Olympic Trials 2013-14: Key Dates for Team USA's Winter Games Selection Process

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 11, 2013

HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 17:  Team USA with Jonathan Garcia, Brian Hansen and Trevor Marsicano compete in the Team Pursuit Men on day two of the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating at Thialf Ice Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The United States Winter Olympic Team will continue preparation for January's 2014 Sochi Games with several notable team trials in the coming months.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics scheduled to begin on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, the clock is ticking as Team USA looks to determine which athletes will represent the Stars and Stripes in Eurasia next year.

The best part is that NBC and the NBC Sports Network will televise more than 34 hours of team trials, per NBC Sports PR on Twitter:

Below, we'll get you set with key dates for this winter's U.S. Olympic Trials.


*All information courtesy of TeamUSA.org.


U.S. Curling Trials

Sep 30, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; Team USA curling team members Debbie McCormick , Jessica Shultz and Ann Swisshelm demonstrate how to get the stone down the ice during a curling demonstration for members of the media at the Park City Ice Arena. Mandatory
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When: Sunday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 17

Where: Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.

Nine teams will compete in Fargo at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling. Four women's teams will square off while five men's teams will be in action. 

The teams will open up with round-robin play in the early part of the week before beginning the final round on Friday. Both the men's and women's finals could conclude as early as Saturday, but a third matchup for each could be scheduled for Sunday, if needed.


U.S. Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping Trials

COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - AUGUST 15:  Sarah Hendrickson of USA competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final on August 15, 2013 in Courchevel, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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When: Friday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 29

Where: Park City, Utah

The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team will look to build on its success following an impressive showing at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Four Americans reached the podium in 2010, as Team USA earned its first-ever Olympic medals in the sport.

As a result, there'll be plenty of attention on the U.S Ski Team in Sochi.

The trials are scheduled to run during the final weekend of December and will be held in Utah.


U.S. Speed Skating Trials 

CALGARY, CANADA - NOVEMBER 08: Shani Davis of the U.S. skates to a second place finish in the men's 1500 meter race during the ISU World Cup Speed Skating event November 8, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)
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When: Friday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 5

Where: Utah Olympic Oval, Kearns, Utah

Both the U.S. Long-Track and Short-Track Speed Skating Teams will head to Kearns, Utah, for their respective Olympic Team Trials. The long-track team will kick things off two days after Christmas while short-track trials will begin a day after New Year's.

There'll be plenty of star power on display in the long-track trials, highlighted by four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis, who is the two-time reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 1,000 meters.

Meanwhile, the short-track team will look to shine without well-known Apolo Anton Ohno to lead them. The future appears bright despite Ohno's departure, though, as this year's unit is both young and talented. 


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