, ET)
See full luge schedule

Nordic Combined
An American-born athlete dominated the headlines at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Jason Lamy Chappuis, born in Missoula, Montana, took the gold medal in the individual normal hill event and guided his French squad to the team relay title. First event: Men’s normal hill (Feb. 12 at 4:30 am, ET)
See full Nordic combined schedule

Short Track
The question surrounding the U.S. team is who will replace Apolo Ohno and Katherine Reutter, who both announced their retirements from short track competition following outstanding performances during the Vancouver Olympics. J.R. Celski, double bronze medalist in 2010, could be the next Apolo Ohno. First event: Men’s 1500m Final (4:45 am, ET)
See full short track schedule

After announcing her retirement following a fourth-place finish in Vancouver, Noelle Pikus-Pace is on the comeback trail. The 2004-05 World Cup champion won two of the final three races of the 2012-13 season and looks poised to capture her first Olympic medal. First event: Women’s (Feb. 13 at 2:30 am, ET)
See full skeleton schedule

Ski Jumping
One of the more intriguing storylines heading into Sochi is the rivalry between American Sarah Hendrickson and Sara Takanashi of Japan. Hendrickson won the 2013 World Championship while Takanashi claimed the overall World Cup crown. Sochi marks the first time there has been a women’s competition in ski jumping. First event: Men’s individual normal hill (Feb. 8 at 11:30 am, ET)
See full ski jumping schedule

Action sport icon Shaun White is back to continue his dominance in the halfpipe event. The American has taken the gold medal in 2010 and 2006, the first year snowboarding was included in the Olympic program. White can add to his medal total in slopestyle, one of 12 new events for Sochi. First event: Men’s and women’s slopestyle qualifying (Feb. 8 at 3:45 am, ET)
See full snowboarding schedule

Speed Skating
Coming into the Vancouver Olympics, no athlete had repeated as champion at the 1000m distance until American Shani Davis claimed his second consecutive gold medal in 2010. Davis has a chance to win his third straight Olympic championship on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9:00 am, ET. First event: Men’s 5000m (Feb. 8 at 8:30 am, ET)
See full speed skating schedule