NBC/NBCSN to Air 52 Hours of Paralympics Coverage

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Wondering when and where to find the 2014 Winter Paralympics on American television? NBC Olympics is offering what it calls an “unprecedented” 52 hours of coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN. The 52 hours includes 27 hours of live coverage, which will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Those hoping to watch the action as it unfolds will need a cable or satellite subscription as 48 of the 52 hours will be shown on NBCSN. And if you do have cable, you may want to set your DVR because you likely won’t be awake or will be away from home. Many of the live events happen in the overnight hours. Similarly, much of the studio coverage takes place midday during the time many folks are at work or late night after bedtime.

The main NBC network will carry four hours of coverage, and the only actual event that will air is the sled (sledge) hockey gold medal game on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

Though coverage may be limited and at inconvenient times of day, it is progress compared to the 5.5 total hours (and no live coverage) that the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London received.

All five Paralympic winter sports—alpine skiing (which includes snowboarding), cross-country skiing, biathlon, wheelchair curling and sled hockey—will be covered. An estimated 77 athletes from Team USA will compete. The games will feature a total of nearly 700 athletes from 45 countries. There are 72 medal events (34 men, 34 women and four mixed). TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games.

 

Here is the full TV coverage schedule:

 

Date

Coverage

Network

Time (ET)

Fri., March 7

Opening Ceremony – Live

NBCSN

11 a.m.

Sat., March 8

Alpine Skiing (Downhill) – Live

NBCSN

1 a.m.

 

Opening Ceremony

NBC

1 p.m.

 

Paralympics Day 1 Studio Coverage

NBCSN

5:30 p.m.

Sun., March 9

Cross-Country Skiing – Live

NBCSN

1 a.m.

 

Paralympics Day 2 Studio Coverage

NBCSN

11 p.m.

Mon., March 10

Alpine Skiing (Super G) – Live

NBCSN

2 a.m.

 

Paralympics Day 3 Studio Coverage

NBCSN

Noon

Tue., March 11

Biathlon – Live

NBCSN

2 a.m.

 

Sled Hockey – Team USA vs. Russia

NBCSN

3 p.m.

Wed., March 12

Wheelchair Curling – Team USA vs. China – Live

NBCSN

1:30 a.m.

 

Paralympics Day 5 Studio Coverage

NBCSN

3 p.m.

Thu., March 13

Sled Hockey Semifinal – Live

NBCSN

5 a.m.

 

Sled Hockey Semifinal – Live

NBCSN

Noon

Fri., March 14

Snowboarding

NBCSN

3 a.m.

 

Paralympics Day 7 Studio Coverage

NBCSN

11:30 p.m.

Sat., March 15

Cross-Country Skiing – Live

NBCSN

3:30 a.m.

 

Sled Hockey Final

NBC

1 p.m.

 

Wheelchair Curling Final

NBCSN

6:30 p.m.

Sun., March 16

Alpine Skiing (Giant Slalom) – Live

NBCSN

4:30 a.m.

 

Closing Ceremony

NBCSN

3:30 p.m.

Sat., March 22

2014 Sochi Paralympic Games Review Show

NBC

1 p.m.

 

About the Author

Cindy Horbrook is the associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Respiratory & Sleep Management magazines.