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NBC to Air Live Coverage of 2014 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES, Beg. 3/7

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NBC to Air Live Coverage of 2014 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES, Beg. 3/7

NBC Olympics' unprecedented coverage of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with the Opening Ceremony live, hosted by 13-time Paralympic medalist Chris Waddell and veteran Olympic announcer Steve Schlanger. NBCSN's first six days of Paralympics coverage includes live alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing, as well as wheelchair curling and Team USA vs. Russia in sled hockey. TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games.

Following are highlights of the first six days of coverage:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Fri., March 7 Opening Ceremony - Live NBCSN 11 a.m.

DAY 1, SAT., MARCH 8 HIGHLIGHTS: NBCSN's live coverage begins at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday with alpine skiing featuring men's and women's visually impaired, standing and sitting downhill events. Danelle Umstead, a visually impaired skier and 2010 downhill bronze medalist, looks to win her second consecutive Paralympic medal in downhill as she competes with her husband Rob, who serves as her guide. She recently won a downhill gold medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals.

Sit-skier Alana Nichols, the first American woman to win gold medals in Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, aims for a repeat of her Vancouver Paralympics performance after becoming the most-decorated U.S. Paralympian at the Games (two gold, one silver and one bronze). Downhill marks the first of five alpine skiing events Nichols is expected to compete in. In addition, NBC presents encore coverage of the Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m. ET.

NBCSN's Paralympics studio show, hosted by Carolyn Manno and premiering at 5:30 p.m. ET, recaps the day's biggest events, providing full segments of action, competition coverage and in-depth analysis throughout the Games.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., March 8 (Day 1) Alpine Skiing (Downhill) - Live NBCSN 1 a.m.
Opening Ceremony (Encore) NBC 1 p.m.
Paralympics Day 1 Studio Coverage NBCSN 5:30 p.m.

DAY 2, SUN., MARCH 9 HIGHLIGHTS: Live coverage begins at 1 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN as Russian sitting cross-country skier and biathlete Irek Zaripov looks to maintain his dominance with a second consecutive gold in the men's 15km against teammate and 2010 Vancouver silver medalist Roman Petushkov. Studio coverage, hosted by Manno, begins at 11 p.m. ET.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sun., March 9 (Day 2) Cross-Country Skiing - Live NBCSN 1 a.m.
Paralympics Day 2 Studio Coverage NBCSN 11 p.m.

DAY 3, MON., MARCH 10 HIGHLIGHTS: NBCSN presents live super G coverage at 2 a.m. ET. 2010 super G silver medalist Alana Nichols is expected to compete against defending super G champion Claudia Loesch, of Austria.Danelle Umstead looks to make the podium in the super G after placing fourth in Vancouver. Russ Thaler hosts studio coverage at noon ET.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., March 10 (Day 3) Alpine Skiing (Super G) - Live NBCSN 2 a.m.
Paralympics Day 3 Studio Coverage NBCSN Noon

DAY 4, TUES., MARCH 11 HIGHLIGHTS: Live biathlon coverage begins at 2 a.m. ET on NBCSN as Russia looks to extend their dominance in men's 12.5 km individual sitting biathlon after sweeping the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics. Reigning champion Irek Zaripov competes alongside bronze medalist Roman Petushkov.

Defending 2010 Vancouver Paralympic sled hockey champion Team USA faces Russia on home ice in the final day of sled hockey qualifying at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Vancouver gold medalist and goaltender Steve Cash aims to continue his flawless Paralympic career after not allowing a goal in five contests in 2010 tournament - stopping all 33 shots, including a penalty shot attempt in the gold medal game. Also headlining Team USA is U.S. Army veteranRico Roman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Josh Sweeney, who come off a strong 2013 season after winning silver in the International Paralympic Committee World Sled Hockey Championship.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tue., March 11 (Day 4) Biathlon - Live NBCSN 2 a.m.
Sled Hockey - Team USA vs. Russia NBCSN 3 p.m.

DAY 5, WED., MARCH 12 HIGHLIGHTS: NBCSN presents live coverage of the wheelchair curling round robin at 1:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday as 2010 fourth-place finisher medalist Team USA faces China. Studio coverage, hosted by Thaler, begins at 3 p.m. ET.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Wed., March 12 (Day 5) Wheelchair Curling - Team USA vs. China - Live NBCSN 1:30 a.m.
Paralympics Day 5 Studio Coverage NBCSN 3 p.m.

Following is NBC and NBCSN's coverage schedule for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games:

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.

*All dates and times subject to change


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