Day 14 at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi was filled with plenty of action that included a heartbreaking hockey game for the Americans and eight medal events.
Although Canada knocked off the United States in the men’s hockey semifinals on the heels of the women’s gold-medal game that also saw the Canadians beat the Americans, the United States is sitting atop the medal standings.
Host country Russia is right on the heels of the Red, White and Blue, while Canada, Norway and the Netherlands round out the top five.
Among the notable medals awarded on Day 14, teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic champion ever in the slalom. Lindsey Vonn, who couldn’t participate in these Games because of injury, was right there to support her teammate:
With Day 14 officially in the rear-view mirror, Day 15 is sure to alter the medal count. Here are some storylines to watch.
Medal on the Line in Men’s Hockey
Needless to say, the bronze-medal game against Finland is not where the American hockey team wanted to be heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics.
After losing to Canada in heartbreaking fashion, the United States will try to salvage a medal against a dangerous Finland team that already eliminated the host country Russia in the quarterfinals.
With such a quick turnaround from the loss to Canada, it will be important for the Americans to get off to a fast start. Falling behind early the day after the semifinal loss is a quick way to allow doubt to creep into the team's collective psyche.
Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT
The Start of Four-Man Bobsled
The four-man bobsled begins on Day 15 with the first two runs in the four-run competition.
Americans will keep a close eye on Steve Holcomb, who won the bronze already in the two-man event in Sochi and is looking for another gold in the four-man. Holcomb took home the gold medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Looking ahead, the only way Holcomb will emerge victorious is if his strained calf does not become too cumbersome. He discussed his plans with reporters in comments passed along by Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune:
There are a lot of treatment options I can do, but they're all illegal. I'm sticking to acupuncture, massage and laser stuff to help increase blood flow.... On race day my adrenaline will be going, I'll put in my mouthpiece, bite down hard and dig deep.
If Holcomb beats out a deep field that features Russia’s Alexander Zubkov, who won the two-man event, he will become the first American driver to win consecutive Olympic golds in 82 years.
Time: 11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. Sochi time and 4:30 p.m. GMT
TV Broadcast: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 4:30 p.m. GMT
Ted Ligety took home the gold medal in men’s giant slalom already in Sochi, and he will look for his second title at these Games in the men’s slalom on Day 15.
If Ligety is as dominant as he was in the giant slalom, he will capture the gold in slalom as well. However, he is going up against a deep field that includes Giuliano Razzoli of Italy, who won the gold in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver in this discipline.
Look for a tight race that comes down to fractions of a second.
Time: 11:15 a.m. ET, 8:15 p.m. Sochi time and 4:15 p.m. GMT
TV Broadcast: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 4:15 p.m. GMT
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