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Today at the Olympics: US seeks first two-man bobsled medal since 1936; White, Davis, look to win gold in ice dancing

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 17, 2014 06:36 AM

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Each day throughout the Winter Olympics, we'll bring you a daily rundown on what to expect and a look at key story lines in Sochi.

What to watch today, Monday, Feb. 17

While you were sleeping (spoilers):

It has been a slow day in Sochi thus far, with medal events taking place later in the day. In curling, Korea smoked the US women, 11-2, while the men were down, 2-0 to Switzerland as of 6 a.m. (5 a.m., USA Network).

Medal watch:

Driver Steve Holcomb, and push man Steve Langton, from Melrose, look to become the first two-man US bobsled team to medal since 1936. After two heats, the pair currently sits in third place. The final two heats will take place later this morning and can be seen as part of NBC’s primetime coverage Monday night (or, beginning at 9:30 a.m., streamed, as all events can be on NBCOlympics.com).

In ice hockey, the US men were one of four teams to receive a bye into the next round with their eight points, but things start getting serious for the women Monday, when they take on Sweden in the semifinal round (7:30 a.m., NBCSN). Canada will face Switzerland in its semifinal showdown (Noon, MSNBC).

The free dance in ice dancing takes place later this morning as well (10 a.m., NBC Sports Network), with Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, in the mix, but it’s the US’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White who lead the way with a score of 78.89 ( a world record), and are line for the country’s first ice dancing gold.

In freestyle skiing, Connecticut’s Mac Bohonnon is among the competitors (3 p.m., NBC), while Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner, and Trevor Jacob all chase medals in snowboard cross. On Monday morning, the event was postponed until Tuesday due to foggy conditions. The biathlon men’s 15K mass start was also postponed.

In ski jumping, the US will soar second as the men’s team jump takes place (1:30 p.m., NBCSN).

Tweets from the athletes:

Amanda Kessel as her team gets set for the semifinals:

Skater Maia Shibutani:

Andrew Weibrecht on his silver in the men’s Super G:

Bode Miller’s wife, Morgan, after the skier made history with a bronze medal in the Super G:

From Johnny Moseley to Mac Bohonnon:

Photo of the day:

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