The Short Track competition is the closest thing we have to Olympic Roller Derby. If you haven’t seen the event before then tonight’s broadcast is for you. Think of it as contact Speed Skating on a tiny circle of ice. Why doesn’t someone bring Short Track to the USA as a major sport? Viewers could watch it like NASCAR. Sure the winner is important, but the crash into the wall is what they remember. According to the official preview from NBC, tonight is a big night for oval skating.
Four years after taking silver, Team USA’s Julia Mancuso should contend in the first women’s Alpine event in Sochi. Plus, top American J.R. Celski and South Korean-turned-Russian Viktor Ahn headline the men’s 1500m Short Track field and South Korea’s Mo Tae-Bum, the reigning world and Olympic men’s 500m champion, headlines a Speed Skating field that includes three-time Olympian Tucker Fredericks of Wisconsin.
Tucker Fredericks is the US record holder in the 500m, and our best chance for a medal in that event.
Date: Monday, February 10th
Episode Title: XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com