2014 Sochi Olympics: What to Watch February 17 Through February 20
2014 Sochi Olympics: What to Watch February 17 Through February 20
Eva Des Lauriers
Eva Des Lauriers
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
We are now entering the second full week of the Winter Games. There are a lot of events you'll want to tune into this week, including the final figure skating events and potential history-making wins in bobsled and alpine skiing. It can be difficult to keep track of all of these events, so we have compiled a list of highlights to guide you through.

Monday, February 17

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

Freestyle Skiing, Men's Aerials

If you enjoy big jumps and big air, then this is the sport to watch. Athletes compete in the qualifying round for aerials with the finals airing later in primetime.

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

Figure Skating, Free Dance

Meryl Davis and Charlie White from Team USA are the reigning silver medalists and achieved the highest score ever recorded in the short program. As if that is not enough to watch their free dance, they are admitted rivals with Canadian gold medalists Virtue and Moir, who are currently slotted in second place. It will be a figure skating show down, which is always a treat.

Bobsled, Two-Man Final Run

Steven Holcomb from Team USA will attempt to make history by piloting to the podium, which would be the first American get a medal in this event in over sixty years.

Latenight (1:00am-2:00am):

Ski Jumping, Men's Team Large Hill

In this team event, it should be a close and heated battle for medals between Austria, Germany and Norway. 

Tuesday, February 18

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

Nordic Combined, Individual Large Hill

In what is the first stage of a two stage event, athletes will make one attempt at a jump from the large hill. They will combine these scores with their second stage score from the the 10km cross-country ski race. Bill Demong from Team USA is the reigning gold medalist in this event and is looking to defend his title.

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

Freestyle Skiing, Men's Halfpipe

Though snowboarding gets a lot of the attention, the skiing events have really upped their game this year and are so fun to watch. In this halfpipe event look out for American rivals David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace who will be competing for the top spot.

Alpine Skiing, Women's Giant Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin from Team USA will debut in this event and is slated to perform extremely well. This is a fast and fun event to watch as the conditions on the treacherous course change minute by minute.

Speed Skating, Short Track, Women's Relay

This is a wild relay event with 16 skaters on the ice at all times. Eight teams of four skaters each compete, with each team deciding for itself how many laps each skater will take. The first two teams from each semi-final will advance to the final. It is unpredictable and there is sure to be some carnage on the track.

Wednesday, February 19

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

Cross-Country Skiing, Men's and Women's Team Sprints

The cross-country skiing events have been some of the most exciting races of these games. It sounds bizarre, but it is true. They have been difficult to predict, with upsets from a variety of countries, and you can see just how hard the skiers are working out there, making their victories even more thrilling to witness. The team sprint event is done as a relay of two skiers who take turns completing 1.5km legs three times each.

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

Figure Skating, Ladies' Short Program

In what is sure to be a tense but exciting event, Team USA has several skaters who could take the top spot, from Ashley Wagner to Gracie Gold. The reigning gold medalist, Yuna Kim will be defending her title against them all. 

Bobsled, Women's Final Run

Team USA has 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, Elana Meyres, as the driver for their bobsled and is a major contender for another medal. 

Alpine Skiing, Men's Giant Slalom

After an exciting race and emotional return to podium in Men's Super-G, Bode Miller from Team USA takes to the course again in this event. 

Thursday, February 20

Daytime (12:00pm-3:00pm):

Hockey, Women's Final

Hockey has yet to played in full on main NBC network, so it will be exciting to finally get to watch the teams battle it out. It is expected to be United States versus Canada, which will be a great game for sure. Note: this event is live. 

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

Figure Skating, Ladies' Free Skate

In what will be the determining event for the podium, the ladies take to the ice for the final time. It will be exciting and nerve-wracking to be sure.

Freestyle Skiing, Women's Halfpipe

Team USA has a lot of contenders in this event who are favored for the top spots. An event filled with airs and tricks, it is surely not one to miss.

Freestyle Skiing, Men's Ski Cross

Ski-cross is unpredictable as there is a fair share of falls and spills on the course. Team USA has a few representatives, including John Teller who is favored for a medal.

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