Where have you gone primetime Olympic athletes? A nation turns their lonely eyes to you. Oh sure the US has won four gold medals in 2014, but all of the big bold names coming into the games have underperformed. They’ve let down viewers and NBC most of all. Shaun White not making the medal podium followed by Shani Davis’ sub-par performance during Speed Skating have left American viewers scratching their heads.
Tonight is the beginning of the Men’s short program. So far the host country has been dominating the marquee event of Figure Skating. The Russian’s won Gold in the Team event, and then took Gold and Silver in the Pairs competition. To make matter worse there seemed to be no team out there on the same level as the Russians. They were clearly thriving on home ice, in the same way the Seahawks dominate at Qwest Field. Besides Men’s Figure Skating tonight features the slopestyle final, an event the US basically created, and the chance for Gold in Skeleton. Skeleton is like the Luge, except you fly down the bobsled run face first on your Luge sled.
Here’s the official breakdown of tonight’s primetime action on NBC.
Men’s short program Figure Skating begins, and 19-year-old Nick Goepper leads a deep crop of U.S. skiers in the slopestyle final. In women’s 1000m Speed Skating, roommates Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe will be stiff competition for each other. Plus Noelle Pikus-Pace expects to compete for Skeleton gold after coming out of retirement in 2012.
Date: Thursday, February 13th
Episode Title: XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi – Shaun White
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com