POSTED: Monday February 15th 2010
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SKATING POWERHOUSES EVAN LYSACEK AND YEVGENY PLUSHENKO IN PRIMETIME ON DAY 5 OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS

2006 Olympic Silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis Competes in the Women’s Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final. Men’s Hockey Takes To the Ice With Team USA vs. Switzerland Live on USA Network

VANCOUVER - February 15, 2010 - NBC’s Tuesday primetime coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games begins tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/PT with live coverage of the men’s figure skating short program which features Team USA’s 2009 reigning world champion Evan Lysacek, reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, 2006 Olympian Johnny Weir and Team Russia’s reigning Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko. Also, three gold medal finals are determined in the women’s snowboard cross gold medal final, the men’s alpine skiing super combined gold medal final and the women’s 500m speed skating gold medal final.

In the men’s short program, Team USA member and 2009 reigning world champion Evan Lysacek and reigning Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko go head-to-head as favorites to win. Also representing Team USA is reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott and 2006 Olympian Johnny Weir.

The women’s snowboard cross gold medal final gives USA’s Lindsey Jacobellis a chance at redemption after her famous crash in Torino that landed her a silver medal. Canada’s Maelle Ricker is one of Jacobellis’ top challengers.

NBC DAYTIME:
After a disappointing finish for USA’s Tim Burke in the men’s biathlon 10km sprint gold medal final, he looks to take gold in the men’s biathlon 12.5km pursuit gold medal final, live. Also in daytime, coverage of the women’s biathlon 10km pursuit gold medal final and women’s 500m speed skating.

NBC LATENIGHT:
Latenight features the women’s luge gold medal final, and medal presentations and musical performances from the medal ceremonies.

CABLE:
Men’s hockey and men’s and women’s curling make their 2010 Olympic debut today on cable. Team USA competes live in men’s hockey against Switzerland and in men’s curling against Germany on USA Network. On CNBC, live men’s hockey continues with Canada facing off against Norway and Russia against Latvia. Also on CNBC, women’s curling between USA and Japan, live and in men’s curling USA takes on Norway. In women’s hockey, coming off of a 12-1 victory against China, Team USA faces Russia live on MSNBC.

Highlights for Tuesday, February 16 include:

Tuesday, February 16 (DAY 5)

NBC
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Biathlon - 12.5km Pursuit Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Women’s Biathlon - 10km Pursuit Gold Medal Final
Women’s Speed Skating - 500m Competition

8:00 p.m. - Midnight
Men’s Figure Skating - Short Program (LIVE)
Women’s Snowboard - Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final
Men’s Alpine Skiing - Super Combined Gold Medal Final
Women’s Speed Skating - 500m Gold Medal Final

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

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

Cable
USA
Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey - USA vs. Switzerland (LIVE)
Men’s Curling - USA vs. Germany (LIVE)

CNBC
5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey - Canada vs. Norway (LIVE)
            Russia vs. Latvia (LIVE)
Women’s Curling - USA vs. Japan (LIVE)
Women’s Ice Hockey - Finland vs. China (LIVE)
Men’s Curling - USA vs. Norway

MSNBC
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey - USA vs. Russia (LIVE)

3:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Men’s Curling - Norway vs. Canada


NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
Men’s Figure Skating: Short Program - The third consecutive night of LIVE figure skating kicks off the men’s competition, featuring Team USA’s Evan Lysacek (Naperville, Ill.), the 2009 world champion. He’ll take on reigning Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Plushenko of Russia, making a comeback after stepping away from competition in 2006. Lysacek is joined in the medal chase by fellow 2006 Olympian Johnny Weir (Quarryville, Pa.), and two-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott (Aspen, Colo.). Home-country favorite Canadian Patrick Chan could, at age 19, become the youngest to win this event since the legendary Dick Button in 1948. This could be the most competitive men’s field in memory.

Women’s Snowboard: Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final - In one of these Games best redemption stories, 24-year-old Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, Vt.) looks to upgrade her 2006 silver (she famously crashed near the finish) to Vancouver gold in women’s snowboard cross. Whistler native Maelle Ricker will be one of Jacobellis’ top challengers in this event where four riders compete against each other at the same time, as high speeds and tight corners make for intense action.

Men’s Alpine Skiing: Super Combined Gold Medal Final - Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) was the surprise of the 2006 men’s alpine competition when he won gold in the combined. New Games, new format (one downhill plus one slalom), but Ligety’s back to seek a second gold medal.

Women’s Speed Skating: 500m Gold Medal Final - The fastest female skaters in the world sprint for Olympic gold.  When she was eight years old Jenny Wolf of Germany received a pair of skates for Christmas, launching her career. Now age 31, Wolf makes her third Olympic appearance and is the favorite for gold. China’s Wang Beixing will be a top challenger.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Women’s Speed Skating: 500m Competition - The fastest female skaters in the world sprint for Olympic gold.  When she was 8 years old Jenny Wolf of Germany received a pair of skates for Christmas, launching her career. Now age 31, Wolf makes her third Olympic appearance and is the favorite for gold. China’s Wang Beixing will be a top challenger.

Men’s and Women’s Biathlon: Pursuit Gold Medal Finals - LIVE coverage of the men’s competition, headlined by New York’s Tim Burke, who in Vancouver seeks to become the first USA medalist ever in biathlon, and Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who has a chance to become the most-decorated Winter Olympian of all time. The women also compete for gold.

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

USA HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: USA vs. Switzerland - The most anticipated international tournament in the sport - men’s hockey at a Canadian Olympics - begins. The USA roster is packed with rising young stars and top-notch goaltenders. Their competition starts LIVE against Switzerland.

Men’s Curling: USA vs. Germany - Team USA skip John Shuster (Chisholm, Minn.) was a member of the bronze medal winning team in 2006. Now Shuster, whose “day jobs” include managing the bar at the Duluth curling club and mowing lawns at a Minnesota golf course, leads the Team USA men into competition in curling-crazed Canada. First up is Germany, LIVE.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Norway - One of the faces of the Games, hockey superstar Sidney Crosby, leads the Canadians in their drive for gold LIVE against Norway. “Sid the Kid” was controversially left off the 2006 Team Canada Olympic roster. Now, he’s arguably the tournament’s best player. No medal means more to the host country than gold in men’s ice hockey and the excitement level should be through the roof.

Women’s Curling: USA vs. Japan - Team USA skip Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.) was born in Canada and now makes her third Olympic appearance in search of her first medal in the country of her birth. First up for Team USA, Japan, LIVE.

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Women’s Ice Hockey: USA vs. Russia - 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 and today clashes with Russia, LIVE, in their second game of the tournament.

Highlights for Wednesday, February 17 include:

Wednesday, February 17 (DAY 6)

NBC
3.00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country - Sprint Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Men’s Snowboard - Halfpipe Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Men’s Speed Skating - 1000m Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Men’s Short Track - 5000m Relay Semifinal (LIVE)
                1000m Competition (LIVE)
Women’s Alpine Skiing - Downhill Gold Medal Final

12:05 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Women’s Short Track - 500m Competition, Semifinal and Gold Medal Final
Doubles Luge - Gold Medal Final
Medals Plaza - Award Ceremonies

1:30 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Primetime Replay

Cable
USA
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Women’s Curling - USA vs. Germany (LIVE)

MSNBC
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey -Finland vs. Belarus (LIVE)
Women’s Ice Hockey - Canada vs. Sweden (LIVE)

3:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Women’s Curling - Japan vs. Canada

CNBC
5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Men’s Curling - USA vs. Switzerland (LIVE)
Men’s Ice Hockey - Sweden vs. Germany (LIVE)
            Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (LIVE)
Women’s Ice Hockey - Switzerland vs. Slovakia (LIVE)
Women’s Curling - Great Britain vs. Sweden

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
Wednesday is shaping up to be one of the most exciting days of the Olympics with four of Team USA’s biggest stars - Shaun White, Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn and Apolo Ohno - converging in primetime.

Men’s Snowboarding: Halfpipe Gold Medal Final - Few athletes transcend their sport the way Shaun White (Carlsbad, Calif.) does. Watch LIVE as the crossover star and 2006 Olympic gold medalist returns to defend his gold, with a whole new repertoire of daring and dazzling tricks invented at his own private halfpipe.

Men’s Speed Skating: 1000m Gold Medal Final - Chicago native Shani Davis became the first African-American to win individual winter gold when he won this event in 2006. He enters Vancouver as the world record holder and clear favorite to defend his gold medal in this event, LIVE tonight. His top challenger could be the blue-collar 20-year-old from upstate New York, Trevor Marsicano, who upset Davis on this very ice at the 2009 World Championships, or three-time Torino medalist Chad Hedrick of Houston.

Women’s Alpine Skiing: Downhill - Team USA’s speed queen Lindsey Vonn competes in her best event in her first of five races at these Games. The Minnesota native and Vail, Colorado resident is the reigning world champion in the downhill and winner of the last two overall World Cup titles. Her top challenger could be one of her best friends, Germany’s Maria Riesch.

Men’s Short Track: 1000m Competition & 5000m Relay Semifinal: Apolo Ohno (Seattle, Wash.) headlines an action-packed night at short track, and it’s all LIVE. Ohno will attempt to lead Team USA into the relay Gold Medal Final and qualify his own spot in the 1000m, the only individual distance in which he hasn’t yet won Olympic gold.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country - Sprint Gold Medal Finals - The world’s fastest cross-country skiers sprint for gold LIVE on the scenic course at Whistler. Alaska’s Kikkan Randall is the top USA challenger in the women’s event.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Latenight):
Women’s Short Track: 500m Gold Medal Final - China’s Wang Meng has been the dominant force in this all-out sprint event, but watch for rising Team USA star Katherine Reutter, a 21-year-old from Champaign, Ill., who attended the same high school as speed skating legend Bonnie Blair.

Luge: Doubles Gold Medal Final - Team USA’s Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, who won bronze in 1998 and silver in 2002, appear in what could be their final Olympics, as they try to punctuate their long Olympic careers with a third medal.

USA HIGHLIGHTS:
Women’s Curling: USA vs. Germany - Team USA skip Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wisc.) was born in Canada and now makes her third Olympic appearance in search of her first medal. McCormick’s Team USA squad takes on Germany, LIVE.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Curling: USA vs. Switzerland - Team USA skip John Shuster (Chisholm, Minn.) was a member of the bronze medal winning team in 2006. Now Shuster, whose “day jobs” include managing the bar at the Duluth curling club and mowing lawns at a Minnesota golf course, leads the Team USA men into competition in curling-crazed Canada. Today’s challenge, Switzerland, LIVE.


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