Winter Olympics 2014: Complete Medal Breakdown for Day 3

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Winter Olympics 2014: Complete Medal Breakdown for Day 3
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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have gotten through their first weekend and now begin their first full week of action with a full slate of events on Monday.

Five events will hand out medals during Monday's action. Here is a complete look at each of those events, along with predictions for who will be receiving the hardware.

 

Alpine Skiing: Women's Super Combined; 6 a.m. (ET)

The super combined is an event that tests skiers in two different events. In the morning they will face the treacherous downhill ski, while in the afternoon they will have to conquer the slalom.

The favorite for the event is Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch who is the most consistent skier overall when it comes to both events combined. Julia Mancuso is the big star for the United States and certainly has a chance to medal in the event, but it will be a difficult task to accomplish.

 

Predictions

Gold: Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany

Silver: Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada

Bronze: Julia Mancuso, United States

 

Short-Track Speedskating: Men's 1500M; 7:11 a.m. (ET)

Short-track speedskating has become one of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics. Athletes fly around a very small track at top speed as each vies for the gold medal. The race features pinpoint turns, extreme speed, neck and neck racing, and a little bit of luck.

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J.R. Celski gives the Americans one of their best shots at a medal on Monday.

J.R. Celski will be looking to fill the void that Apollo Anton Ohno's retirement left for the American team, but he is more than capable of getting the job done. Another interesting competitor to watch will be Victor An of Russia. An won three gold medals in short-track for South Korea in the 2006 Olympics, but after an injury kept him out of the 2010 games and a falling out with Korea, An ended up in Russia. He hopes to bring Russia their first ever medal in short-track.

 

Predictions

Gold: J.R. Celski, United States

Silver: Victor An, Russia

Bronze: Han-Bin Lee, South Korea

 

Speedskating: Men's 500M; 9:55 a.m. (ET)

If you think just regular speedskating is intense then you need to check out the 500m race in speedskating. It doesn't last long, but when these guys are going at it on the ice you would be hard pressed to find another sport as exciting to watch.

The South Koreans should be able to flex their speedskating muscles in this event.

 

Predictions

Gold: Tae Bum Mo, Korea

Silver: Keiichiro Nagashima, Japan

Bronze: Michel Mulder, Holland

 

Biathlon: Men's 12.5km Pursuit; 10 a.m. (ET)

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway will look for Olympic medal No. 13 on Monday in the Men's 12.5km pursuit, after picking up his 12th career medal in Saturday's action.

He will get some tough competition though. Fellow countryman Emil Hegle Svendsen will be going hard for his first Olympic medal, especially after finishing first in the 2013 World Championships.

 

Predictions

Gold: Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Silver: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway

Bronze: Martin Fourcade, France

 

Freestyle Skiing: Men's Moguls; 2:10 p.m. (ET)

Qualification begins early in the evening in Sochi for the men's moguls competition. Just like the women's event over the weekend, the men's moguls will be a showdown between the United States and Canada.

The Canadians are looking to sweep gold in both men's and women's moguls, but they will need a strong performance from either Mikael Kingsbury or Alex Bilodeau to do so. The Americans best shot at the podium will come from Patrick Deneen who is ranked No. 3 in the world currently.

The men's moguls is the final event of Day 3 action in Sochi and that means this is the final medal event of the day.

 

Predictions

Gold: Patrick Deneen, United States

Silver: Mikael Kingsbury, Canada

Bronze: Alex Bilodeau, Canada

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