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    • Haywood UPDATE: The definitive (almost) guide to watching Canadian X-C skiers at the Olympics

      February 9, 2018


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      The cross-country ski events at the Olympics start early this Saturday morning 02:00 Eastern Standard Time with the Women's skiathlon. (all times listed here are EST).

      CBC are the host broadcaster, with help from Sportsnet, Sportsnet 1 and TSN.

      The following chart details when you can see the cross-country events, which for the most part should be broadcast live and complete, we assume with breaks for commercials, cool facts about Korea.... at the timers listed. Check the previous paragraphs for the meaning of the acronyms.


      This has been gleaned from the latest edition of the CBC Olympic TV Guide. It may get updated?

      As you can see the races are hosted on several different networks. If you have a cable package you can maybe sign up for 1 channel for a day and cancel the next day...

      This doesn't include regular coverage that may show event highlights or a combination of events, the above chart should indicate single event coverage.

      The 2 significant gaps appear to be the men's skiathlon and the Team sprint finals. We will try to see if that will be updated as they are probably Canadian medal opportunities.

      Theoretically they will livestream events and replays will be available, hopefully without the result, on the CBC Olympic web page

      Another potential viewing option will be Radio Canada, RDS and RDS2. However, they only show specific cross country ski coverage for the Sprint finals on RDS2.  You would have to think they would show the skiathlon and Team sprint finals as part of their regular programming...

      The other option would be the CBC Olympic app, that is available for Android and Apple products. It will show live coverage of events, and once again presumably replays.

      For the bolder, you can check out Skiing Vinnie at https://ixcski.weebly.com/ he typically posts World Cup race footage several hours following the event, and seems to have a plan to continue that in some format for the Olympics, perhaps a streaming option.

      Finally you can sign up with a VPN (Virtual Private Network), that will give you access to a server in a different country. Once there you can access video that may be geo-blocked outside of that country. If you want to work on foreign language skills you can watch NRK in Norway or SVT in Sweden, and you should be able to access their cross country coverage. Or you could say set your VPN server to England and watch Eurosport  https://www.eurosport.com/olympics/ But you would first need to purchase a Eurosportplayer subscription.

      We will provide updates as we know more. Follow CCC's media channels for exclusive Canadian X-C Ski team coverage.

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