The main event begins today -- err, check that. The main event "began" last night. With the 12-hour time difference between Sochi and the Bay Area, the competition ramped up while we were watching the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. Here's a look at what's on tap Saturday (and early Sunday morning), with one critical piece of information at the top:
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NBC and its family of networks will provide 1,539 hours of coverage, but the only place you can watch everything live is online. The choice events (think: men's downhill this weekend) will be shown on TV only on a delayed basis as part of NBC's prepackaged prime time broadcast. The only way to have access to everything live is on your digital devices through the NBC Sports Live Extra app. It's free to download, but you'll need to be a cable or satellite subscriber in order to log-in. For more information, go to: www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help.
Because we watch
Can't get enough Olympic figure skating? You're in luck: There's more this year than ever before, thanks to the addition of the team skate. It works like gymnastics, with skaters competing in traditional disciplines and the scores combined to determine the best of the 10 participating countries. Today's competition begins at 6:30 a.m. with the ice dancing portion. (Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2010 silver medalists, will perform.) At 8 a.m., two-time national champion Ashley Wagner (shown) takes the ice for the ladies' short program. Then it's time for the pairs. Everything will be shown live on NBCSN and via tape delay during NBC's prime time broadcast. The competition concludes Sunday. (San Jose teen Polina Edmunds won't compete until Feb. 19.)
The men's luge singles begins at 6:30 a.m. with the first of two qualifying runs. Team USA is seeking its first Olympic medal in the singles competition (men's or women's).
The U.S. has never medaled in any of the biathlon disciplines, but don't be surprised if an American makes the podium in Sochi. (OK, be surprised, but don't be shocked.) The World Cup circuit has yielded unprecedented success in recent years for Team USA. The next step to biathlon glory starts with the men's 10km sprint at 6:30 a.m. It will be shown on a delayed basis during NBC's afternoon broadcast.
Going for gold
Few American Olympians are as dominant as Hannah Kearney is in the moguls. The die-hard Boston Red Sox fan -- she's from New Hampshire -- won gold in 2010 and ripped through her qualifying run Thursday. At 10 a.m., she defends her Olympic title. "I feel like I'm better now than in Vancouver," Kearney said. No surprise: NBC is saving Kearney for its prime time broadcast.
Bode Miller, the most-decorated skier in U.S. history, takes aim at his sixth Olympic medal (and second gold) when he competes in the downhill. The event begins at 11 p.m. Saturday night but won't be shown on NBC for nearly 24 hours -- until the mothership's Sunday night broadcast. Miller's chief competition is Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal.
Star of the slope
Snowboarder Jamie Anderson is a good bet to become the first Northern Californian to win gold in Sochi. (She's from South Lake Tahoe and, yes, that counts as NorCal.) Anderson posted the second-best time in the slopestyle qualification and received a direct berth into the finals. But you'll need to stay up late -- or get up early -- to watch Anderson via live stream. (The finals are Sunday at 1:15 a.m.) Or just wait for NBC's prime time broadcast Sunday night.
-- By Jon Wilner