2014 Sochi Olympics: Event schedule for Thursday

Bruce Bennett

The American men's hockey team gets its Olympiad underway with a tough challenge from the Slovakians, and curling and speed skating show up big on Thursday.

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It's Day 8 of the Olympics, and the popular team sports are in full swing. Hockey and curling are both in round robin action, which means there's at least two channels running some sort of Olympic action (with a heavy emphasis on hockey, obviously) virtually all day long until NBC's primetime coverage takes over at night.

The American women's hockey team has Thursday off, but the men take the ice against powerhouse Slovakia at 7:30 ET. That'll be shown live on the NBC Sports Network, which is pretty dope.

Curling features both American teams in action, with the men squaring off against Great Britain and the women facing Japan. There's also Norway vs. Sweden, which you know is going to be a war (of silly pants).

There's a bevy of speed skating events on Thursday as well, including five on the mesmerizing short track. There are two medals at stake, with the women competing for gold in the 500m short track and 1000m, uh, not-short track.

The luge wraps up competition with the team relay competition, featuring three races (men's single, women's single, double) compiled in one last shot at the gold. Germany is the prohibitive favorite here; it took gold in each of those three individual events in the last few days. But luge is fun and there are Americans involved (including bronze medalist Erin Hamlin), so watch this when you can.

The men's slopestyle ski goes down Thursday, and it features four Americans vying for qualification and the finals later in the morning. Four Americans are vying for a spot in the finals, but we'd like to highlight the lone Briton in the mix: James Woods.

No really, his name is James Woods. And this is his Sochi profile:

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The full schedule is below. All times are ET.

Medal Events

4:30 a.m.

Freestyle skiing: men's slopestyle final

5 a.m.

Cross-country skiing: women's 10 km classic

7:05 a.m.

Speed skating: women's short track 500m final

9 a.m.

Biathlon: men's 20 km
Speed skating: women's 1000m final

11:15 a.m.

Luge: team relay

Non-medal events

12 a.m.

Curling, women: China vs. Great Britain, Canada vs. Denmark, Switzerland vs. Sweden

1:15 a.m.

Freestyle skiing, men's slopestyle qualification

2:30 a.m.

Skeleton: women's heat 1

3:00 a.m.

Hockey: Japan vs. Germany (women's), Finland vs. Austria (men's)

3:40 a.m.

Skeleton: women's heat 2

5 a.m.

Curling, men: USA vs. Great Britain, Canada vs. Denmark, Switzerland vs. Russia, Norway vs. Sweden
Short track: women's 500m quarterfinals

5:25 a.m.

Short track: men's 1000m heats

6:10 a.m.

Short track: women's 500m semifinals

6:31 a.m.

Short track: men's 5000m relay semifinals

7:30 a.m.

Hockey: USA vs. Slovakia (men's), Russia vs. Slovenia (men's)

10 a.m.

Figure skating: Men's short program
Curling, women: USA vs. Japan, Canada vs. Switzerland, Russia vs. South Korea, Sweden vs. Denmark

12 p.m.

Hockey: Sweden vs. Russia (women's), Canada vs. Norway (men's)

More on the Winter Olympics:

SB Nation's Winter Olympics medal tracker | Meet Team USA

Shaun White fails to capture gold | Women make halfpipe podium

What you need to know about curling | Bobsled, luge and skeleton

Miracle Put on Ice: 1984 US hockey team never had a chance

Hockey: Men’s schedule | All 12 men’s rosters | USA roster analysis

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