The Winter Olympics are finally getting into full swing with a number of medals on the line on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Day 2 features the first day of action for alpine skiing, the first medals given out in luge, ski jumping and figure skating, as well as continued competition for even more big events.
If the first couple of days were any indication, fans should be in for a real treat as the bigger stars in the competition look to get onto the podium. Here is a preview of what to watch for in Day 2 of the Sochi Olympics.
The television schedule is based on what is shown live on MSNBC and NBC Sports Network. NBC will also feature an encore of many of the events starting at 7 p.m. ET, including alpine skiing, women's snowboarding slopestyle, figure skating team event and ski jumping. NBCOlympics.com provides a complete look at when each event will be shown on television.
|Winter Olympics Schedule - Day 2 (Feb. 9)|
|Sport||Event||Time (Local)||Time (ET)||TV||Medal?|
|Snowboarding||Women's Slopestyle - Semi||10:30 a.m.||1:30 a.m.||-||No|
|Alpine Skiing||Men's Downhill||11 a.m.||2 a.m.||-||Yes|
|Hockey||Women's Group B||12 p.m.||3 a.m.||NBCSN||No|
|Snowboarding||Women's Slopestyle - Final||1:15 p.m.||4:15 a.m.||-||Yes|
|Cross Country||Men's Skiathlon 30 km||2 p.m.||5 a.m.||NBCSN||Yes|
|Speed Skating||Women's 3,000 m||3:30 p.m.||6:30 a.m.||NBCSN||Yes|
|Hockey||Women's Group B||5 p.m.||8 a.m.||MSNBC||No|
|Luge||Men's Singles - Run 3||6:30 p.m.||9:30 a.m.||NBCSN||No|
|Biathlon||Women's 7.5 km Sprint||6:30 p.m.||9:30 a.m.||-||Yes|
|Figure Skating||Team - Men's Free Skate||7 p.m.||10 a.m.||NBCSN||No|
|Figure Skating||Team - Ladies' Free Skate||8:05 p.m.||11:05 a.m.||NBCSN||No|
|Luge||Men's Singles - Run 4||8:30 p.m.||11:30 a.m.||-||Yes|
|Figure Skating||Team - Ice Dancing Free Skate||9:10 p.m.||12:10 p.m.||NBCSN||Yes|
|Ski Jumping||Men's Individual Normal Hill - 1st Round||9:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN||No|
|Ski Jumping||Men's Individual Normal Hill - Final Round||10:30 p.m.||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN||Yes|
Top Events to Watch
Team Figure Skating
Figure skating has long been among the most popular events at the Winter Olympics. The sport usually features four gold medals on the line for men's singles, women's singles, pairs and ice dancing.
However, the new addition of team figure skating creates another dimension to the competition. Athletes that have been rivals throughout qualification are now on the same team in order to secure more medals.
While the event started before the opening ceremony with 10 countries, we are now at the final day of the competition and one team will secure the title. The men will start off with a free skate, followed by the ladies free skate and finally the ice dance free skate.
If Canada is within reach heading into the final round, it has to feel pretty good about its chances with Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue competing. The 2010 gold-medal winners will look to anchor their country with another spectacular performance.
Of course, you cannot rule out the United States or Russia with only a few performances remaining.
A fixture at the X Games, slopestyle has become an Olympic event for the first time this year. After the women had a qualifying stage on Feb. 6 before the opening ceremony, the semifinals and finals will take place on Feb. 9.
American Jamie Anderson remains a top contender for a gold medal after seeing a lot of success in the event at the X Games. She has earned a medal in eight of the last nine years in Aspen, Colo., including golds in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.
This is quite incredible for someone who is still just 23 years old.
At this year's competition, Anderson earned a silver behind Silje Norendal of Norway, but you can imagine she will look to get revenge when the two face off in Sochi.
Canada's Spencer O'Brien is also among the top challengers after winning gold at the Snowboarding World Championships last year.
There are a number of alpine events throughout the Olympics, but downhill features the highest speeds and the most exciting competition throughout.
Bode Miller remains the biggest name among Americans as one of the most successful skiers in U.S. history. He medaled three times in Vancouver, including a gold on the super combined event. Unfortunately, he only managed a bronze in downhill.
Interestingly, a knee injury kept him out for all of 2013, and he must prove that there is no rust heading into Sochi. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association executive vice president Luke Bodensteiner does not believe this will be a problem, according to Jim Caple of ESPN:
I don't think Bode ever doubted that he would be at this point. We certainly believed in him and thought he could make an effective return from his injury. Bode is very cognizant of his stature and the legacy he wants to leave. He has unfinished business.
Meanwhile, his teammate, Ted Ligety, will provide quite a challenge in this event. They will compete with favorites Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Marcel Hirscher of Austria for the prestigious gold medal.
The question is which can come through with the best run when it matters.
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