What to Watch
Our Pick: Women’s Halfpipe Qualification – Part of NBC primetime coverage starting at 8 PM
Who to Watch: This is your chance to see exactly how lazy you were as 17-year-old. The US competitors to keep an eye on are 17-year-old sensation Chloe Kim and U.S. teammate Kelly Clark. Clark is the most decorated Olympic snowboarder of all time, look to advance in qualifying-round women’s halfpipe action.
Kim is the first woman to nail back-to-back 1080s in a halfpipe contest. There will be additional cameras on her since she is the child of Korean immigrants. This was her second time winning her Olympic Qualifying event. She was too young to compete last go around. Gold is definitely in her sights this year.
Kelly Clark in comparison to Kim is a grizzled veteran. She is a four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist – gold in 2002 and bronze in both 2010 and 2014 (and fourth in 2006). Kelly was the first woman to land a 1080 in competition way back in 2011.
What am I watching? – Snowboard halfpipe is a snowboard competition in which the competitors start individually from the top of a halfpipe. The half-pipe is a semi-circular ditch or purpose built ramp (that is usually on a downward slope), between 8 and 22 feet deep.
Scores are determined by judges.
Halfpipe has a qualification and final round. The qualification round consists of two runs, with the best single run counting. Twelve riders (out of 30 total men, and 24 women) make it to the final round. The finals are three runs and again the best run used to determine the winner. The finals for the Women’s Halfpipe Qualification will be on Tuesday.
Also Catch: Women’s Hockey – NBCSN 7:10 AM Live
The Korean team is a combined team of North and South Korea so lots of storylines there and they face a strong Swedish team.
PyeongChang Winter Olympics Breakdown
When: Olympics run from February 9th – 25th
Where: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. PyeongChang is a county in Gangwon Province of South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is approximately 180 km (110 mi) east southeast of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. (Wikipedia)
Mascot: Soohorang, a white tiger is the official mascot.
Official Olympic Website: PYEONGCHANG2018.COM
How to Watch: NBC, as you’ve probably seen, is the official broadcaster of the games. Full and detailed competition schedules, TV listings and live streaming schedules are available on NBCOlympics.com.
A total of 365.5 hours of Olympic coverage will be aired on NBCUniversal cable networks, which include NBCSN, CNBC, and the USA Network. The big events will be on NBC which if you’re a cable cutter you should be able to get over the air.
What we’re doing: PyeongChang South Korea is the home for the 2018 Winter Games. This is the 24th time athletes have taken to the snow and ice to compete for gold.
There are 15 official Winter Olympics events. All of those breakdown to individual competitions. For example, under the heading of Alpine Skiing, there are a total of 13 events to watch. This means there is a ton to keep track off.
That’s where we come in. We’ll pick the event or story to watch that you might miss.