The 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies start this Friday, February 7, and there are plenty of home state Olympians to cheer on in Sochi. Washington State boasts eight athletes competing this Olympiad in a variety of disciplines. Heading the pack is short track speed skater J.R. Celski, a two-time bronze medalist who grew up in Federal Way and co-produced and co-wrote the Seattle hip hop scene documentary The Otherside. He’ll compete in four events in Sochi and hopes to carry on Apolo Anton Ohno’s legacy of Federal Way short track speed skating stars.
Team USA’s cross country skiing contingent is Washington heavy, including Winthrop’s brother-sister pair of Erik and Sadie Bjornstien. Joining them is Leavenworth’s Torin Koos and another Winthrop native, Brain Gregg. Woodinville’s Christian Niccum will rocket down the hill as a doubles luge participant. Rounding out the Washingtonian representation are freestyle skiers Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum and Bellingham’s Angeli Vanlaanen. Deneen specializes in the moguls, while Vanlaanen competes in the halfpipe, a new event to this year’s Games.
To help maximize your cheering effort, we’ve complied NBC’s TV schedule for the Washingtonian members of Team USA. All events are tape delayed unless otherwise noted and many will require fans to burn the midnight oil. (Note: Which athletes will compete in which cross-country skiing events has yet to be determined, but based on their competitive history, the ones listed below are likely to included some of the aformentioned skiiers.)
Here’s our 2014 WA Olympic viewing guide:
8pm on NBC - Men’s Moguls (Deneen) and 1,500m Short Track Speed Skating (Celski)
3am on NBC Sports (Live) - Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country Individual Sprit [Replay at 3pm on NBC]
12:05am on NBC - Luge Doubles (Niccum) [Replay at 10:45am on NBC Sports]
12:05am on NBC – 5,000m Short Track Speed Skating Relay (Celski)
2:30am on NBC Sports (Live) – Women’s Cross-Country 10k
2am on NBC Sports (Live) - Men’s Cross-Country 15km
2:30am on NBC Sports (Live) - Women’s Cross-Country 4x5km Relay [Replay at 3pm on NBC.]
8pm on NBC - 1,000m Short Track Speed Skating (Celski)
2am on NBC Sports (Live) - Men’s Cross-Country 4x10km Relay [Replay at 3pm on NBC]
2:30am on NBC Sports (Live) - Women’s Cross-Country Team Sprint [Replay at 3pm on NBC]
3pm on NBC – Men’s Cross-Country Team Sprint
8pm on NBC - Freestyle Skiing Women’s Halfpipe (Vanlaanen)
8pm on NBC – 500m Short Track Speed Skating (Celski)
2014 Winter Olympics
Feb 7–23, Televised on NBC networks.