POSTED: Saturday February 13th 2010
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OLYMPIC PAIRS FIGURE SKATING LIVE IN PRIMETIME ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Live USA Women’s Hockey on USA

VANCOUVER - February 13, 2010 - NBC’s Valentine’s Day Sunday primetime coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET/PT with live coverage of the figure skating pairs short program and men’s freestyle skiing moguls gold medal final. Also in primetime, the men’s luge singles gold medal final. The gold medal favorites for the pairs competition are China’s Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, who have won two Olympic bronze medals. It’s is fitting they would make their first Vancouver Winter Olympics appearance on Valentine’s Day as Zhao proposed to Shen after they won their third world title in 2007. Team USA is led by Caydee Denney (Ocala, Fla.) and Jeremey Barrett (Venice, Fla.), alongside Amanda Evora (Sugar Land, Texas) and Mark Ladwig (Fargo, ND). In the men’s moguls, 22-year-old 2009 world champion Patrick Deneen looks to take gold for Team USA.

Sunday’s coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME:
It’s an all-live afternoon in daytime with three gold medal finals to be determined. In the women’s 3000m speed skating gold medal final, athletes from Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany battle it out as the favorites for gold. For the first time ever, Team USA has medal contenders in the Nordic combined individual K95 ski jumping and 10km cross country event. 2009 world champions Bill Demong and Todd Lodwick and 2003 world champion Johnny Spillane look to take home gold. Also daytime will air live both the men’s biathlon 10km sprint gold medal final and men’s luge singles competition.

NBC LATENIGHT:
NBC late night coverage provides figure skating pairs analysis, and medal presentations and musical performances from the medal ceremonies.

CABLE:
Live women’s hockey continues on cable with Team USA taking to the ice for the first time this Games against China on USA. Later on CNBC, Finland faces off against Russia.

Highlights for Sunday, February 14, include:

Sunday, February 14 (DAY 3)

NBC
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Speed Skating - 3000m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Nordic Combined - Individual Gold Medal Final: K95 Jumping (LIVE)
            10km Cross Country (LIVE)
Men’s Luge - Singles Competition (LIVE)
Men’s Biathlon - 10km Sprint Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Figure Skating - Pairs Short Program (LIVE)
Men’s Freestyle Skiing - Moguls Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Men’s Luge - Singles, Gold Medal Final

11:35 p.m. - 12:05 a.m.
Figure Skating - Pairs Analysis
Medals Plaza - Award Ceremonies

12:05 a.m. - 4:05 a.m.
Primetime Replay

Cable
USA
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey - USA vs. China (LIVE)

CNBC
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey - Finland vs. Russia (LIVE)

MSNBC
3:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey - USA vs. China (replay)

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
Figure Skating Pairs Short Program: The gold medal and sentimental favorites for the Olympic pairs competition are China’s Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo, who appear for the first time LIVE tonight. This married couple has won two Olympic bronze medals and is back in hopes of claiming the elusive gold. China has never won an Olympic figure skating gold medal and Russian or Soviet skaters have won gold in the past 12 Olympics (Canadians Jamie Sale & David Pelletier were co-Olympic gold medalists in 2002.)

Men’s Freestyle Skiing: Moguls Gold Medal Final- 22-year-old Patrick Deneen is the 2009 world champion in this event; where skiers must conquer car-sized bumps and gravity-defying jumps LIVE tonight. The Cle Elum, Wash. native has been skiing since he was 11 months old and helps his mother raise quarter horses when not competing.

Men’s Luge: Gold Medal Final - For the two-time defending Olympic champion, Italy’s Armin Zoeggler there is more than just another gold medal up for grabs.  With a medal of any color in men’s luge, Zoeggler would become just the second five-time medalist in the same individual event - Winter or Summer - in Olympic history.

The top American slider is Tony Benshoof, who finished just off the podium in Torino, earning a fourth place finish (tying the best-ever result by an American in men’s singles).

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Women’s Speed Skating: 3000m - Expect a LIVE cross-Atlantic clash as Canadians Kristina Groves and Cindy Klassen, a sentimental host country favorite and classic comeback story, challenge the Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova and the German duo of Stephanie Beckert and Daniela Anschuetz-Thoms.

Nordic Combined: Individual K95 Ski Jumping and 10km Cross Country - Team USA has never won a medal in Nordic combined, in which athletes must combine the power and agility of ski jumping with the endurance and determination of cross-country skiing, but that could change today, LIVE. For the first time ever, Team USA has medal contenders with three world champions on the roster: 2009 world champions Bill Demong (Vermontville, N.Y.) and Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), and 2003 world champion Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) who is in the midst of a remarkable comeback of his own with a strong pre-Olympic season.

Men’s Biathlon: 10 km Sprint Gold Medal Final - Imagine sprinting up 10 flights of stairs then trying to thread a needle. Welcome to the world of biathlon, where athletes must ski and shoot well if they want to win gold. And for the first time, Team USA has a surging medal contender in New York native Tim Burke, who grew up 30 miles from the Miracle village of Lake Placid. Norway’s “biathlon king” Ole Einar Bjoerndalen makes his first appearance of the Games. With nine Olympic medals to his credit, he needs four to become the most decorated Winter Olympian ever - and that is a realistic target at these Games.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Latenight):
Figure Skating: NBC’s figure skating experts break down the first night of figure skating and look ahead at what’s to come. Plus medal presentations and musical performances from the medal ceremonies.

USA HIGHLIGHTS:
Women’s Ice Hockey: Coached by 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hero Mark Johnson, the USA women’s hockey team is favored to meet Canada in the Gold Medal Final. But first up, they take on China, LIVE.

Highlights for Monday, February 15, include:

Monday, February 15 (DAY 4)

NBC
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Snowboard - Snowboard Cross Competition (LIVE)
Men’s Cross Country - 15km Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Women’s Cross Country - 10km Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

8:00 p.m. - Midnight
Figure Skating - Pairs Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Men’s Speed Skating - 500m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Men’s Alpine Skiing - Downhill Gold Medal Final
Men’s Snowboard - Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final

12:35 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Women’s Luge - Competition
Medals Plaza - Award Ceremonies

2:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Primetime Replay

Cable
MSNBC
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey - Canada vs. Switzerland (LIVE)
3:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey - Sweden vs. Slovakia

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
Figure Skating: Pairs Free Skate Gold Medal Final - The gold medal and sentimental favorites for the Olympic pairs competition are China’s Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo. The married couple has won two Olympic bronze medals and are back in hopes of claiming the elusive gold. Tonight they skate for China’s first-ever Olympic figure skating gold medal, LIVE.

Men’s Speed Skating: Men’s 500m Gold Medal Final - They are the fastest men on skates - competing in two all out sprints burning up the Vancouver ice to determine Olympic gold, LIVE. Chicago’s Shani Davis, one of the sport’s dominant stars, skates in the second of four individual events, while Wisconsin’s Tucker Fredricks specializes in this event. The sentimental favorite will be Canada’s Jeremy Wotherspoon, a four-time Olympian who’s won everything there is to win in this event except Olympic gold. Can he recover from a broken arm suffered last winter to capture that elusive Olympic gold medal in front of a rocking home crowd?

Men’s Alpine Skiing: Downhill - Two-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, N.H.) and a star-studded international field compete in alpine skiing’s fastest and most thrilling event, the men’s downhill. The setting is as spectacular as the ski racers - majestic Whistler Mountain, North America’s premier ski destination.

Men’s Snowboard: Men’s Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final - The hottest new event on the Olympic program from 2006 is back in Vancouver, and the event that’s been compared to NASCAR on snow is more competitive than ever. Torino gold medalist Seth Wescott competes, alongside Nate Holland, a 31-year-old from Idaho who has won every major action sports competition, except he’s never won an Olympic medal.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Men’s Snowboard: Snowboard Cross Competition - In 2006, it was the hottest new event on the Olympic program and it’s back in Vancouver. The event that’s been compared to NASCAR on snow is more competitive than ever. Defending gold medalist Seth Wescott of Maine is among the favorites, as is Nate Holland, a 31-year-old from Idaho who has won every big action sports competition except gold at the Olympics.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: Individual Gold Medal Finals - The world’s best cross-country skiers, arguably the fittest athletes in the world, contest these grueling races in the picturesque, forested hills around Whistler.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Latenight):
Women’s Luge: Competition - Team USA’s Erin Hamlin, a 23-year-old from tiny Remsen, New York (population: 1,958) is the reigning world champion, and is racing to put an end to German dominance in this event on the fastest track in the world.

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Women’s Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Switzerland - The potent Canadian women’s hockey team skates LIVE in its second game of the Olympic tournament against Switzerland.

Members of the media can get more information about NBC Universal and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web site at www.nbcumv.com.

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