Sochi Olympic Winter Games Viewing Guide: What to Watch & Where to Find Ukraine

  • Sochi Olympic Winter Games Viewing Guide: What to Watch & Where to Find Ukraine
Issue 65, February 2014.

Sochi Olympic Winter Games Viewing Guide: What to Watch & Where to Find Ukraine

The XXII Olympic Winter Games are set to kick off in February and Ukraine is sending 43 of our finest athletes to Sochi, Russia to compete in 9 of the 15 events. As this 2022 Olympic bid region’s leading English-language lifestyle magazine, Lviv Today looks at Ukraine’s best medal hopes in our Sochi 2014 Olympic Viewing Guide. Events can be seen on Pershyi Natsionalnyi (First National) channel. All viewing times are local (Ukrainian).

February 15th

Main Event: All eyes will be watching the Russia-USA men’s hockey game at 14:30. The Russian team faces enormous pressure to win men’s hockey gold and this will be their toughest match in the preliminary round.

Ukraine Event: Catch Kosiv’s Bogdana Matsotska competes in Women’s Super-G Alpine Skiing at 9:00 or the Women’s 4x5 Cross-Country Relay team at 12:00.

February 16th

Main Event: The Men’s 15km Mass Start Biathlon event at 17:00 will be what most Ukrainians and Russians tune in to watch today. Russia has four biathletes that finished in the top 12 at the World Cup event in January, including Alexey Volkov’s silver medal. They’ll hope for a repeat performance today.  

Ukraine Event: While most Ukrainians will want to tune into the Men’s 15km Mass Start Biathlon event at 17:00, you should know that Ukrainian Figure Skating duo of Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitri Dun will compete in the Ice Dance Short program at the same time.

February 17th

Main Event: The Women’s Hockey Semifinals are set for today at 14:30 & 19:00. While the favorites remain Canada and the USA, Russia has spent a lot of time and effort in developing their women’s team with the hope of earning a medal in Sochi. The team won bronze at last year’s World Championships. 

Ukraine Event: Every Ukrainian will be tuned in to the Women’s 12.5km Mass Start Biathlon event at 17:00 to see if Vita Semerenko or Olena Pidhrushna can finish with a medal. Vita finished 4th in this event at last year’s World Championships. Other Ukrainian athletes in action today include Mykola Puzderko and Oleksandr Abramenko in Men’s Freestyle Aerials at 15:45 & 19:30 and Heekin-Canedy/Dun in Free Dance Figure Skating at 17:00. Abramenko, competing in his third Olympics, has finished as high as 5th in the World Championships (2009) and has a very outside chance of medalling in Sochi.

February 18th

Main Event: The Women’s Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing event lost one of its superstars due to injury before the event even began (USA’s Lindsey Vonn), yet the event at 9:00 & 12:30 remains the event to watch today. While skiers from Sweden and Austria look to dominate the podium, watch to see if Lichtenstein’s Tina Weirather can win the tiny nation’s first Winter Olympic medal since 1988. She is currently 3rd in the World Cup standings.

Ukraine Event: The young Viktor Pasichnyk of Kremenets will compete in Nordic Combined with the Large Hill Ski Jump set for 11:30 and the 10km Cross Country Ski slated for 14:00. Other Ukrainians in action today include Safiya Vlasova – Ukraine’s lone entry in Short Track Speed Skating – who will compete in the 1000m race at 11:30 and Bogdana Matsotska from Kosiv, who will compete in the Alpine Skiing’s Giant Slalom at 9:00.

February 19th

Main Event: While many viewers will be turning in to watch the Men’s Hockey Quarterfinals throughout the day, Women’s Figure Skating also begins today at 17:00. Or you could stay tuned in after the Biathlon Mixed Relay to see if Canada’s Women’s Bobsleigh team can defend their Olympic title from Vancouver at 20:15.

Ukraine Event: This is the single biggest day for Ukraine at the Sochi Olympics. Ukrainian athletes will participate in 6 separate events. The best hopes for medals are in the Biathlon Mixed Relay at 16:30 and in the Women’s Team Sprint in Cross-Country Skiing at 11:15 & 13:45. Other Ukrainian athletes to compete today include Simferopol’s Natalia Popova in Women’s Figure Skating Short Program at 17:00; Yosef Penyak and Annamari Chundak in Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom at 7:15 & 11:00; and Dmytro Mytsak in Men’s Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing at 9:00 & 12:30.

February 20th

Main Event: Today is for the women; all of Women’s Hockey (14:00 & 19:00), Women’s Figure Skating (17:00), and Women’s Curling (10:30 & 15:30) wrap up today with medals handed out in all events. Or you could check out the always entertaining Men’s Ski Cross, which has their medal event at 11:30.

Ukraine Event: If you missed the American-trained Popova compete in yesterday’s jam-packed schedule, you can check her out during the Women’s Figure Skating Free Skate at 17:00.

February 21st

Main Event: It is Semi Final day in the Men’s Hockey tournament and many viewers will tune-in for the games at 14:00 & 19:00. Also try to catch the Men’s Curling gold medal match at 15:30 which could see a rematch of the 2010 final between Canada and Norway. Short Track Speed Skating is one of the most exciting events at the Games and finals in several events begin at 18:30.

Ukraine Event: If Ukrainian super-biathlete Olena Pidhrushna hasn’t yet won Ukraine’s first gold medal since 1994 (and first medal of any colour since 2006), today is the day to tune in. the Ukrainian Women’s 4x6 Relay Biathlon team is one of the favorites heading into the event that begins at 16:30. The ladies have finished on the podium in nearly every World Cup event this season and offer the best chance to end Ukraine’s 20-year Winter Olympic gold medal drought. Also in action today is Matsotska in Women’s Slalom Alpine Skiing at 14:45 & 18:15.

February 22nd

Main Event: The popular Figure Skating Gala Exhibition, featuring medal winners from each event, will take place at 18:30. If you’re looking for something more competitive, check out the Men’s Hockey bronze medal match at 17:00 or the Speed Skating Team Pursuit events at 15:30.

Ukraine Event: Most viewers will want to see if the Ukrainian Men’s Biathlon team will be able to match the performances of the Women’s team. They compete in the 4x7.5km Relay today at 16:30. Other events featuring Ukrainian athletes today include: Penyak and Chundak in Snowboard Parallel Slalom at 7:15 & 11:15; Mytsak in Slalom Alpine Skiing at 14:45 & 18:15; and 5 different women in Cross Country Skiing’s 30km Mass Start Free event at 11:30.

February 23rd

Main Event: The final medal event of the Winter Games is also the premiere event of the Olympiad and all eyes will be anxiously awaiting the Men’s Hockey gold medal match at 14:00, especially if Russia qualifies for the game. Favorites for gold include Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the USA. Following the match will be the Closing Ceremonies at 18:00. Watch as Sochi hands over the Olympic flag to 2018 host PyeongChang, South Korea.

Ukraine Event: On the final day of competitions, if you want a warm-up event before the Men’s Hockey gold medal game, why don’t you check out Ruslan Perekhoda and Oleksii Krasovskyi in Cross Country Skiing’s 50km Mass Start Free event at 9:00. Then you can get settled in for the big hockey game and the Closing Ceremonies.