NBC kicks off 2022 Winter Olympics coverage live at 6 p.m. eastern Feb. 2

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NBCUniversal’s comprehensive coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics begins Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, with live primetime coverage of ice hockey, curling and alpine skiing starting at 6 p.m. eastern on USA Network and Peacock.

Medal contender Canada opens Olympic ice hockey competition against Switzerland live at 11:10 p.m. on USA Network and Peacock.

The NBC broadcast network then begins 18 consecutive nights of Olympic primetime coverage this Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. featuring live figure skating as well as qualifying for men’s and women’s moguls.

Coverage of the Opening Ceremony is this Friday, Feb. 4 across NBCUniversal, beginning with NBCU’s first-ever live morning presentation of a Winter Games Opening Ceremony at 6:30 a.m. on NBC and Peacock as well as an enhanced primetime presentation from 8 to 11 p.m.

During most Olympics, some events start prior to the opening ceremony, often qualifying ones, and NBCUniversal has typically provided coverage of these ahead of the official kickoff of the games.

Previously, some of this coverage was featured on NBCSN, but that channel shut down Dec. 31, 2021. Most of the sports content shown on that network, including non-Olympics events, moved to USA Network, Peacock or another NBCUniversal property, as broadcast deals allowed.

The U.S. mixed doubles curling team, featuring Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys, faces Feb. 2 live at 8 p.m. on USA Network and Peacock. Wednesday’s Olympic coverage begins when Persinger and Plys take on Australia at 6 p.m. on USA Network and Peacock. Plys will also compete in the men’s tournament as a member of John Shuster’s team.

Reigning world champion and four-time Olympic women’s ice hockey gold medalists Canada opens Olympic competition against Italy in an opening round Group A matchup Wednesday live at 11:10 p.m. on USA Network and Peacock. The U.S. and Canada have met in five of six Olympic gold medal games, with the Americans winning gold in a thrilling penalty shootout victory in 2018.

The men’s downhill training session, which is expected to feature Americans Bryce Bennett, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, and Travis Ganong will be presented Wednesday live at 10 p.m.  on USA Network and Peacock.

NBC’s opening night of primetime competition this Feb. 3 features live figure skating as well as qualifying for men’s and women’s moguls beginning at 8 p.m. (also streamed on Peacock). Three-time world champion and 2018 Olympian Nathan Chen is expected to compete in the men’s short program portion of the team event. Chen was a member of the U.S. team that took home the bronze medal in the event in 2018.

The U.S. women’s moguls team is expected to be headlined by Kai Owens and 2018 Olympian Jaelin Kauf in qualifying on Thursday.

The 2018 gold medal-winning U.S. women’s ice hockey team begins its gold medal defense in opening round play against Finland Thursday live at 8:10 a.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock. Pre-game coverage gets underway at 7:30 a.m. ET. The team features 13 players from the 2018 Olympic team, including Kendall Coyne Schofield, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker.