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If you're like most Winnipeggers who've had it up to here with cold, harsh conditions, the last thing you want to think about is anything else with the word "winter" attached to it.

But what if winter wasn't something you had to do? What if, for the next couple of weeks, winter became something you could just watch, a spectator sport that you could enjoy from the snuggled-up comfort of your couch?

Well, hello, Sochi.

Beginning this week, the TV schedule will become jam-packed with around-the-clock coverage of events from the Olympic Winter Games, starting early Thursday with a snowboarding qualifier and ending on Feb. 23 with what most Canadians hope will be one of the Games' marquee events, the gold-medal game in men's hockey.

In between, Canada's Olympics-broadcast rights-holder, CBC -- with sub-contracted assistance from TSN and Sportsnet -- will provide more than 1,500 hours of live TV coverage from Russia.

The TV package will be augmented by two-tiered radio coverage on CBC Radio One and TSN Radio, as well as new-media components that will afford sports fans access to layers upon layers of additional content on various digital platforms and devices.

Stateside viewers will have access to an even more ambitious collection of Olympic access points created by NBC and its various broadcast partners.

But for brevity's sake, let's focus on Canada, because most folks on this side of the border will opt for homegrown coverage of the Games. Listed below is a quick rundown of how a few of the higher-profile sports will be covered during the Winter Olympics (full broadcast schedules are available on the channels' websites).

Bundle up. Sit back. Relax. And for the next couple of weeks, let's just watch winter.

FIRST EVENTS

Snowboarding: men's & women's slopestyle qualifying, Thursday at 5 a.m., CBC

Freestyle skiing: women's moguls qualifying, Thursday at 8 a.m., CBC

OPENING CEREMONY

Pre-show begins Friday at 9 a.m., CBC; opening ceremony begins Friday at 10 a.m., CBC, TSN, TSN2, SN, SN1

Opening ceremony rebroadcast at 1 p.m., CBC

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Canada vs. Switzerland, Saturday 7 a.m., CBC

Canada vs. Finland, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., CBC

Canada vs. U.S.A., Feb. 12 at 6:30 a.m., CBC

Quarter-finals begin Feb. 15

Semifinal games, Feb. 17 at 6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., CBC

Gold-medal game, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., CBC

MEN'S HOCKEY

Canada vs. Norway, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., CBC

Canada vs. Austria, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m., CBC

Canada vs. Finland, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., CBC

Quarter-finals begin Feb. 19

Semifinal games, Feb. 21 at 6 a.m. on TSN and 11 a.m. on CBC

Gold-medal game, Feb. 23 at 6 a.m., CBC

CURLING

Men: Canada vs. Germany, Sunday at 11 p.m., CBC

Women: Canada vs. China, Feb. 10 at 4 a.m., TSN

Men: Canada vs. Switzerland, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., TSN

Women: Canada vs. Sweden, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m., CBC

Men: Canada vs. Sweden, Feb. 11 at 4 a.m., CBC

Women: Canada vs. Great Britain, Feb. 12 at 4 a.m., TSN

Men: Canada vs. Russia, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m., TSN2

Women: Canada vs. Denmark, Feb. 12 at 11 p.m., CBC

Men: Canada vs. Denmark, Feb. 13 at 4 a.m., TSN2

Women: Canada vs. Norway, Feb. 13 at 11 p.m., CBC

Women: Canada vs. Japan, Feb. 14 at 11 p.m., CBC

Men: Canada vs. Great Britain, Feb. 15 at 4 a.m., TSN2

Women: Canada vs. Russia, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m., TSN2

Men: Canada vs. U.S.A., Feb. 15 at 11 p.m., CBC

Women: Canada vs. U.S.A., Feb. 16 at 4:15 a.m., CBC

Men: Canada vs. China, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m., TSN2

Women: Canada vs. South Korea, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m., TSN2

Men and/or women: tie-break match, Feb. 17 at 11 p.m., CBC

Women: semifinal, Feb. 19 at 4 a.m., CBC and SN1

Men: semifinal, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m., SN

Women: gold-medal game, Feb. 20 at 7:30 a.m., CBC

Men: gold-medal game, Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m., CBC

FIGURE SKATING

Pairs short program, Feb. 11 at 8:45 a.m,, SN; 1 p.m., CBC

Pairs free program, Feb. 12 at 11:15 a.m., CBC

Men's short program, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m., TSN

Men's free program, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m., TSN

Ice dance short program, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m., TSN

Ice dance free program, Feb. 17 at 8:55 a.m., TSN

Women's short program, Feb. 19 at 8:55 a.m., TSN; 2 p.m., CBC

Women's free program, Feb. 20 at 8:55 a.m., TSN

Gala exhibition, Feb. 22 at 10:25 a.m., TSN; 7 p.m., SN

SKIING

Freestyle: women's moguls, Saturday at noon, CBC

Alpine: men's downhill, Sunday at 1 p.m., CBC

Freestyle: men's moguls, Feb. 10 at 7:55 a.m., SN; 8 a.m. and noon, CBC

Alpine: women's downhill, Feb. 12 at 1 a.m., CBC

Freestyle: women's aerials, Feb. 14 at 7:30 a.m. and 11:25 a.m., TSN2; 2 p.m., CBC

Alpine: women's super G, Feb. 15 at 12:55 a.m., TSN; 2 a.m. and 3 p.m., CBC

Alpine: men's super G, Feb. 16 at 12:55 a.m., TSN; 2 a.m., CBC

Freestyle: men's aerials, Feb. 17 at 7:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., SN

Alpine: women's giant slalom, Feb. 18 at 12:55 a.m., SN; 1 a.m., CBC

Alpine: men's giant slalom, Feb. 19 at 1 a.m., CBC; 4:30 a.m., TSN

Alpine: men's slalom, Feb. 22 at 6:30 a.m., SN; 6:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., CBC

CLOSING CEREMONY

Feb. 23 at 10 a.m., CBC, TSN2, SN, SN1

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 4, 2014 D3

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