Day 2 of the Sochi Olympics will feature a multitude of exciting sports as a part of NBC Sports' prime-time coverage. Seven medal events and several important qualifiers are all on the schedule, and as a result, fans are in for a thrilling day of sport.
Below you will find all pertinent information regarding how to view the events, Day 2's schedule and some insights into a few of Day 2's more important events.
2014 Winter Olympics Info
Where: Sochi, Russia
When: Saturday, February 8
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Complete Viewing Information
|Snowboarding||Women's Slopestyle - Semfinal||1:30 am|
|Alpine Skiing||Men's Downhill||2:00 am|
|Hockey||Women's Group B Game 3 (Sweden vs. Japan)||3:00 am|
|Snowboarding||Women's Slopestyle - Final||4:15 am|
|Cross-country||Men's Skiathlon||5:00 am|
|Speed Skating||Women's 3000m||6:30 am|
|Hockey||Women's Group B Game 4 (Russia vs. Germany)||8:00 am|
|Luge||Men's Singles - Run 3 of 4||9:30 am|
|Biathlon||Women's 7.5km Sprint||9:30 am|
|Figure Skating||Team - Men's Free Skate||10:00 am|
|Figure Skating||Team - Ladies' Free Skate||11:00 am|
|Luge||Men's Singles - Run 4 of 4||11:30 am|
|Figure Skating||Team - Ice Dance Free Dance||12:15 pm|
|Ski Jumping||Men's Indiv. Normal Hill - 1st Round||12:30 pm|
|Ski Jumping||Men's Normal Hill Individual Final Round||1:30 pm|
Luge, Men's Singles Runs 3 and 4
The Winter Olympics is home to some interesting sports, and luge is certainly one of them. The men's singles competition finishes up on Day 2 with two runs, including the medal event.
Germany's Felix Loch is your current leader after two runs. He owns the current mark for fastest run in this Olympics, blistering through the course with a staggering time of 51.964 seconds. Couple that with his first-run time of 52.185 seconds, and you've got yourself the No. 1 competitor.
Russia's Albert Demchenko trails in total time by just 0.294 seconds with a total time of 1:44.443. His two runs have been nearly identical in time (52.170 and 52.273), and he'll need a run about a second faster on Day 2 to catch up to Loch. Demchenko will be fighting to win on his home turf, which may give him the advantage in terms of motivation and crowd support.
Italy's Armin Zoeggeler is also in contention for gold, as he currently stands in third place with a total time of 1:44.893. Like Demchenko, Zoeggeler will be looking to shave at least a second off one of his two final runs in order to catch up to the leader.
The final will be well worth watching.
Team Ice Dance Final
In the first year of team figure skating events at the Olympics, the competition has not disappointed. The event will conclude on Day 2 with the team ice dance final and medal round.
Russia leads the event, but the United States made a nice comeback effort after Day 1's short program. Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned first place and put the United States back into contention.
The United States (34) currently stands in third place behind Russia (47) and Canada (41).
Iceberg Skating Palace will be home to the three final events during Day 2. The men's free, ladies free and free dance will all determine which team receives medals. The U.S. will need a strong push to catch up to Russia given their current pace, while Canada has a far more realistic shot at snatching the gold medal.
If you're into classical music, dancing on ice and some stiff competition, then you'll want to check team ice skating out on Day 2.
The men's normal-hill ski jumping competition will begin and end on Day 2, and the field is not as wide open as you might think.
Despite the fact that 40 competitors qualified for the action, the three to really count on performing well are Austria's Michael Hayboeck, Germany's Andreas Wank and Japan's Reruhi Shimizu.
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Hayboeck dominated the qualifier with a score of 128.6. He barely finished ahead of Wank (127.9) and Shimizu (126.2). The three competitors should be considered clear favorites given their strong qualifiers.
Norway's Anders Fannemel and Poland's Maciej Kot should also be viewed as competitors, though it'll take some strong runs to top the three aforementioned skiers. Given the results from qualifiers, it's easy to see which skiers will fare best on Day 2.
The competition will take two jumps on Day 2 that will be added together to determine the medalists.