CBC Continued High Canadian Standard of Olympic Broadcasting in Sochi

When the CBC was awarded rights to the Sochi 2014 Olympics 18 months ago they were handed a tough task, combining the quantity of CTV’s coverage in 2010 with the renowned quality of their own past Olympic broadcasts. And for the most part, the CBC excelled. Their live TV coverage was equal to CTV’s effort four years ago of showing everything live, while many familiar amateur sports broadcasters returned to covering the Olympics after a four year hiatus. However, the highlight of CBC’s coverage in Sochi was their use of new media, the online streaming and Olympics app were among the best of their kind in Canada.

When CBC bought rights to the 2014 Olympics 18 months ago, some people argued that the public broadcaster did not have the resources to pull off a comprehensive broadcast that the consortium of Bell and Rogers did four years ago. However, those critics were proven wrong as almost every event in Sochi was shown live on CBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet or Sportsnet ONE, just as in Vancouver. CBC was on-air with live coverage for 15 hours a day, which was actually slightly more than CTV in Vancouver.

And if the quantity equaled CTV’s effort in 2010, I’d argue the quality actually exceeded CBC’s last Winter Olympics from Torino 2006. In 2006 CBC’s primetime host, Brian Williams was not even in Italy as he hosted from Toronto. The CBC removed their most important on-air personality from the atmosphere of the Games entirely. All of CBC’s hosts and commentators were in Sochi. Most of CBC’s hosts excelled.

I was particularly impressed by the overnight crew of Andi Petrillo and Andrew Chang. It must be tough going on air just as many Canadians are headed to bed, but both of them were extremely well prepared. Petrillo was not a big surprise, as she has impressed as a hockey host at the CBC before, but unlike her counterpart Ron MacLean, she did not make everything about hockey. As I have said before, she deserves better than doing social media updates on HNIC.

Since Williams is unlikely to ever cover another Olympics, Scott Russell has assumed his role as the broadcasting face of amateur sports in Canada. And he knows everything that is necessary to know about all of the Olympic sports. Unfortunately I think Russell actually had one of the worst timeslots in Sochi. His slot was often cut into by live hockey games that were hosted by Ron MacLean or Elliotte Friedman. This happened on 10 of the 15 days that Olympic Daytime was on air, including almost every day during the second week. I actually would have preferred if MacLean had just hosted Daytime, with Russell getting the primetime gig.

The worst part of CBC’s show was the nightly panel discussion with Adam van Koeverden and Clara Hughes. Both were great Olympic athletes, but I don’t think this feature was necessary or really added any value to the broadcasts. When there are hours of Olympic competition in a day, and only four hours of it can make the primetime show, I’d prefer to see more action and less talk. CBC completely, or nearly completely, ignored some of the Games’ bigger competitions in their primetime show. Snowboarding halfpipe comes to mind. Often times this drove me to NBC’s coverage, which despite an insane amount of ads mostly focused on the competition.

One other studio broadcast that I thought was particularly good was TSN’s women’s hockey studio show. Natasha Staniszewski hosted alongside analysts Cheryl Pounder and Tessa Bonhomme. I thought it was a nice touch to have women talking about women’s hockey. This is the second straight Olympics that TSN has had a female host debut and shine. In 2012 it was Kate Beirness. Pounder and Bonhomme, along with inside the glass analyst Jennifer Botterill, all offered a fresh take on Canadian women’s hockey compared to Cassie Campbell. Eight years after retiring from Team Canada, Campbell still sounds too close to the team and comes off as a cheerleader too often. It didn’t help that her partner in the broadcast booth was Mark Lee, who I think would have been better suited to calling the curling.

I won’t spend too much time on the men’s hockey because, well, it mostly felt like watching Hockey Night in Canada. However, I do still contend that Glenn Healy is a better analyst when he works with only Jim Hughson, as he did a few times during the tournament. Elliotte Friedman was everywhere at the Bolshoy, hosting most games and doing interviews. He was also a studio analyst for Team Canada games. The one change I would have made to the hockey broadcasts is have Rick Ball replace Mark Lee, as previously mentioned.

And that is because… the curling coverage was atrocious. Joan McCusker rarely offers up any insight whatsoever. In fact she often opines that a shot isn’t even possible, disagreeing with Mike Harris. 30 seconds later the shot is made perfectly. Play-by-play commentator Rainnie rarely seemed to know what was happening, one time suggesting that a skip (Brad Jacobs, I think), didn’t even need to throw his last stone. This despite that the throwing team was down 1 point in the 10th end and there were no stones in the house. I think that curling and hockey are two sports where CBC could have leaned on TSN and Sportsnet veterans such as Rob Faulds and Gord Miller.

However, within CBC’s ranks there are plenty of veterans whose voices were a welcome return. There was Scott Oake, one of the CBC’s most professional and versatile commentators who has called Olympic alpine skiing with Kerrin Lee-Gartner many times before. Steve Armitage reclaimed his spot as the voice of speed skating in Canada, after Rod Smith did a more than admirable job in Vancouver. The CBC’s lone female play-by-play commentator, Brenda Irving avoided the sin of talking too much during performances, then she ceded to Kurt Browning and Carol Lane for analysis following each competitor.

Two two biggest surprises, and perhaps this is because both CBC and CTV have a track record of hiring terrible snowboarding and freestyle skiing analysts, were Jeff Bean and Craig McMorris. Bean was an aerials analyst for CTV in 2010. This time his portfolio grew to include the new events of slopestyle and halfpipe, which really have very little connection to aerials. Yet he knew all the tricks. He had a feel for the judging and what tricks would score well. To cover a judged sport where the tricks are so radically different to what you know is extremely impressive. McMorris was made to look a bit silly when he was confused by the judging during the men’s slopestyle on day one. However, he wasn’t alone, so I give him a pass. Canadian athletes like his brother Mark and Max Perrot were equally perplexed. As was I. The tricks that had scored well for one set of judges at X Games 2 weeks earlier were not the same tricks the Olympic judges were looking for. Play-by-play commentators Mitch Peacock and Rob Snoek were also fantastic in two sports that very few past Olympic commentators have had any success in calling. And that’s a good thing considering almost half of Canada’s victories in Sochi were in freestyle skiing or snowboarding.

However, there was one problem with the freestyle skiing coverage. Jenn Heil, who suffered from the same problems as Campbell. Heil was CBC’s analyst on moguls; however, she was part of two of the most awkward interviews of the Games. Canada won gold and silver in each of the moguls events. That resulted in two in-studio interviews. First here is the video of the Dufour-Lapointe interview. Notice Jenn Heil is the odd person out sitting on the couch with sisters Justine, Maxime, Chloe, and their parents.

And then there was the interview with all four members of the Canadian men’s team, who all made the final six, and you guessed it, Heil. Again, have a look.

In my opinion, the actual highlights of CBC’s coverage was their mobile app and live streaming. I think they are seeing where media is headed and did a great job capturing that, especially for an Olympics that took place in a time zone that meant many Canadians were at school or at work when the events were taking place. The app, the first of its kind for Olympic broadcasting in Canada, was great for start-lists and up to the minute results while watching live events. The quality of the live streaming was spectacular, just as good as watching on TV when it came through in “HD”. The navigation in the video player was great too. My one complain, the commercial breaks for the live streams were completely random. Going out in the middle of a play during hockey games at times.

All in all, CBC’s coverage continued the tradition of excellence in Olympic broadcasting. Here are videos of a couple of the best calls of Canada’s gold medal performances in Sochi.

Charles Hamelin in men’s 1500m Short Track, called by Steve Armitage

Men’s Hockey final, Canada vs. Sweden, called by Jim Hughson

2014 Winter Olympics Competition Schedule

It seems there are not many good schedule for the 2014 Olympics available which include times for North America. So to save you the time, here is a sport-by-sport schedule. If time permits, I may also post a daily schedule closer to the start of the Games. I have included Canadian broadcast information. The 2014 Olympics are available on CBC, NBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE in Canada.

All times are Eastern Standard (GMT-5). I had to convert all times from local Sochi time myself, so if you notice any mistakes, let me know. Any events starting at “midnight” means the start of a new day. So a curling draw at midnight on February 10, means its on February 9 in primetime for those on the west coast.

Schedule and broadcast info is subject to change. And remember if you are setting your PVR, be sure to add extra time at the end as for a number of reasons events can run long.

Sunday 2/9, 2:00-4:15am – Men’s Downhill CBC
Monday 2/10, 1:55-3:30am – Women’s Combined (run 1) TSN
Monday 2/10, 5:55-7:10am – Women’s Combined (run 2) TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 2:00-4:10am – Women’s Downhill CBC
Friday 2/14, 1:55-3:30am – Men’s Combined (run 1) SN
Friday 2/14, 6:15-7:40am – Men’s Combined (run 2) SN
Saturday 2/15, 1:55-4:10am – Women’s Super-G TSN
Sunday 2/16, 1:55-4:10am – Men’s Super-G TSN
Tuesday 2/18, 1:55-4:00am – Women’s Giant Slalom (run 1) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 5:30-7:00am – Women’s Giant Slalom (run 2) SN
Wednesday 2/19, 2:00-4:00am – Men’s Giant Slalom (run 1) CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 5:30-7:10am – Men’s Giant Slalom (run 2) TSN
Friday 2/21, 7:30-9:00am – Women’s Slalom (run 1) SN
Friday 2/21, 11:00am-12:25pm – Women’s Slalom (run 2) SN
Saturday 2/22, 7:30-9:15am – Men’s Slalom (run 1) SN
Saturday 2/22, 12:15-1:50pm – Women’s Slalom (run 2) CBC (TD 2:15pm)

*Note on alpine skiing: for single-run events and the 1st run of two-run events, the best skiers go in the first hour. For the second run, the best skiers go at the end.

Saturday 2/8, 9:30-10:55am – Men’s 10km Sprint SN1
Sunday 2/9, 9:25-10:50am – Women’s 7.5km Sprint TSN
Monday 2/10, 10:00-11:20am – Men’s 12.5km Pursuit CBC (TD 3pm)
Tuesday 2/11, 9:45-10:50am – Women’s 10km Pursuit SN1
Thursday 2/13, 8:45-11:00am – Men’s 20km Individual SN1
Friday 2/14, 8:45-10:55am – Women’s 15km Individual SN
Sunday 2/16, 10:00-11:00am – Men’s 15km Mass Start SN
Monday 2/17, 10:00-10:55am – Women’s 12.5km Mass Start SN
Wednesday 2/19, 9:15-11:00am – 2x6km Women + 2×7.5km Men Relay SN1
Friday 2/21, 9:15-11:00am – Women’s 4x6km Relay SN
Saturday 2/22, 9:15-11:00am – Men’s 4×7.5km Relay SN

Sunday 2/16, 11:15-1:35pm – Two-man (heats 1 & 2) SN
Monday 2/17, 10:00-11:45am – Two-man (heats 3 & 4) CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 10:00am-12:10pm – Women’s (heats 1 & 2) TSN2
Wednesday 2/19, 11:10am-1:20pm – Women’s (heats 3 & 4) SN1
Saturday 2/22, 11:15am-2:05pm – Four-man (heats 1 & 2) SN
Sunday 2/23, 4:25-7:05am – Four-man (heats 3 & 4) TSN

Saturday 2/8, 5:00-6:00am – Women’s 7.5km Classic + 7.5km Free CBC
Sunday 2/9, 4:55-6:45am – Men’s 15km Classic + 15km Free TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 4:45-5:50am – Men’s & Women’s Sprint Free (qualification) SN
Tuesday 2/11, 7:00-8:50am – Men’s & Women’s Sprint Free (finals at 8:00am on CBC) SN
Thursday 2/13, 5:30-6:40am – Women’s 10km Classic SN1
Friday 2/14, 4:55-6:55am – Men’s 15km Classic SN1
Saturday 2/15, 5:30-6:30am – Women’s 4x5km Relay SN1
Sunday 2/16, 4:55-7:30am – Men’s 4x10km Relay TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 4:00-6:00am – Men’s & Women’s Team Sprints (semifinals) TSN2
Wednesday 2/19, 6:45-8:00am – Men’s & Women’s Team Sprints (finals) CBC (TD 10:15am)
Saturday 2/22, 4:25-6:25am – Women’s 30km Mass Start TSN
Sunday 2/23, 2:00-4:45am – Men’s 50km Mass Start CBC

Monday 2/10, Midnight – Germany (Jahr) vs. Canada (Jacobs) CBC
Monday 2/10, 10:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Switzerland (Michel) TSN
Tuesday 2/11, 5:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Sweden (Edin) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, Midnight – Match TBA TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 10:00am – Russia (Drozdov) vs. Canada (Jacobs) TSN2
Thursday 2/13, 5:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Denmark (Stjerne) TSN2
Friday 2/14, Midnight – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Norway (Ulsrud) CBC
Saturday 2/15, 5:00am – Canada (Jacobs) vs. Great Britain (Murdoch) TSN2
Sunday 2/16, Midnight – United States (Shuster) vs. Canada (Jacobs) CBC
Sunday 2/16, 10:00am – China (Liu) vs. Canada (Jacobs) TSN2
Monday 2/17, 5:00am – Match TBA TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 10:00am – Semifinals SN
Friday 2/21, 3:30am – Bronze Medal Game TSN
Friday 2/21, 8:30am – Gold Medal Game CBC

Monday 2/10, 5:00am – China (Wang) vs. Canada (Jones) TSN
Tuesday 2/11, Midnight – Sweden (Sigfridsson) vs. Canada (Jones) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 5:00am – Canada (Jones) vs. Great Britain (Muirhead) TSN
Thursday 2/13, Midnight – Canada (Jones) vs. Denmark (Nielsen) CBC
Thursday 2/13, 10:00am – Switzerland (Ott) vs. Canada (Jones) SN
Friday 2/14, 5:00am – Match TBA TSN2
Saturday 2/15, Midnight – Canada (Jones) vs. Japan (Ogasawara) CBC
Saturday 2/15, 10:00am – Canada (Jones) vs. Russia (Sidorova) TSN2
Sunday 2/16, 5:00am – United States (Brown) vs. Canada (Jones) CBC
Monday 2/17, Midnight – Match TBA CBC
Monday 2/17, 10:00am – Canada (Jones) vs. Korea (Kim) TSN2
Wednesday 2/19, 5:00am – Semifinals CBC
Thursday 2/20, 3:30am – Bronze Medal Game TSN
Thursday 2/20, 8:30am – Gold Medal Game CBC

Thursday 2/6, 10:30am-2:00pm – Team Competition (day 1) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 9:30am-2:05pm – Team Competition (day 2) SN
Sunday 2/9, 10:00am-1:15pm – Team Competition (day 3) CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 9:45am-1:25pm – Pairs Short Program SN
Wednesday 2/12, 10:45am-2:00pm – Pairs Free Skate TSN, CBC (JIP 12:15)
Thursday 2/13, 10:00am-2:30pm – Men Short Program TSN
Friday 2/14, 10:00am-2:30pm – Men Free Skate TSN
Sunday 2/16, 10:00am-1:45pm – Short Dance TSN
Monday 2/17, 9:55am-1:35pm – Free Dance TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 9:55am-2:30pm – Ladies Short Program TSN
Thursday 2/20, 9:55am-2:10pm – Ladies Free Skate TSN

Thursday 2/6, 9:00-9:45am – Women’s Moguls (qualifying 1) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 8:45-9:30am – Women’s Moguls (qualifying 2) SN1
Saturday 2/8, 1:00-2:30pm – Women’s Moguls (final) CBC
Monday 2/10, 8:55-10:20am – Men’s Moguls (qualifying) SN
Monday 2/10, 1:00-2:35pm – Men’s Moguls (final) CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 12:55-2:25am – Women’s Slopestyle (qualifying) TSN
Tuesday 2/11, 4:00-5:00am – Women’s Slopestyle (final) CBC
Thursday 2/13, 1:00-3:00am – Men’s Slopestyle (qualifying) SN
Thursday 2/13, 4:30-5:45am – Men’s Slopestyle (final) CBC
Friday 2/14, 8:45-9:45am – Women’s Aerials (qualifying) CBC
Friday 2/14, 12:25-1:35pm – Women’s Aerials (final) TSN2
Monday 2/17, 8:30-10:00am – Men’s Aerials (qualifying) SN
Monday 2/17, 12:15-1:35pm – Men’s Aerials (final) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 8:30-10:25am – Men’s Halfpipe (qualifying) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 12:25-1:30pm – Men’s Halfpipe (final) TSN
Thursday 2/20, 2:45-3:30am – Men’s Ski Cross (qualifying) CBC
Thursday 2/20, 4:30-6:00am- Men’s Ski Cross (final at 5:35am) CBC
Thursday 2/20, 9:15-10:45am – Women’s Halfpipe (qualifying) SN
Thursday 2/20, 12:15-1:25pm – Women’s Halfpipe (final) SN
Friday 2/21, 2:45-3:30am – Women’s Ski Cross (qualifying) CBC
Friday 2/21, 4:30-6:00am – Women’s Ski Cross (final at 5:35am) CBC

Wednesday 2/12, 12:00pm – Czech Republic vs. Sweden SN
Thursday 2/13, 3:00am – Finland vs. Austria SN
Thursday 2/13, 7:30am – Slovakia vs. United States TSN
Thursday 2/13, 7:30am – Russia vs. Slovenia CBC
Thursday 2/13, 12:00pm – Canada vs. Norway CBC
Friday 2/14, 3:00am – Czech Republic vs. Latvia TSN
Friday 2/14, 7:30am – Sweden vs. Switzerland TSN
Friday 2/14, 12:00pm – Canada vs. Austria CBC
Friday 2/14, 12:00pm – Norway vs. Finland SN
Saturday 2/15, 3:00am – Slovakia vs. Slovenia SN
Saturday 2/15, 7:30am – United States vs. Russia CBC
Saturday 2/15, 12:00pm – Switzerland vs. Czech Republic TSN*
Saturday 2/15, 12:00pm – Sweden vs. Latvia SN1*
Sunday 2/16, 3:00am – Austria vs. Norway TSN2
Sunday 2/16, 7:30am – Russia vs. Slovakia SN
Sunday 2/16, 12:00pm – Finland vs. Canada CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 3:00am – Qualification Playoff #1 CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 7:30am – Qualification Playoff #2 CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 12:00pm – Qualification Playoff #3 CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 3:00am – Quarterfinal #1 TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 7;30am – Quarterfinal #2 CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 12:00pm – Quarterfinal #3 CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 12:00pm – Quarterfinal #4 TSN2
Friday 2/21, 7:00am – Semifinal #1 TSN
Friday 2/21, 12:00pm – Semifinal #2 CBC
Saturday 2/22, 10:00am – Bronze Medal Game CBC
Sunday 2/23, 7:00am – Gold Medal Game CBC, NBC

Saturday 2/8, 3:00am – United States vs. Finland SN
Saturday 2/8, 8:00am – Canada vs. Switzerland CBC
Sunday 2/9, 3:00am – Sweden vs. Japan SN
Sunday 2/9, 8:00am – Russia vs. Germany SN
Monday 2/10, 5:00am – United States vs. Switzerland SN
Monday 2/10, 10:00am – Finland vs. Canada CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 5:00am – Germany vs. Sweden TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 3:00am – Switzerland vs. Finland TSN2
Wednesday 2/12, 7:30am – Canada vs. United States CBC
Thursday 2/13, 3:00am – Germany vs. Japan SN1
Thursday 2/13, 12:00pm – Sweden vs. Russia TSN2
Saturday 2/15, 7:30am – Quarterfinal #2 SN
Monday 2/17, 7:30am – Semifinal #1 CBC
Monday 2/17, 12:00pm – Semifinal #2 CBC
Thursday 2/20, 7:00am – Bronze Medal Game TSN
Thursday 2/20, 12:00pm – Gold Medal Game CBC, NBC

Saturday 2/8, 9:30am-1:05pm – Men’s Singles (heats 1 & 2)
Sunday 2/9, 9:30am-1:25pm – Men’s Singles (heats 3 & 4) CBC (TD 2:30pm)
Monday 2/10, 9:30am-12:40pm – Women’s Singles (heats 1 & 2) SN1
Tuesday 2/11, 9:30-10:30am – Women’s Singles (heat 3) CBC
Tuesday 2/11, 11:30am-12:30pm – Women’s Singles (heat 4) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 9:00-11:35am – Doubles (heats 1 & 2) SN
Thursday 2/13, 11:00am-12:30pm – Team Relay SN1

Wednesday 2/12, 4:30-5:20am – Individual NH/10km (ski jumping) CBC
Wednesday 2/12, 7:25-8:15am – Individual NH/10km (cross country) TSN2
Tuesday 2/18, 4:25-5:30am – Individual LH/10km (ski jumping) SN
Tuesday 2/18, 7:00-7:45am – Individual LH/10km (cross country) SN
Thursday 2/20, 2:55-3:50am – Team LH/4x5km (ski jumping) SN
Thursday 2/20, 6:00-7:15am – Team LH/4x5km (cross country) CBC

Monday 2/10, 4:45-7:30am – Women’s 500m heats, Women’s 3000m Relay semis, Men’s 1500m final CBC
Thursday 2/13, 4:55-7:30am – Women’s 500m quarters, Men’s 100m heats TSN
Thursday 2/13, 6:00-7:15am – Women’s 500m semis, Men’s 5000m relay semis, Women’s 500m final CBC
Saturday 2/15, 4:55-7:55am – Women’s 1500m heats, Men’s 1000m quarters TSN
Saturday 2/15, 6:00-7:30am – Women’s 1500m semis/final, Men’s 1000m semis/finals CBC
Tuesday 2/18, 4:25-6:30am – Women’s 1000m heats, Men’s 500m heats TSN
Tuesday 2/18, 5:30-6:30am – Men’s 500m heats, Women’s 3000m relay final CBC
Friday 2/21, 11:25am-2:15pm – Men’s 500m final, Women’s 1000m final, Men’s 5000m Relay final TSN

Thursday 2/13, 2:30-4:15am – Women’s (heats 1 & 2) CBC
Friday 2/14, 7:15-10:30am – Men’s (heats 1 & 2) SN1
Friday 2/14, 10:30am-12:40pm – Women’s (heats 3 & 4) SN1
Saturday 2/15, 10:30am-12:00pm – Men’s (heats 3 & 4) CBC

Sunday 2/9, 12:25-2:15pm – Men’s Normal Hill TSN, CBC (JIP 1:15pm)
Tuesday 2/11, 12:45-2:05pm – Women’s Normal Hill TSN, CBC (JIP 1:30pm)
Saturday 2/15, 12:30-2:00pm – Men’s Large Hill CBC
Monday 2/17, 12:00-2:10pm – Men’s Team Event SN1

Thursday 2/6, 1:00-7:40am – Snowboard Slopestyle (qualifying) CBC (TD 6am)
Saturday 2/8, 12:30-2:15am – Men’s Slopestyle (semifinal) CBC
Saturday 2/8, 3:45-5:00am – Men’s Slopestyle (final) CBC
Sunday 2/9, 1:25-2:45am – Women’s Slopestyle (semifinal) TSN
Sunday 2/9, 4:00-5:25am – Women’s Slopestyle (final) CBC, TSN
Tuesday 2/11, 4:55-8:05am – Men’s Halfpipe (qualifying) TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 9:55-11:00am – Men’s Halfpipe (semifinal) TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 12:30-1:30pm – Men’s Halfpipe (final) CBC, TSN2
Wednesday 2/12, 4:45-8:05am – Women’s Halfpipe (qualifying) SN
Wednesday 2/12, 10:00-11:00am – Women’s Halfpipe (semifinal) CBC (TD 10:30am)
Wednesday 2/12, 12:15-1:35pm – Women’s Halfpipe (final) SN
Sunday 2/16, 4:15-5:15am – Women’s Snowboard Cross (final at 4:45am) CBC
Monday 2/17, 1:55-3:30am – Men’s Snowboard Cross (qualifying) SN
Monday 2/17, 4:30-5:30am – Men’s Snowboard Cross (final at 5:15am) CBC, SN
Wednesday 2/19, 12:15-2:00am – Men’s & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom (qualifying) CBC
Wednesday 2/19, 3:55-6:05am – Men’s & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom (finals at 5:30am) SN
Saturday 2/22, 12:15-2:00am – Men’s & Women’s Parallel Slalom (qualifying) CBC
Saturday 2/22, 4:15-6:15am – Men’s Parallel Slalom (finals at 5:45am) CBC

Saturday 2/8, 6:15-9:30am – Men’s 5000m SN
Sunday 2/9, 6:25-8:30am – Women’s 3000m CBC, TSN
Monday 2/10, 7:55-11:25am – Men’s 500m TSN2
Tuesday 2/11, 7:45-11:00am – Women’s 500m TSN
Wednesday 2/12, 8:55-10:40am – Men’s 1000m TSN, CBC (JIP 10am)
Thursday 2/13, 8:55-10:40am – Women’s 1000m TSN2
Saturday 2/15, 8:25-10:25am – Men’s 1500m TSN
Sunday 2/16, 9:00-10:50am – Women’s 1500m CBC, SN
Tuesday 2/18, 7:55-11:00am – Men’s 10, 000m TSN
Wednesday 2/19, 8:15-10:20am – Women’s 5000m TSN2
Friday 2/21, 8:25-10:25am – Team Pursuit quarterfinals/men’s semifinal TSN2
Saturday 2/22, 8:30-9:45am – Team Pursuit women’s semifinal/finals CBC

Sochi 2014 on NBC Schedule

NBC has released its broadcast schedule for Sochi 2014, the Winter Olympic Games. As usual, NBC’s coverage is almost entirely on tape delay. The two exceptions are the hockey finals for both men and women. As such, all times are eastern and pacific, except for the two hockey finals.

Thursday 2/6, 8-11pm: Snowboarding (slopestyle qualifying); Freestyle Skiing (women’s moguls qualifying); Figure Skating (team event)

Friday 2/7, 7-11:30pm: Opening Ceremony

Saturday 2/8, 2:30-6pm: Ski Jumping (men’s normal hill qualifying); Biathlon (men’s 10km sprint); Speed Skating (men’s 5000m); Cross-Country (women’s skiathlon)

Saturday 2/8, 8-11:30pm: Snowboarding (men’s slopestyle); freestyle skiing (women’s moguls); figure skating (team event)

Saturday 2/8, Midnight-1am: Luge (men’s singles, runs 1/2); Figure Skating (team event)

Sunday 2/9, 2-6pm: Biathlon (women’s 7.5km sprint); Luge (men’s singles, runs 3/4); Speed Skating (women’s 3000m); Cross-Country (men’s skiathlon)

Sunday 2/9, 7-11pm: Alpine Skiing (men’s downhill); Snowboarding (women’s slopestyle); Figure Skating (team event); Ski Jumping (men’s normal hill)

Monday 2/10, 3-5pm: Biathlon (men’s 12.5km pursuit); Speed Skating (men’s 500m)

Monday 2/10, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (women’s combined); Freestyle Skiing (men’s moguls); Short Track (men’s 1500m)

Monday 2/10, Midnight-1am: Short Track (women’s 500, women’s relay); Luge (women’s singles, runs 1/2)

Tuesday 2/11, 3-5pm: Luge (women’s singles, runs 3/4); Cross-Country (individual sprint events)

Tuesday 2/11, 8-11:30pm: Snowboarding (men’s halfpipe); Freestyle Skiing (women’s slopestyle); Figure Skating (pairs short program); Ski Jumping (women’s normal hill)

Tuesday 2/11, Midnight-1am: Biathlon (women’s 10km pursuit); Speed Skating (women’s 500m)

Wednesday 2/12, 3-5pm: Nordic Combined (men’s individual normal hill)

Wednesday 2/12, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (women’s downhill); Speed Skating (men’s 1000m); Snowboarding (women’s halfpipe); Figure Skating (pairs free skate)

Wednesday 2/12, Midnight-1am: Luge (men’s doubles)

Thursday 2/13, 3-5pm: Biathlon (men’s 20km individual); Skeleton (women’s, runs 1/2)

Thursday 2/13, 8-11:30pm: Freestyle skiing (men’s slopestyle); Short Track (women’s 500m); Speed Skating (women’s 1000m); Figure Skating (men’s short program)

Thursday 2/13, Midnight-1am: Luge (team relay); Short Track (men’s 1000m; men’s relay)

Friday 2/14, 3-5pm: Biathlon (women’s 15km individual); Skeleton (men’s, runs 1/2)

Friday 2/14, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (men’s combined); Freestyle Skiing (women’s aerials); Skeleton (women’s, runs 3/4); Figure Skating (men’s free skate)

Friday 2/14, Midnight-1am: Ski Jumping (men’s large hill qualifying)

Saturday 2/15, 3-6pm: Short Track (women’s 1500m); Skeleton (men’s, runs 3/4); Cross-Country (women’s relay)

Saturday 2/15, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (women’s super-G); Speed Skating (men’s 1500m); Short Track (men’s 1000m); Ski Jumping (men’s large hill)

Saturday 2/15, Midnight-1am: Women’s Curling (USA vs. Sweden)

Sunday 2/16, 3-6pm: Speed Skating (women’s 1500m); Bobsleigh (2-man, runs 1/2); Biathlon (men’s 15km mass start)

Sunday 2/16, 7-11pm: Alpine Skiing (men’s super-G); Snowboarding (women’s snowboardcross); Figure Skating (short dance); Cross-Country (men’s relay)

Monday 2/17, 3-5pm: Bobseligh (2-man, runs 3/4); Biathlon (women’s 12.5km mass start)

Monday 2/17, 8-11:30pm: Snowboarding (men’s snowboardcross); Freestyle Skiing (men’s aerials); Figure Skating (free dance); Ski Jumping (men’s team large hill)

Tuesday 2/18, 3-5pm: Speed Skating (men’s 10, 000m); Nordic Combined (individual large hill)

Tuesday 2/18, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (women’s giant slalom); Freestyle Skiing (men’s halfpipe); Short Track (women’s relay); Bobsleigh (women’s, runs 1/2)

Wednesday 2/19, 1-2am: Short track (men’s 500m, women’s 1000m)

Wednesday 2/19, 3-5pm: Speed Skating (women’s 5000m); Cross-Country (men’s and women’s team sprints)

Wednesday 2/19, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (men’s giant slalom); Bobsleigh (women’s, runs 3/4); Figure Skating (ladies short program); Snowboarding (men’s parallel giant slalom)

Thursday 2/20, 1-2am: Biathlon (mixed relay)

Thursday 2/20, 12-3pm ET: Women’s Hockey (gold medal game)

Thursday 2/20, 8-11:30pm: Freestyle Skiing (women’s halfpipe, men’s ski cross); Figure Skating (ladies free skate)

Friday 2/21, 1-2am: Nordic Combined (team large hill)

Friday 2/21, 3-5pm: Freestyle Skiing (women’s ski cross); Biathlon (women’s relay)

Friday 2/21, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (women’s slalom); Short Track (men’s 500m, men’s relay, women’s 1000m)

Saturday 2/22, 1-2am: Speed Skating (team pursuits)

Saturday 2/22, 2:30-6pm: Biathlon (men’s relay); Cross Country (women’s 30km freestyle); Snowboarding (women’s parallel slalom)

Saturday 2/22, 8-11:30pm: Alpine Skiing (men’s slalom); Bobsleigh (4-man, runs 1/2); Speed Skating (team pursuits); Snowboarding (men’s parallel slalom)

Saturday 2/22, Midnight-1am: Figure Skating (gala)

Sunday 2/23, 6:30-10am ET: Men’s Hockey (gold medal game)

Sunday 2/23, 2-6pm: Cross-Country (men’s 50km freestyle); Bobsleigh (4-man, runs 3/4

Sunday 2/23, 8-11pm: Closing Ceremonies

CBC Reveals Highlights of 2014 Olympics Coverage

The CBC has announced some highlights of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which begin in under one month. English-language coverage will air on TV on CBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. CBC will also have 12 live online feeds that will include commentary. CBC is promising more than 1500 hours of total coverage, including the streams. CBC Television will have over 350 hours of coverage (21 hours daily), featuring all Canadian hockey games and most medal events. TSN and TSN2 will combine for 250 hours of coverage (~17 hours daily), including primetime encores of hockey. Sportsnet will feature 140 hours of coverage, with 64.5 more on Sportsnet ONE (~13 hours daily). Sportsnet will focus on curling in primetime.

Coverage begins on Thursday February 6, the day prior to the opening ceremony, at 6am Eastern with snowboard slopestyle qualification and figure skating’s team event. The opening ceremony, with hosts Peter Mansbridge and Ron MacLean, will air live on February 7 at 11am Eastern on CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and TSN2. CBC’s coverage begins with an exclusive preview show at 10am ET and will also feature encore presentations of the ceremony at 2pm ET and again in primetime.

CBC’s coverage will air almost around the clock, except to break for local news and The National. Olympic coverage begins at midnight Eastern with Olympic Overnight and continues live through the end of Olympic Daytime at 3pm ET. Olympic Extra, an encore broadcast, follows from 3 through 5pm ET. That is followed by a 2 hour break for local news, then Olympic Primetime at 7pm Eastern, in most regions. The National will air between Primetime and Overnight Coverage.

CBC’s highlights include all Canadian hockey games, as well as the gold medal finals in men’s and women’s hockey and curling. TSN will show the free programs of all figure skating events. TSN2 features Shaun White looking for a third straight gold medal in snowboard halfpipe. Sportsnet has the men’s moguls final, featuring Alex Bilodeau, who won Canada’s first gold medal on home snow in Vancouver. Sportsnet ONE features lots of sliding, including women’s skeleton, women’s luge, women’s bobsleigh and 2-man bobsleigh.

CBC will release a more detailed broadcast schedule in the coming weeks.

Breaking: Sportsnet, TSN, RDS Partner with CBC for 2014 Olympics

The 2014 Olympics begin in 365 days in Sochi, Russia. Today Sportsnet announced that they are the official cable broadcaster of the Games in Canada. This is just the latest partnership between the two networks which also includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I’ll have a lot more on this later, but for now here is a statement from Sportsnet.

Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and Sportsnet is pleased to announce it has reached a sub-licensing deal with CBC to provide Canadians with comprehensive coverage of the Games.

Further platform distribution announcements are to come, but under the agreement Sportsnet is now an official cable broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

As part of the sub-licensing deal, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE will carry approximately 200 hours of 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage, including coverage in prime time

And as did TSN and RDS, evidently. Somehow I missed this. Worth noting that TSN and RDS have shown every Olympics since 1998. Very impressive.

TSN and RDS are partnering with CBC/Radio-Canada to provide coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Through the partnership, both networks will be able to bring viewers access to live events and coverage across TSN and RDS’s sports, news, and entertainment platforms.

TSN and RDS have been part of Canada’s Olympic tradition for the past three decades, setting the standard of excellence for delivering Olympic coverage during the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.

TSN and RDS will provide more details on this partnership and broadcast information in the near future.

And here is CBC’s press release with all that news and more. Read the bolded section closely. What’s coming next? Netflix for highlights?

Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and CBC/Radio-Canada is thrilled to bring the Olympic Games home to Canadians. As Canada’s Official Broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada brings Canadians cross-platform coverage of the top news and stories in the year leading up to Sochi 2014, running from February 7 – 23, 2014. With exclusive license arrangements, TSN, RDS, and Sportsnet will also present coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned – more platform distribution announcements to come.

“We’re incredibly proud to be the official home of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As we count down to Sochi 2014, we are committed to sharing the inspirational stories of our athletes, while providing Canadians with a robust Olympic Games experience, across all platforms.”
Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, Radio-Canada, added: “The Olympic Games have been part of Radio-Canada’s DNA for over fifty years. It is with great anticipation that we prepare for Sochi 2014. We aim to offer viewers from coast to coast a distinct coverage that will allow them to live and breathe with our athletes on this most prestigious stage.”
Click here for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games English Promo.
CBC/Radio-Canada is the place to be as we count down to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. With coverage across all platforms – including TV, radio, online, and mobile – Canadians can connect with the biggest stories and the latest content whenever and wherever they want it. Through world-class storytelling and the best performance coverage available, CBC/Radio-Canada will introduce viewers to Canadian athletes poised to take on the world in 2014. Canadians can engage with CBC/Radio-Canada leading up to and throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games online in English at CBC.ca/Olympics and in French at Radio-Canada.ca/Olympiques, as well as on Twitter in English at @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics), and in French at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques).
The countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in full-swing this week on CBC, with extensive programming on all platforms. Throughout the week, viewers have enjoyed extensive coverage, with stories from Sochi and beyond, as well as a look at Canada’s Olympians as they prepare for the Games.