Team USA athletes from the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games will be honored by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Thursday. Watch LIVE right here at 3:15 p.m. ET as the festivities unfold in Washington, D.C.
The Americans, winners of the last three Olympic titles and the 2015 Women’s World Cup, play world No. 34 Costa Rica at 8:30 p.m. ET in Frisco, Texas.
The U.S. is in one of two CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament groups with Costa Rica, Mexico (ranked No. 26) and Puerto Rico (No. 108).
The top two nations per group will advance to the tournament semifinals, and the Feb. 19 semifinal winners advance to the Rio Games in August.
The U.S. is heavily favored to qualify for Rio. It is ranked No. 1 in the world, with the next-best North American team ranked No. 11 (Canada, which is in the opposite CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament group).
If the U.S. and Canada win their respective groups, they would not have to play each other to qualify for the Olympics.
The U.S. roster for Olympic qualifying includes 13 of the 23 players from the World Cup, led by Olympic champions Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo.
All 15 matches of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra, include four matches on NBCSN.
2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Schedule
Frisco, Texas – Toyota Stadium
Houston, Texas – BBVA Compass Stadium
Times U.S. Central (U.S. Eastern in parentheses)
Group A: USA, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica
Group B: Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana
Wednesday, Feb. 10 (Frisco)
Puerto Rico vs. Mexico 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
USA vs. Costa Rica 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 11 (Houston)
Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Canada vs. Guyana 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 13 (Frisco)
Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico 12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
USA vs. Mexico 3 p.m. (4 p.m.) NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 14 (Houston)
Guyana vs. Guatemala 12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.)
Trinidad vs. Canada 3 p.m. (4 p.m.)
Monday, Feb. 15 (Frisco)
Mexico vs. Costa Rica 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
USA vs. Puerto Rico 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.) LIVE on NBCSN
Tuesday, Feb. 16 (Houston)
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana 5 p.m. (6 p.m.)
Canada vs. Guatemala 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 19 (Houston)
Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.) ***
Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m.) ***
Sunday, Feb. 21 (Houston)
Semifinal winners 4 p.m. (5 p.m.) NBCSN at 11 p.m.
***USA’s semifinal, should the USA advance, will air LIVE on NBCSN
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will provide daily coverage of the second Youth Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, starting Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET.
The first broadcast will include the Opening Ceremony at the 1994 Winter Olympic host city. Lillehammer is the second host of the Youth Winter Olympics, which debuted in Innsbruck in 2012.
NBCSN and Live Extra will present 10 consecutive days of hour-long event highlights.
Carolyn Manno, Jimmy Roberts, Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs will combine to host.
The 62-athlete U.S. roster for the Youth Olympics includes two-time reigning Winter X Games halfpipe champion Chloe Kim, who scored what is believed to be the second perfect 100 in top-level snowboarding competition on Saturday (video here).
|Sat., February 13||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|11:30 p.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Sun., February 14||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Mon., February 15||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Tues., February 16||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Wed., February 17||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Fri., February 19||12 a.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Sat., February 20||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Sun., February 21||1 a.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|
|Mon., February 22||2 a.m.||NBCSN, Live Extra|