Summary: If any teenager can handle the ratcheted-up hype of the Olympics, it's the gifted and composed Mikaela Shiffrin, who will start as the favorite in her specialty in her first Olympics. Uncommon technique and a growing understanding of how to generate power through the gates propelled the 18-year-old to the World Cup slalom title last year, and she's poised to recapture it (three wins on the World Cup circuit this season). Two-time Olympic slalom medalist Marlies Schild, 32, of Austria, who has a record 35 slalom titles, should provide the chief competition.
Where: Ice Cube Curling Center
Events/When: Men, Bronze Medal, 3:30 a.m. ET; Men, Gold Medal, 8:30 a.m. ET
Summary: Another positive for curling? The U.S. team is a bunch of regular guys, including a restaurant manager (skip John Shuster), a science teacher (Jeff Isaacson) and an engineer (John Landsteiner). They probably will not be wearing the same pants as the Norwegian team in Vancouver.
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.
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.