Winter Olympics TV schedule: What to watch Thursday, Feb. 20

The 2014 Olympic champion is crowned in women's figure skating, while Team USA continues to battle for halfpipe dominance in women's ski halfpipe competition. 

By , Staff Writer

Eight medals are at stake today as the thirteenth day of the Sochi Winter Games draws to a close. 

Apart from the marquee event of the day – the long program of women's figure skating, where the 2014 Olympic champion will be crowned – highlights will include freestyle skiing, nordic combined events, curling, and ice hockey.

NBC will air a tape-delayed afternoon broadcast from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST and a prime-time broadcast at 8 p.m. EST. Its affiliate networks, including NBC Sports, MSNBC, and CNBC, will broadcast events throughout the day, and all events can be live-streamed by cable subscribers at nbcolympics.com.

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You don’t want to miss: 

Figure skating

Korean skater Yuna Kim leads the field after putting together a transcendent short program, which she skated after a prolonged absence from the international competitive circuit. She is closely followed by Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, who managed to skate an equally flawless program after the country’s other breakout star, Yulia Lipnitskaya, stumbled, landing in fifth place. American skaters Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, and Polina Edmunds are also still very much in the competition, holding fourth, fifth, and seventh places.

This event will be replayed on NBC primetime. 

Women's ski halfpipe

American Maddie Bowman is a leading gold-medal contender in tonight's inaugural women's freestyle skiing halfpipe event. Her prime competitor is Switzerland's Virginie Faivre, who is the reigning world champion in the sport. The duel for gold will follow on the heels of the US victory in men's skiing halfpipe competition (notched by David Wise) earlier this week. 

This event will stream live at 12:30 pm. EST and replay on NBC primetime.

Men's ski cross

Another gold medal is decided tonight when skiiers take to the slopes to race down the course together in groups of four. Two Canadian athletes, Brady Leman and David Duncan, are considered strong gold medal competitors, while John Teller is the only American competing in the race. But the competition's reputation for unpredictability means that anyone who manages to complete the course upright has a chance to reach the podium.  

This event will be replayed on NBC primetime. 

Women's hockey

The gold medal is on the line in the final showdown between the US and Canadian women's hockey teams, two historic rivals who traditionally dominate other Olympic competitors. Team USA lost to Canada, 3-2, during the group phase. But both teams had few issues advancing to the final round in their semifinal games.  

This event will stream live at 12 p.m. EST and will be replayed at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.

Nordic combined

This event is a combination of ski jumping and a cross-country ski race, according to Sochi organizers: "There are three men’s events in the Olympic program in Nordic Combined: the individual event with a normal hill ski jump, the individual event with a large hill ski jump, and the team event, with two jumps from the large hill for each team member and a 4×5 km relay."

This event streamed live at 3:00 a.m. EST. 

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