The US Olympic Curling Trials head to the finals this weekend as we see which teams are expected to qualify for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The Olympic Trials kicked off last Friday in Omaha, Nebraska and are now heading into the final three days of competition as we have three days of games scheduled for both men and women. All curling tryout coverage is available on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. However, only coverage of the weekend finals is available for fans to watch on TV and streaming with services like fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
How to Watch the US Olympic Curling Trials (Finals)
How can I watch on TV? What time does coverage start? – Coverage of this weekend’s Olympic trials is available on television via NBC Sports Network. The coverage will air at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Live streaming options: NBC Sports | Peacock | Sling | fuboTV – The coverage will air live Friday through Sunday via Peacock and NBCSN. Viewers who have cable can use their TV provider’s login details to watch through NBC Sports. Fans who don’t have cable can also watch the game with pay-per-view streaming options like Sling or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Full TV program for curling coverage (every hour EST)
Friday November 19 | 6 p.m. Men / Women Finals, Match 1 | TV: NBCSN | Live Stream: Peacock, fuboTV
Saturday 20 November | 6 p.m. Men / Women Finals, Match 2 | TV: NBCSN | Live Stream: Peacock, fuboTV
Sunday November 21 | 6 p.m. Men / Women Finals, Match 3 (if necessary) | TV: NBCSN | Live Stream: Peacock, fuboTV
More coverage via Associated Press
DENVER (AP) – Making an Olympic team is hard enough. This winter, those who earn their place on the US team may find it will take even more work to get to Beijing.
Among the slow trickle of information out of China ahead of the February Olympics was news that, with virtually no flights between North America and China, the Olympians may very well have to make it to Beijing. via a still unspecified set of connecting flights which could more than double their travel time.
As it stands this month, most of the roughly 250 athletes who make up the U.S. squad will need to take a charter connecting them to scheduled flights to Beijing from four cities, none of which are in. North America.
The uncertainty has turned what is already a logistical challenge – bringing all these Olympians and their thousands of pounds of gear to China – into something even more complex. And it transformed what is already an event fraught with unprecedented challenges – less freedom of movement, a vaccine mandate, and the prospect of competing in a country that’s on the verge of restricting negative coverage, including on widely documented human rights violations – something even more difficult.
“We’re very used to being flexible with our planning and schedule,” American skier Mikaela Shiffrin said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “But we very rarely have any plan at all. So this is certainly another source of additional stress. “
Challenging travel is nothing new for Olympic athletes, and their schedules have no longer become confusing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which has reshuffled competition schedules and, with New Zealand shutting down for most , made it even more difficult to find snow during the off-season.
The sponsor of the US Olympic team, Delta Airlines, may still be able to arrange charter flights directly from the US to Beijing, but with 11 weeks to go until the Games start everything is still on the table.
As of this week, approved flights to Beijing are expected to depart from Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Paris. The US ski and snowboard team’s tentative plan is to charter flights from Los Angeles to one of the points in Asia and then move on to Olympic charters. To further complicate the problem, some of these athletes are in Europe for the World Cup season. Without normal trading options available, the task of moving them is more difficult.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee is ultimately responsible for bringing the ski team and the rest of the US teams, outside of hockey, to Beijing. With an additional connection via Asia or a stopover in Europe, travel times could be about double what would normally be a 12-hour journey between the US West Coast and Beijing.
Rick Adams, USOPC’s head of athletic performance, said everyone was aware that the rapid recovery from the Tokyo Olympics and COVID-19 protocols “would make planning for Beijing very complex.”
“That said, we pride ourselves on being the best prepared NOCs and NPCs in the world, and we are exploring all options to bring our Olympic and Paralympic athletes – as well as support staff – to the Games safely and efficiently,” did he declare.
Athletes are not the only group to be affected by Chinese regulations ahead of the Olympics.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China publish a statement this month, complaining about the “lack of transparency” of the Beijing Organizing Committee and the IOC regarding reporting related to the Olympic Games in China.
The organizing committee told China’s Xinhua News Agency that it plans to increase referrals for the test papers and would assign staff to handle interview requests and inquiries. The committee said it does not recognize the FCCC.
Most journalists and Olympic support staff have also been suspended to plan their trips.
Much of the travel confusion stems from decisions by US and Chinese carriers to reduce the number of flights between countries from more than 300 per week to single digits. The setbacks began when demand fell sharply following the first outbreaks of COVID-19. The reestablishment of flights has been slowed down due to diplomatic feuds between the countries, along with strict quarantine rules that make it difficult to travel to either location. This week alone, the United States reopened travel to some foreign visitors who can show proof of vaccination.
American athletes are now collateral damage in this area as the USOPC negotiates with Delta for charter flights which are expected to cost well in six figures.
While the extremely limited number of flights between America and China is unique, the United States is not alone in facing an unprecedented amount of uncertainty as the Games approach. A recent search of the Air Canada website offered at least one option for flights between Vancouver and Beijing (with a stopover in Shanghai), where similar searches on the Delta and United websites offered none between the two. United States and Beijing.
“Planning for these Games has been difficult due to COVID-19, but we encountered similar issues while planning for Tokyo,” said Canadian Olympic Committee CEO David Shoemaker. “We have no reason to believe that we will have any difficulty getting Team Canada to the Games on time and ready to compete. “