The 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will run from March 4-13, and each day, NBCOlympics.com will provide a rundown of what to watch in every sport. All events listed below will stream live on NBCOlympics.com and Peacock, and all times indicated are in Eastern Time on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. USA Network and Olympic Channel will also provide television coverage throughout the Paralympics. Visit the schedule page for listings sorted by sport and TV network.
|Event||Time (ET)||How to Watch|
|Sweden vs USA||8:35 p.m.||NBCOlympics.com, Olympic Channel|
|South Korea vs USA||1:35 a.m.||NBCOlympics.com, Olympic Channel|
The U.S. wheelchair curling team came away with two crucial victories Wednesday against Switzerland and Latvia. But it will need to do it again Thursday on the final day of round-robin play versus Sweden and South Korea in order to give itself a chance to secure one of the four spots in the tournament's semifinals.
The standings going into Day 6 are as close as it gets — defending gold medalist and reigning world champion China and the respective 2021 and 2020 world runner-ups Sweden and Canada all have six wins; Slovakia sits in fourth with a record of 5-3; and three teams – the U.S., Latvia and South Korea – are tied at 4-4.
China, Sweden and Canada can clinch with just one victory apiece. China and Sweden have two chances to do so, while Canada only has one with a single game against 2018 silver medalist Norway. Slovakia could also control its own destiny with a pair of wins, though even one still puts the team in good position to lock up a berth.
Team USA's chances are extremely slim, but it's remarkable they even exist for a squad that started 1-3. A required scenario for the U.S. to make it into the semis is that Slovakia must drop both of its games, and that's because the Slovakians bested the Americans in their opener 9-3 and would win a tiebreaker in records.
If Slovakia can't find a win, and the U.S. defeats both Sweden and South Korea, the Americans will advance. Their victory over the Latvians on Wednesday assures a favorable tie break in the event of matching 6-4 records, and the U.S. can't remain tied with South Korea since the two play one another.
Day 5 Standings
1. 6-2 China (to play GBR, LAT)
1. 6-2 Sweden (to play USA, KOR)
3. 6-3 Canada (to play NOR)
4. 5-3 Slovakia (to play SUI, EST)
5. 4-4 South Korea (to play USA, SWE)
5. 4-4 Latvia (to play GBR, CHN)
5. 4-4 United States (to play SWE, KOR)
8. 4-5 Norway
9. 3-5 Great Britain
10. 2-6 Estonia
11. 1-7 Switzerland
Key Past Results
Day 1: Canada 7, China 3
Day 1: Slovakia 9, United States 3
Day 1: Latvia 8, South Korea 4
Day 2: Sweden 5, China 1
Day 2: Latvia 8, Slovakia 4
Day 3: Sweden 6, Canada 3
Day 4: Slovakia 7, South Korea 2
Day 4: Slovakia 9, Canada 8
Day 5: United States 8, Latvia 7
Para Alpine Skiing
|Event||Time (ET)||How to Watch|
|Men's GS: First Runs||7:30 p.m.||NBCOlympics.com, USA (9 p.m.)|
|Men's GS: Final Runs||11:30 p.m.||NBCOlympics.com, USA|
The only medal events of the day will be in Alpine skiing, with men's giant slalom competitions being held for the sitting, standing and visually impaired classifications.
All eyes will be on Jesper Pederson in the men's sitting event. The Norwegian is the defending Paralympic gold medalist and reigning world champion, and has already collected a pair of golds (super-G, super combined) in Beijing along with a silver (downhill).
France's Arthur Bauchet is the only other man to win two Alpine skiing gold medals so far at these Games. After finishing second at the world championships in January, he'll be one of the giant slalom medal favorites in the men's standing class.
Meanwhile the men's visually impaired class has produced three different winners in three events: Austria's Johannes Aigner (downhill), Great Britain's Neil Simpson (super-G) and Italy's Giacomo Bertagnolli (super combined). Simpson, who competes with brother Andrew as a guide, delivered Great Britain its first-ever gold medal in a men's snow event at the Olympic or Paralympic Games just a few days ago. Bertagnolli won the giant slalom world title in January only days after recovering from COVID.
There are five American starters in both the GS standing and sitting events, with Thomas Walsh figuring to be the contingent's best shot to reach one of the three podiums. The 27-year-old took world bronze in the event in 2019, was sixth at the most recent world championships in January and placed seventh at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. The U.S. is without star Andrew Kurka, the sitting event's reigning world bronze medalist, who was forced to abandon all competition after breaking his humerus and thumb during a downhill run last week.