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Winter Olympics on TV: Big speedskating battle looms

By Scott D. Pierce

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Feb 09 2014 11:28 pm • Last Updated Feb 09 2014 11:28 pm

Four years ago in Vancouver, American speedskater J.R. Celski won the bronze in the 1,500-meter competition. He’ll be looking to improve on that in Sochi, but he’ll be facing a formidable foe.

Russia’s Viktor Ahn missed the Vancouver Games because of a knee injury. But in 2006, when he competed for his native South Korea as Ahn Hyun-Soo and was competing for his, he won three gold medals.

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Kind of crazy … but then so is speedskating.

NBC DAYTIME • 2-4 p.m., Ch. 5: Men’s speedskating/500m gold medal final; men’s biathlon/12.5km pursuit gold medal final

NBC PRIMETIME • 7-10:30 p.m., Ch. 5: Women’s alpine skiing/500m gold medal final; men’s freestyle skiing/moguls gold medal final; men’s short track speedskating/1,500m gold medal final

NBC LATE NIGHT • 11:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., Ch. 5: Women’s short-track speedskating; women’s luge.

• 12:05-3:30 a.m., Ch. 5: Repeat of NBC prime time

NBCSN • 5:30-9:15 a.m.: Men’s speedskating/500m gold medal final (live)

• 1-3 p.m.: Curling encore

• 3-5 p.m.: Hockey/game of the day

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• 1-3 a.m. (early Tuesday): Women’s curling/USA vs. Russia

• 3-4 a.m. (early Tuesday): Men’s and women’s cross country skiing/individual sprint (live)

• 4-8 a.m. (early Tuesday): Men’s and women’s cross country skiing/individual sprint gold medal finals (live)

MSNBC • 8-10:30 a.m.: Women’s hockey/Canada vs. Finland (live)

CNBC • 3-6 p.m.: Men’s curling/USA vs. Norway

USA • 3-6 a.m. (early Tuesday): Men’s curling/USA vs. China (live)

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