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What to Watch: Day 5 of the 2014 Winter Olympics
Here's a look at the compelling events, athletes and storylines of the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Women's downhill, 2 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
Julia Mancuso became a medal favorite here by winning the downhill portion of the super combined Monday en route to a bronze medal. If she makes the podium again, she will match Bode Miller for the most career U.S. Olympic Alpine medals (five).
The favorite, though, is Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who won the super combined. Hoefl-Riesch is the World Cup overall and downhill leader and looks to win her fourth Olympic medal, all gold.
Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, second to Hoefl-Riesch in the World Cup standings, suffered a shin bruise in a training crash Sunday.
Four different women were fastest in the four training runs. None of them were Mancuso, Hoefl-Riesch or Weirather.
Embedded video_content_type: Julia Mancuso on her bronze medal run in the super combined
Normal hill, 4:30 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
Can the U.S. rediscover its magic from the 2010 Olympics? Four years ago Americans won twice as many Nordic combined medals (four) than any other nation, despite coming in with zero medals in the sport in Olympic history.
The U.S. would not be expected to win any medals here if results this past season are any indication. But keep an eye out for Bill Demong, who won the large hill event in 2010.
The medal favorites are German Eric Frenzel, seeking his first individual Olympic medal, defending champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis of France and anybody in a Norwegian uniform.
U.S.-Canada, 7:30 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
This game means little on paper, but the deep-rooted rivalry says otherwise. The two dominant women's hockey nations go at it in their final group-play game.
They will both advance straight to opposite semifinals regardless of Wednesday's result. That makes this matchup reminiscent of women's hockey's debut at the 1998 Olympics.
In Nagano, the U.S. and Canada played a preliminary game already knowing they would play again three days later for the gold medal. Canada went up 4-1, but the U.S. scored six goals in the final 13 minutes to win 7-4. The U.S. then went on to win the gold medal 3-1.
Canada has won every gold medal since but enters Wednesday's matchup on a four-game losing streak to the U.S. since the shock resignation of coach Dan Church. Its new coach is longtime NHL player and coach Kevin Dineen.
The U.S. and Canada have combined to beat bronze-medal contenders Finland and Switzerland 20-1 in four games. Neither the U.S. nor Canada will play again until the semifinals Monday.
Men's 1000m, 9 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
With a medal of any color, Davis will tie the record for most career U.S. Olympic men's speed skating medals (five) with Eric Heiden and Chad Hedrick.
Davis' biggest competition will come from countryman Brian Hansen, 2013 world champion Kazakh Denis Kuzin and the Netherlands' Michel Mulder and Kjeld Nuis. Mulder won the 500m on Monday.
Embedded video_content_type: TODAY: Shani Davis chasing perfection
Pairs free skate, 10:45 a.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
The Olympic record books are loaded with Russian pairs wins. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are closing in on another. This one would be extra special for two reasons: The games are in their home nation, and a victory could start a whole new winning streak. From 1964, when the Protopopovs took the first Olympic pairs gold medal for the country, through 2006, the event belonged to skaters from either the Soviet Union or Russia. But no Russians even reached the medals stand in the event at Vancouver.
"We want to win the Olympics in Russia and we want to be the next gold medal winners in pairs for Russia," Trankov said through a translator Tuesday night. "We have the strong history." And they have the strong programs. In fact, Russian pairs were first, third and eighth in the short program. There's no reason to think they won't be just as tough to beat in the free skate on Wednesday night at the Iceberg.
U.S. champions Marissa Castelli of Cranston, R.I., and Simon Shnapir of Sudbury, Mass., were ninth, putting them on course of their objectives: a top 10 finish and personal bests in every program.
Women's halfpipe final, 12:30 p.m. ET -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
American Kelly Clark is the favorite here, assuming she makes it through qualification to the 12-woman final.
Clark is the greatest women's halfpipe snowboarder of all time with 2002 Olympic gold, 2010 Olympic bronze and five Winter X Games titles, including the last four.
She's set to be challenged by 2010 Olympic champion Torah Bright of Australia and U.S. teammates 2006 Olympic champion Hannah Teter, 2013 world champion Arielle Gold and Kaitlyn Farrington.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.