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2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and Day 1 TV and Announcer Schedule

The networks of NBCUniversal — NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA — will present the most live Winter Olympics ever, when the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, begin on Feb. 8.

Figure skating, alpine skiing, or snowboarding will be featured live in primetime every night on NBC from Thursday, Feb. 8, to Saturday, Feb. 25, (excluding Feb. 9, which will feature the Opening Ceremony), as viewers across the country will watch the likes of Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, Nathan Chen, Shaun White, and Chloe Kim pursue Olympic gold.

For the first time ever at a Winter Olympics, NBC will broadcast Olympic primetime competition live across all time zones. Whether daytime, primetime or “Primetime Plus” (formerly the late night show), all U.S. viewers will be able to watch NBC’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, at the same time.

NBCOlympics.com will offer live streaming of the NBC broadcast network, including primetime and Primetime Plus, and NBCSN will air live primetime coverage, both firsts at a Winter Games.

Highlights of Opening Ceremony and Day 1 Events:

This marks the first time a South Korean city has staged a Winter Games; Seoul was the summer host in 1988.

For the first time, NBC Olympics will live stream an Opening Ceremony. The live digital coverage from PyeongChang will begin Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Award-winning journalist Katie Couric returns to NBC to co-host the Opening Ceremony for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, joining host Mike Tirico in the booth at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. This will be Couric’s fourth Olympics Opening Ceremony assignment with NBC Sports; it’s also Tirico’s first Opening Ceremony, he had also hosted the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In Alpine Skiing (on NBC Feb. 10), the “Attacking Vikings” of Norway – led by three-time Olympic medalist Aksel Lund Svindal – are among those seeking to prevent Austria’s Matthias Mayer from becoming the first repeat Olympic champion in the men’s downhill.

South Korean-born Viktor Ahn, now representing Olympic Athlete(s) from Russia, could become the most decorated Olympic short track skater of all time. Ghana-born and Virginia-raised Maame Biney, 18, leads Team USA in the women’s 500m of short track. (NBC and NBCSN Feb. 10)

In the men’s slopestyle final of snowboarding (NBCSN), a medal-contending trio from Canada includes 2014 Sochi bronze medalist Mark McMorris, competing less than a year after a near-death snowboarding accident. The top U.S. contender is Chris Corning.

Women’s slopestyle kicks off with qualifying rounds (on NBCSN). Defending Olympic champion Jamie Anderson leads a strong U.S. contingent that includes 20-year-old Julia Marino and 17-year-old Hailey Langland.

For luge (on NBCSN), Team USA has outside contenders in Chris Mazdzer and 2014 Olympian Tucker West, but 2017 world champion Wolfgang Kindl from Austria and 2010 and 2014 Olympic champ Felix Loch from Germany are the sliders to beat.

The women’s 3,000m speed skating event (on NBCSN) features two racing legends who’ve combined to win 17 Olympic medals: Ireen Wuest (8) of the Netherlands and Claudia Pechstein (9) of Germany.

Vermont native Susan Dunklee could give Team USA its first-ever Olympic medal in the sport of biathlon as she competes in the women’s 7.5km sprint event (on NBCSN).

The following are the events including dates, start times, TV networks and announcers. All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

NBC 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
Hosts: Mike Tirico, Katie Couric

NBC Primetime Encore
9 p.m. – Midnight (MT)
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. (PT)
12:38 a.m. – 3:38 a.m. (ET)
11:38 p.m. – 2:38 a.m. (CT)
NBC Primetime Encore 2
1:38 a.m. – 4:38 a.m. (MT)
12:38 a.m. – 3:38 a.m. (PT)


Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

NBC 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Competition
Announcers: Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), Tina Dixon (reporter)

Short Track Speed Skating Gold Medal Final
Announcers: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Apolo Ohno (analyst), Andrea Joyce (reporter)

Men’s Ski Jumping Individual Normal Hill Gold Medal Final
Announcers: Paul Burmeister (play-by-play), Johnny Spillane (analyst), Abby Chin (reporter)

Men’s Luge Singles Competition
Announcers: Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Duncan Kennedy (analyst), Lewis Johnson (reporter)

NBC 8:00-11:00 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (MT) / 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (PT)

Figure Skating
Team Event (LIVE)
Ice Dancing Short Dance
Ladies’ Short Program
Announcers: Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Tara Lipinski (analyst), Johnny Weir (analyst), Tanith White (analyst), Andrea Joyce (reporter)

Men’s Alpine Skiing Downhill Gold Medal Final
Announcers: Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Bode Miller (analyst), Steve Porino (on-course reporter), Heather Cox (reporter)

NBC 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Figure Skating
Team Event (LIVE)
Pairs’ Free Skate
Announcers: Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Tara Lipinski (analyst), Johnny Weir (analyst), Tanith White (analyst), Andrea Joyce (reporter)

NBC Primetime Encore
9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (PT)
11 p.m. – 2 a.m. (MT)
12:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. (ET)
11:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. (CT)

NBC Primetime Encore 2
2 a.m. – 5 a.m. (MT)
1 a.m. – 4 a.m. (PT)

NBCSN 2:00-5:00 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country Skiathlon Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Announcers: Al Trautwig (play-by-play), Chad Salmela (analyst)

Mixed Doubles Curling U.S. vs. China
Announcers: Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Kevin Martin (analyst), Trenni Kusnierek (reporter)

NBCSN 5:00-7:35 a.m.

Short Track Speed Skating Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Announcers: Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Apolo Ohno (analyst), Andrea Joyce (reporter)

NBCSN 7:35-11:30 a.m.

Men’s Ski Jumping Individual Normal Hill Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Announcers: Paul Burmeister (play-by-play), Johnny Spillane (analyst), Abby Chin (reporter)

Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Competition
Announcers: Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), Tina Dixon (reporter)

NBCSN 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Men’s Luge Singles Competition
Announcers: Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Duncan Kennedy (analyst), Lewis Johnson (reporter)

NBCSN 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Women’s Speed Skating 3000m Gold Medal Final
Announcers: Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Joey Cheek (analyst), Steve Sands (reporter)

Women’s Biathlon 7.5km Sprint Gold Medal Final
Announcers: Steve Schlanger (play-by-play), Chad Salmela (analyst), Damon Hack (reporter)

Mixed Doubles Curling U.S. vs. Norway
Announcers: Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Kevin Martin (analyst), Trenni Kusnierek (reporter)

NBCSN 7:00-9:45 p.m.

Olympic Ice
Hosted by Liam McHugh and Tanith White. With analyst Scott Hamilton

Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Announcers: Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), Tina Dixon (reporter)

NBCSN 9:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Mixed Doubles Curling U.S. vs. Finland
Announcers: Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Kevin Martin (analyst), Trenni Kusnierek (reporter)

Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Competition (LIVE)
Announcers: Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), Tina Dixon (reporter)

NBCSN 1:30-2:40 a.m.

Mixed Doubles Curling Canada vs. South Korea
Announcers: Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Kevin Martin (analyst), Trenni Kusnierek (reporter)

USA Network 7:00-9:30 a.m.

Women’s Ice Hockey Switzerland vs. South Korea (LIVE)
Announcers: John Walton (play-by-play), AJ Mleczko (analyst), Leila Rahimi (reporter)

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

5:00-7:00 a.m.: Medal Ceremonies (LIVE)
7:00-10:00 a.m.: Olympic Channel News
10:00 a.m.-noon: Olympic Channel News
noon-12:30 p.m.: Winter Olympics Daily
12:30-1:00 p.m.: Winter Olympics Daily (Encore)
1:00-6:00 p.m.: Olympic Channel News
6:00-6:30 p.m.: Winter Olympics Daily
6:30-7:00 p.m.: Winter Olympics Daily (Encore)
7:00-11:00 p.m.: Olympic Channel News
11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.: Olympic Channel News

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. You can watch winter Olympics opening ceremony live online on BBC. The official broadcaster of winter Olympics. However this channel is only available in UK. So, if you outside from UK you need to connect UK server via PureVPN and break Geo-restriction.