Olympic Figure Skating 2014: Schedule, TV Info and Team Predictions for Day 9

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Olympic Figure Skating 2014: Schedule, TV Info and Team Predictions for Day 9
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Much of the figure skating action at the 2014 Winter Olympics has already taken place, but there are still a few events left, including one on Day 9 of competition in Sochi, Russia.

It's far from a packed slate of figure skating events on Sunday, as there is only one event on tap. But it's set to still entertain as a must-watch Olympic event, as the best duos across the world will represent their nations in the ice dancing short dance. 

There are 24 pairs set to take the ice in Sochi for Sunday's event, with a number of the world's most renowned duos performing their best routines in front of millions of viewers from around the planet. 

Medals won't be decided until Monday, when they will close the ice dancing competition with the free-dance segment. But each of the competitors will be looking to get into the top spot entering the intermission. 

Let's take a look at the event on tap for Sunday and a breakdown of the top contenders.

 

What: Ice dancing short dance

Where: Iceberg Skating Palace, Sochi, Russia

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. ET (7 p.m. Sochi time, 3 p.m. GMT)

Watch: NBC Sports Network, or NBC at 7 p.m. ET (rebroadcast)

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra

 

Ice Dancing Predictions

Gold: Meryl Davis and Charlie White, USA

Silver: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada

Bronze: Madison Chock and Evan Bates, USA

(note: medals aren't decided until after Monday's free dance event)

 

It's getting harder and harder to argue against the notion that American duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White aren't the best pairing in the world.

The duo was only able to nab silver in the Vancouver Games in 2010 after failing to get past Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada, but since then, they have been head-and-shoulders above any other ice dancing pair. They have a world championship in both 2011 and 2013 to show since then.

Oh, and they're now the most experienced pairing in the sport and hold the world record in both short dance and free dance—the two competitions Sunday and Monday. 

But an emptiness of Olympic gold still resonates with Davis and White, which NBC Sports noted is motivating them to succeed more than pretty much anything else:

Despite their prominence and likely gold-medal performance that is upcoming, Davis and White will surely be tested by the Canadians harder than anyone else.

Virtue and Moir, as stated before, took the gold in 2010. They are also by far the most experienced and skilled duo that the Americans will be competing against for the judges' best scores. 

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But the American duo has proven to be far superior ever since the 2010 Games, and it's hard to see that changing in the space of one competition when Davis and White are certainly peaking at the right time. 

The competition should really open up past the USA-Canada battle at the top, and a number of European countries could get into the mix. But USA's Madison Chock and Evan Bates look like formidable bronze-medal contenders.

Bates and Chock have finished right behind Davis and White in a number of U.S. national championship competitions since the Vancouver Games and are right there with the Shibutani siblings, Alex and Maia, in terms of American medal contenders. 

In the end, Bates and Chock will finish on the podium with the two internationally known duos. 

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