Much like the weather, the action atop the medal standings in Sochi is heating up.
If you're interested in most golds, Germany (thanks to domination in the luge) is comfortably on top with eight, while a gluttony of nations—Russia, Netherlands, United States, Norway, Switzerland and Belarus—sit well off the pace with five.
The race for total medals is a little more crowded, however. Russia and the United States are at the top with 18, but there are three countries within striking distance before 21 more medals are handed out on Tuesday.
Here's a look at the updated tracker:
One of the more exciting events scheduled for Tuesday will be the men's ski halfpipe, where it should be a free-for-all for the United States to help bolster their medal count at the top of the standings.
The Red, White and Blue have three legitimate contenders for the podium in David Wise, Aaron Blunck and Torin Yater-Wallace. Wise and Yater-Wallace went gold-silver in this event at the 2013 World Championships, while Wise has taken gold at the last three Winter X-Games.
Favorites have faltered so many times in the last week, though, and one of the reasons for that is the added pressure, which Yater-Wallace spoke about in an interview with Freeskier Magazine's Nate Abbott:
It would mean a lot to me to win, not even on the fact that it’s the Olympics or beating the other people or stuff like that. It’s the fact of dealing with that kind of mental pressure.
People see it, especially if you’re watching an event or anything to do with sports, and somebody you care about or are really hoping to win is in a tough situation, you can feel it in your nerves watching the TV. But when you’re that person competing, it’s an unexplainable feeling how nerves come into play at moments like that. It’s something I never would have expected when I was younger to come into freeskiing.
Canada also boasts an extremely strong team. Mike Riddle and Justin Dorey will be in the mix for the podium, while ESPN points out that we shouldn't forget about Noah Bowman:
Staying on the skis, the women's giant slalom—which takes place early on Tuesday because of the weather—is much more wide open.
The United States features two strong contenders for the podium. Veteran Julia Mancuso has four career Olympic medals: she took bronze in the combined last week and won gold in this event in 2006. But burgeoning superstar Mikaela Shiffrin is the one to keep your eye on.
Although this isn't the 18-year-old's strongest event, she is incredibly talented and undeniably the future face of United States skiing. She talked about her boost in confidence this season during an interview with Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden:
I know I’m still the baby of the circuit, but I’m skiing well and I feel like I belong. Last year if I won a race, I was like, What if this is all a fluke and every other skier has her skis done wrong? What if it was just some magical Christmas story? This year I feel a lot less of that tension. When I’m in the starting gate, it’s just me and the hill. Drama holds you back.
In what will be her Olympic debut, though, Shiffrin has all kinds of competition. You could make a case for any of Anna Fenninger (Austria), Lara Gut (Switzerland), Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (Sweden), Maria Pietilae-Holmner (Sweden) or Tina Maze (Slovenia) as favorite to take home gold.
Other medal events on Tuesday include men's snowboard cross, women's short track (3,000-meter relay), men's speedskating (10,000-meter race), men's Nordic combined (long hill and 10 kilometer) and men's 15-kilometer biathlon.
It's going to be a wild day, and you can expect plenty of fluctuation among the medal leaders.