Olympic Nordic Combined 2014: Schedule, TV Info, Day 5 Team Medal Predictions

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2014

Billy Demong from Vermontville, N.Y., skate skis into second place at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006. Demong is using a newly developed boot and binding system. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
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Versatility is the best quality for an athlete in Nordic combined. The athletes who medal in this event will be among the most elite in the entire Winter Olympics.

The ski jump turns into the cross country as they vie for a gold medal. Here's the schedule and television info for the events.

Date/Time (ET)Event
Feb 12, 4:30 a.m.
Individual Normal Hill – Ski Jump
Feb 12, 7:30 a.m.
Individual Normal Hill – Cross-country
Feb 18, 4:30 a.m.
Individual Large Hill – Ski Jump
Feb 18, 7 a.m.
Individual Large Hill – Cross-country
Feb 20, 3 a.m.
Team Large Hill – Ski Jump
Feb 20, 6 a.m.
Team Large Hill – Cross-country

Click here for the local TV listings in you area. All events will be live streamed from NBC Olympics Extra. Here's a look at the Olympic medal count up to the moment.

Stars to Watch

Eric Frenzel

Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press

The German is the favorite to win the gold medal. 

He was part of the national team that won bronze in the team event in the 2010 Vancouver Games. Since then, Frenzel has won two World Championship medals. In the World Cup, Frenzel has accumulated more than 300 points, so he's coming into Olympic competition as a top performer.

The 25-year-old has his head on straight and is extremely focused. Per Europe Online Magazine, Frenzel said this prior to the Olympics:

You have to accept this role. The situation is not to my disadvantage. I am not overwhelmed as long as I don‘t create any problems for myself.

You can not compete feeling too sure. You need a certain amount of confidence and that‘s what I gained. But I won‘t just happen. You must make sure that everything comes together on the day. If that is the case a lot can happen.

 If he does avoid mishaps, Frenzel should coast to a gold medal in Sochi.

Billy DeMong

PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 29:  Nordic combined athlete Billy Demong poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on September 29, 2013 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

The greatest American hope for a medal is DeMong. At Vancouver, he became the first American athlete to win gold in Nordic combined, taking the large-hill event. As a 34-year-old, this could very well be his last Olympic Games.

As Courtney Lewis of the Press Republican reports, DeMong could have rested on his accomplishments in Vancouver, but he wanted more. Lewis writes:

DeMong could have hung ‘em up after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, walking away as the first American to win Olympic gold in Nordic combined.

But the sport still has a strong pull on him, and he stayed for the Sochi Games, helping groom the next generation and further his legacy along the way.

DeMong is easy to root for, and most Americans will be doing just that on Wednesday.

Team Medal Prediction

On the strength of a leading and winning performance from Frenzel, the Germans will take the gold medal. Tino Edelmann, Johannes Rydzek offer depth behind Frenzel that makes the Germans the strongest overall squad.

Japan's Akito Wanabe is a major threat to Frenzel in the individual event, and his presence will go along way toward making his national team formidable in the competition. The Japanese will place second.

The United States led by Demong should still be able to medal, despite Demong likely falling short of an individual medal. A bronze team medal would be a nice parting prize for the veteran athlete.