Sochi Olympics: Viewer's guide

Summary: Will an American woman medal for the first time in the sport since 2002? Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender hope so.

Saturday, Feb. 15

What: Alpine Skiing
Where: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Events/When: Women's Super G, 2 a.m. ET

Summary: Switzerland's Lara Gut, winner of three World Cups this season, will be favored in a fairly wide-open field. Lindsey Vonn's absence looms large here for the U.S. team, which is hoping that Julia Mancuso can tap into the form that brought her consistent success in the discipline form 2010 through last season.

What: Ice Hockey
Where: Shayba Arena, Bolshoy Ice Dome
Events/When: Men, Group A -- Slovakia vs. Sweden, 3 a.m. ET; Men, Group A -- United States vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m. ET; Men, Group C -- Switzerland vs. Czech Republic, noon ET; Men, Group C -- Sweden vs. Latvia, noon ET

Summary: This might be the most eagerly anticipated of all the preliminary games, the U.S. taking on the host Russians. The pressure on the Russians to win it all is intense, while a win for the Americans, as was the case when they beat Canada in preliminary play in Vancouver, would set them up nicely for a top seed at the end of the preliminary competition.

What: Ice Hockey
Where: Shayba Arena, Bolshoy Ice Dome
Events/When: Women, Quarterfinals, 3 a.m., 7:30 a.m. ET

Summary: The medal round begins for the women. Will the new Olympic format have knocked out any contenders by now? The other quarterfinal matches take place a day later.

What: Short-Track Speedskating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Women's 1500 Heats, 5 a.m. ET; Men's 1000 Quarterfinals, 5:25 a.m. ET; Women's 1500 Semifinals, 6:15 a.m. ET; Men's 1000 Semifinals, 6:45 a.m. ET; Women's 1500 Final, 7:10 a.m. ET; Men's 1000 Final, 7:20 a.m. ET

Summary: No Apolo Anton Ohno this time around. Which U.S. athletes will make a name for themselves in short track?

What: Speedskating
Where: Adler Arena Skating Center
Events/When: Men's 1500, 8:30 a.m. ET

Summary: For all of his success on the ice, Shani Davis has yet to win Olympic gold in the Race of Kings. This year's quest won't be easy, as the four World Cup stages this season have brought four different winners in the 1,500. Last year's test event in Sochi was won by Russia's Denis Yuskov.

Sunday, Feb. 16

What: Alpine Skiing
Where: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Events/When: Men's Super G, 2 a.m. ET

Summary: Norway's Aksel Svindal Lund won this event at Vancouver in 2010 and he's the favorite again this year. He's currently the World Cup leader in the Super G, with nearly twice as many points as runner-up Didier Defago.

What: Figure Skating
Where: Iceberg Skating Palace
Events/When: Ice Dancing short dance, 10 a.m. ET

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