Eight gold medals are up for grabs Tuesday as the action continues at the 22nd Winter Games.
US snowboarder Shaun White looks to win his third consecutive gold medal in the men’s halfpipe today, and medals will be awarded in two events making their debut as Olympic sports: women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle and women’s ski jumping.
NBC will show a tape-delayed afternoon broadcast from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST and a prime-time broadcast at 8 p.m. EST. Its affiliate networks, including NBC Sports, MSNBC, and CNBC, will broadcast events throughout the day, and all events can be live streamed by cable subscribers at nbcolympics.com.
You don’t want to miss these events:
Women’s freestyle ski slopestyle
Now that the snowboarders have had their chance to compete in the new slopestyle event, freestyle skiers will strut their skills.
The goal of the event is to “perform the most difficult aerial tricks while getting the most height off the course. The event rewards variety, rather than doing a single trick repeatedly, and has been a staple of – and one of the most popular events in – the X Games for years,” according to sports site Bleacher Report.
Canadian Kaya Turski is a favorite to win gold, having placed first in three of the last four X Games events. Her teammate Dara Howell will battle for gold, as will Americans Keri Herman, Devin Logan, and Julia Krass.
The event was live streamed at 4 a.m. EST this morning and will be replayed on the NBC afternoon and prime-time broadcast. Find results here.
Cross-country individual sprints
The United States looks to quench a 38-year drought in Olympic cross-country skiing. Alaska native Kikkan Randall is a strong contender to win the first medal for a US woman in the event, and the first medal for a US cross-country skier since Bill Koch took silver in 1976. Randall won two World Cup races last month and the World Cup sprint title in 2012. She’ll have to fend off tough competition from dominant European powerhouses, including seven-time Olympic medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway.
In the men’s event, Norway’s Petter Northug Jr. – who won two golds, one silver, and a bronze in Vancouver – will battle against Nikita Kriukov of Russia and Emil Joensson of Sweden.
Figure skating pairs short program
The first individual figure skating event begins today with the pairs short program. Russian figure skaters – who were shut out of Olympic medals in Vancouver for the first time since 1960 – look to build off the momentum from their team gold medal, which gave Russia its first gold medal of the Games. Russian pairs team and defending World Champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are the favorites for gold.
The US will be represented by two-time national champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, who look to bounce back from stumbles in the team competition. They placed 13th at the World Championships last year.
The event will stream live at 10 a.m. EST and will be replayed on NBC prime time.
Men’s snowboarding halfpipe
Shaun White’s quest for his third gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe culminates today in the men’s finals. White posted a gigantic score in his qualifying run and qualified directly for the final. His teammate Danny Davis also qualified directly to the final. The other big question of the event is how the course will be affected by the weather. Warm weather this week led to complaints that the course was slow and warped out of shape.
The event will stream live at 12:30 p.m. EST and will be replayed on NBC prime time.
Women’s ski jumping
Female ski jumpers finally get a chance to compete on the world’s largest sporting stage after winning a battle to get the sport accepted by the International Olympic Committee. In 2008, fifteen women jumpers from five countries unsuccessfully sued organizers of the Vancouver Games to be allowed to compete.
American Lindsey Van, considered one of the pioneers of the sport, will compete alongside teammate Sarah Hendrickson. They’ll face strong competition from Sara Takanashi of Japan, among others.
The event will stream live at 1:15 p.m. and will be replayed on NBC prime time.
What else is on:
NBC 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST: Luge (women’s singles), freestyle skiing (women's slopestyle), cross-country individual sprint events (men's and women's)
NBC 8 p.m. EST prime time: Men’s snowboarding (halfpipe), freestyle skiing (women's slopestyle), figure skating (pairs short), ski jumping (women’s normal hill)
NBC 12:30 a.m. Late night: Biathlon (women’s 10 km pursuit), speed skating (women’s 500m)