The Opening Ceremonies are over, and as Saturday begins in Beijing, the first medals of the 2022 Winter Olympics hang in the balance. Below is our daily rundown of the top US events to watch, along with a link to our full medal event schedule and the rest of the day’s action.
With jet lag, each day’s live competition in China begins during Eastern prime time and runs overnight until mid-morning. This episode covers events happening on Saturdays in Beijing (Friday night through Saturday morning in the US).
All dates and times below are converted to Eastern Time, 1:00 p.m. Beijing Time. On Friday night, the primetime show hosted by NBC’s main channel will feature a replay of the opening ceremony earlier in the day. All events can be streamed on Peacock or NBCOlympics.com.
Top US Events
What: USA vs. ROC
When: Saturday, 8:10 a.m.
TV: USA and streaming
Team USA take to the ice for their second match of the group stage, this one against the ROC, two days after beating Finland in their opener but losing Brianna Decker to injury for the remainder of the tournament.
What: 7.5 km + 7.5 km women’s skiathlon
When: Saturday, 2:45 a.m.
TV: USA and streaming
American Jessie Diggins, who with Kikkan Randall won the country’s first-ever cross-country gold medal in Pyeongchang in the team sprint event, finished fifth in the skiathlon in 2018 and is coming back to try this again year.
Curling (mixed doubles)
What: US vs. China, US vs. Canada
When: Saturday, 1:05 a.m. (China); Saturday, 7:05 a.m. (Canada)
TV: CNBC (US vs. China, Delayed, 4 p.m.; US vs. Canada, Delayed, 6 p.m.) and Streaming
The USA team of Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys scored a big win over Sweden early Friday morning to go 2-2 after four games. The Americans sit in sixth place with five games remaining and would need to be in the top four to advance to the knockout stage. Canada (3-1) and China (2-2) lead the Americans in the standings.
See the rest of the medal events and other upcoming action for Friday night and Saturday morning here.
(Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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