US Men's Slopestyle Skiing Looks for Podium Sweep on Tonight's OLYMPICS Coverage on NBC
One week into Olympic competition and the US team has had an impressive start, winning twelve combined medals and trails only Norway with thirteen. Check out the full medal standings here.
This year's Dew Tour champion, 19-year-old Nick Goepper leads an extremely talented squad of US skiers in tonight's first-ever Olympic ski slopestyle gold medal final. On the ice, Americans Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe will compete in the Women's SPEED skating 1000m final, where they'll likely be each other's toughest competition, entering the event ranked 1-2 in the World Cup standings.
Check out highlights from tonight's OLYMPICS coverage on NBC below:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (DAY 6)
8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Men's Figure Skating - Short Program
Men's Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle Gold Medal Final
Women's SPEED Skating - 1000m Gold Medal Final
Women's Skeleton - Competition
NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime):
Men's Figure Skating - Short Program : Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada remains the favorite for Olympic gold, but after winning each of his consecutive world titles by smaller and smaller margins, it appears that the rest of the men's field is catching up with the 23-year-old from Toronto. The men's competition gets underway with the short program, where it is now almost necessary to attempt a quad jump - figure skating's most difficult element - to be competitive.
Men's Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle Gold Medal Final: This new Olympic event can be difficult to predict, but the U.S. is loaded with talent. Nick Goepper, a 19-year-old from a small Indiana farm town, leads the deep crop of skiers after collecting wins at several recent major events.
Women's SPEED Skating - 1000m Gold Medal Final: Training partners and roommates Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe - both former inline skaters - will likely be each other's toughest competition as they arrive at the Sochi Games ranked 1-2 in this event. A former college basketball standout in her home state of Florida, Bowe was inspired to try SPEED skating when she watched Richardson make her Olympic debut in Vancouver.
Women's Skeleton - Competition: It's been a long and winding road for Noelle Pikus-Pace, a Utah mother of two who finished fourth in Vancouver then retired from the sport. But the 31-year-old made her triumphant return in 2012 and quickly ascended the ranks to become a top contender in Sochi.