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Some need-to-know details on NBC's Olympic coverage

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 5, 2014 04:23 PM

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For a record 10th time, Bob Costas is the prime-time Olympic host. He will be in studio when the Sochi Olympics kick off on NBC Thursday night at 8 p.m.

Al Michaels will host the weekday daytime show on NBC Sports Network and weekends on NBC. This is his seventh Olympics, and he still believes in miracles, yes.

The easiest way to find what you're looking for is on NBC's listings interactive that allows you to plug in local data (zip code, provider) and it gives you schedules accordingly.

Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe, who has made a name as the host of NBC's well-regarded Premier League coverage, will host NBCSN’s daytime weekday and weekend coverage. NBC News’ Lester Holt will host NBC’s weekday daytime coverage.

Correspondents include Ato Boldon, Mary Carillo, Cris Collinsworth, Vladimir Pozner, David Remnick, Jimmy Roberts, and Maria Sharapova, while sports desk reporters include Tanith Belbin, Ben Fogle, Willie Geist, Stephanie Gosk, Nastia Liukin, Brian Shactman, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and Sal Masekela

Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira will host the Opening Ceremonies Friday night.

Notable host, announcer and commentator assignments
Hockey: Doc Emrick, Dave Strader, and Kenny Albert are the three play-by-play voices, with Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, and AJ Mleczko serving as analysts, along with Brian Engblom.

Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen (formerly of NESN) will host studio coverage. Analysts include Jeremy Roenick, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Natalie Darwitz.

Figure skating: Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, Tracy Wilson, and Andrea Joyce will handle NBC's coverage. Because every figure skating event will air on NBCSN, NBCUniversal brought a second broadcasting team to Sochi -- Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. Nancy Kerrigan will serve as a commentator over multiple platforms.

Speed skating: Gannon also handles the short track assignment, with Apolo Anton Ohno, who knows a thing or two about the event, debuting as an analyst after competing in the last Winter Games in Vancouver. Ted Robinson is the voice of long-track speed skating, with analysts Dan Jansen and Steve Sands.

Other notables: Dan Hicks takes over the announcing duties during the Alpine skiing events. He previously called short track speed skating; Comcast SportsNet New England's Trenni Kusnierek is part of the six-person curling broadcast team; Carolyn Manno, formerly of CSNNE, is part of the freestyle skiing coverage crew, along with Jonny Mosely and the MLB Network's Matt Vasgergian.

As far as where you will find specific sports and events ...

First, NBC is streaming everything -- 1,000+ hours of events -- on NBCOlympics.com. NBC will air 185 hours of coverage during daytime, prime-time and late night -- over the 18 days. So every viewer will ostensibly be able to watch whatever they want in real-time. As for television, it breaks down like this.

NBC: The most anticipated and high-profile events will typically air on the primary network. Tonight's prime-time broadcast will include competition in the snowboard slopestyle (minus Shaun White, who bowed out Wednesday) and team figure skating, two new events. There will also be some women's freestyle moguls that will air, featuring Hannah Kearney.

Over the extent of the Olympics, prime-time coverage will include figure skating, short- and long-track speed skating, Alpine skiing, and snowboarding/freestyle among other sports. It will also feature live coverage of the men's and women's gold medal hockey games over all time zones.

NBC Sports Network: All of the figure skating will air on the 24/7 sports network, which was still Versus during the Vancouver Games four years ago. NBCSN, which will broadcast 230 total hours of coverage, also serves as the home for Team USA. Ten other sports will be broadcast live at various times on NBCSN, including speed skating, bobsled, ski jumping, and Nordic combined.

The cable news channel will be used as the primary hockey outlet, broadcasting live coverage on 11 of 12 days, including medal rounds.

USA Network: Features medal-round hockey and curling. Will also carry three Team Canada hockey games.

CNBC: Let's call it curling central.

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