The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and NBC Olympics will provide streaming coverage of the Winter Games for U.S. service members for the first time.
They can access PyeongChang Olympic coverage on computers and personal devices via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app by choosing the Exchange as their service provider. A shopmyexchange.com account is required.
The service is for the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, including active duty, Guard, Reserve and honorably discharged veterans. Rights restrictions will apply to some outside locations outside the U.S.
A similar partnership between the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Comcast NBC Universal brought live streaming to U.S. service members for the first time for the Rio Olympics.
NBC Olympics will produce more than 1,800 hours of streaming coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Games from Feb. 7-25.
The full announcement from NBC Sports PR is here.
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The Alpine skiing team event will make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang
How to watch
Friday, Feb. 23, 9:00 p.m. ET
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Olympic skiing has always been an individual sport. Simply, the fastest skier down the mountain wins the gold medal.
But the world’s best skiers will have to rely on their teammates for the first time in the team event, which is making its Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
The team event will feature 16 teams, or nations, of four athletes (two men and two women). The 16 teams will be arranged in a bracket-style, single-elimination format. Think NCAA March Madness.
A skier from each of the two competing nations will race down the course in a series of head-to-head slalom races. The winner will earn a point for his or her team. The team with the most points after four heats will advance. If the teams have the same number of points, the winner will be the nation with the lower combined time of its fastest male and female competitor.
Teams are allowed to have a maximum of two reserves.
France won the team event at the 2017 World Championships. The U.S., competing without Mikaela Shiffrin, was knocked out in the first round by Canada.
“It’s a really fun event,” said American AJ Ginnis. “The atmosphere—the fact that you get to race with girls and guys and it’s a team effort is really cool.”
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