Winter Olympics 2014 Schedule: Live Stream, Watch TV Info and More Event News. Live Stream, The 2014 Winter Olympics, which will the 22nd instalment, will take place in Sochi, Russia from Thursday, February 6 until Sunday, February 23rd. This year’s games will see 98 events over 15 different winter based sports taking place with both the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics being organised by the Sochi Organising Committee.
While the 2014 Olympics technically kick off on Feb. 6 with a handful of qualification events, things will truly kick into gear on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 following the highly anticipated opening ceremony on Feb. 7 in Sochi.
A number of medals will be up for grabs during the opening weekend of the 2014 Winter Games, and those events will set the tone for the remainder of the Olympics. The Winter Olympics have undergone a transformation in recent years with the addition of several new, exciting sports, and they will be on full display early on in Sochi.
Along with a full viewing schedule for Day 3 and Day 4 of the 2014 Sochi Games, here is some further analysis regarding the events you simply won’t want to miss during the opening weekend of the Winter Olympics.
Where: Sochi, Russia
When: Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 23rd.
Watch: NBC, MSNBC and NBCSN
While most expect Canada and the United States to battle for gold in women’s hockey, Team Finland could potentially play spoiler. Finland has twice won the bronze medal in four Olympic appearances, and it is the one team with a puncher’s chance of taking down either of the women’s hockey powers. The Finns will have an opportunity to make their presence felt right off the bat when they face the rival Americans in group play on Feb. 8.
The United States has been dominant as of late, but it did experience a hiccup against Finland in the Four Nations Cup back in November. Finnish goalie Noora Raty stood on her head as Finland won 3-1 and became the first team other than Canada to beat Team USA in regulation. Despite the loss, United States head coach Katey Stone was encouraged by the team’s 59-shot outburst, according to USAHockey.com.
I thought our team played great. Obviously we’re pretty disappointed with the result, but their goaltender stood on her head. The kids stayed together and there wasn’t any quit on our bench. That’s the best I’ve seen us play, despite the result.
If the United States turns in a similar effort against Finland in the Olympics, then the outcome may very well be different. At the same time, the presence of Raty is a true threat to the American women. Both teams will want to make a statement in this contest, so it should be a highly competitive affair.
After the immense success and popularity of halfpipe snowboarding over the past two Winter Games, slopestyle will make its debut in Sochi. The men’s slopestyle semifinals and finals will take place on Feb. 8, and there is no question that there will be plenty of high-flying action. This is despite the fact that American star Shaun White has decided to withdraw from slopestyle in favor of focusing on halfpipe, according to Kelly Whiteside of USA Today: