12. Team Skating. Figure skating is always among the most popular events at the Winter games and this year a team event -- starting a day before the opening ceremonies -- will appear on the Olympic schedule for the first time. The event will rank one skaters from ten teams based on short program scores in each of the four disciplines (men, ladies, pairs and dance) with the top five teams advancing to a round of long programs. The teams may make two switches of skaters from the first round to the second, creating a competition that rewards strategy and consistency. Look for the U.S. to challenge Canada and Russia for the medals.