Showing posts with label 2018. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2018. Show all posts

Saturday, April 21, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 21

Verne Toyer Passes Away

"Mini Me" Passes Away

It was on this day in 2018 when actor Verne “Mini Me” Toyer passed away. As a result of achondroplasia dwarfism, Troyer stood tall at 2’ 8” and it is said that his parents wondered if he would ever be tall enough to open doors by himself. He was a New Year’s Day baby born January 1, 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan and spent many days visiting his Amish relatives. Despite his condition, his parent never treated him differently than his siblings and required that he do the same chores including carrying wood and feeding the farm animals. In 1993 while working in a customer service job, he was offered to play a stunt double for the movie Baby’s Day Out. He went on to play Mini Me in three Austin Powers movies and appeared briefly as Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcrer’s Stone.

Monday, April 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 16

Harry Anderson died on April 16, 2018

Harry Anderson Passes Away

Actor Harry Anderson died in his sleep on this day in 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina, just a few months after suffering a series of strokes. Anderson was born on October 14, 1952 in Newport, Rhode Island and had a love for magic at a very early age. When he moved to Los Angeles, California, he joined the Dante Magic Club when he was a teenager and later became a street magician in San Francisco. For the first half of the 1970’s, Anderson lived in Ashland, Oregon and went back and forth performing with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performing magic. Anderson appeared on Saturday Night Live and portrayed “Harry The Hat” on Cheers before landing his most memorable role, Judge Harry Stone on Night Court which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992. The following year he stared in CBS’ sitcom Dave’s World which was based on the life of humor columnist Dave Barry which aired through 1997. In 2002, he moved to New Orleans and opened a magic shop, “Spade & Archer Curiosities by Appointment” which was later called “Slideshow.” He opened the nightclub Oswald’s Speakeasy in 2005 and then became a victim of Hurrican Katrina and sold it in 2006. He and his wife then moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Anderson’s last acting role was for the independent faith-based film, A Matter of Faith which was released in 2014.

Friday, April 13, 2018

‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ Reveals Who Will Be Dancing With Whom


The cast for Dancing With the Stars all-athlete edition.
(L to R) Johnny Damon, Tonya Harding, Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch, 
Adam Rippon, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, Mirai Nagasu 
and Josh Norman (Lou Rocco/ABC)

 TV 

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars is somewhat taking chances with its new upcoming season. For one, this next season will be shortened with just 10 contestants and all of the “stars” this time around are athletes, so if you’re not a sports fan you might not want to tune in. Granted, the 10 are taken from a variety of sports backgrounds.

The 10 contestants were unveiled earlier today on Good Morning America, but the network has been taking some flack for inviting disgraced former Olympic ice skater turned boxer Tonya Harding to the ballroom, something many of us saw coming after she was featured in a two hour interview on ABC earlier this year.

This season also includes Adam Rippon, another ice skating champ who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics and was featured often for his unofficial title of “first openly gay athlete to represent the Unites States in Olympic competition” rather than for his actual skating.

And every season of Dancing With the Stars needs to have at least one older competitor and this season that honor goes to NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who towers over Lindsay Arnold, his dancing partner. (Seriously, they couldn’t find a taller and older woman to dance with the man?)
This is once again be hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and the judges in place are Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba (who really should sit between the other two to help keep them in line.)

This season’s dancing pairs are as follows:

  • Olympic Ice Skater Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
  • 2018 NCAA Division I baketball champ Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko
  • The first American to win a medal in the Men’s Single Luge event, Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson
  • Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Artem Chigvintsev
  • Olympic Softball player Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe
  • Major League Baseball player Johnny Damon and Emma Slater
  • NFL cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess
  • Six-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold
  • Olympic Ice Skater Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
  • Former Olympic Ice Skater and Boxer Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber

Dancing With the Stars: Athletes premieres on Monday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 22

Charles P. Lazarus passed away on March 22, 2018.

No More a Toys R Us Kid

Today Charles P. Lazarus, the founder of Toys R Us passed away at the age of 94 one week after the company announced that it was shutting down all U.S. operations. "There have been many sad moments for Toys R Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today's news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus," the company said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles' family and loved ones." Born on October 4, 1923 to a bicycle shop owner, Lazarus began his first business, Children’s Bargain Town in 1948. In 1957, the first Toys R Us store opened with the toys literally stacked from floor to ceiling to give the impression that they held an infinite supply and was one of the first toy stores to offer shopping carts. In 1965, Geoffrey the Giraffe became the company’s mascot. In 1990, Lazarus was inducted into the Toy Industry Association's Hall of Fame.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Oscars: And the Winners Are...

Backstage at the 90th Academy Awards (ABC)

 MOVIES 

Who would believe that movie about a deaf woman falling in love with a creature resembling another one from one black lagoon would be a hit? Even stranger, that movie, The Shape of Water, managed to walk away from the 90th Annual Academy Awards presentation with four Oscars!

While the award show was a celebration of 90 years of movie awards, a few things felt similar to last year's production. For one, Jimmy Kimmel returned as host. For the second, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were asked back to present the award for Best Picture after accidentally announcing that last year's Best Picture was La La Land. "As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around," joked Dunaway before opening the black envelope.

Oscar and Jimmy (ABC)
Though less political and issues-centered than the latest Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, it was made clear that the "Time is Up" and "Me Too" movements are still very much alive and well and various Hollywood celebrities made sure we knew it. Even Kimmel described the Oscar statue as a "perfect man" as he keeps his hands to himself and doesn't have a certain appendage.

The longer the show went on, the more mentions about the lack of women or people of color were represented in the business of movie-making. Never one to shy aware from a microphone, Frances McDormand had her own "I am woman, hear me roar" moment. McDormand, who won the Lead Actress Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, encouraged all of the women nominees to stand up with her during her speech.

Francis McDormand (ABC)
"All the female honorees, stand with me -- all the women. Look around because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," said McDormand.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph poked fun that after years of Oscars being "too white" some folks were wondering if the award show had now become too black.

"Don't worry. There are so many more white people to come," said Rudolph before presenting awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Live Action Short Film.

Still, taking time to focus on social commentary during the awards might be affecting the production in a negative way. TV Line reports that this year's Oscars ratings were 15 percent lower than last years; a fourth straight year of decline. While equal pay for actors and actresses and greater diversity of films are concepts many can get behind, perhaps preaching the message during a night a celebration isn't the best time to do so.

Helen Mirren and Mark Bridges (ABC)
Non-political humorous bits included Kimmel giving away a Jet Ski to the Oscar winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech and the Helen Mirren served as a Price is Right type of presenter of the Jet Ski. (By the way, costume designer Mark Bridges was the winner of the prize and posed with Mirren on the Jet Ski at the end of the show.) After halfway through the presentation, an crowd at a movie theater across the street were surprised by Kimmel and some celebrities personally thanking them for going to the movies and awarding them with hotdogs and candy snacks.

Here is the complete list of this year's winners:

The 'Winning' Razzies for 2018

 MOVIES 

Surprise, surprise ... Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan did not win the Golden Raspberry Award this year for Worst Actress and Worst Actor for Fifty Shades Darker, but the good news is they still have a chance next year for Fifty Shades Freed.

Perhaps less surprisingly is that The Emoji Movie was the big "winner" this year coming out on bottom for three different categories for the 38th Annual Razzie Awards. Not only did those little guys beat out Fifty Shades Darker for Worst Picture, they also beat out Transformers: The Last Knight, The Mummy and Baywatch.

Established in 1980 as a satire of The Academy Awards, The Golden Raspberry Awards honor the worst of the worst the evening before The Academy Awards.

And this year's losers are...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Your Complete Guide to the 90th Academy Awards

 TV 

To see the complete list of winners from this year's Oscar show and highlights, click here.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on ABC. The special will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Each year ABC makes this event bigger and this year is no exception including a Countdown to the Oscars, Live! special and Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet both airing before the show on ABC. Other specials will air on Facebook and Instagram. Here is you complete guide to this year’s Oscars:

Countdown to the Oscars, Live!
ABC says this is the “ultimate guide to Hollywood’s biggest night” preparing viewers for the big night. Hosted by Paula Faris and Chris Connelly, the three hour special (!) will revisit unforgettable moments from Oscars past and will feature Whoopi Goldberg’s exclusive interview with chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company and museum campaign chair Robert A. Iger discussing the new Academy Museum and the 90th Oscars. Goldberg also brings viewers a first look inside the new museum and visits the Academy Film Archive which is full of treasured Hollywood memorabilia.

Faris and Connelly will be joined by special contributors including editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle, The Hollywood Reporter TV editor Marisa Guthrie, actor and writer Robert Wuhl, TV and radio personality Rolonda Watts, fashion expert Joe Zee and stylist to stars Sophie Lopez.

Countdown to the Oscars, Live! airs 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PST

Sunday, February 25, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 25

NBC Highlights: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cross-Country Skiing: Women’s 30km Gold Medal Final
The final competition of the 2018 Winter Olympics, as Closing Ceremony flag bearer Jessie Diggins, who helped the U.S. win its first-ever gold medal in cross-country skiing, competes in the cross-country women’s 30km event.

1968
Serena Williams Narrates 1968, the Story of Olympic Achievement and Cultural Legacy.

NBC Highlights: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Olympic Gold
Mike Tirico hosts Olympic Gold at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, which features a look back at the most memorable moments and performances of the PyeongChang Olympics.

NBC Highlights: 8:00-10:30 p.m.
Closing Ceremony
Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon will be on-site at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium to call the pageantry and spectacle of the Closing Ceremony, which will featuring the Parade of Athletes, interviews, profiles, musical performances, and more. The Olympic flag will be turned over to Beijing, China, host of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and the Closing Ceremony culminates with the extinguishment of the Olympic flame.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 24

NBC Highlights: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Speed Skating: Men’s and Women’s Mass Start Gold Medal Finals
Speed skating coverage includes the Olympic debut of mass start racing, which differs from the traditional paired format. On the men’s side, Team USA’s Joey Mantia is the reigning world champion. The women’s field includes South Korean Kim Bo-Reum, who draws on her short track experience, plus German legend Claudia Pechstein and Team USA’s Heather Bergsma.

Cross-Country Skiing: Men’s 50km Classical Gold Medal Final
Five miles longer than a marathon, the cross-country men’s 50km is one of the most grueling Winter Olympic events

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Figure Skating Gala (LIVE)
Figure skating coverage features the gala event.

Four Man Bobsled: Gold Medal Final Runs (LIVE)
Final runs of the four-man bobsled event feature 23-year-old Codie Bascue, who has emerged as Team USA’s best four-man pilot following the death of three-time Olympic medalist Steven Holcomb. Germany, with two top sleds, and Latvia are the nations to beat.

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 23

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Biathlon: Men’s 4x7.5km Relay Gold Medal Final
Top contenders in the men’s 4x7.5km relay include Norway, France, Germany, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Alpine Skiing: Team Event Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
In the Olympic debut of the alpine team event, nations compete in a bracket-style format featuring head-to-head slalom races (two men and two women per round).

Snowboarding: Men’s Big Air Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Snowboarding also introduces an exciting new event: men’s big air, with Canadian teammates Mark McMorris and Max Parrot among the contenders. Red Gerard, who won slopestyle gold earlier in these Games, and Chris Corning could also compete for the podium.

Four-Man Bobsled: Competition
The four-man bobsled event gets underway as Germany looks to confirm its favorite status (runs 1 and 2).

Speed Skating: Men’s 1000m Gold Medal Final
The men’s 1000m features two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis and his U.S. teammate Joey Mantia taking on the dominant Dutch.

NBC Highlights: 11:35 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Snowboarding: Men’s & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom Gold Medal Finals
After claiming super-G gold in alpine skiing earlier in the Games, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic is expected to be a top contender in this snowboarding event.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 22

NBC Highlights: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Figure Skating: Ladies’ Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Figure Skating competition concludes with the ladies’ free skate. Team USA is represented by 2018 national champion Bradie Tennell; 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu; and 2017 national champion Karen Chen, fourth at last year’s World Championships. Yevgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia, are favored.

Short Track: Men’s 500m Gold Medal Final, Women’s 1000m Gold Medal Final, Men’s 5000m Relay Gold Medal Final
Short Track finals include the men’s 500m, women’s 1000m and men’s 5000m relay. South Korea boasts a number of podium contenders, including Choi Min-Jeong and Shim Suk-Hee in the women’s 1000m.

NBC Highlights: 12:35 – 2:00 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Ski Cross Gold Medal Final
Switzerland has podium potential as well in the women’s ski cross final, with Fanny Smith joining Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund as medal favorites. Canada’s Marielle Thompson, the defending Olympic gold medalist, tore her ACL this fall, but has returned to the Games looking to win a second gold medal.

Biathlon: Women’s 4x6km Relay Gold Medal Final
Belarus, led by three-time Olympic gold medalist Darya Domracheva, is expected to be a top contender.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 21

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Speed Skating: Team Pursuit Gold Medal Finals
Team pursuit finals offer the powerful Dutch a shot at two speed skating gold medals. Japan is the favorite in the women’s event, while New Zealand, with just one Winter Olympic medal entering PyeongChang, has podium potential in the men’s.

Cross-Country Skiing: Men’s Team Sprint Gold Medal Final
A U.S. line-up featuring several strong and experienced freestyle sprinters has dark-horse potential in the men’s team sprint event.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Alpine Skiing: Women’s Combined, Downhill (LIVE) and Men’s Slalom, First Run (LIVE)
Having already claimed two gold medals at these Games, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher is the favorite to claim a third in men’s slalom (run 1 of 2).

Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Halfpipe Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Freestyle skiing coverage includes the men’s halfpipe final, where defending Olympic champion David Wise leads a talented U.S. contingent.

Bobsled: Women’s Gold Medal Final Runs
The women’s bobsled podium in PyeongChang could feature the same pilots as in Sochi – Team USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor (silver) and Jamie Greubel Poser (bronze), plus Meyers Taylor’s best friend, training mate and two-time defending Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Canada.

Cross-Country Skiing: Women’s Team Sprint Gold Medal Final
The American team, likely headlined by Jessie Diggins, enters the team sprint as a medal favorite. The U.S. women’s team has never won an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.

NBC Highlights: 11:35 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Alpine Skiing: Women’s Combined, Slalom (LIVE) and Men’s Slalom Gold Medal Final Run (LIVE)
Having already claimed two gold medals at these Games, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher is the favorite to claim a third in men’s slalom (run 2 of 2).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 20

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Biathlon: Mixed Relay Gold Medal Final
The second Olympic staging of biathlon’s mixed relay event, won by Norway in 2014.

Nordic Combined: Men’s Individual Large Hill/10km Gold Medal Final
After winning all four available gold medals at last year’s World Championships, Germany looks to extend its reign onto Olympic snow. Johannes Rydzek and Eric Frenzel are top contenders in the men’s individual large hill event, with brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher representing Team USA.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Alpine Skiing: Women’s Downhill Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Lindsey Vonn, 33, seeks a second downhill gold eight years after a victory in Vancouver; a medal would make her the oldest woman in alpine skiing history to climb an Olympic podium.

Figure Skating: Ladies’ Short Program (LIVE)
Figure skating continues with the ladies’ short program. Team USA is represented by upstart Bradie Tennell, fresh off a victory at the 2018 U.S. Championships; 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu; and 18-year-old Karen Chen, who placed fourth at last year’s World Championships. Yevgenia Medvedeva, competing as an Olympic Athlete from Russia, is the gold-medal favorite.

Bobsled: Women’s Competition
American Elana Meyers Taylor begins her quest to upgrade her women’s bobsled silver medal from Sochi.

Snowboarding: Men’s Big Air Competition (LIVE)
17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerard, who won gold in men’s slopestyle last week, returns as the big air gets underway. Gerard will face Canadians Mark McMorris and Max Parrot.

NBC Highlights: 1:05 – 2:00 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Ski Cross Gold Medal Final
In the high-flying drama of freestyle’s ski cross event, Jean-Frederic Chapuis is again a threat for France after leading his nation to a sweep of the Sochi medals.

Short Track: Women’s 3000m Relay Gold Medal Final, Women’s 1000m Competition, Men’s 500m Competition
Short track coverage includes host South Korea’s quest for a sixth Olympic gold in the women’s 3000m relay, plus qualifying rounds of the women’s 1000m and men’s 500m; the latter features a U.S. trio of first-time Olympians.

Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 19

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Ski Jumping: Men's Team Event Gold Medal Final
Ski jumping powers Germany and Norway look to challenge a Kamil Stoch-led Poland in the men’s team large hill event.

Speed Skating: Men's 500m Gold Medal Final and Women's Team Pursuit Competition
The dominant Dutch target a second consecutive podium sweep in the men’s 500m, while favored Japan looks to advance in qualifying of the women’s team pursuit.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Figure Skating: Ice Dance Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Figure skating’s ice dance competition concludes. 2018 U.S. champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are in medal position heading into the free dance. Three-time world medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, currently fourth, are also expected to contend for a medal. A showdown for gold is expected between training partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Halfpipe Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman leads a strong American group in the women’s halfpipe final.

Two-Man Bobsled: Gold Medal Final Runs
Heading into the final two runs, Germany boasts three of the top five sleds. South Korea’s Won Yun-Jong looks to lead South Korea to a podium spot.

Alpine Skiing: Women’s Downhill Training (LIVE)

NBC Highlights: 12:05 – 1:00 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Halfpipe Competition (LIVE)
Defending Olympic gold medalist David Wise, 2017 world champion Aaron Blunck and 2014 Olympian Torin Yater-Wallace give the U.S. a formidable trio as men’s halfpipe gets underway (qualifying).

Fergie Performs U.S. National Anthem - Yay or Nay? - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

While many were watching the Winter Olympic Games, others were watching Sunday night's NBA All-Stars game. But it wasn't the game that is making headlines; it was Fergie's rendition of the U.S. National Anthem. I think even Fergie would agree that it was over the top, but others found it to quite (unintentionally) funny. What do you think?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 18

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Men's Aerials Gold Medal Final
In the freestyle skiing men’s aerials final, Team USA’s Jon Lillis and Mac Bohonnon are among the threats to gold medal favorite Qi Guangpu of China.

Speed Skating: Men's Team Pursuit Competition
Speed skating coverage includes the men’s team pursuit qualifying round, with the Dutch favored to defend their Sochi 2014 title.

Biathlon: Men's 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final
After back-to-back Olympic silver medals in the men’s 15km mass start, France’s Martin Fourcade seeks a golden upgrade against a field that includes reigning world champion Simon Schempp of Germany.

NBC Highlights: 7:00 p.m. – Midnight
Figure Skating: Ice Dancing Short Dance (LIVE)
Figure skating siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani are one of three U.S. duos with podium potential as the ice dance competition begins.

Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Halfpipe Competition (LIVE)
Defending Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman leads a strong American group into women’s halfpipe qualifying.

Speed Skating: Women’s 500m Gold Medal Final
In Speed Skating, South Korea’s Lee Sang-Hwa races on home ice, aiming for a third-consecutive gold in the women’s 500m.

Two-Man Bobsled: Competition
Bobsled’s two-man event gets underway with Germany favored for gold behind top pilots Francesco Friedrich and Johannes Lochner.

Cross-Country Skiing: Men’s 4x10km Relay Gold Medal Final
Cross-country rivals Sweden and Norway duel for gold in the men’s 4x10km relay.

NBC Highlights: 12:35 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Snowboarding
In the Olympic debut of snowboarding’s big air event, American teammates Julia Marino and Hailey Langland are among the field chasing Austrian favorite Anna Grasser (qualifying).

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 17

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Aerials Competition
Americans Jon Lillis and Mac Bohonnon join gold-medal favorite Qi Guangpu of China in men’s aerials qualifying.

Biathlon: Women’s 12.5km Mass Start Gold Medal Final

Cross Country: Women’s 4x5km Relay Gold Medal Final
Team USA also could make history by capturing its first-ever Olympic medal in a women’s cross-country event, as Jessie Diggins and Co. have podium potential in the 4x5km relay.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Alpine Skiing: Men’s Giant Slalom, First Run (LIVE)
After winning three straight giant slalom world titles (2011, 2013, 2015), Ted Ligety, nicknamed “Mr. GS,” didn’t have the opportunity to defend his crown at 2017 Worlds after ending his season early to undergo back surgery. The two-time Olympic gold medalist could contend in PyeongChang. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, the six-time overall World Cup champion, secured his first career gold medal earlier in the Games and could add to his tally in this event.

Short Track: Women’s 1500m Gold Medal Final and Men’s 1000m Gold Medal Final
The short track venue should be electric as host South Korea boasts multiple medal contenders in the men’s 1000m and women’s 1500m events.

Skeleton: Women’s Gold Medal Final Runs
Jacqueline Loelling, 23, seeks Germany’s first Olympic gold in skeleton a year after becoming the sport’s youngest female world champion.

Ski Jumping: Men’s Individual Large Hill Gold Medal Final
Poland’s Kamil Stoch begins his pursuit of back-to-back ski jumping golds in the qualifying round of the men’s individual large hill event. Germany’s Andreas Wellinger, who won gold in the men’s individual normal hill competition earlier in the Games, is also expected to be a top contender.

NBC Highlights: 11:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Alpine Skiing: Men’s Giant Slalom, Gold Medal Final Run (LIVE)
After winning three straight giant slalom world titles (2011, 2013, 2015), Ted Ligety, nicknamed “Mr. GS,” didn’t have the opportunity to defend his crown at 2017 Worlds after ending his season early to undergo back surgery. The two-time Olympic gold medalist could contend in PyeongChang. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, the six-time overall World Cup champion, secured his first career gold medal earlier in the Games and could add to his tally in this event.

Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Slopestyle Gold Medal Final
After sweeping the men’s freestyle skiing slopestyle podium in 2014, Team USA again brings multiple contenders to PyeongChang, including Gus Kenworthy (Sochi silver) and Nick Goepper (Sochi bronze).

Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 16

NBC Highlights: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Speed Skating: Women’s 5000m Gold Medal Final
At age 45, Claudia Pechstein of Germany could become speed skating’s oldest-ever Olympic medalist with a podium finish in the women’s 5000m.

Cross-Country Skiing: Men’s 15km Gold Medal Final
Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway and Dario Cologna of Switzerland headline the field in the men’s 15km freestyle.

Ski Jumping: Men’s Individual Large Hill Competition
Poland’s Kamil Stoch begins pursuit of back-to-back ski jumping golds in the men’s individual large hill event (qualifying).

NBC Highlights: 8 p.m. - Midnight
Figure Skating: Men’s Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
With technical skills that belie his age, 18-year-old Nathan Chen is among figure skating’s most extraordinary talents. The Salt Lake City native, whose program features multiple quadruple jumps, brings podium potential to the men’s free skate against an experienced field that includes defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Alpine Skiing: Women’s Super-G Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
American Lindsey Vonn, 33, could become alpine skiing’s oldest female Olympic medalist with a podium effort in the super-G.

Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Aerials Gold Medal Final
Reigning world champion Ashley Caldwell and Kiley McKinnon give Team USA a pair of medal contenders in the women’s aerials freestyle skiing event.

Skeleton: Women’s Competition
The women’s skeleton competition gets underway with runs 1 and 2.

NBC Highlights: 12:35 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Slopestyle Gold Medal Final
Devin Logan and U.S. teammate Maggie Voisin are medal contenders in women’s slopestyle. Four years ago in Sochi, Logan earned silver, but Voisin, at age 15, had to withdraw after suffering an injury while training prior to the start of competition.

Figure Skating: Men’s Postgame

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 15

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Cross-Country Skiing: Women’s 10km Gold Medal Final
The U.S. enters PyeongChang seeking its first Olympic medal in a women’s cross-country event, and a Jessie Diggins-led contingent could achieve that breakthrough in the 10km freestyle. Contenders also include Norwegian star Marit Bjorgen, who continues her quest to become to the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.

Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m Gold Medal Final
In speed skating, world record-holder Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada challenges the Dutch duo of Sven Kramer and defending champion Jorrit Bergsma in the men’s 10,000m.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Figure Skating: Men’s Short Program (LIVE)
Men’s figure skating begins with the short program, as 18-year-old Salt Lake City native Nathan Chen could contend for gold against a deep international field.

Alpine Skiing: Men’s Super-G (LIVE)
Lake Placid native Andrew Weibrecht is an outside contender for a third-consecutive medal in the men’s super-G.

Women’s Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Women’s snowboard cross gets underway. The U.S. will be represented by 2006 Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, who won her fifth world title in 2017.

Skeleton: Men’s Gold Medal Final Runs
The final runs of men’s skeleton feature reigning world champ Martins Dukurs of Latvia and South Korea’s own Yun Sung-Bin, with Americans Matt Antoine (2014 bronze) and John Daly lead the Americans. Daly returns after heartbreak in Sochi, where he dropped from contention when his sled came out of the groove.

Freestyle Skiing: Women’s Aerials Competition
Women’s aerials competition gets underway. The U.S. will be led by reigning world champion Ashley Caldwell and 2015 World Cup champion Kiley McKinnon.

NBC Highlights: 11:35 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Luge: Team Relay Gold Medal Final
Team USA enters luge’s team relay event with high hopes after a second-place finish at last year’s World Championships.

Biathlon: Men’s 20km Gold Medal Final
Lake Placid native and reigning world champion Lowell Bailey shoots and skis for a biathlon breakthrough in the men’s 20km individual event; entering PyeongChang, the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal in the sport.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 14

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Alpine Skiing: Women’s Giant Slalom, First Run (LIVE)
Multi-medal threat Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. in run 1 (of 2) of the women’s giant slalom. The event will conclude live later in “Primetime Plus.” On the men’s side, the “Attacking Vikings” of Norway – led by three-time Olympic medalist Aksel Lund Svindal – are among those seeking to prevent Austria’s Matthias Mayer from becoming the first repeat Olympic champion in the men’s downhill.

Figure Skating: Pairs’ Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
The figure skating pairs’ free skate concludes.
Alpine Skiing: Men’s Downhill (LIVE)

Skeleton: Men’s Competition
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs and South Korea’s Yun Sung-Bin begin their duel for men’s Skeleton gold in run 1 (of 4), while 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine will likely lead the U.S.

Speed Skating: Women’s 1000m Gold Medal Final
Among the most anticipated speed skating events in PyeongChang is the women’s 1000m, with reigning world champion Heather Bergsma of Team USA facing a deep international field that includes recent world record-setter Nao Kodaira of Japan.

NBC Highlights: 12:05 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.

Alpine Skiing – Women’s Giant Slalom Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Multi-medal threat Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. in run 2 (of 2) of the women’s giant slalom.

Men’s Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Snowboarding coverage includes the high-speed, high-flying drama of men’s snowboard cross, where Pierre Vaultier of France seeks back-to-back Olympic gold medals against a deep U.S. contingent.

Skeleton – Men’s Competition
Also, run 2 (of 4) in men’s skeleton, where Latvia’s Martins Dukurs and South Korea’s Yun Sung-Bin are expected to continue their PyeongChang duel.