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NBC Won't Broadcast Olympic Figure-Skating Live

Figure skating fans are advised to stay off the Internet and away from the radio next month if they want to be surprised by who wins the Winter Olympics next month.

NBC released its ambitious, 416-hour TV schedule for the Winter Games that begin Feb. 10 in Turin, Italy.

The network opted not to broadcast the figure-skating competition live.

Instead, skating — traditionally, the most-watched event of the games — will air on tape after 8 p.m. here, about six hours after the competition will have taken place in Italy.

Hockey, however, will for the most part be live on TV — though the time difference means the games will be on in mid-afternoon, U.S. time.

Coverage of the games will sprawl over 16 days (Feb. 10-26) and air on seven different channels including NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC HD, Universal HD and Telemundo, NBC's Spanish-language network.