2014 Sochi Olympics: What to Watch February 14 Through February 16
2014 Sochi Olympics: What to Watch February 14 Through February 16
Eva Des Lauriers
Eva Des Lauriers
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Heading in to the second weekend in Sochi, there are a lot of different events to watch. It can be difficult to keep track of them all, so we have compiled the highlights to guide you through the weekend starting today.

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Friday, February 14

Daytime (3:00pm-5:00pm):

Biathlon, Women's 15km Individual

Skiing combined with target shooting, the biathlon is certainly a tall order. Team USA has Susan Dunklee making her Winter Games debut and is sure to make a strong showing in this event.

Primetime (8:00pm-11:30pm):

Figure Staking, Men's Free Skate

It was a dramatic and emotional short program last night, what with the withdrawal and ultimate retirement of beloved Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko before the short program even began, as well as Jeremy Abbott of Team USA having a big fall in the middle of his program. Hopefully the free skate is a bit smoother tonight. Jason Brown of Team USA had an amazing showing in the short program with a personal best score and is the one to watch for us tonight. Patrick Chan of Canada and Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan will duke it out for the gold. 

Alpine Skiing, Men's Super-Combined

After a disappointing showing in the Men's Downhill event, Bode Miller of Team USA still hopes to get a medal in this  fast-paced and intense event.

Skeleton, Women's Finals

In this terrifying event final, athletes will race in their final two runs to determine who will be going home with the gold. Noelle Pikus-Pace of Team USA is currently in second place after her first two runs and is the one to watch.


Saturday, February 15

Daytime,  (3:00pm-5:00pm):

Skeleton, Men's Final

The athletes will compete in this event final, with two athletes from Team USA who have a good shot at gold, John Daly and Matt Antoine. 

Primetime (8:00pm-11:30pm):

Alpine Skiing, Women's Super-G

Already a bronze medal winner from the Women's Downhill event, Julia Mancuso looks to add to her accomplishments with this event. Super-G is the skiing event that combines elements from both the downhill and giant slalom., while still achieving speeds similar to those of the downhill. It's fast-paced and really fun to watch.

Speed Skating, Men's 1500m

Speed Skating can get a bit tedious, but J.R. Celski of Team USA is expected to medal so will be one to watch in this event. 

Ski Jumping, Men's Large Hill

This event is very fast paced as the athletes are in the air approximately five seconds. It is exciting to see just how high and far they fly.

Latenight (12:00am-1:00am):

Curling

Curling is a game played between two teams at once, each team composed of four players. They send two stones per person toward a target and the skill that goes in to managing those stones on ice is quite entertaining to watch. Team USA goes up against Sweden in this curling event.


Sunday, February 16

Primetime (8:00pm-11:30pm):

Figure Skating, Ice Dancing Short Program

If you watched the Team Event last week, you will be acquainted with the pairs that will perform tonight. Meryl Davis and Charlie White from Team USA were the 2010 silver medalists in Vancouver and are very much in the race for gold. They are stronger than ever, but the competition will be close.

Snowboard Cross, Women's Finals

Qualifying rounds for snowboard cross occur earlier in the day. This event has athletes doing a run on a course with various obstacles and jumps. Lindsey Jacobellis is a strong contender in this event. She made her debut in the 2006 Torino games when she almost won gold, but fell during a showboating move over the final jump and ended up with the bronze. The snowboarders have been a joy to watch this year and should continue to be as the games go on.

Alpine Skiing, Men's Super-G

Team USA has two contenders in this event, Bode Miller and reigning world champion, Ted Ligety. This should be an intense event for the athletes and those of us watching at home. 

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