The 2014 Winter Olympics are rapidly coming to a close, and Day 15 provides a critical slate of competitions that could affect the tight medal tally.
The United States holds the slimmest of leads over host country Russia, with Canada, Norway and the Netherlands still in the mix. Look for plenty of movement by the time Day 15 comes to a close.
With that in mind, here is the schedule, live stream and television information for the day’s events.
All events take place on Saturday, Feb. 22 and are live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.
Snowboarding: Ladies’ Parallel Slalom Finals
Time: 5:46 a.m. ET, 2:46 p.m. Sochi time and 10:46 a.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC Sports Network at 5:46 a.m. ET and BBC at 10:46 a.m. GMT
Snowboarding: Men’s Parallel Slalom Finals
Time: 5:50 a.m. ET, 2:50 p.m. Sochi time and 10:50 a.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC Sports Network at 5:50 a.m. ET and BBC at 10:50 a.m. GMT
Cross-Country Skiing: Ladies’ 30-kilometer Mass Start Free
Time: 4:30 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. Sochi time and 9:30 a.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC Sports Network at 4:30 a.m. ET and BBC at 9:30 a.m. GMT
Alpine Skiing: Men’s Slalom
Time: 7:45 a.m. ET, 4:45 p.m. Sochi time and 12:45 p.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 12:45 p.m. GMT
Speedskating: Men’s Team Pursuit Finals
Time: 8:51 a.m. ET, 5:51 p.m. Sochi time and 1:51 p.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 1:51 p.m. GMT
Speedskating: Women’s Team Pursuit Finals
Time: 9:14 a.m. ET, 6:14 p.m. Sochi time and 2:14 p.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 2:14 p.m. GMT
Biathlon: Men’s 4x7.5-kilometer Relay
Time: 9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. Sochi time and 2:30 p.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC Sports Network at 12:30 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 2:30 p.m. GMT
Men's Hockey Bronze-Medal Game: United States vs. Finland
Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT
Bobsled: Men’s Four-Man Competition
Time: 11:30 a.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. Sochi time and 4:30 p.m. GMT
TV Information: NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 4:30 p.m. GMT
There are a number of events that immediately jump off the schedule, including the bronze-medal hockey game between the United States and Finland.
Both countries experienced heartbreaking losses in the semifinals, with the Americans falling 1-0 to Canada and Finland losing 2-1 to Sweden. Whichever team can come out with the right mindset and establish the pace of the game early will be at an immediate advantage.
Elsewhere, American Steve Holcomb will look to win consecutive gold medals in the four-man bobsled after taking home the title at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. He already has a bronze from the two-man competition, but he will be dealing with a calf strain that he discussed with reporters in comments passed along by Jim Caple of ESPN.com:
What sucks is that when you get in the sled, you still have a minute to go. You can't just get out and go, Owwwww! You sit there and try to focus on the drive and all you can think about is that your leg hurts…It's four years to get to this point. I'm not going to be stopped by a little calf muscle.
On the ski slopes, American Ted Ligety will try to add another gold medal to his Sochi haul in the men’s slalom after winning the title in giant slalom. The United States alpine ski team got off to a relatively slow start, but after Ligety’s gold and Mikaela Shiffrin’s gold medal in the women’s slalom, things are looking much better.
It can’t look any better for a team than it has for the Netherlands’ speedskating bunch in Sochi.
The Dutch have stayed near the top of the medal count throughout the Olympics on the back of their speedskating production alone, and will have two more chances to add to their total on Day 15 with the team pursuit competitions.
There promises to be plenty of thrilling action throughout the day in Sochi.
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