Olympic Channel announces ‘The Nagano Tapes’ film

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The Czech Republic’s historic upset in the 1998 Olympic hockey tournament — the first with NHL players — is the subject of the first film of the Olympic Channel Five Rings Films series.

“The Nagano Tapes” will premiere worldwide on Feb. 28 on Olympicchannel.com and its mobile apps, plus on NBCSN.

Directed by Czech Sundance award winner Ondřej Hudeček, it includes never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with Olympians Dominik Hašek, Jaromir JagrEric Lindros and Brett Hull.

The Czechs, behind Hašek’s dominant goaltending, upset Canada in the semifinals and Russia in the final.

“Many people in the Czech Republic treasure this story like a scripture,” Hudeček said in a press release. “To me personally, it brings back the memories of a 10-year-old kid inspired to see the world around him as a much smaller place, and I wanted to weave all of these threads into a film that could be relevant and fun to watch for everyone — not just hockey fans.”

Future Five Rings Films subjects include iconic Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, a three-time Olympic gold medallist who famously turned down $5 million to fight Muhammad Ali. “La Lucha” is directed by Peter Berg of “Friday Night Lights” fame.

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Olympic Channel to air classic Olympic figure skating marathon

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air nine days’ worth of classic Olympic figure skating coverage leading up to the U.S. Championships.

The “Olympic Skating Spectacular” runs from Tuesday through Jan. 3.

It includes free skates from the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics, featuring Sarah HughesYevgeny PlushenkoEvan LysacekYuna KimMeryl Davis and Charlie White.

There will be 30-plus hours of coverage from Tuesday through Jan. 2, then a marathon of women’s free skates Jan. 3.

More here from NBC Sports PR.

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Day Time (ET) Event
Tuesday, Dec. 26 7 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Pairs
9 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Men
Wednesday, Dec. 27 7 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Women
Thursday, Dec. 28 7 p.m. Torino 2006: Pairs
8:30 p.m. Torino 2006: Men
Friday, Dec. 29 7 p.m. Torino 2006: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Torino 2006: Women
Saturday, Dec. 30 7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Pairs
9 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Men
Sunday, Dec. 31 7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Ice Dance
9 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Women
Monday, Jan. 1 6 p.m. Sochi 2014: Team Event
9 p.m. Sochi 2014: Pairs
10 p.m. Sochi 2014: Men
Tuesday, Jan. 2 7 p.m. Sochi 2014: Ice Dance
8:30 p.m. Sochi 2014: Women
Wednesday, Jan. 3 2:30 p.m. Salt Lake City 2002: Women
4:30 p.m. Torino 2006: Women
7 p.m. Vancouver 2010: Women
9 p.m. Sochi 2014: Women

Olympic Channel announces PyeongChang Olympic TV schedule

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air daily highlights, news shows and medal ceremonies during the PyeongChang Winter Games in February.

PyeongChang will mark the first Olympics since the channel was launched in July.

The bulk of Olympic Channel programming during the Winter Games will be news and highlights coverage — 20 hours daily — via the Olympic Channel News Service.

“Winter Olympics Daily,” a half-hour show hosted by Jimmy Roberts, will air from Feb. 10-23. It will include features, storytelling, commentary and highlights. Plus, a “Meet the Olympic Press” segment with journalists discussing daily news and storylines.

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication. Select replays and highlights will be available on these digital platforms as well as TeamUSA.org.

More information here from NBC Sports PR.

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OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA DAILY SCHEDULE

Time (ET) Show
5 a.m. Medal Ceremonies (LIVE)
7 a.m. Olympic Channel News (OBS)
12 p.m. Winter Olympics Daily (Premiere)
12:30 p.m. Winter Olympics Daily (Encore)
1 p.m. Olympic Channel News (OBS)
6 p.m. Winter Olympics Daily (Encore)
6:30 p.m. Winter Olympics Daily (Encore)
7 p.m. Olympic Channel News (OBS)