With the Sochi Olympics officially underway, the first medals will be handed Saturday. Don't know what to watch when? Here's what you should keep an eye out for on Day 1 (all times ET).
The 411 on the 12 new Winter Olympic events
All events are live-streamed at NBCOlympics.com
. Saturday's tape-delayed daytime coverage (2 p.m., NBC) includes ski jumping, biathlon, speed skating and cross country skiing. Tape-delayed prime time coverage (8:00 p.m., NBC) includes snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating.Snowboarding, men's slopestyle finalWhen:
3:45 a.m. (live); 8 p.m. on NBC (tape delay)
This new event has the distinction of being the first medal round of the Games. Eight men qualified for the 12-man final in Thursday's heats, including Canadians Max Parrot and Sebastien Toutant. Their countryman and gold medal favorite Mark McMorris, who fractured a rib at the Winter X Games last month, did not and will have to compete in the semifinal (12:30 a.m.) for one of the last four finals spots.
Olympic hotties: Who's sizzling beneath the parka?Figure skating, team event — short dance, ladies' short program and pairs free skateWhen:
9:30 a.m. on NBC Sports (live); 8 p.m. on NBC (tape delay)
Part 1 of the new team event wraps up with the short ice dancing program and the ladies' short. Russia leads after Thursday's men's and pairs shorts, with Canada in second and the U.S. in seventh after Jeremy Abbott
fell twice. The top five nations will advance to the medal round, which kicks off with the pairs' free skate.Hockey, women's preliminary rounds — USA vs. Finland and Canada vs. Switzerland
3 a.m. (USA vs. FIN) on NBC Sports (live), 8 a.m. (CAN vs. SUI) on MSNBC (live); 6 p.m. replay on NBC Sports
Team USA and Canada begin their collision course for a fourth final face-off in five Olympics with opening campaigns against Finland, the 1998 and 2010 bronze medalists, and Switzerland, respectively.
Olympic stars to watchOther medal events
- Cross-country skiing, ladies' skiathlon (5 a.m.)
- Speed skating, men's 5000m (5 a.m.)
- Biathlon, men's 10km sprint (9:30 a.m.)
- Freestyle skiing, women's moguls (2:10 p.m.)