NBC Begins Extensive Coverage of 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials, 11/16
Beginning Thursday, November 16, NBC Olympics will present an unprecedented 51.5 total hours of coverage of the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app - including more than 42 hours of live coverage - in the months leading up to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. NBC Olympics' Trials coverage spans five sports - curling, speed skating, short track, ice hockey, and ski jumping.Yesterday, NBCUniversal celebrated the 100-day countdown to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games with Olympic athlete appearances across the NBCU portfolio. NBC Olympics' 51.5 hours of comprehensive coverage marks the most ever for the U.S. Olympic Trials on the winter side, topping the 32 hours of coverage in 2014. The Trials will feature some of the most anticipated stories and athletes of the PyeongChang Olympics, including short track speed skater and three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski, a 2014 silver medalist in the men's 5000 relay; long track speed skater Heather Bergsma, who won two world titles in 2017; and two pre-Olympic contests between the Canadian and U.S. women's hockey teams. The 2018 Olympic Winter Games mark the 20th anniversary of Team USA's gold-medal performance in the debut of women's ice hockey in 1998. Trials coverage begins on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with CURLING finals from Omaha, Neb., and concludes on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. ET with speed skating from Milwaukee, Wis. Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Pete Fenson (analyst) and Trenni Kusneirek (reporter) will provide coverage of the CURLING Trials on-site from Baxter Arena in Omaha beginning Nov. 16. In addition to streaming NBCSN's coverage of the CURLING Trials, there will also be digital-only live streaming of 30-plus early-round games on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app from Nov. 11-15. Supplemental digital-only coverage of the Short Track and Speed Skating Trials in December and January will be available on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app - NBC Sports Group's live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs - will provide streaming coverage of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. CURLING - THURSDAY, NOV. 16, AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN NBCSN will present 31 hours of CURLING Trials coverage from Omaha, Neb., (men's and women's finals), and Blaine, Minn. (mixed doubles). Coverage of the men's and women's finals begins Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and concludes on NBCSN on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN's coverage of mixed doubles from Minnesota begins Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. from Fogerty Arena. Coverage concludes with the mixed doubles final on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Three women's and four men's teams will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials at Baxter Arena on Nov. 16. The field includes six Olympians, including 2006 bronze medalist John Shuster. The men's field also features Team McCormick, the top-performing U.S. men's team on the World CURLING Tour this past season, skipped by Heath McCormick. Headlining the women's field are Team Sinclair, led by skip Jamie Sinclair, which placed first in the 2017 National Championships, and the Nina Roth rink, which placed fifth at the 2017 World Championships. Eight teams will compete at THE U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS for Mixed Doubles CURLING in Blaine. Brother-sister duo Matt and Becca Hamilton, who earned a spot for the U.S. in the Olympic tournament at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles CURLING Championships, headline the field.