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.
|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|
Note: All info courtesy of Sochi2014.com unless otherwise specified.
Athletes to Watch
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.
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:
Julia Mancuso wins bronze in the combined. Her 4 career Alpine Skiing medals are 2 more than any other U.S. woman.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) February 10, 2014
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.
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:
Wow. Bode Miller misses the medal podium in downhill. Great start at the top but too many mistakes in the middle and bottom. Clearly bummed.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 9, 2014
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.