NBC PyeongChang 2018

NBCSN to air live Winter Olympic primetime coverage for first time

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NBCSN will air live primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics for the first time, nearly every night during the PyeongChang Winter Games in February.

NBC Sports announced that NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network will combine for more than 450 hours of Olympic coverage beginning with the start of competition on Wednesday, Feb. 7, two days before Opening Ceremony coverage.

NBCSN will air 10 days of 24-hour coverage and 156 consecutive hours from Feb. 18-25. Its 368.5 total hours of coverage is up from 230 hours during Sochi.

NBCSN will air both hockey finals live, plus medal events in biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating.

CNBC will air 46 hours of coverage, again highlighted by evening curling telecasts, usually from 5-8 ET.

USA will air curling and hockey as part of its 40.5 hours, most of which will be live. Its broadcast window will usually be 7-9:30 a.m. ET.

All NBCSN, CNBC and USA coverage will stream live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app for authenticated users.

NBC and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA broadcast coverage details will be announced soon.

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Men’s snowboard big air preview

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Now that Anna Gasser of Austria has successfully captured the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard big air, it’s almost time to crown the first-ever Olympic champion on the men’s side.

Big air snowboarding has progressed tremendously in recent years, and there’s been a lot of build-up to these Olympics, so expect heavy tricks to come out quickly in the final.

Or as Mark McMorris put it: “There’s probably [going to be] some mind-boggling s—.”

Every time there’s a big air event, there’s always talk about “quads” — a type of trick that features four inverted flips. It’s such a progressive trick that only two riders have landed a quad in competition, only a few others have done it in training, and many are hesitant to even try.

Read the full preview at NBCOlympics.com

Karen Chen shares disappointment, thanks fans

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Karen Chen was the last U.S. figure skater to make her PyeongChang debut (and her Olympic debut for that matter). A mistake on her opening jump in the short program left her in 10th place going into the free program. Two days later, her free skate also had technical mistakes, and she finished 11th overall. While Team OAR won its first Olympic gold of the PyeongChang Games and got a silver to boot, the U.S. women were plagued with falls and technical errors, and Chen was no exception.

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Just hours after the ladies’ event concluded, Chen took to Instagram to share her frustration, disappointment and newfound perspective.

Chen, 18, is the youngest woman on the 2018 U.S. figure skating team. Chen was born and raised in Fremont, California, she cites gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, who is also from Fremont, as a mentor. Unlike most in the world of figure skating, Chen makes her own costumes and choreographs her own programs. Last season, Chen won the U.S. national championship. She skated an inconsistent 2017-18 season, but her third place finish at nationals was enough to land her a spot on Team USA.