The 2014 Winter Olympics keep rolling along, and Day 4 of the Games promises to bring just as much excitement on the snow and ice as the first few days.
With quite a few medal events, like the first ever women's ski slopestyle final and the men's halfpipe final, there is plenty of potential for each country to continue to rack up their medal count in Day 4.
Here is a look at the medal count after Day 3 of the Games heading into the fourth day:
Whether it's Shaun White making his premiere at the 2014 Olympics or the Canadians looking to continue their dominance in freestyle skiing, there is plenty of intrigue in the fourth day of competition.
Before the events get underway, here is a look at the schedule for Day 4 and a preview of the biggest events taking place.
|Event||Time (ET)||TV/Live Stream|
|Men's Curling: Russia vs. USA||3 a.m.||USA/nbcsports.com|
|Women's Ski Slopestyle Final||4 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Cross-Country (Individual Sprint)||5 a.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Men's Curling: USA vs. China||5 a.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Men's Halfpipe Qualification||5 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Cross-Country (Individual Sprint)||6 a.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Women's Speed Skating: 500-meter||6 a.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Ladies' Sprint Free Finals||8:22 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Mens' Sprint Free Finals||8:30 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Women's Luge: Single Run 3||9:30 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Figure Skating: Pairs Short Program||10 a.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Women's Hockey: Russia vs. Japan||10 a.m.||MSNBC/nbcsports.com|
|Biathlon: Women's 10-kilometer Pursuit||10 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Men's Halfpipe Semifinals||10 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Women's Luge: Singles Run 4||11:20 a.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Men's Halfpipe Finals||12:30 p.m.||nbcsports.com|
|Women's Ski Jumping: Normal Hill||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Women's Speed Skating: 500-meter||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN/nbcsports.com|
|Women's Luge: Singles||3 p.m.||NBC/nbcsports.com|
|Freestyle Skiing: Women's Slopestyle||3 p.m.||NBC/nbcsports.com|
|Cross-Country (Individual Sprint)||3 p.m.||NBC/nbcsports.com|
|Women's Curling: USA vs. Great Britain||5 pm.||NBC/nbcsports.com|
Speedskating: Ladies' 500-Meter Final
The U.S. hasn't experienced much success on the ice in speedskating in recent history, but one woman could change all of that when she begins her races on Day 4.
Heather Richardson has won a gold and two bronze medals on the world stage in women's speedskating. With the 500-meter final taking place on Tuesday, Richardson could add an Olympic medal to her collection.
After making her first appearance in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Richardson is looking to be much more competitive in Sochi, according to John Powers of The Boston Globe:
In Vancouver I was just happy to be there. Here, I actually want to put in some solid races, just go out, relax, and do my best, hopefully be on the podium. My goal is to be on the podium in at least one of my three individual events.
While her best events are in the sprint and 1,000-meter events, Richardson could surprise a few of the top contenders with a 500-meter win or podium appearance.
The High Point, N.C. native is one of Team USA's best hopes at winning an Olympic medal on the ice along with both Shani Davis and J.R. Celski, who didn't medal in their first events.
Ladies' Ski Slopestyle Final
Canadian Kaya Turski is the clear-cut favorite to win the competition, but Devin Logan is looking to pull off another upset for the Americans in the slopestyle event.
Only this time, Team USA will have to win on skis rather than snowboard.
As for a source of inspiration, Logan seems to have found one in Sage Kotsenburg after seeing him win gold in the men's snowboard slopestyle:
But with stiff competition in Turski, Logan might not be able to stand at the top of the podium like Kotsenburg or Jamie Anderson of Team USA.
With four out of the last five gold medals in X-Games Slopestyle, Turski is a dominant force in the sport and will be looking to continue her rule in the first slopestyle event on the Olympic stage.
Men's Halfpipe Final
Shaun White is the name everyone will be looking for when the men's halfpipe competition begins.
After dropping out of the men's slopestyle event, White received grief from fellow competitors and put all of his eggs into one basket. Luckily, that basket just so happens to be where White has been most successful in his Olympic career.
With two gold medals already in the halfpipe competition in 2006 and 2010, White simply set his sights on the event due to how crucial it is to him, according to David Filipov of The Boston Globe:
I can understand if it’s your first time to the Olympics, you wouldn't understand a decision like the one I made. But you set your goals according to what’s important to you. Halfpipe is important to me and I didn't want to jeopardize that.
But White isn't the only rider dropping in on Day 4. Ayumu Hirano of Japan is not only a true competitor for White, but he finished just behind the American in 2013 at the X-Games after nailing consecutive double-cork 1080s.
Scotty Lago was also a bronze medalist back in 2010 and, at just 26 years old, could repeat the same success on the Sochi stage.
With several possibilities in the final, the men's halfpipe is sure to be just as exciting as the slopestyle competition ever dreamed to be.
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