Amazingly, there are only four days of competition left in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Although some of the most high-profile events, including women's figure skating and men's hockey are still ongoing, the number of available medals is starting to dwindle.
Day 13 will be highlighted by several key events for the women. There are gold and bronze medal games in both curling and hockey. Also, the conclusion of ladies' figure skating is on tap with the free program determining who ends up on the podium.
Without further ado, let's check out the medal count heading into Thursday's events. It's followed by viewing information, the Day 13 schedule and a preview of the action in Sochi.
Updated Medal Count
Live Stream and TV Information
For the full television guide in the United States, please see NBCOlympics.com, which includes coverage on NBC Sports Network, NBC, USA, MSNBC and CNBC. All events in the United States are streamed at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Day 13 Schedule
|Sport||Time ET||Time GMT||Event|
|Freestyle Skiing||2:45 a.m.||7:45 a.m.||Men's Ski Cross Seeding|
|Nordic Combined||3 a.m.||8 a.m.||Team Competition Round|
|Curling||3:30 a.m.||8:30 a.m.||Women's Bronze Medal Game|
|Freestyle Skiing||4:30 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||Men's Ski Cross 1/8 Finals|
|Freestyle Skiing||5:05 a.m.||10:05 a.m.||Men's Ski Cross Quarterfinals|
|Freestyle Skiing||5:25 a.m.||10:25 a.m.||Men's Ski Cross Semifinals|
|Freestyle Skiing||5:41 a.m.||10:41 a.m.||Men's Ski Cross Finals|
|Nordic Combined||6 a.m.||11 a.m.||Team Cross Country|
|Hockey||7 a.m.||12 p.m.||Women's Bronze Medal Game|
|Curling||8:30 a.m.||1:30 p.m.||Women's Gold Medal Game|
|Freestyle Skiing||9:30 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||Women's Halfpipe Qualification|
|Figure Skating||10 a.m.||3 p.m.||Women's Free Skate|
|Hockey||12 p.m.||5 p.m.||Women's Gold Medal Game|
|Freestyle Skiing||12:30 p.m.||5:30 p.m.||Women's Halfpipe Final|
The latest meeting between the women's hockey teams from the United States and Canada will take center stage again. The fierce rivals are the unquestioned top two squads in the world, and now they get another chance to battle with a gold medal on the line.
Four years ago, Canada scored a 2-0 win in the final to finish atop the podium. The sides played earlier in this year's tournament as well, and Canada came out on top 3-2. Both games featured the Canadians' more physical style.
Donna Spencer of the Canadian Press passed along comments from the reigning champions' Caroline Ouellette, who thinks the Canadians' experience will be key:
It certainly helps to have that Olympic experience. You've been in those big games. You know how you're going to feel.
You know it's going to be normal to be nervous at first and you are able to channel that energy, that nervousness into positive energy and make sure everyone around is calm and play up to their potential, play with confidence.
It's our role as veterans to make sure everyone is calm, everyone is ready to go.
For the Americans to come out on top, they must push the pace and force Canada to play a more wide-open style of hockey. They haven't been able to do that in the last two meetings at the Games, and that's why they came up short both times.
The battle for bronze features Switzerland against Sweden.
In curling, the gold contest will feature another dominant Canadian team, led by skip Jennifer Jones facing Sweden. Canada didn't drop a single match (9-0) during round-robin play, including a 9-3 triumph over the Swedes.
It's been an impressive run from the start, and it would be a surprise if Jones and Co. didn't finish it off by winning the tournament finale. Joe Pascucci of Global News passed along a picture of the skip after her team earned a trip to the final:
Oh what a feeling. Canada's Jennifer Jones will play for Olympic Gold vs Sweden pic.twitter.com/Yct4I4OfPb— Joe Pascucci (@Pascucci015) February 19, 2014
In Day 13's other marquee event, the women's individual figure-skating medals will be decided. Kim Yuna of South Korea, Adelina Sotnikova of Russia and Carolina Kostner of Italy are the top three after the free program.
Although that group has pulled away from the pack a little bit, a trio of Americans (Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds) are within striking distance of the podium. The same can be said for Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who's in fifth after a short program that wasn't as good as expected.
Three other medals will be handed out on Thursday.
Which event are you most looking forward to?
The men's freestyle skiing ski cross should be very competitive. Alex Fiva of Switzerland and David Duncan of Canada are the big names to watch, but there's close to a dozen different races capable of earning a spot on the podium.
Sticking with freestyle skiing, the women will attempt to shine on the halfpipe. The United States' Maddie Bowman has a terrific opportunity to capture gold but will get challenged by fellow countrywoman Devin Logan and Virginie Faivre of Switzerland, among others.
Finally, the final Nordic combined event of the Olympics is the men's large hill team competition. To this point, Norway and Germany have been the two dominant countries in the sport. That should continue with a close battle for gold. As for bronze, it's wide open.
When the dust settles, the medal count could very well be shaken up once again.