The 2014 Winter Olympics keep rolling along in Sochi, and Day 10 guarantees to once again be another pivotal day for countries looking to return to the podium.
Seven events will award medals, with 21 total being given out. Some of the highlights of Day 10 will be the ice dancing finals, where Team USA hopes to pull out a gold medal in the free dance portion, and a women's hockey semifinal, as the Americans hit the ice once again one step away from the gold-medal game.
Here is a look at the current medal count:
It was announced Tuesday morning by NBC Olympics and CBC Olympics that the men's snowboard cross and biathlon events had to be rescheduled due to fog. NBC photojournalist Skyler Wilder and Jeff Metcalfe of AZCentral Sports reported the new start times:
Men's biathlon mass start now scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday local time at Laura Center #SochiSMG— jeffmetcalfe (@jeffmetcalfe) February 17, 2014
While fans might not be able to catch every event live, here is a guide to Day 10 along with a breakdown of the most intriguing events. With all of the competitions being broadcast live on NBC Live Extra, each event is available online for live streaming.
|12 a.m.||Women's Curling||South Korea vs. USA||NBCSN*||No|
|12 a.m.||Women's Curling||Russia vs. Great Britain||-||No|
|12 a.m.||Women's Curling||Japan vs. China||-||No|
|Update: Tuesday Feb 18 - 5:30 a.m.||Men's Biathlon||15-Kilometer Mass Start||NBCSN*||Yes|
|CANCELLED||Men's Snowboard Cross||Seeding Event||-||No|
|Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 1:30 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross||1/8 Finals||-||No|
|Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 1:52 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross||Quarterfinals||-||No|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling||Germany vs. Russia||-||No|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling||Switzerland vs. USA||USA||No|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling||Norway vs. Denmark||-||No|
|5 a.m.||Men's Curling||China vs. Great Britain||-||No|
|Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 2:04 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross||Semifinals||NBC*||No|
|Update: Tuesday Feb. 18 - 2:12 a.m.||Men's Snowboard Cross||Finals||NBC*||Yes|
|7:30 a.m.||Women's Ice Hockey||USA vs. Sweden||NBCSN||No|
|8:45 a.m.||Freestyle Skiing||Men's Aerials Qualifications 1||-||No|
|9:30 a.m.||Freestyle Skiing||Men's Aerials Qualifications 2||-||No|
|9:30 a.m.||Bobsleigh||Two-Man Heat 3||-||No|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling||China vs. Switzerland||-||No|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling||Denmark vs. Great Britain||-||No|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling||Sweden vs. Japan||-||No|
|10 a.m.||Women's Curling||Canada vs. South Korea||-||No|
|10 a.m.||Figure Skating||Ice Dance Free Dance||NBCSN||Yes|
|10 a.m.||Women's Biathlon||12.5-Kilometer Mass Start||-||Yes|
|11:05 a.m.||Bobsleigh||Two-Man Heat 4||-||Yes|
|12 p.m.||Women's Ice Hockey||Canada vs. Switzerland||NBCSN||No|
|12:15 p.m.||Men's Ski Jumping||Team First Round||-||No|
|12:30 p.m.||Freestyle Skiing||Men's Aerial Final 1||-||No|
|12:55 p.m.||Freestyle Skiing||Men's Aerial Final 2||-||No|
|1:12 p.m.||Freestyle Skiing||Men's Aerial Final 3||NBCSN*||Yes|
|1:22 p.m.||Men's Ski Jumping||Team Final Round||NBCSN*||Yes|
sochi2014.com/nbcolympics.com (*Tape delay)
Events to Watch
Women's Ice Hockey: USA vs. Sweden
Team USA suffered a tough blow against Canada in the final game of the preliminary round, but it is still on a course to face the Canadians yet again in the gold-medal match.
In order to get there, though, they'll have to put forward a blistering game against the Swedes.
If the fight in this team seems a little different than years past, it's due in large part to the change in head coach with Katey Stone at the helm. The first female coach in Team USA history said she has a more personal relationship with her team, as noted by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune:
There are some things that are not gender-specific, but there are certainly things that are. My relationship with these players is different than a guy. You understand when you really demand more and it's OK, but you always care a ton. It's in the presentation.
The Swedes have proven to be a strong offensive team by scoring three goals or more in their last three games, but they will be facing off with a stout defense in Team USA.
While Canada was able to score three goals against the U.S., only one goal had been given up in the two previous games by Team USA. With that type of defensive effort and another great offensive attack—they've scored an average of 4.67 goals per game—the U.S. should easily advance to the final.
And with Canada taking on Switzerland in the first semifinal, a rematch between the two teams on Thursday seems destined.
Ice Dance Free Dance
Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been the one sure-fire gold-medal contenders for Team USA since before the Olympics ever started in Sochi.
And with their stellar performance in the short program, the duo leads the field heading into the free dance portion of the competition.
Following their routine, Davis spoke about her thoughts on the routine, according to Nancy Armour of USA Today:
"I was telling Charlie in the middle of the program, I just felt like I was in a dream," Davis said. "It's such a surreal experience."
After a routine that looked just as light and airy as a dream sequence, the pair stood alone atop the leaderboard. Carolyn Manno of NBC Sports tweeted about Davis and White following the reveal of their score:
I love watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White...Spoiler Alert: they currently sit in first after a beautiful short program performance— Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) February 16, 2014
With Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the defending gold medalists from Vancouver, nipping at their heels heading into the final portion of the event, they will have to be perfect yet again.
If their history is any indication of what's to come with the duo, perfection can certainly be expected.
Overnight Event to Watch
Men's Snowboard Cross
One of the newest sports in the Winter Olympics, the men's snowboard cross has only been in the Olympics since 2006. Although the event had to be rescheduled, with another pair of Americans promising to be competitive in the event, it will be one to watch.
Nate Holland has been a powerhouse in the sport for years, but has never gotten the job done on the Winter Olympics stage. But at 35 years old, Holland appears ready to stand on the Olympics podium for the first time in his career.
He spoke with Jason Stahl of NBCOlympics.com about his preparation and readiness for the event:
There’s not a lot I’m doing differently to prepare myself. At both Olympics I was riding really well. I’ve definitely progressed. My riding’s progressed. My fitness has progressed. My experience has progressed, so I feel a little bit more prepared. It’s just the longevity of myself being in the game of snowboarding.
Along with Holland, Nick Baumgartner is hoping to cash in on a huge opportunity that he's been afforded. Baumgartner claimed a spot at the Olympics over two-time defending gold medalist Seth Wescott and will have high expectations coming into the snowboard cross competition.
While two Americans have a shot at the podium, the favorite coming into the event is Austria's Markus Schairer. The Austrian won the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix back in December over Holland, as U.S. Snowboarding's official Twitter account points out:
@N8Holland is your U.S. Champion at the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Canyons, finishing 4th! Austria's Markus Schairer was 1st.— ussnowboarding (@ussnowboarding) February 12, 2012
Schairer is the man to beat, but the U.S. has had success in snowboarding thus far in the Olympics and could come out with yet another surprising outcome.
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