How To Watch Speed Skating – 2018 Winter Olympics

Channel: NBC, NBCSN
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American speed skater Dan Jansen captivated the Olympic crowd in 1994 by finally taking home a gold medal after 10 years of frustration. Jansen captured gold in the 1000 meter race after slipping and falling during two previous races, cementing one of the best comeback stories in Olympic history. American Bonnie Blair wouldn’t be outdone though, winning gold in both the 500m and 1000m races in Lillehammer to give the United States three total golds.

However, speed skating has been dominated by the Netherlands lately. In the 2014 Sochi games, Dutch skaters broke three world records and took home an incredible 23 medals, including eight golds. In fact, the Netherlands won more speed skating gold medals in Sochi than any other country combined. Poland placed second with three medals; one gold, one silver, and one bronze.


The 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will feature 14 different events, up from 12 at the Sochi games. Here’s a list of competitions and dates for the speed skating events (listed in chronological order by eastern standard time). The newest event here is the Mass Start, where instead of two skaters racing side-by-side, ALL participants are on the track as the same time. Olympian K.C. Boutiette called it “NASCAR on ice”.

Men’s Events


5000 meter race

  • Sunday, Feb 11 at 2:00 am

1500 meter race  

  • Tuesday, Feb 13 at 6:00 am

10000 meter race 

  • Thursday, Feb 15 at 6:00 am

Team Pursuit


  • Quarterfinal – Sunday, Feb 18 at 6:00 am
  • Semifinal – Wednesday, Feb 21 at 6:22 am
  • Final – Wednesday, Feb 21 at 7:13 am

500 meter race

  • Monday, Feb 19 at 6:53 am

1000 meter race

  • Friday, Feb 23 at 5:00 am

Mass Start

  • Semifinal – Saturday, Feb 24 at 6:45 am
  • Final – Saturday, Feb 24 at 8:00 am

Women’s Events


3000 meter race

  • Saturday, Feb 10 at 6:00 am

1500 meter race

  • Monday, Feb 12 at 7:30 am

1000 meter race

  • Wednesday, Feb 14 at 5:00 am

5000 meter race

  • Friday, Feb 16 at 6:00 am

500 meter race

  • Sunday, Feb 18 at 6:56 am

Team Pursuit

  • Quarterfinal – Monday, Feb 19 at 6:00 am
  • Semifinal – Wednesday, Feb 21 at 6:00 am
  • Final – Wednesday, Feb 21 at 6:54 am

Mass Start


  • Semifinal – Saturday, Feb 24 at 6:00 am
  • Final – Saturday, Feb 24 at 7:30 am

This year, 180 athletes from 28 countries will compete in the speed skating events. The Netherlands leads the way with 20 participants (shocking, I know), followed by Canada with 19.

How to Watch

Events will be on the NBC family of networks (NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports) and is dedicated to streaming live events. Streamers should have no problem watching events either on their computers or smartphones.

For Cord-Cutters, here’s a list of services that allow you to stream the Olympics. Here are the streaming services that carry NBC:

For more details about these services and details about the Olympic Games, visit our main 2018 Winter Olympics page.

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