TELLURIDE – Representing Team U.S.A. and his hometown, Telluride freeskier Gus Kenworthy is slated to make his Olympic debut later this week in what will be the Olympic debut of the ski slopestyle competition. With a time difference of 11 hours, catching Kenworthy’s competition live or in prime time is tricky. Here are some tips to catch the Olympian’s competition in Sochi, Russia.
The Slopestyle Qualifier takes place at 10 a.m on Thursday, Feb. 13, Sochi time, which is 11 p.m. in Telluride on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Anyone can stream the event live on NBC’s website (NBC.com that will take you to NBCOlympics.com) if you are a paying cable or satellite subscriber with NBC channels in your subscriber package. You must know your cable provider’s username and password.
Alternatively, you can trick your computer to make it think you are actually in Canada or Great Britain, where streaming is available to all. Here’s a link to a Forbes article that explains how to work around the system:http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2014/02/01/how-to-watch-the-sochi-olympics-without-a-cable-bill/.
The Slopestyle Final also take place on Thursday, Feb. 13, Sochi time, but a few hours later than the qualifier – possibly somewhere in the vicinity of 2:30 a.m. in Telluride on Thursday, Feb 13. The only way to watch it live will, again, be by streaming. Taped coverage of the final will be part of NBC’s primetime network broadcast on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 13.
If Kenworthy makes it to the final, viewers should be able to see him in primetime. However, the show may only include top runs – not the whole competition – so it’s hard to predict whether you will or won’t see him.
NBC’s cable sports channel, NBC Sports Network, will have the majority of televised Olympic coverage and may show the slopestyle events after the fact. And the qualifier and final runs may be posted on NBC’s website for general viewing, post-events.
Telluride Community Event – If Kenworthy gets to the finals, and depending on his final results, local organizers are hoping to have a community screening of the Feb. 13 primetime NBC broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Palm Theater in Telluride. Organizers will get the word out as soon as possible on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 13, via local media outlets and social media.