Tuesday in Sochi marks Day 11 of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and there are seven final events on the schedule, meaning 21 more medals will be handed out to the top performers.
Through Monday's action, host Russia is leading all nations in the medal count, with 18 total, five gold, seven silver and six bronze medals to its credit. The United States is tied with Russia overall but has nine bronze medals, along with five golds and four silvers.
The Netherlands and Norway also have five golds and both nations are within striking distance of the overall lead, as is Canada.
With just six more days of Olympic action left, you can be sure the level of competition will continue to be raised as the end draws near.
All the action will be available online, as NBC Olympics Live Extra is live-streaming every event throughout the Olympics. Here's a look at the television schedule for Day 11, followed by a preview of the biggest stories to track on Tuesday.
|NBC Sports Network||3 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Hockey, Nordic Combined, Speed Skating|
|MSNBC||12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.||Hockey|
|NBC||3 p.m. - 5 p.m.||Speed Skating, Nordic Combined|
|CNBC||5 p.m. - 8 p.m.||Curling|
|NBC||8 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Short Track, Bobsled|
Day 11 Preview
Thanks to some thick fog that's been hanging around, the men's snowboarding cross event was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday, making an already busy day busier.
Day 11 could be huge for the Americans in Sochi, as there are a couple of events in which U.S. athletes are expected to medal, or at the very least challenge for a podium finish.
Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is among them, and the young phenom will test her mettle against the world's top skiers in the women's giant slalom race. There's a tremendous weight of expectation being put on this young woman, but she appears up to the task.
“I’m going to do the best in my events, and if that means I up the medal count, then that’s great because I’m here to ski for the U.S," she said, via Bill Pennington of the New York Times. "But I’m not the only one.”
American Julia Mancuso will also attempt to medal for Team USA in this event, but she'll be hard-pressed to do so with Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, Slovenia's Tina Maze and Austria's Anna Fenninger—among others—coming on strong in the women's giant slalom.
U.S. men could potentially sweep the inaugural freestyle ski halfpipe event.
Led by 20-year-old David Wise, who is a youth pastor in his spare time, Team USA must contend with a loaded field to make it happen, however, as noted by Pat Graham of the Associated Press, via the Sacramento Bee:
Even without a new trick up his sleeve, Wise will be among the favorites. There's actually quite a deep field, with Wise's teammates Torin Yater-Wallace, Lyman Currier and Aaron Blunck also medal contenders. Same with Kevin Rolland of France and Mike Riddle of Canada.
America's Nate Holland will have a good shot to medal in the men's snowboarding cross event, as well. He'll likely have to get past Australia's Alex Pullin to win gold, however, and Markus Schairer of Austria and Canada's Christopher Robanske could also knock him off the podium.
Norway should also do well on Tuesday, as there are a few athletes in the men's 15 km mass start biathlon event and the Nordic combined event who should earn medals.
South Korea should win the women's 3,000-meter speedskating race over rival China, and it's likely Italy will earn a bronze in that event.
Finally, the Dutch speedskating typhoon that's assaulted Sochi has a chance to add three more medals on Tuesday, as the Netherlands is expected to sweep the men's 10,000-meter race.
If things play out according to expectations, Russia could easily be overtaken by either the U.S. team or the Netherlands for the overall medal-count lead after Day 11. It's going to be a busy day of action, so make sure you DVR your favorite events and enjoy the rest of the 2014 Winter Games.
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