Wednesday featured a plethora of tantalizing events during Day 5 of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. There are six events that reached their completion, as athletes took the podium and earned crucial medals for their respective countries.
Even the events that did not conclude with medal ceremonies were filled with excitement, as men's ice hockey and curling took center stage. If you missed the action this morning, you're in luck—NBC will be showing all of the day's action during its prime-time coverage at 8 p.m. ET.
Let's take a look at the full slate of Wednesday's events, followed by their TV and live streaming information for NBC's Olympic prime-time showcase, as well as a quick look at the day's top events.
Day 5 Winter Olympics Information
Where: Sochi, Russia
When: Wednesday, Feb. 12
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Complete Viewing Information
|Full Feb. 12 Olympic Schedule|
|2 a.m. ET||Alpine Skiing||Women's Downhill*|
|12 a.m. ET||Curling||Men's Round-Robin Session 4|
|5 a.m. ET||Curling||Women's Round-Robin Session 4|
|10 a.m. ET||Curling||Men's Round-Robin Session 5|
|10:45 a.m. ET||Figure Skating||Pairs Free Skating*|
|3 a.m. ET||Ice Hockey||Women's Prelim - Switzerland vs.Finland|
|7:30 a.m.||Ice Hockey||Women's Prelim - United States vs. Canada|
|12 p.m. ET||Ice Hockey||Men's Prelim - Czech Republic vs. Sweden|
|12 p.m. ET||Ice Hockey||Men's Prelim Round - Latvia vs. Switzerland|
|9:15 a.m. ET||Luge||Doubles Run 1|
|10:45 a.m. ET||Luge||Doubles Run 2*|
|4:30 a.m. ET||Nordic Combined||Individual Gundersen 10-km Competition Round|
|7:30 a.m. ET||Nordic Combined||Individual Gundersen 10-km Cross-Country*|
|5 a.m. ET||Snowboarding||Ladies' Halfpipe Qualification Round|
|10 a.m. ET||Snowboarding||Ladies' Halftime Semifinals|
|12:30 p.m. ET||Snowboarding||Ladies' Halfpipe Finals*|
|9 a.m. ET||Speedskating||Men's 1,000-Meter*|
*Denotes that medals will be awarded at event's conclusion.
Alpine Skiing: Women's Downhill
American skier Julia Mancuso will look to claim another medal in the 2014 Olympics here. She had a fantastic showing in the women's super combined, earning a bronze medal. She recorded the fastest time in the downhill portion of the event, but a slower slalom time allowed Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Austria's Nicole Hosp to overtake her.
During an interview with Bonnie D. Ford of espnW.com, Mancuso remarked on the notion that she has been overlooked thus far:
'Overlooked' is just maybe looking in the wrong places. That kind of stuff has never mattered to me. My teammates have been incredible. Lindsey Vonn is a champion and of course has had way more success than I have on the World Cup, so it's definitely warranted to give her a lot of credit. For me, it's always been about my journey and skiing. I ski fast for me, first and foremost, and I ski fast for my family, and it's always the love that gets me to the podium.
While Mancuso looks to continue her downhill dominance on Wednesday, she will have plenty of competition.
Tina Maze of Slovenia is the event's favorite. The downhill event is not her strongest; however, she has been on a hot streak of late. She finished in fourth place in the super combined, missing out on the podium by just 0.1 seconds. It was the slalom that caused her to miss out on a medal, as she flourished in the downhill portion of the event.
Lara Gut of Switzerland will also be a name to watch here. She recorded the second-best time during the downhill portion of the women's super combined but did not finish the slalom.
Women's Ice Hockey: Canada vs. United States
This is it for these two teams—a clash of the titans, if you will. Both Team USA and Team Canada have been so very dominant throughout their first two contests.
Team USA won its first match against Finland by a score of 3-1. They really took form in their second contest, crushing Switzerland with a final score of 9-0. However, goaltender Jessie Vetter will get the start and have her hands full against the powerhouse Canadians.
Canada has been very solid so far in the tournament as well. It easily took care of Switzerland in the first round of the tournament with a final score of 5-0. In the team's second game, the Canadians were tested by Finland but scored three goals in the third period to win, 3-0.
Goaltending has been incredible for this team, as neither the Swiss nor Finns managed to score a single goal.
Canadian goalie Charline Labonte told Kevin Allen of USA Today that this matchup is their version of the Stanley Cup:
We're so passionate, this is our Stanley Cup, so I think we leave our emotions on the ice. Obviously, it's going to create some little fights and stuff like that, but it's just part of the game.
This will truly be the contest of the year so far. Expect a very close game and a high level of competition from these two extremely powerful teams.
Speedskating: Men's 1,000-Meter
This event brings a huge chance for the United States to earn a gold medal. American speedskater Shani Davis will look to earn his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in this very event. He was successful back in 2006 in Turin and again in 2010 in Vancouver.
During an interview with John Powers of The Boston Globe, Davis spoke of the feeling of coming into this year's Olympics in attempt to defend his title for the second time:
People are shooting for me. I have the biggest target on my back and people really strive to beat me. That's all they train and aim for. In the 1,000, I'm the man. My job is to try to defend it.
However, Davis will have a stiff amount of competition—mostly by skaters from the Netherlands. The Dutch have been absolutely stellar in each speedskating event that they have participated in this year.
They opened up strong by sweeping the podium in the men's 5,000-meter event and again in the men's 500-meter event. Ireen Wust also took home the gold medal in the ladies' 3,000-meter event. Now, they look to continue their torrid pace of earning speedskating medals.
Athletes to watch out for from the Netherlands are Michel Mulder, who won the gold medal in the 500-meter event, and Stefan Groothuis, who has earned four gold medals in this event in international competitions.
Davis is certainly the favorite here, but he will have his hands full with a very talented field.
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