2014 Winter Olympics schedule, Day 1: Snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating begin

Mike Ehrmann

The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off Thursday, Feb. 6. Here's a full rundown of the schedule for Day 1 in Sochi. All times Eastern.

Snowboard

1 a.m. ET: Men's Slopestyle, Qualification
5 a.m.: Ladies' Slopestyle, Qualification

  • Slopestyle makes its Olympic debut this year. Competitors are judged as they snowboard down a slope that features obstacles such as rails, quarter pipes and jumps. There are two runs in each round, with the best judged scores advancing.
  • Americans: Three men, four women. USA's Shaun White decided not to compete in slopestyle, citing injury struggles and a treacherous course.

Freestyle Skiing

9 a.m.: Ladies' Moguls, Qualification 1

  • Skiers traverse a bumpy slope, performing two jumps. Judges weigh how competitors work their way through the moguls, as well as the difficulty of the jumps.
  • Four Americans will compete.

Figure Skating

10:30 a.m.: Team, Men's Short Program
12:10 p.m.: Team, Pairs Short Program

  • It's the first Olympic year for team figure skating. Representatives from competing nations will compete in short program (men's, women's, pairs), free program (men's, women's, pairs), short dance and free dance.
  • The team figure skating medal will be awarded on Sun., Feb. 9 after all events are complete.

In the United States, all events can be watched live on NBCOlympics.com, or through NBC Sports' Live Extra app. Authentication through your cable or satellite provider is required, however.

NBC will tape-delay portions of each competition in primetime at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC. They will encore their primetime, tape-delayed coverage at 1:35 a.m. ET Friday.

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Miracle Put on Ice: 1984 US hockey team never had a chance

The Ratchet Olympics | "We need to be tough!"

What to expect on the bigger Olympic hockey rink

Hockey: Men’s schedule | All 12 men’s rosters | USA roster analysis

Henrik Lundqvist on Sweden's chances, tournament fatigue

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