• Mary Harrison

2018 Winter Olympics officially begin Friday

On Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will officially commence. The Opening Ceremony, which will occur at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, will air on NBC at Friday, February 9, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The Olympics will continue until Sunday, February 25.

According to CBS, some competitions – including skiing and curling - will occur the day before the ceremony. Because the Eastern time-zone is 14 hours behind PyeongChang, these events will be airing late on February 7, and early on February 8 on NBCSN.

According to Sports Illustrated, Vice President Mike Pence will lead the USA delegation during the Opening Ceremony. Luge competitor Erin Hamlin will carry the flag for the U.S.

North Korean and South Korean athletes will be marching “under one flag” in the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations, Sports Illustrated reports. According to CNN, the countries have already begun participating in “a range of joint activities,” including a common skiing training center and a unified women’s Olympic ice hockey team.

Some U.S. Olympians to watch are 18-year-old figure skater Nathan Chen, defending snowboarding champ Jamie Anderson, Youth Olympics snowboarding gold-medalist Chloe Kim, skier Ashley Caldwell, and speed-skater Heather Bergsma, according to Sports Illustrated.

NBC’s main station coverage of the Games will begin on the night of February 8, and their primetime coverage of the events will continue until February 25, CBS reports. The network will have 24/7 coverage of the Olympics online at nbcolympics.com, and on their NBC Sports app.

For a full schedule of events, times, and stations, go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/ and https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/watch-the-winter-olympics-full-tv-schedule-channels-time-dates-live-stream/