Another mogul in the making? One of several fun developments for the US team on a very successful (four medals) Saturday was Vermont native Hannah Kearney's winning performance in the women's moguls. Today, it's the guys' turn, and the US has a genuine gold-medal candidate here as well in Patrick Deneen, who won the World Championship in Inawashiro, Japan in March with a rapid run of slightly under 48 seconds. 5:30 p.m.
Combined effort: The US has never won a medal in Nordic combined, a long-established Winter Games event that requires both tremendous athleticism and endurance since it combines ski jumping and cross country skiing. The victory drought is likely to end today, as Johnny Spillane, Billy Demong, and Todd Lodwick -- Olympic veterans and close friends who have found increasing success on the World Cup circuit -- all have their eyes on the podium. Noon, 1 p.m., 4:45 p.m..
Speaking of breakthroughs: Like the Nordic combined, the biathlon is another traditional event in which the US still has a zero when it comes to all-time medal count in the event. And like the Nordic combined, the biathlon is a sport in which the US has been making serious headway in recent years. Today, Tim Burke has a golden opportunity -- or perhaps a silver or bronze one -- to put a "1" in that column with a win in the 10-Kilometer sprint. 2:15 p.m.
And don't forget . . . Figure skating, always among the most anticipated events (though hockey probably gets the nod this time around given who has home ice), gets underway with the pairs short program. 7:30 p.m. . . . Coach Mark Johnson, who knows a thing or two about Olympic hockey success, guides the US women's team in its debut during a preliminary round matchup with China. 3 p.m. . . . Four-time Olympian Catherine Raney-Norman covets her first medal, and she could collect it in the women's 3,000-meter speedskating competition. 4 p.m.