Sochi Olympics: Viewer's guide

What: Freestyle Skiing
Where: Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
Events/When: Women's Ski Cross, 2:45 a.m. ET; Women's Ski Cross, 4:30 a.m. ET

Summary: Canadian skier Ashleigh McIvor won the first gold medal for her country in Vancouver in 2010. And although the Games have moved 6,000 miles away from their homeland, the Canadian team is still among the strongest. All three skiers -- Kelsey Serwa, Marielle Thompson and Georgia Simmerling -- are among the top 10 in the overall World Cup standings.

What: Ice Hockey
Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome
Events/When: Men's Semifinals -- TBD, 7 a.m. ET and noon ET

Summary: The winners of these two games will meet in Sunday's gold-medal showdown. The losers will battle for a bronze medal.

What:Short-Track Speedskating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Men's 500 Quarterfinals, 11:30 a.m. ET; Women's 1000 Quarterfinals, 5:45 a.m. ET; Men's 500 Semifinals, 12:15 p.m. ET; Women's 1000 Semifinals, 12:25 p.m. ET; Men's 500 Final, 12:45 p.m. ET; Women's 1000 Final, 12:55 p.m. ET; Men's 5000 Relay Final, 1:20 p.m. ET

Summary: With three finals, the always-chaotic short track will be especially so on this today. Adding another layer of chaos? South Korea is one of the sport's dominant countries, but it lost one of its best skaters in 2011 when Ahn Hyun-Soo, a triple gold medalist at the 2006 Torino Games, left the team. He is now a Russian citizen and will skate for that country with a partially new name, Viktor Ahn.

Saturday, Feb. 22

What: Alpine Skiing
Where: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Events/When: Men's Slalom, first run, 7:45 a.m. ET; Men's Slalom, second run, 11:15 a.m. ET

Summary: If Hirscher can defeat Ligety in the giant slalom, he will eye the slalom/giant slalom double three days later.

What: Bobsled
Where: Sanki Sliding Center
Events/When: Men's Four-Man (Run 1), 11:30 a.m. ET; Men's Four-Man (Run 2), 1 p.m. ET

Summary: The American team led by driver Steve Holcomb will look to defend its first-ever gold in Vancouver. Germany again will mount the stiffest competition, with driver Maximilian Arndt beating Holcomb for the World Cup title in January. The Russians and Swiss can't be counted out, either, after winning previous test events at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi.

What: Figure Skating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Gala Exhibition, 11:30 a.m. ET

Summary: You know you want to watch your favorite figure skaters let their hair down, wear more sequins, and skate to more than just classical music.

What: Ice Hockey
Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome
Events/When: Men, Bronze Medal, 10 a.m. ET

Summary: The bronze-medal game is always a great litmus test for a team's character after the disappointment of being denied a chance at gold.

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