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NBC OLYMPICS LIVE COVERAGE OF 2014 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES BEGINS FRIDAY AT 11 A.M. ET WITH OPENING CEREMONY

NBCSN’s Live Saturday Coverage Begins at 1 a.m. ET & Features Alpine Skiing: Danelle Umstead to Compete in Downhill Visually Impaired with Guide and Husband Rob; Alana Nichols, Most-Decorated 2010 U.S. Paralympian, Looking to Repeat Downhill Sitting Gold

First Week Features Team USA vs. Russia in Sled Hockey Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – March 5, 2014 – NBC Olympics’ unprecedented coverage of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with the Opening Ceremony live, hosted by 13-time Paralympic medalist Chris Waddell and veteran Olympic announcer Steve Schlanger. NBCSN’s first six days of Paralympics coverage includes live alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing, as well as wheelchair curling and Team USA vs. Russia in sled hockey. TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games.

Following are highlights of the first six days of coverage:

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Fri., March 7Opening Ceremony - LiveNBCSN11 a.m.

DAY 1, SAT., MARCH 8 HIGHLIGHTS: NBCSN’s live coverage begins at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday with alpine skiing featuring men’s and women’s visually impaired, standing and sitting downhill events. Danelle Umstead, a visually impaired skier and 2010 downhill bronze medalist, looks to win her second consecutive Paralympic medal in downhill as she competes with her husband Rob, who serves as her guide. She recently won a downhill gold medal at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals.

Sit-skier Alana Nichols, the first American woman to win gold medals in Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, aims for a repeat of her Vancouver Paralympics performance after becoming the most-decorated U.S. Paralympian at the Games (two gold, one silver and one bronze). Downhill marks the first of five alpine skiing events Nichols is expected to compete in. In addition, NBC presents encore coverage of the Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s Paralympics studio show, hosted by Carolyn Manno and premiering at 5:30 p.m. ET, recaps the day’s biggest events, providing full segments of action, competition coverage and in-depth analysis throughout the Games.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Sat., March 8 (Day 1)Alpine Skiing (Downhill) - LiveNBCSN1 a.m.
Opening Ceremony (Encore)NBC1 p.m.
Paralympics Day 1 Studio CoverageNBCSN5:30 p.m.

DAY 2, SUN., MARCH 9 HIGHLIGHTS: Live coverage begins at 1 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN as Russian sitting cross-country skier and biathlete Irek Zaripov looks to maintain his dominance with a second consecutive gold in the men’s 15km against teammate and 2010 Vancouver silver medalist Roman Petushkov. Studio coverage, hosted by Manno, begins at 11 p.m. ET.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Sun., March 9 (Day 2)Cross-Country Skiing - LiveNBCSN1 a.m.
Paralympics Day 2 Studio CoverageNBCSN11 p.m.

DAY 3, MON., MARCH 10 HIGHLIGHTS: NBCSN presents live super G coverage at 2 a.m. ET. 2010 super G silver medalist Alana Nichols is expected to compete against defending super G champion Claudia Loesch, of Austria. Danelle Umstead looks to make the podium in the super G after placing fourth in Vancouver. Russ Thaler hosts studio coverage at noon ET.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Mon., March 10 (Day 3)Alpine Skiing (Super G) - LiveNBCSN2 a.m.
Paralympics Day 3 Studio CoverageNBCSNNoon

DAY 4, TUES., MARCH 11 HIGHLIGHTS: Live biathlon coverage begins at 2 a.m. ET on NBCSN as Russia looks to extend their dominance in men’s 12.5 km individual sitting biathlon after sweeping the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics. Reigning champion Irek Zaripov competes alongside bronze medalist Roman Petushkov.

Defending 2010 Vancouver Paralympic sled hockey champion Team USA faces Russia on home ice in the final day of sled hockey qualifying at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Vancouver gold medalist and goaltender Steve Cash aims to continue his flawless Paralympic career after not allowing a goal in five contests in 2010 tournament – stopping all 33 shots, including a penalty shot attempt in the gold medal game. Also headlining Team USA is U.S. Army veteran Rico Roman and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Josh Sweeney, who come off a strong 2013 season after winning silver in the International Paralympic Committee World Sled Hockey Championship.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Tue., March 11 (Day 4)Biathlon - LiveNBCSN2 a.m.
Sled Hockey – Team USA vs. RussiaNBCSN3 p.m.

DAY 5, WED., MARCH 12 HIGHLIGHTS: NBCSN presents live coverage of the wheelchair curling round robin at 1:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday as 2010 fourth-place finisher medalist Team USA faces China. Studio coverage, hosted by Thaler, begins at 3 p.m. ET.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Wed., March 12 (Day 5)Wheelchair Curling – Team USA vs. China - LiveNBCSN1:30 a.m.
Paralympics Day 5 Studio CoverageNBCSN3 p.m.

Following is NBC and NBCSN’s coverage schedule for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games:

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Fri., March 7Opening Ceremony - LiveNBCSN11 a.m.
Sat., March 8Alpine Skiing (Downhill) - LiveNBCSN1 a.m.
Opening CeremonyNBC1 p.m.
Paralympics Day 1 Studio CoverageNBCSN5:30 p.m.
Sun., March 9Cross-Country Skiing - LiveNBCSN1 a.m.
Paralympics Day 2 Studio CoverageNBCSN11 p.m.
Mon., March 10Alpine Skiing (Super G) - LiveNBCSN2 a.m.
Paralympics Day 3 Studio CoverageNBCSNNoon
Tue., March 11Biathlon - LiveNBCSN2 a.m.
Sled Hockey – Team USA vs. RussiaNBCSN3 p.m.
Wed., March 12Wheelchair Curling – Team USA vs. China - LiveNBCSN1:30 a.m.
Paralympics Day 5 Studio CoverageNBCSN3 p.m.
Thu., March 13Sled Hockey Semifinal - LiveNBCSN5 a.m.
Sled Hockey Semifinal - LiveNBCSNNoon
Fri., March 14SnowboardingNBCSN3 a.m.
Paralympics Day 7 Studio CoverageNBCSN11:30 p.m.
Sat., March 15Cross-Country Skiing - LiveNBCSN3:30 a.m.
Sled Hockey FinalNBC1 p.m.
Wheelchair Curling FinalNBCSN6:30 p.m.
Sun., March 16Alpine Skiing (Giant Slalom) - LiveNBCSN4:30 a.m.
Closing CeremonyNBCSN3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 222014 Sochi Paralympic Games Review ShowNBC1 p.m.

*All dates and times subject to change

For more information on NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee’s overall coverage of the 2014 Paralympics, click here.

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