Olympic Figure Skating Schedule 2014: TV and Live Stream Info for Day 6

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Olympic Figure Skating Schedule 2014: TV and Live Stream Info for Day 6
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Russian figure skaters are smoking the competition right now at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and they'll be looking to continue to dominate heading into Thursday.

It's been a very strong start for them so far, starting things off quickly with a gold medal in the team free dance event. On Wednesday during the pairs event, the Russians were at it once again.

The pair of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov had some stunning routines to win the gold, while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov performed well enough to win silver, giving Russia two medals in the event.

Still, there's time for other countries to beat out Russia in the events, and figure skating will continue into Wednesday with the men's free skate finals taking place on Thursday.

With that being said, let's take a look at the schedule for Wednesday, followed by some top figure skaters to watch for.


Event: Men Short Program

Sochi Time: 7 p.m.

Eastern Time: 10 a.m.

TV: NBC Sports Network

 

Skaters to Watch

Evgeni Plushenko, Russia

Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

When it comes to men's figure skating, Evgeni Plushenko might be the biggest name to know. At 31 years old, this is his fourth Olympic games, and he's had a ton of success.

Plushenko has now earned a medal in each of his four Olympics, winning silver in men's single in 2002 and 2010 while taking gold in single in 2006 and gold here in Sochi during the team event. 

However, at 31 years old, Plushenko isn't getting any favors. According to a report from the Associated Press via ESPN.com, Plushenko has been plagued by knee and back problems, and doctors had to give him the go-ahead before determining if he would be able to participate in the men's singles program, since Russia only has one slot.

With an early draw of seventh out of 30 skaters for the event, Plushenko won't be getting an edge in terms of when he will go, either, so we will have to see if he can still compete at a high enough level to earn another medal.

 

Patrick Chan, Canada

Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press

Plushenko has been a long-time Olympic competitor with a number of medals, but Canada's Patrick Chan is finally looking to grab a medal of his own.

One of the hottest figure skaters in the world right now, Chan currently ranks second in the ISU world standings. He had a strong 2013-14 season in the ISU Grand Prix, winning the 2013 Skate Canada International and 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard—eventually coming away with silver at the Grand Prix final.

However, Chan still doesn't have an Olympic medal. He did participate in 2010 in Vancouver, but he only finished fifth. Since then, he's been on a tear, winning three straight world titles and finishing in the top three in all but four major events.

Canada has never had a men's figure skating champion in the Olympics, so the pressure is high for Chan to have a strong performance. He will be going 21st out of 30 in the short program, so he'll have a good idea of what he will have to do to have a strong showing.

 

Jeremy Abbott, United States

The United States was able to get the bronze in the team event, but Jeremy Abbott didn't exactly help, finishing in just seventh in the short program that nearly kept Team USA from winning a medal in the event.

Thanks to a strong overall performance from the rest of the team, USA was able to grab a podium finish.

But Abbott wants to help make up for his struggles by having a strong day in the short program. He had the following to say according to the Associated Press via ESPN.com:

I was extremely upset that I did that for my team. There's no perfect mindset when you go out to compete. Just make sure there are no other thoughts intruding. 

It made me kind of look at how I was structuring the competition and approaching it mentally. I am very excited for the individual event.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Abbott finished in just ninth. But he has a chance to surprise during the men's short program, as he was able to come in first in the event at the 2014 U.S. Championships.

A seventh-place finish wasn't a good one for Abbott, but if he can turns things around and get a medal in the men's singles, he'll certainly be able to make up for it.

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