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US Alpine Skiing Team 2014: Updated Schedule for Sochi Olympics

Women's supercombined bronze medalist United States' Julia Mancuso celebrates at a flower ceremony at the Alpine ski venue at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

The United States touts an impressive roster for the alpine skiing events at the 2014 Winter Games, but through seven days in Sochi, Russia, the results have not been as many expected.

With several events in the books, just one American has scored a medal in the highly entertaining, but equally dangerous sport where results of a brief run are separated by mere seconds.

Luckily for the United States, several events still remain before the Games conclude, and thanks to a stacked roster, there is a good chance an American will hit a podium at least once more.

Fans should catch the remaining action and keep an eye on several names.

Remaining Alpine Skiing Events at Sochi Games
Date Time (ET) Event
Feb. 15 2 a.m. Women's Super-G
Feb. 16 2 a.m. Men's Super-G
Feb. 18 2 a.m. Women's Giant Slalom
Feb. 19 2 a.m. Men's Giant Slalom
Feb. 21 7:45 a.m. Women's Slalom
Feb. 22 7:45 a.m. Men's Slalom
Sochi2014.com

 

Note: All info courtesy of Sochi2014.com unless otherwise specified.

 

Athletes to Watch 

Ted Ligety

The Sochi Games have not been kind to Ted Ligety thus far.

Ligety, thanks to a stellar career between the gates, was a favorite in all events entering the Games. This is especially the case after his major performances at the 2013 World Championships.

Alas, Ligety finished 18th in the super combined downhill on Feb. 14 and followed that up with another disappointing run in the super combined slalom, which earned him a No. 12 spot.

There is still hope for Ligety, who will participate in the men's Super-G on Feb. 16 and the slalom on Feb. 22. Despite recent results, he remains a favorite and has a strong shot at reaching the podium.

 

Julia Mancuso

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The sole owner of the United States lonely alpine skiing medal in Sochi, Julia Mancuso extended her historic resume with her bronze medal in the super combined slalom as ESPN's Paul Carr points out:

Mancuso has done much to step into the void left by Lindsey Vonn. Even Ligety has been impressed with her performance, as he told reporters after her bronze-worthy run, via David Leon Moore of USA Today:

That's impressive. It's pretty cool that she's able to step it up during the Olympics. That's pretty phenomenal. To have the season she's had in World Cup, you wouldn't guess that she'd able to medal, other than that she's Julia. So, therefore, she has a chance.

While she followed her medal performance up with an eighth-place finish in the ladies' downhill, Mancuso is far from done in Sochi. She has been nothing short of a pleasant surprise, so another spot on a podium would not be a shock.

 

Bode Miller

Despite negativity surrounding his performances to date, Bode Miller remains a top candidate to score some hardware for the United States before things are said and done in Sochi.

Miller started off on the wrong foot by placing eighth in the downhill event on Feb. 9 thanks to late mistakes, as Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson details:

On Feb. 14, Miller placed 12th in the super combined and seventh in the super combined slalom.

The slopes in Sochi seem to have Miller's number at the moment, but training runs that can be described as nothing short of dominant, well, bode strongly for his chances to reach a podium.

Regardless of how he finishes, Miller is one of the country's most decorated Olympians and is worthy of the attention.

 

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