Olympic Speedskating Schedule 2014: TV Info and Predictions for Day 2

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 9, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 16:  Ireen Wust of the Netherlands skates in the ladies 1,500 meter during the Essent ISU Long Track World Cup at the Utah Olympic Oval on November 16, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2014 Olympics kicked off on Saturday with an incredible performance by Sven Kramer in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating event. He set a new Olympic record when he posted a time of 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds and took home the gold medal for the Netherlands.

Sunday should feature just as much excitement as the ladies' 3,000-meter event is set to take place. Another Netherlands athlete looks to dominate, as Irene Wust will take the ice. She won the gold medal in 2006 and is no stranger to this competition.

However, she will not be without challengers.

Claudia Pechstein of Germany won the gold medal in the latest World Cup, and Czech Republic's Martina Sablikova won the silver medal. Both women finished ahead of Wust, who took home the bronze medal in the event.

According to NBCOlympics.com, these three athletes have combined for a total of 15 Olympic medals, including nine golds.

For those looking for a strong showing from the United States, you may have to turn toward a different event. Team USA's strongest skater in this event is Jilleanne Rookard. She finished 12th in the 2010 Olympics and is a long shot to medal here.


Viewing Information

What: Speedskating: ladies' 3,000 meters

Where: Adler Arena

Watch: NBC

TV Time: 3 a.m. ET

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra



SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Speed skater Claudia Pechstein of Germany practices during a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Although Pechstein and Sablikova were able to get the best of Wust the last time the three athletes skated together, Wust has found success in Sochi before, and she is primed to do it again.

According to ESPN.com: "[Wust] showed that she loves the ice in Sochi by coming home from the 2013 World Championships with gold medals in the 1,500, 3,000 and team pursuit as well as silver in the 1,000 and 5,000."

Gold: Irene Wust, Netherlands

Silver: Claudia Pechstein, Germany

Bronze: Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic