2014 Sochi Olympics: What to Watch February 6 Through February 9
2014 Sochi Olympics: What to Watch February 6 Through February 9
Eva Des Lauriers
Eva Des Lauriers
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
With so many events in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including eight new events, it can be difficult to keep track of which are worth watching and when they will be airing. Therefore, we have compiled a preview guide to highlight the events that start airing tonight on NBC. 

Thursday, February 6

Primetime (8:00pm-11:00pm):

Snowboarding Slopestyle, Men's and Women's Qualifying Rounds
One of the new events debuting at the games, this should prove to be interesting with the variety of tricks the athletes will be expected to perform. Jamie Anderson of Team USA is favored to win the gold in the Women's event. Unfortunately you will not see Shaun White in these events as he had to back out until the halfpipe event with a wrist injury. 

Figure Skating, Team Event-Men's Short Program and Pairs Short Program
Another new event this year, the figure skating team event kicks off with the men's short program and pairs short program. National champion Jeremy Abbott will be representing Team USA in the men's short. Two-time national champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir will perform the pairs skate for Team USA. 

Friday, February 7

Opening Ceremony, 7:30pm
The opening ceremonies are always a grand and exciting affair. Though they tend to run long and can veer into strange performances, they are always entertaining. Plus we will see the debut of the bizarre outfits Team USA will be sporting.

Saturday, February 8

Daytime (2:00pm-6:00pm):

Ski Jump, Men's Normal Hill Qualifying Round
Though it gets repetitive after awhile, the ski jump is initially thrilling due to the air and distance the athletes get. 

Biathlon, Men's 10km Sprint
If you are a fan of cross-country skiing and target shooting, this is the event for you. 

Primetime (8:00pm-11:00pm):

Snowboarding Slopestyle, Men
After following the qualifying rounds on Thursday, watch the men's finals to see who wins the gold.

Figure Skating, Team Event- Short Dance and Ladies' Short Program
The team event continues with the short ice dancing program and ladies' short program. Representing Team USA are the reigning world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. They always put on a good show and are so fun to watch. National champion, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner or Polina Edmunds are possible candidates to represent in the ladies' short program. 

Late Night  (12:00am-1:00am):

Figure Skating, Team Event-Pairs Free Skate
The free skating programs are usually less technical and more fun. Definitely worth a watch if you are able to stay up late.

Sunday, February 9

Daytime (2:00pm-6:00pm):

Figure Skating, Team Event-Men's Free Skate
This is the final day of the team event and either Jeremy Abbott or Jason Brown are set to perform.

Speed Skating, Women's 3000m 
Claudia Pechstein of Germany seeks her fourth career gold in this event. She is a legend and well worth watching.

Primetime (8:00pm-11:00pm):

Alpine Skiing, Men's Downhill
Bode Miller takes the slope as the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier. He will racing for gold in this event to be sure.

Figure Skating, Team Event-Free Dance and Ladies' Free Skate
These are the concluding events for the team event. Davis and White will represent in the free dance event and the same skaters are slated for the ladies' free skate as in the short program.

Snowboarding Slopestyle, Women
Those who qualify on Thursday will perform for gold in this final snowboarding slopestyle event. 

Late Night  (12:00am-1:00am):

Luge, Men's Singles
Italy's Armin Zoeggeler will attempt to be the first ever (summer or winter) Olympian to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event.

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(Image courtesy of NBC) 

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