The XXIII Winter Olympic Games are quickly approaching and you won’t want to miss any of the action. The games will run from Thursday, February 8th to Sunday, February 25th. Whether you plan to follow along on a TV or a laptop, check out the following for when and where to catch PyeongChang 2018.

Where can I watch the Olympics?

TV will be the best place to find the most high profile and highly-anticipated events. Your local NBC channel will broadcast nightly prime time coverage from 8:00pm Eastern Time/5:00pm Pacific Time to 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT, with more extended coverage on Saturdays and Sundays. NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and the Olympic Channel will also have ongoing coverage during the daytime in America and as events are happening local time in Korea. Keep in mind that, because of scheduling, curling, ski jumping, and luge will be starting on Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th. This is a couple days before the opening ceremonies.

If you are on the go and don’t want to miss a second of the games, download the free NBC Sports app. From here, events will be streamed live or available on-demand. You won’t miss a thing. This app is perfect for catching that preliminary ice hockey round that you know probably won’t be on prime time that night.

On your laptop, coverage can also be streamed from NBCOlympics.com. This website also includes highlight reels, as does the app.

If you’re looking to keep up-to-date from social media, a few twitter accounts to follow are @NBCOlympics, @Olympics, @TeamUSA, and @PyeongChang2018. Be sure to also follow the US Olympic Team on Snapchat, @usolympic, for updates and behind the scenes action from athletes and others in PyeongChang.

Where can I find the Olympics schedule?

For a complete list of when each event is taking place, from preliminary rounds to medal rounds, visit PyeongChang’s official schedule website. The circles indicate preliminaries, heats, qualifiers, etc. Medal icons indicate events that will be awarding a medal that day. Click on either icon for more details on each event. Note: all times listed are in Korean Standard Time.  

When are the opening and closing ceremories?

In addition to coverage on all mediums, don’t forget to catch the opening and closing ceremonies. The opening ceremonies will air at 8pm Eastern time/5pm Pacific time on Friday, February 9th. Opening ceremonies usually include a series of performances, dancing, and singing that highlight South Korea’s culture and history. It is a way for the host to welcome the rest of the world to their country. The opening ceremony will also include the Parade of Nations. This will include every country in attendance. The athletes will join the stage to take part in the magic of the start of another Olympic games. The ceremony usually ends with the completion of the torch relay and lighting of the Olympic torch; each torch unique to its own games, declaring the games officially open.

Similarly, the closing ceremonies, taking place on Sunday the 25th at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT, will include more performances with a spotlight on Korea’s culture, but on a smaller, more casual scale. The International Olympic Committee will call upon Korea to hand off the OIympic flag to China for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Lastly, they will extinguish the flame, declaring the games officially closed.

There’s so much excellence, strength, and passion to capture when the world comes together on the biggest stage during these 19 days. You won’t want to miss a single action-packed, emotional minute. Get your Team USA gear out, block off your schedule, and prepare to experience a magic that only the Olympic games can provide.

Emilie N
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Emilie is an FFL Cabinet Member from the upper Midwest. She loves her mama, loves Jesus, and America, too. When she's not cheering on the Minnesota Vikings or obsessing over the Olympics, you can find her watching Friends or petting a dog.

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