The 2014 Winter Olympics are rolling right along, and we are now right in the midst of Day 2. It’s been a thrilling lead-up to this slate of events, and a handful more medals still have to be doled out.
It’s been a nonstop battle at the top of the overall medals leaderboard, with Norway, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and others all vying to rack up the most precious metal possible over the course of the competition.
Let’s take a look at the latest medal count in Sochi—which will update as more athletes hit the podium—plus take a peek at where you can catch the rest of the action and what to watch for during the rest of Day 2 at the 2014 Sochi Games.
|2014 Winter Olympics Schedule - Day 2|
|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 30km||2 p.m.||5 a.m.||NBCSN||Yes|
|Speedskating||Women's 3,000m||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 7.5km 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|
The television schedule is only comprised of events being shown on MSNBC and NBC Sports Network.
Please note that NBC features an encore of events in prime time at 7 p.m. ET. This show will include alpine skiing, women's snowboarding slopestyle, figure skating team event and ski jumping.
Events to Watch
Men’s Singles Luge Medal Runs, 9:30 a.m. (Run 3) and 11:30 a.m (Run 4) ET
It’s going to be tough for anyone to knock the Germans from their prominent post in this sport. They dominated in 2010 and look to resume their usual positions on the podium in 2014.
Give credit to Felix Loch and David Moller, arguably the two best athletes in this competition. There is no one else in their class, and they will basically be competing with one another to see who can get the top spot in Sochi.
Loch won gold at Vancouver, but it might be Moller’s time to shine. The 32-year-old hasn’t won a major event since taking gold at the 2007 World Championships and nationals.
Moller’s qualifying time was one second worse than teammate Loch’s, but anything could happen during the final run on Sunday.
Make sure you tune in to see how these German superstars finish and if one of the many other competitors—such as Albert Demchenko of host Russia or Armin Zoggeler of Italy—can make a run to the top of the podium.
Team Figure Skating, 10 a.m. (Men’s Free Skate), 11:05 a.m. (Ladies’ Free Skate) and 12:10 p.m. (Ice Dance Free)
It just wouldn’t be a good, old-fashioned Olympics without some sort of scandal or major conspiracy.
For those who love the drama that comes with this gossip, do not worry. Sochi seems to have you covered. To make it even better, these scandalous allegations are taking place in the always-dramatic realm of figure skating.
As per French magazine L’Equipe and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, there are currently accusations that judges from the United States and Russia are conspiring to help one another in the pairs and dance portions of the team figure skating event.
The magazine found that scores were being boosted in certain events and measures were taken to bring down Canadian powerhouse Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir during their events:
Quoting an unidentified Russian coach, the magazine reported that the U.S. had agreed to help Russia win the pairs and team event. In exchange, it reported, Russia would help U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the reigning world champions, win gold in their event.
The United States still has aspirations of hitting the podium in this brand new event, but it needs to finish strong Sunday. Team USA sits in third place with 34 points, well behind Canada (41) and Russia (47) and just ahead of Italy (31) and Japan (30).
It’s going to be a fun finish to these events, regardless of their scandalous status. There is a lot riding on the performances of each competitor in the men’s free, free dance and ladies’ free, so make sure you tune in to each event to watch an epic competition—corrupt or not—unfold.
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