One of the most impressive streaks in Olympic history appears to be on thin ice: Since 1968, the U.S. women have medaled in every Winter Games in the Ladies competition, but America's best hopes in 2010,
That means the best chance for domestic success on the ice will likely come from the ice dancing competition, where reigning U.S. champions
Why should you care? Figure skating will arguably provide the most compelling drama at the Games. (Plus, NBC will inundate you with every competition in prime time.) There are nine nights of figure skating, including the Ladies, Men's, pairs and ice dancing competition. Also, South Korea's
Both Plushenko and Lambiel made comebacks after retirements, and in his first major championship since the Turin Games, Plushenko finished 16.85 points ahead of Lambiel to take the European Championships. That was also the result in Turin; now Lambiel gets to attempt to exact some revenge in Vancouver.
Russians or Soviets have won every gold in the pairs competition since '64. That streak is in serious jeopardy this year thanks to a strong Chinese trio and the powerful German team of Savchenko and Szolkowy.
Pairs: Feb. 15