Daily Briefing, Feb. 18
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Out of roughly 5,500 athletes in Vancouver,
• It's another men's hockey tripleheader at Canada's Hockey Place:
- U.S. vs. Norway (3 p.m.): The Norwegians (0-1) don't have the horses to stay with the U.S. (1-0), who need to keep winning big to earn a top-four seed and an automatic bid in the quaterfinals.
- Switzerland vs. Canada (7:30 p.m.): It's a revenge game for the Canadians after the Swiss stunned them 2-0 in the group round in Turin. Devils star
- Slovakia vs. Russia (midnight): The Slovaks (0-1) went 5-0 in round robin play in 2006, but they'll have to face a powerful Russian team just 24 hours after losing to the Czech Republic. Russia (1-0) destroyed Latvia in its opening game.
• The U.S. has never lost to Finland in women's hockey (5:30 p.m.) in four games, including a 4-0 win in the 2006 bronze medal match, their last meeting. Russia's and China's women's hockey teams play against each other for the first time tonight (10:00 p.m.).
• The men's 20K individual biathlon (4:20 p.m.) -- which demands terrific skiing ability -- is a showcase event for
• The women's skeleton competition (7:00 p.m.) could be a hometown celebration: Canada's
• The Germans and Americans will be major players in men's skeleton (9:30 p.m.), though Germany brings the heavier firepower with the trio of
• Plushenko seems poised to make history Thursday night as the free skate concludes the men's figure skating competition (8 p.m.). The 27-year-old Russian scored a 90.85 for his "Concierto de Aranjuez" program in the short program on Tuesday, just 0.45 points off the world record he set at the European championships last month. American
• The U.S. has high hopes for the women's halfpipe (3:30 p.m. start, 9 p.m. final), with
• Curling continues with eight men's matches, including U.S-Denmark men (noon). The American men are 0-3 after a tough loss to Switzerland on Tuesday. The U.S. women, who are also looking for their first win, meet Denmark (5:00 p.m.) as well.
"I went to Harvard Law School, and I'm not sure I understand them." -- Team USA's general manager
"This sucks. This is the biggest sh-- place you can end up at." -- Dutch long-track speedskater