Competition in the XXII Olympic Winter Games begins Thursday, and followers of the quadrennial event have plenty of opportunity and options for following the action in and around Sochi, Russia, the host city.
Television coverage on NBC (Channel 3 in the greater Sacramento area), as well as live streaming presented by that network, begins with a primetime block from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday with men's and women's figure skating, women's freestyle skiing and men's and women's snowboarding.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday. No competition will be held Friday, but it will resume with the first full day of events Saturday, coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Sochi is 12 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone (nine ahead of Eastern), so all NBC primetime coverage will be tape delayed.
Live coverage will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN, the network's all-sports arm, beginning Saturday. The first live event on NBCSN is midnight Saturday with broadcast of the Team USA-Finland women's hockey game.
Coverage, live and taped, also will be broadcast on CNBC, MSNBC and the USA Network.
All events will be streamed live at nbcolympics.com, but to access most of the live streams, you'll have to be an authenticated cable, satellite or telecom customer, USA Today reports.
Results, medal count and videos will appear sacbee.com/olympics.
Several free smartphone apps are available, including NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Olympics Highlights and Team USA Road to Sochi.