2010 Winter Olympics TV Schedule: What To Watch on Feb. 16
Day Five of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics gets underway with the first day of curling and the U.S. men's hockey team Olympic debut.
Six more medals will be handed out today, including the women's snowboard cross, women's single luge, speed skating among them.
Want the full run down on curling and what to look forward to when Team USA hits the ice? Look inside for details on the day's events.
Curling - Men's Round Robin Session 1
The first round robin of men's curling gets underway at 9:00 AM local time with eight teams simultaneously hitting the ice, including defending gold medal squad Canada (facing Norway) and 2006 bronze medalist the United States, which squares off against Germany.
Sweden takes on Great Britain and Switzerland takes on Denmark to complete the first matchups.
Canada is the favorite, but the United States team has gained momentum in the sport and could knock off the host country when all is said and done.
Women's Snowboard Cross
Much like yesterday's men's snowboard cross, the women's snowboard cross medal will all be decided today.
The qualification run begins at 10:00 AM local time and within three hours we will have a medalist. The medal run is slated to start at 12:40 PM local time.
Lindsey Jacobellis (pictured) just took home the gold in the snowboard cross at the recent X Games, but the 2006 silver medalist may not get the redemption she seeks.
The Canadian team, led by Maëlle Ricker and Dominique Maltais, are sure to give Jacobellis a run for her money.
The U.S. and Canadian teams are two of the strongest on the World Cup circuit, so it should make for one exciting event.
Biathlon - Women's 10 Kilometer Pursuit
The Women's Biathlon Pursuit has a lot to live up to following the exciting finish in the men's edition over the weekend. The race is set to start at 10:30 AM local time.
Germany dominated the podium at the 2006 Games by taking the gold and silver. Germany should be at the front of the pack again with Magdalena Neuner, who took silver in the Sprint—facing off against Slovkia's Anastasiya Kuzmina.
Ice Hockey - Men's Preliminary Round - Group A Game 1
Team USA takes to the ice for the first time in the 2010 Games when it takes on Switzerland at noon local time.
Team USA did not medal at the 2006 Games after winning silver in 2002 at Salt Lake City, and heads to Vancouver as prohibitive underdogs.
Team USA is coached by the Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson and captained by the Devils' Jamie Langenbrunner.
Team USA shares Group A with Switzerland, Norway, and tournament favorite Team Canada.
Biathlon - Men's 12.5 Kilometer Pursuit
The second men's biathlon event takes off at 12:45 PM local time. France's Vincent Jay took gold in the Biathlon Sprint and will have a 12-second head start over Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, who won silver in the Sprint.
The Norwegians are always favorites in biathlon or cross-country events, and are looking for more medals after a very disappointing show in yesterday's 15-kilometer cross-country event.
Luge - Women's Singles Run 3 and 4
The last two heats of Women's Luge kick off today at 1:00 PM local time. Favorite Tatjana Huefner of Germany sits at the top position after yesterday's first two heats. Nina Reithmayer of Austria is in second place and Germany's Natalie Geisenberger enters the day in third.
The Germans are in strong position to claim at least four of the six medals handed out in Women's Luge. The second run starts at approximately 2:50 PM local time.
Team USA's best chance at a medal, Erin Hamlin, is the top ranking American heading into today. She currently sits 15th.
Speed Skating - Ladies' 500-meter Race
The medal in the Women's 500-meter speed skating race will be decided today following two heats.
The first race will take place at 1:00 PM local time. American Lauren Cholewinski (pictured) is in the fifth pairing.
Teammate Jennifer Rodriguez is in the third pair. The second race, and medal race, will take place shortly before 3:00 PM local time.
Curling - Women's Round Robin Session 1
Women's curling also gets underway today with the first round robin starting at 2:00 PM local time. All three medalists from the 2006 Games as well as as the United States will take to the ice today. The U.S. squares off against Japan.
Defending gold medal team Sweden faces Denmark. 2006 silver medalist Switzerland takes on 2006 bronze medalist Canada. Germany rounds out the competition against the Russian Federation. Much like the men's squads, Team Canada is a leading favorite for the gold, but the gold could be Sweden's to lose.
Ice Hockey - Women's Preliminary Round - Group B Game 7
Team USA returns to the ice at 2:30 PM local time when it takes on the Russian Federation. Team USA obliterated Team China in its first preliminary round game, waxing the Chinese 12-1. The Russian Federation lost to Finland 5-1 in its first preliminary game. A win by Team USA clinches a spot in the semifinals.
Figure Skating - Men Short Program
The men's figure skating starts tonight with the short program which is set to begin at 4:15 PM local time. American Johnny Weir will look to improve upon the silver medal he won at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Fellow American Evan Lysacek finished 10th in 2006, but a strong 2009-2010 season could give him enough momentum to snag a medal.
Ice Hockey - Men's Preliminary Round - Group A Game 2
Team Canada hits the ice for the first time in front of its home crowd when it takes on Norway at 4:30 PM local time. Team Canada is led by Sidney Crosby, Martin Brodeur, and a host of other NHL All-Stars past and present. There is virtually no doubt Canada will advance out of the preliminary round, but the team will be playing with the weight and pressure of an entire country on its shoulders. Team Canada's run begins today.
Curling - Men's Round Robin Session 2
The day's second round robin of curling takes place at 7:00 PM local time when six teams take to the ice. Canada squares off against Germany, China and France face off, and the United States will go up against Norway. The round robin is a 10-team event featuring the six aforementioned countries plus Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Ice Hockey - Women's Preliminary Round - Group B Game 8
Finland and China face off in their second preliminary games. China faces another significant challenge against Finland, which beat the Russian Federation 5-1 in its first game. Finland moves onto the semifinals with a win.
Ice Hockey - Men's Preliminary Round - Group B Game 3
Last but certainly not least, Team Russia hits the ice in its first Olympic action when it takes on Latvia in preliminary action. The Russian team is led by NHL All-Pros Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Ilya Kovalchuk. Team Russia did not medal in 2006 and won bronze at the 2002 Games, but they are the other heavyweight projected to square off against Team Canada in the gold medal game.
Team Russia shares Group B with Lativa, Slovakia, and potential sleeper Czech Republic.