Coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia begins at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC with coverage of snowboarding, freestyle skiing and figure skating. The opening ceremony will air at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
FORSYTH COUNTY — The eyes of the world will be on Sochi, Russia, later this week — and for most of February — as the 2014 Olympic Winter Games begin.
The 18 days of televised coverage of the sporting events begin in the United States on Thursday, although the opening ceremonies won’t occur until Friday.
With everything from curling and skiing to figure skating and bobsledding, offer seemingly something for everyone.
Viewers in Forsyth County are no exception. Don Kelly, a Michigan native, plans to tune in for at least two of the sports.
As a lifelong hockey player, Kelly said he always watches as many of those games as he can.
“I’m a hockey fan for over 50 years,” he said. “I play it and I follow it.
“My favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings because I lived up there until about 18 years ago and they’re sending, I think, 10 players to the Olympics so it’s exciting for me.”
He said he also enjoys downhill skiing.
“But my main thing is the hockey,” he said. “Most of the games are early in the morning, but I’ll be taping as many of them as I can and watching them later.”
For many Southerners, a few of the Winter Games may seem somewhat exotic, but Marcus Daiber grew up watching and participating in many of the activities.
A native of Germany who now lives in Forsyth due to his job as president of WK Electrical Services Corporation, Daiber said he and his family always look forward to the Winter Olympics.
“I have the opportunity to root for two countries, so I’m always in the winning position, so it’s a great thing to watch definitely,” he said.
Based on the medal counts from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, his assessment of the United States or Germany always being a winner is accurate.
The countries finished in the top two medal positions four years ago, with the U.S. receiving the most medals, 37, and Germany close behind with 30.
As for Daiber’s favorite, he said he will likely be honoring his 9-year-old daughter’s request and watching most of the figure skating events.