Sochi Olympics sport-by-sport guide

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The consistent battle for gold medals has turned USA-Canada into a heated women's hockey rivalry.

The consistent battle for gold medals has turned USA-Canada into a heated women's hockey rivalry.

Bryan Fletcher (left) and Bill Demong will be critical to the U.S.'s team medal hopes in Nordic Combined.

Bryan Fletcher (left) and Bill Demong will be critical to the U.S.'s team medal hopes in Nordic Combined.

Can Shaun White conquer a new Olympic domain in the snowboard slopestyle event?

Can Shaun White conquer a new Olympic domain in the snowboard slopestyle event?

Steve Holcomb and the U.S. four-man bobsled team rides a wave of good momentum into Sochi.

Steve Holcomb and the U.S. four-man bobsled team rides a wave of good momentum into Sochi.

A fourth luge event, the mixed relay, will make its Olympic debut in Sochi. The relay will comprise three consecutive slides: two singles (one woman followed by one man) and a doubles race. While Germany's track record gives it the odds of taking the relay, the brand new event has no history of Olympic winners and losers, which makes it anyone's game -- and likely, a fan favorite at the 2014 Games. -- Anastassia Smorodinskaya