Curling has no right to be an entertaining TV sport, but thanks in large part to the way NBC and its sister networks have covered it in recent Winter Olympics, it’s attained a rather sizable cult following.
Aficionados of the stone-and-broom sport can get their fix starting Tuesday (Feb. 16), when the curling competition for both men and women begins and USA and CNBC both devote several hours to it. Analyst Don Duguid — whose enthusiasm for the sport and ability to explain things to newcomers without sounding like he’s talking down to them is a big part curling’s appeal — will be back calling the competition. He teams with Andrew Catalon, who takes over play-by-play for the late Don Chevrier, Duguid’s long-time broadcast partner.
Also Tuesday, the men’s figure skating competition begins, and Lindsey Jacobellis tries to claim the gold she lost in 2006 in women’s snowboard cross.
Daytime: Only two hours during the afternoon for NBC (3-5 p.m. ET/PT), but it’s live for the eastern half of the country. Coverage will focus on biathlon with the men’s 12.5k and the women’s 10k.
Primetime: In the 8 p.m.-midnight (ET/PT) block, the male figure skaters — including Americans Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir — take the ice for the short program, live back east. The women’s snowboard cross will also be shown in primetime, as will the women’s 500 meters in speed skating. The men’s super combined ski event was scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed because of weather.
Late night: Coverage of the women’s luge finals, 12:30-2 a.m. ET/PT.
Live coverage of the U.S. men’s first curling match vs. Germany from noon-3 p.m. ET (9 a.m.-noon PT), followed by the first game for the U.S. men’s hockey team vs. Switzerland at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.
The U.S. women’s hockey team takes on Russia at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 PT.
Women’s curling, with the U.S. vs. Japan, at 5 p.m. ET/2 PT, followed by Canada vs. Norway in men’s hockey at 8 ET/5 PT, and Finland vs. China in women’s hockey at 10 ET/7 PT.
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