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2014 SOCHI WINTER GAMES – FEB. 23 NBC DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS

Nancy & Tonya Debuts Prior to the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Tonight at 7/6c on NBC

Closing Ceremony Hosted by Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Vladimir Pozner

Stamford, Conn. – February 23, 2014 - NBC’s primetime coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games tonight at 7/6c is highlighted by the special documentary Nancy & Tonya, in which Mary Carillo looks back at the events surrounding the ladies’ figure skating competition at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, one of the most dramatic events in Winter Olympics history. The documentary features an exclusive sit-down with Nancy Kerrigan and a one-on-one interview with Tonya Harding. For more information, click here.

Immediately following Nancy & Tonya, NBC presents coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games beginning at 8:30/7:30c. Hosted by Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Vladimir Pozner, the Closing Ceremony will include the parade of flags and athletes from countries participating in the Sochi Games. The Olympic flag will be turned over to Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and the Closing Ceremony culminates with the extinguishment of the Olympic flame. Growing Up Fisher, a comedy from creator DJ Nash starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will debut at 10:30/9:30c following coverage of the Closing Ceremony.

Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 24, NBCSN premieres NASCAR AMERICA, a new 30-minute daily show dedicated to the nation’s longstanding fascination with speed and stock car racing at 5 p.m. ET. NASCAR AMERICA will cover the sport from all angles, delivering news, highlights and access to NASCAR’s dynamic stars and personalities.

FOLLOWING ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S LIVE NBC COVERAGE OF THE CANADA-SWEDEN MEN’S HOCKEY GOLD MEDAL GAME:

Canadian men’s hockey captain Sidney Crosby: “We played together the whole time. Great defensive hockey… We got better with each game and that was the most important thing… I think all along we believed in ourselves and knew we had to keep getting better and didn’t have a lot of time. In one game anything can happen and we were at our best when we needed it the most the last few games. .. Just the way this whole group played and stayed poised… We all believed in one another and the way we needed to play and stuck with it. Nobody changed anything and that says a lot about the group of guys here.”

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick on the men’s hockey medal ceremony: “Gold medal. Canada… It is a long wait, isn’t it, when you have lost this game? And the time goes so fast when you’ve won it.”

Jeremy Roenick on the pressure on the Canadian men’s hockey team to win the gold: “If they don’t win this game, it’s going to be front page news all over Canada.”

Mike Milbury on why Team Canada won the gold medal: “It was the hardest working team in the tournament, not only the most talented. But as this tournament went along, they came together with a purpose. When you have guys that come together with a purpose – and by purpose, I mean a purpose to check the puck and obstruct the opposition but also with the ability to turn around and make something offensively happen after that – you’ve got a team that’s tough to beat – in this case, impossible to beat.”

Roenick on Canada’s men’s hockey team performance: “I can’t remember watching a team that had so many star players that I can honestly say not one of them had a bad tournament. Not one of them played badly, they all came together and they all worked the same way. They worked the system. Defensively, they made it impossible for teams to score against them – three goals in six games is a tribute to how well they played… If one guy got beat, his teammate bailed him out.”

Liam McHugh on the Canada’s men’s hockey team: “This team picture perfect here in Sochi, the first undefeated Olympic champions since the Soviet team ran the table in 1984.”

Milbury on his Sochi experience: “It was a terrific event hosted by some very organized people. Security was special. The hotel was good. No complaints from me about this particular Olympics.”

Roenick on his Sochi experience: “The venues were spectacular. I think the events were spectacular. We had great hockey. The people in Russia couldn’t have been more hospitable to us. I had a blast.”

Milbury on Canadian men’s hockey forward Jonathan Toews: “This guy has been a wonder in every situation – whether it’s a faceoff, penalty kill, power play – you just call his name and you can trust that he’s going to get the job done.”

Emrick on his voice breaking: “Occasionally, I do apologize, once in a while my voice breaks. I guess I get too excited and maybe I’ve had a lot of games, but I apologize. I don’t like that when it happens but there it is… I sounded like I was 12 for a minute didn’t I? Okay, that’s about what I sounded like when I was 12.”

Milbury on Sweden’s forward Jimmie Ericsson on replacing Nicklas Backstrom, who reportedly tested positive for a banned substance, in the men’s hockey gold medal final: “He needs a trampoline to step up here.”

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