Sochi Olympics: Viewer's guide

What: Figure Skating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Men's Team free program, 10 a.m. ET; Women's Team free program, 11:05 a.m. ET; Ice Dance Team free dance, 1:10 p.m. ET

Summary: Which country will have bragging rights after the first Olympic team figure skating competition?

What: Snowboard
Where: Rosa Khutor Extreme Park
Events/When: Women's Slopestyle Semifinals, 1:30 a.m. ET; Women's Slopestyle Finals, 4:15 a.m. ET

Summary: American Jamie Anderson has won eight of the past 12 women's slopestyle contests, but in the past year, she's lost back-to-back X Games to Silje Norendal of Norway. In Sochi, the rider known for hugging trees before her run will need more than positive energy to take gold: She needs to land her cab 900.

What: Speedskating
Where: Adler Arena Skating Center
Events/When: Women's 3000, 6:30 a.m. ET

Summary: Defending champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic figures into everyone's podium scenario in this event, along with much-decorated fellow distance specialists Ireen Wust of the Netherlands and Claudia Pechstein of Germany. Pechstein, a nine-time Olympic medalist (including five golds) sat out the last Winter Games because of a doping suspension, which she fought vigorously.

Monday, Feb. 10

What: Alpine Skiing
Where: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Events/When: Women's Super Combined (downhill), 2 a.m. ET; Women's Super Combined (slalom), 6 a.m. ET

Summary: The ultimate lightning round in alpine -- this is only the second time the Olympic event has been contested with a single slalom run, as opposed to the previous format of two plus a downhill -- obviously rewards a varied skill set. The field is stocked with veterans who could meet that criteria. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. won a silver medal in this discipline in Vancouver.

What: Short-Track Speedskating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Men's 1500 Heats, 4:45 a.m. ET; Women's 500 Heats, 5:30 a.m. ET; Men's 1500 Semifinals, 6:10 a.m. ET; Women's 3000 Relay Semifinals, 6:40 a.m. ET; Men's 1500 Final, 7:05 a.m. ET

Summary: With Apolo Ohno retired, the top American is J.R. Celski. He won two medals in Vancouver despite slicing open his leg and bleeding on the ice at the U.S. trials just five months earlier. He doesn't have as dramatic a story this time but, he did win all three events at the last U.S. trials. And he has a famous fan in his corner -- four-time Grammy winner and fellow Seattle-area resident Macklemore.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

What: Speedskating
Where: Adler Arena Skating Center
Events/When: Women's Free Sprint

Summary: The U.S. has won only one Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, and that was Bill Koch's silver 38 long years ago at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. But there is a good chance that drought will finally end thanks to Kikkan Randall, the four-time Olympian who just keeps getting better and better. The "Kikkanimal" has 11 World Cup victories, and now she wants that elusive Olympic podium.

What: Figure Skating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Pairs short program, 10 a.m. ET

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