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Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

  • Premiered: 
    February 19, 1960
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Winter version of Summer Olympics 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: Olympics

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Plot Synopsis

Held every four years, the Winter Olympic Games feature multiple sports held on snow or ice -- figure skating, short- and long-course speed skating, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, ice hockey, luge, skeleton, bobsledding, curling and others. The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. It wasn't until the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley that viewers in the United States were able to see dedicated daily coverage of the Games, when CBS broadcast 15 hours of coverage during 11 days of events, which included events presented live and on tape. For the 1964 Winter Olympics from Innsbruck, Austria, ABC showed 17.5 hours of coverage over 13 nights of programming with most events on the same day they were held, because the network flew tapes from "Austria to Frankfurt or Paris, then jetting them to New York." For the 1968 Winter Olympics, ABC sent $5 million for the production, providing 27 hours of programming, using many technological innovations, including stop-action instant replay and a helicopter that provided aerial pictures transmitted via satellite.
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games (PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018) will be held from February 8-25, 2018, taking place over 18 days and featuring 15 sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating. NBCUniversal's cable channels will be utilized to distribute nearly 450 hours of Olympics coverage over 18 days of the Games. Here is a breakdown of each network's planned coverage:

NBC will present 176 hours of live coverage, beginning with primetime coverage on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8pm ET (one day before the Opening Ceremonies) and concluding with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 25. NBC's live coverage is broken down into three parts:

- Daytime: Coverage will air from 3-5pm ET on weekdays and 3-6pm ET on weekends across all time zones.
- Primetime: Coverage will air at 8pm ET each night and 7pm ET on Sundays.
- Primetime Plus: Coverage will air during the late-night show window following Primetime.

NBCSN will present 369 hours of coverage, including live primetime and 10 days of 24-hour coverage from Feb. 18-25. The PyeongChang Games officially begin on NBCSN on Wednesday Feb. 7 at 11pm ET, with live coverage of mixed doubles curling.

CNBC will present 46 hours of coverage, including its curling telecasts beginning Monday, Feb. 12 and concluding Friday, Feb. 23.

USA Network will present 40.5 hours of ice hockey and curling coverage, most of which will air live between 7-9:30am ET. Coverage begins on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a live presentation of the Women's hockey qualifying round.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will complement NBCUniversal's extensive coverage with wall-to-wall 24/7 programming of the Games. Coverage runs from Saturday, Feb. 10 to Saturday, Feb. 24.

Learn more about the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games here: