Austria's Michael Schmid looks to defend his Vancouver gold medal in the men's ski cross on Thursday in Sochi. Freestyle takes center stage in skiing action; the men's ski cross and the women's halfpipe are the top events of the day.
The men's ski cross starts things off with the qualification round at 2:45 a.m. ET. That round determines the seedings for the 32 athletes in the 1/8 final. The 1/8 round consists of eight heats of four skiers each. The top two finishers move on the quarterfinal round. John Teller is the only American who qualified for this event.
On the women's side, ski halfpipe makes its Olympic debut with 23 athletes taking part in the qualification round. That starts at 9:30 a.m., and the medals will be handed out sometime after 12:30 p.m. In Nordic combined, we have the team large hill event, which starts the ski jump portion at 3 a.m. and concludes with cross country at 6 a.m.
Here's your complete schedule for the day (all times ET, medal events in italics):
2:45 a.m. - Men's ski cross qualification
4:30 a.m. - Men's ski cross 1/8 final
5:05 a.m. - Men's ski cross quarterfinal
5:25 a.m. - Men's ski cross semifinal
5:41 a.m. - Men's ski cross final
9:30 a.m. - Women's ski halfpipe qualification
12:30 p.m. - Women's ski halfpipe final
3 a.m. - Team large hill, ski jump
6 a.m. - Team large hill, cross country