Coming off one of the most memorable days of the 2014 Winter Games, Day 14 has a lot to live up to in Sochi, Russia.
As it stands, the schedule looks like it will be another stellar set of events fans around the globe will want to catch. Big names are in action as more potential medals are dished out, and a pretty important hockey match is in the cards, too.
American viewers will be able to catch a few of these events on television during the day, but will have to wait until prime time on NBC for most. Remember, all events are available to view online at NBC Live Extra.
Schedule, TV Info
|2:45am ET||Freestyle Skiing||Women's Ski Cross - Seeding||--||No|
|3:30am ET||Curling||Men's Bronze Final - SWE vs CHN||--||Yes|
|4:30am ET||Freestyle Skiing||Women's Ski Cross - 1/8 Finals||NBC (Delay)||No|
|5:05am ET||Freestyle Skiing||Women's Ski Cross - Qtrfinals||NBC (Delay)||No|
|5:25am ET||Freestyle Skiing||Women's Ski Cross - Semifinals||NBC (Delay)||No|
|5:39am ET||Freestyle Skiing||Women's Ski Cross - Finals||NBC (Delay)||Yes|
|7:00am ET||Hockey||Men's Semifinal - SWE vs FIN||NBCSN||No|
|7:45am ET||Alpine Skiing||Women's Slalom - Run 1 of 2||--||No|
|8:30am ET||Curling||Men's Gold Final - CAN vs GBR||CNBC||Yes|
|8:30am ET||Speed Skating||Men's Team Pursuit - Quarterfinals||--||No|
|9:15am ET||Speed Skating||Women's Team Pursuit - Quarterfinals||--||No|
|9:30am ET||Biathlon||Women's 4 x 6km Relay||NBC (Delay)||Yes|
|10:15am ET||Speed Skating||Men's Team Pursuit - Semifinals||--||No|
|11:15am ET||Alpine Skiing||Women's Slalom - Run 2 of 2||--||Yes|
|11:30am ET||Short Track||Men's 500m - Quarterfinals||--||No|
|11:45am ET||Short Track||Women's 1000m - Quarterfinals||--||No|
|12:00pm ET||Hockey||Men's Semifinal - USA vs CAN||NBCSN (Delay)||No|
|12:15pm ET||Short Track||Men's 500m - Semifinals||--||No|
|12:30pm ET||Short Track||Women's 1000m - Semifinals||--||No|
|12:45pm ET||Short Track||Men's 500m - Finals||--||Yes|
|1:00pm ET||Short Track||Women's 1000m - Finals||--||Yes|
|1:15pm ET||Short Track||Men's 5000m Relay - Finals||--||Yes|
All info courtesy of Sochi2014.com and NBCOlympics.com
Events to Watch
Men's 500-meter Short-Track Finals
Of the multitude of short-track events on the day, the 500 meters is the most interesting to watch. America's J.R. Celski will be in attendance and has two first-place finishes so far in Sochi, although he has yet to hit the podium.
Celski says that in the face of the massive disappointment his team has been this year that spirits are still high, via Beth Harris of the Associated Press:
"It's a bummer that we haven't performed quite the way we wanted to individually," Celski said. "The team energy and atmosphere is still positive."
Celski is a star to watch, but Russia's Viktor Ahn is the man who fans must watch the closest. He grabbed a gold in the 1,000 meters and a bronze in the 1,500 meters. Ahn has shown no signs of slowing down and is the clear favorite.
Overall the field is tough, and major players have one last chance to turn things around or keep dominating the field.
USA vs. Canada, Men's Hockey Semifinals
This writes itself.
Two heated rivals. A rematch of the 2010 gold-medal game in Vancouver. Etc.
The international hockey game is all about adjustments, and so far the United States has simply been better. In fact, Canada has been one of the slowest to adapt offensively despite a slew of star players who separately find a large amount of success. A stat detailed by James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail says it all:
Canada has only a 7.7% shooting percentage in the Olympics so far, by far the lowest of the remaining teams. SWE/USA/FIN all more than 12%.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 19, 2014
Of course, most of this goes out the window when the two rivals meet. The United States and Canada have a long history and will surely do whatever it takes to get past each other and into the gold-medal game.
Of all the events on Feb. 21, this is the one nobody has an excuse to miss.
Women's Alpine Skiing Slalom Run
Lost in the shuffle of the more broad-appeal events, the women's slalom run will have some quality action and star power fans will want to see.
Heavyweights such as Slovenia's Tina Maze will hit the slopes once more. Maze already has two gold medals to her name in Sochi and is certainly a favorite to win another.
Mikaela Shiffrin is another name to keep a close eye on, especially after a strong showing that saw her land in fifth place in the giant slalom event. The budding 18-year-old American superstar could make a push at the podium in her first Winter Games after getting over the butterflies of her first event.
Other old favorites like Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch will make a bid for the podium as well in an event not hyped by many but will be praised by all once it concludes.