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NBC Plans 835 Hours of Olympics Coverage

by Jane Murphy, posted Jan 14th 2010 4:18PM
The Vancouver Olympics is not just NBC's upcoming hiatus from the Leno vs. Conan late-night wars. It's actually, you know, the Olympics, that edge-of-your seat showcase for quadrennial favorites like short track skater (and occasional fox trotter) Apolo Anton Ohno, and a launching pad for new American sweethearts (Minnesotan Lindsey Vonn is a downhill favorite) .

Nearly every network of the NBC empire (with the notable exception of Bravo) will air Olympic events. It will add up to more than 825 hours of triple axels and double-takes (will German pairs contenders Savchenko & Szolkowy really skate to "Send in the Clowns" -- in clown make-up?!) According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the greatest number of Winter Games broadcast hours ever offered.The Vancouver Olympics is not just NBC's upcoming hiatus from the Leno vs. Conan late-night wars. It's actually, you know, the Olympics, that edge-of-your seat showcase for quadrennial favorites like short track skater (and occasional fox trotter) Apolo Anton Ohno, and a launching pad for new American sweethearts (Minnesotan Lindsey Vonn is a downhill favorite) .

Nearly every network of the NBC empire (with the notable exception of Bravo) will air Olympic events. It will add up to more than 825 hours of triple axels and double-takes (will German pairs contenders Savchenko & Szolkowy really skate to "Send in the Clowns" -- in clown make-up?!) According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the greatest number of Winter Games broadcast hours ever offered.

It all begins with the opening ceremonies on February 12.

The USA Network -- home to the slinky 'Burn Notice' – will hope curling becomes irresistible. How about calling it 'Sweep!' 'Friction!' Or 'Throw That Stone!' USA will also carry some ice hockey games. Figure skating, arguably the marquee event, will be shown on NBC and MSNBC. CNBC will be putting stock in biathlon, along with additional hours of ice hockey and curling. And NBCOlympics.com will offer unprecedented access to events, with 400 hours of online coverage.

Vancouver shares a time zone with Los Angeles, so NBC intends to show the medal hunt live -- or with a slight delay -- in events such as snowboarding, skiing and figure skating.

Still don't have Olympic fever? Starting Friday night, NBC and Universal Sports will be airing the National Figure Skating Championships from Spokane, Washington. In the women's competition, Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu, Alissa Czisny, Ashley Wagner, Emily Hughes (Sarah's sis) and ballerina-on-ice Sasha Cohen -- all credible medal threats in Vancouver -- will be vying for just two available spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

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