Olympic calendar

February 08, 2002|By CANDUS THOMSON AND KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG

Friday, Feb. 8

NBC 8-11:30 p.m.

Opening ceremony, ski jumping

What to watch: Competition begins before the opening ceremony does. The qualifying round for the K90, or "normal" hill ski jumping, takes off from Utah Olympic Park in Park City. A good jump from start to finish will cover about 300 feet. In the evening, the Winter Games take off with the lighting of the caldron from Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium (above) in Salt Lake City.

Saturday, Feb. 9

NBC 3-6 p.m. Speed skating, cross-country skiing

8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, freestyle skiing, ski jumping

12 - 12:30 a.m. Olympic late night

CNBC 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Men's hockey

What to watch: Imagine skiing as fast as you can over snow hills that resemble Volkswagen Beetles. Throw in a couple of wacky jumps. That's the moguls competition, where this year ladies go first. Nearby, the men ski and jump in the K90 nordic combined at Utah Olympic Park. Down in the valley, men's hockey competition begins, pairs figure skating runs its short program and male speed skaters endure the 5,000-meter race.

Sunday, Feb. 10

NBC 3-5 p.m. Snowboarding, speed skating

8-11:30 p.m. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, luge, ski jumping, nordic combined

12:05 - 12:35 a.m. Olympic late night

CNBC 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Men's hockey

What to watch: It's all downhill for Bode Miller, America's best hope for a medal in the fastest sport on skis on what athletes call one of the toughest courses they've ever seen. Ski jumpers will finish the K90 competition, while nearby the men's luge singles begin. Female snowboarders run the ice-covered tube known as the halfpipe, and female speed skaters try to outlast each other in the 3,000-meter race.

Monday, Feb. 11

NBC 4-5 p.m. Snowboarding, luge

8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding, luge, speed skating

12:05- 1:35 a.m.Olympic late night

MSNBC 1-6 p.m. Biathlon, women's hockey

CNBC 6 p.m.- Men's hockey, 12 a.m. curling

What to watch: Can Picabo Street answer the cowbell one more time? Thousands of spectators will clang and cheer on the two-time Olympic medalist as she tries to add one more trip to the podium before retiring in her favorite event, the downhill. Male snowboarders will smoke the halfpipe as male lugers go for gold and a world speed record. Biathletes of both genders find out if their aim is true in the first of five days of competition. And down in the valley, the figure skating pairs winner will be decided, curling begins and male speed skaters compete in the first day of their shortest event, the 500 meters.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

NBC 4-5 p.m. Cross-country skiing

8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, freestyle skiing, speed skating, luge, ski jumping

12:05-1:35 a.m. Olympic late night

MSNBC 1-6 p.m. Cross country skiing, women's hockey, curling

CNBC 6 p.m.- Men's hockey, 12 a.m. curling

What to watch: The U.S. women's hockey team, undefeated in exhibition play this season, begins the quest for a second consecutive gold medal with a game against Germany. Women's luge begins, and ski jumpers move from the "normal" hill to the K120 hill, where athletes experience flight for about 400 feet.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

NBC 4-5 p.m. Biathlon

8-11:30 p.m. Alpine skiing, ski jumping, speed skating, short-track speed skating, luge

12:05-1:35 a.m. Olympic late night

MSNBC 1-6 p.m. Biathlon, women's hockey, curling

CNBC 6 p.m.- Men's hockey, 12 a.m. curling

What to watch: Male ski jumpers find out what it takes to get from takeoff at the K120 ramp to a gold-medal landing, while American women learn if they're fast enough to overtake the German juggernaut in the luge finals. Skiers will search for the right mixture of speed and finesse in the men's combined. Biathletes will look for the right 02 misture as they "sprint" in the thin air at Soldier Hollow. Down in the valley, America's short-track speed skating sensation, Apolo Anton Ohno, limbers up at preliminary races.

Thursday, Feb 14

NBC 4-5 p.m. Snowboarding

8 p.m.- Figure skating, 12 a.m. alpine skiing, ski jumping, speed skating, snow- boarding

12:35-2:05 a.m. Olympic late night

MSNBC 1-6 p.m. Cross-country skiing, curling

CNBC 6 p.m.- Women's hockey, 12 a.m. curling

What to watch: Will figure skater Todd Eldredge become America's sweetheart by landing a quadruple jump and finally winning an Olympic medal at the age of 30? Or will he struggle mentally and physically and be passed by his younger American teammates and Russians Yevgeny Plushenko and Alexei Yagudin? Snowboarding tries something new by racing two competitors down the giant slalom course at a time instead of individual runs. The U.S. women's hockey team cranks it up again, this time against China, a team it crushed in exhibition play. Women put the metal to the ice in the 500-meter speed skating event.

Friday, Feb 15

NBC 4-5 p.m. Snowboarding

8-11:30 p.m. Figure skating, men's hockey, luge, snowboard- ing, nordic combined

12:05-1:35 a.m. Olympic late night, men's hockey

MSNBC 1-6 p.m. Men's hockey, cross-country skiing, curling

CNBC 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Men's hockey

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