Opening ceremony, skiing and snowboarding highlight Winter Olympics viewing this weekend
More than 90 countries sent roughly 2,900 athletes to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics, which officially marks Friday, Feb. 9, as the opening. There are 102 events - most in Olympic history - including four making their debuts: big air snowboarding, mass start speedskating, mixed doubles curling and a mixed team event in Alpine skiing.
Two-hundred forty-three athletes will represent the United States. There are 135 men and 108 women, the closest the team has come to parity at the Winter Games.
Events will be shown on NBC, along with NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USA and the Olympic Channel. Live-streaming of all events is available at NBCOlympics.com or via the NBC app.
Here's a viewing guide through the weekend with events and broadcast times listed in Central Standard Time. Unless indicated as LIVE, events are tape-delayed.Friday, Feb. 9
What to watch: Easy choice. The quandary comes in choosing how to watch the Opening Ceremonies: via live streaming at 5 a.m. or as a prepackaged, prime-time event. Either way, expect cold performers, cold athletes and cold spectators; North and South Korea marching in together under the Unification Flag; and the U.S. team sporting some eye-catching gloves.
TV schedule: NBC
7-10 p.m. Opening ceremonySaturday, Feb. 10
What to watch: American Red Gerard was atop the snowboard slopestyle World Cup rankings in 2017, and he's there again going into PyeongChang: The 17-year-old holds a 450-point lead over Marcus Kleveland of Norway. Short-track speedskating begins, and the South Koreans are sure to go bonkers for their favorite sport, especially if the home team wins a medal.
2-5 p.m. Men's snowboarding, slopestyle; short-track speedskating, men's 1,500-meter gold; men's ski jumping normal hill gold; men's luge, singles
7-10 p.m. Figure skating, team event, ice dancing and women's short programs (LIVE); men's downhill gold
10:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, team event, pairs free skate (LIVE)
1-4 a.m. Women's cross-country, skiathlon gold (LIVE); mixed doubles curling, U.S.-China
4-6:35 a.m. Men's short-track speedskating, 1,500 gold (LIVE)
6:35-10:30 a.m. Men's ski jumping, normal hill gold (LIVE); men's snowboarding, slopestyle
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Men's luge, singles
12-4 p.m. Women's speedskating, 3,000 gold; women's biathlon, 7.5km sprint gold; mixed doubles curling, U.S.-Norway
6-8:45 p.m. Men's snowboarding, slopestyle gold (LIVE)
8:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mixed doubles curling, U.S.-Finland; women's snowboarding, slopestyle (LIVE)
12:30-1:40 a.m. Mixed doubles curling, Canada-South Korea
6-8:30 a.m. Women's hockey, Switzerland-Koreas (LIVE)Sunday, Feb. 11
What to watch: American Mikaela Shiffrin is the best slalom skier in the world - in fact, the best skier in the world period. Defending champion Jamie Anderson and Olympic rookies Julia Marino and Hailey Langland are capable of a U.S. sweep in slopestyle snowboarding.
2-5 p.m. Men's speedskating, 5,000-meter gold; men's biathlon, 10km sprint gold; men's cross-country, skiathlon gold
6-10 p.m. Figure skating, team event, men's, women's, dance free skates, gold (LIVE); women's skiing, giant slalom (LIVE); women's freestyle skiing, moguls gold; women's snowboarding, slopestyle gold; men's luge, singles gold
10:35 p.m.-12 a.m. Women's skiing, giant slalom gold (LIVE); women's snowboarding, halfpipe (LIVE)
1:40-4 a.m. Women's hockey, U.S.-Finland (LIVE)
4-8 a.m. Men's biathlon, 10km sprint gold (LIVE); men's speedskating, 5,000 gold; men's cross-country, skiathlon gold
12:30-4:30 p.m. Mixed doubles curling, tiebreaker; men's luge, singles gold
4:30-7 p.m. Men's biathlon, 10km sprint gold
7-10:30 p.m. Women's snowboarding, slopestyle gold (LIVE); mixed doubles curling, semifinal
10:30 p.m.-1:40 a.m. Men's speedskating, 5,000 gold
6-8:30 a.m. Women's hockey, Canada-OAR (LIVE)