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NBC OLYMPICS BEGINS UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF 2018 PARALYMPIC GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA THIS FRIDAY WITH OPENING CEREMONY AT 6 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Press Release
March 05, 2018

Andrea Joyce & Chris Waddell Host Opening Ceremony Coverage

Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Sled Hockey, Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon and Wheelchair Curling in Action This Weekend Across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 5, 2017 – NBC Olympics will present comprehensive and unprecedented coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, beginning this Friday, March 9, with the Opening Ceremony at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN, as part of more than 250 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.

NBC Olympics’ record-setting coverage of the Paralympic Games jumpstarts Friday on NBCSN, as Andrea Joyce, a veteran of 14 Olympic Games, and Chris Waddell, a 12-time Paralympic medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member, will host the Opening Ceremony. Coverage continues into the day with live alpine skiing coverage of the men’s and women’s downhill events beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, followed by biathlon and alpine skiing coverage at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

This weekend’s Paralympic coverage also includes live snowboarding, sled hockey, cross-country skiing, wheelchair curling and biathlon.

SLED HOCKEY

The U.S. sled hockey team enters the 2018 Paralympic Games having won consecutive gold medals. The unit is led by Declan Farmer, a 20-year-old Princeton student who has set records for the most goals (12) and most points (18) in a single American world championship tournament. U.S. goalie Steve Cash will make his fourth Paralympic appearance.

PARA ALPINE SKIING

Three-time Paralympic medalist Danelle Umstead and two-time Paralympic medalist Stephanie Jallen are expected to lead the U.S. women’s contingent. Andrew Kurka, who led the U.S. to three medals at the 2017 World Championships, is also expected to contend for multiple medals in PyeongChang.

PARA SNOWBOARDING

The U.S. features one of the deepest rosters at the 2018 Paralympic Games, headlined by Sochi bronze medalist Amy Purdy, who is expected to be a top contender in women’s snowboard cross, and three U.S. men – Evan Strong, Mike Shea and Keith Gabel – who swept the snowboard cross podium in Sochi. First-time Paralympian Brenna Huckaby, who won gold in snowboard cross and banked slalom at the 2017 World Championships, is also expected to contend for medals. This marks the second time that snowboarding will be included in the Paralympic Games, and the first time that the banked slalom event will be held.

PARA CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND BIATHLON

Oksana Masters, who won two cross-country medals in Sochi and is also a 2012 Paralympic medalist in rowing, and three-time Paralympian and U.S. teammate Aaron Pike, are expected to contend for medals in both cross-country and biathlon.

WHEELCHAIR CURLING

The Canadians, skipped by Mark Ideson, are in search of their fourth consecutive Paralympic gold. Canada returns as the gold medal favorite led by three members from its gold-medal team in Sochi, including vice-skip Ina Forrest and Dennis Thiessen. Norway, who defeated Russia in the 2017 World Championships, is also expected to contend for a medal.

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NBC Olympics named Toyota the presenting sponsor of its 2018 Paralympic Games coverage in January. This marks the first time NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympics will have a presenting sponsor. Toyota will also be the exclusive auto advertiser of NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympic Games across the linear and digital networks of NBCUniversal. In addition, Toyota branding will be included within NBC Olympics’ extensive linear, digital and social media promotional campaigns.

The sponsorship coincides with the recent rollout of “Start Your Impossible” Toyota’s first-ever global campaign, which highlights real-life mobility stories of Olympic, and Paralympic athletes as well as people who demonstrate the value of humility, hard work and never giving up. See their stories of determination to challenge any impossible here.

Team Toyota is sponsoring six U.S. athletes at the Paralympic Games: Stephanie Jallen and Danelle Umstead of U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing; Oksana Masters of U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing & Biathlon; Amy Purdy and Evan Strong of U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding; and Rico Roman of U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey.

NBC Olympics will also work with Descriptive Video Works to provide video description services (VDS) for viewers with visual disabilities watching coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games on NBC and NBCSN.

Video description is the use of short verbal descriptions of action or key video scenes to add context to programing for individuals with a visual disability. Descriptive Video Works’ specialists, with years of sportscaster experience, will precisely and vividly describe key elements of NBC’s coverage of the Games and sports as they unfold. This narration provides a description of key visuals like actions, facial expressions, clothing, event locations and on-screen graphics. Toyota is the exclusive sponsor of Closed Captioning and Video Description for NBC Olympics’ presentation of the 2018 Paralympic Games.

The following is a full schedule of the 2018 Paralympic Games:

DateTime (ET)EventNetwork
Fri., March 96 a.m.Opening Ceremony (LIVE)NBCSN
Fri., March 97:30 p.m.Alpine Skiing – Men’s & Women’s Downhill (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Fri., March 911 p.m.Biathlon & Alpine Skiing (LIVE)NBCSN
Sat., March 101 p.m.Biathlon & Alpine Skiing*NBC
Sat., March 107:30 p.m.Alpine Skiing – Men’s & Women’s Super-G (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sat., March 1010 p.m.Sled Hockey – U.S. vs. Japan, Wheelchair Curling (LIVE)NBCSN
Sun., March 119 p.m.Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Standing/VI 20km Free (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sun., March 1111:30 p.m.Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing- Women's Standing/VI 15km Free, Sled Hockey (LIVE)NBCSN
Mon., March 12NoonSled Hockey – U.S. vs. Czech Republic, Wheelchair Curling, Snowboarding (Encore)NBCSN
Mon., March 129 p.m.Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Sled Hockey (LIVE)NBCSN
Tues., March 132 p.m.Sled Hockey, Wheelchair CurlingNBCSN
Tues., March 138:30 p.m.Wheelchair Curling (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Tues., March 13MidnightAlpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Wheelchair Curling (LIVE)NBCSN
Wed., March 142 p.m.Sled Hockey Playoffs, Wheelchair CurlingNBCSN
Wed., March 149 p.m.Wheelchair Curling (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Thurs., March 151 a.m.Alpine Skiing, Sled Hockey Semifinal (LIVE)NBCSN
Thurs., March 152 p.m.Sled Hockey Semifinal (Encore)NBCSN
Thurs., March 159 p.m.Wheelchair Curling – Tiebreakers (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Fri., March 161 a.m.Snowboarding, Biathlon (LIVE)NBCSN
Fri., March 167 p.m.Wheelchair Curling Semifinal, Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Sled Hockey – Bronze Medal Game (LIVE)NBCSN
Sat., March 172 a.m.Wheelchair Curling – Gold Medal Game (LIVE)Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sat., March 178:30 p.m.Cross-Country Skiing, Sled Hockey – Gold Medal Game (LIVE), Wheelchair Curling – Gold Medal GameNBCSN
Sun., March 18NoonAlpine Skiing – Women’s Giant Slalom, Cross-Country Skiing – Open RelayOlympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Sun., March 184:30 p.m.Sled Hockey – Gold Medal Game (Encore)NBCSN
Sun., March 1811:30 p.m.Closing CeremonyNBCSN
Sat., March 241 p.m.Highlight ShowNBC

*All dates and times subject to change

ABOUT THE 2018 PARALYMPIC GAMES

The 2018 Paralympic Games will take place March 9-18, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea, with nearly 700 of the world’s finest Paralympic winter athletes competing for glory in 80 events across six different sports on snow and ice. Team USA will compete in each of the sports contested in PyeongChang with an estimated team of 70+ athletes.

-PYEONGCHANG 2018-