The 2014 Winter Olympics have already been intriguing in the early going, and Day 3 promises to be yet another day of intense competition.
Whether it was Sage Kotsenburg surprising the strong field in the men's slopestyle event to win gold or Jamie Anderson crushing the competition and living up to expectations with a gold of her own in the women's slopestyle final, Team USA has certainly been great thus far.
Other countries have also stolen several headlines, with Norway leading the way in the medal count and Russia winning a gold medal in the figure skating team competition to claim the lone gold for the host country.
Before Day 3 of the Games begins, here is a look at the information for how to view the latest slate of competition along with a breakdown of some of the most highly anticipated events.
|Day 3 Schedule|
|Men's Curling: Germany vs. Canada||3 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Hockey: USA vs. Switzerland||5 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Curling: USA vs. Switzerland||5 a.m.||USA|
|Men's Speed Skating: 500-meter||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Men's Freestyle Skiing: Slopestyle Training||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Hockey: Finland vs. Canada||10 a.m.||MSNBC|
|Women's Luge: Singles||11:15 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Ski Jumping: Training||11:15 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Freestyle Skiing: Slopestyle Training||11:15 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Curling: Sweden vs. Great Britain||11:15 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women's Curling: USA vs. Switzerland||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Men's Curling: USA vs. Norway||5 p.m.||CNBC|
|NBC Primetime (Men's Speed Skating 1,500-Meter)||8 p.m.||NBC|
Women's Hockey: USA vs. Switzerland
Team USA got off to a great start with a dominant 3-1 win over Finland but will face another stiff test in Switzerland.
Though the Swiss were dominated by Canada in a 5-0 loss in their opener, the No. 5 team in the world is still a team that can score and pose a threat to the U.S. With Canada just over the horizon for Team USA, it might be difficult not to overlook Switzerland.
After scoring a goal in the first game, Alex Carpenter tweeted about the win but was already looking forward to the next game against the Swiss:
Carpenter, Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel make up a stout scoring offense to go along with a defense that held the Finland national team goalless through nearly the entire game.
With talent at nearly every position and a scoring attack that is matched only by maybe the Canadians, Team USA will dominate Switzerland and have to prove themselves against a tough Canada team.
Speed Skating: Men's 500-Meter
One of the best American Winter Olympians in history will once again grace the ice on Day 3 of competition as Shani Davis returns to competition.
Davis' success hasn't been as talked about as some of the figure skaters or snowboarders for Team USA, but it certainly hasn't gone unnoticed.
Apolo Anton Ohno, one of the most decorated speed skaters in American history, is close friends with Davis and told Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Davis is, "the best skater, in my opinion, to ever put long-track speedskates on."
When Davis hits the ice again in Sochi, he will do so in search of his third-straight gold. While both he and Shaun White are working to become the first American to bring home three straight, they are both just as dominant in their sports.
Davis has a shot to once again repeat as a gold-medal winner, and at the age of 31 he told D'Amato that he still has the competitive fire to continue in the sport:
I want to compete against these guys until the competitive fire inside of me goes away. As long as I still have that drive to be the best and I train to be the best, you'll see me out here skating.
Short-Track Speed Skating: Men's 1,500-Meter
In the absence of Ohno, a young star in J.R. Celski will look to take his place atop the short-track world.
With his chance to earn a gold coming soon in Sochi, the star provided an inspirational message leading up to the Olympics on his official Twitter account:
After earning a bronze medal in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 23-year-old is ready to turn that into a gold in his next chance on the ice in Sochi.
The U.S. Olympic team provides a profile of the star on their official Twitter account:
Celski's talent has been apparent, and he's been dominating in big events. He is ready to emerge at these Games in Sochi and will continue his journey on Day 3 of the Olympics.