Sochi 2014: Event schedule for Saturday

Scott Halleran

After a pause from events on Day 2 for the Olympic Games' opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia, sports return to center stage on Saturday.

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While most in America will just be getting done watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, athletes over in Sochi, Russia, will be getting ready to compete.

Saturday is a jam-packed schedule for the Olympics. In total, nine different sports will be on the schedule, and five of the events will have medals on the line. The day begins with Snowboarding.

Here's a look at the complete schedule of live events for Saturday, Feb. 8.

Snowboarding - Men's Slopestyle Semifinal , 12:30 a.m. ET

The snowboarding slopestyle competition got started prior to the Opening Ceremony with a qualification rounds. Three Americans qualified for the semifinals of the event and will be participating early Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. local time. Shaun White had to pull out of the event, but Ryan Stassel, Charles Guldemond and Sage Kotsenburg will all represent the United States. All of the competitors will get two runs through the course.

Women's Ice Hockey - USA vs. Finland Preliminary Round, 3 a.m.

Since its first inclusion in the Olympics back in 1998, women's ice hockey has been dominated by the United States and Canada. While the Canadians won gold in Vancouver back in 2010, the United States is hoping to build off its pre-tournament success when it beat Canada four of the six times the two teams played.

Snowboarding - Men's Slopestyle Final, 3:45 a.m.

After the field is narrowed down in the morning, the finals of the men's slopestyle snowboarding will take place later in the afternoon. The first runs begin at 3:45 a.m. while the final runs are estimated to get under way at 4:19 a.m.

Cross-Country Skiing - Women's 15km Skiathlon, 5 a.m.

The first of six women's cross-country skiing events will take place at the Laura Biathlon and Ski Complex. The qualification for this event began back in July of 2012, and 61 skiers will take to the slope on Saturday. The United States will have four skiers in this event.

Speed Skating - Men's 5000m, 6:30 a.m.

The first speed skating event of the 2014 Winter Olympics will also be the second-longest speed skating event in the entire competition. It's one of six men's speed skating events at Sochi. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands is one of the favorites in this event, but the United States will also have three skaters competing.

Women's Ice Hockey - Canada vs. Switzerland, 8 a.m.

As mentioned above, Canada is one of the traditional powers in women's ice hockey. The Canadians will begin their defense of the gold medal on Saturday when they take on Switzerland to open up the preliminary round.

Freestyle skiing - Women's Moguls, Qualification 2, 9 a.m.

The Americans have fared well in freestyle skiing in recent years and could continue that trend in Sochi. Women's moguls is the first of 10 freestyle skiing events at the 2014 Olympics. The first qualifying round for women's moguls was on Thursday, when 10 skiers qualified for the final. Ten more skiers will qualify in the second qualification run on Saturday.

Figure Skating - Team Event Ice Dancing Short Program, Qualification, 9:30 a.m.

The United States is expected to have a better chance at medalling in the team events than in individual events. This will be the first  qualifying event for the ice dancing short program.

Biathlon - Men's 10km Sprint, 9:30 a.m.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is in his sixth Winter Olympics and is going for his seventh gold medal on Saturday. Norway tends to dominate the biathlon, and that should continue in Sochi.

Luge - Men's Singles, Run 1, 9:30 a.m.

The United States has never won a gold medal in luge, and it may be tough to come by in Sochi. The Germans have dominated the event historically, and with Felix Loch once again favored, Germany is a good bet to repeat.

Figure Skating - Team Event, Qualification, Women's Short Program, 11:10 a.m.

This is the second of the three team events for figure skating on Saturday.

Ski Jumping - Men's Individual Normal Hill, Qualification, 11:30 a.m.

Simon Ammann, who carried the Swiss flag at the Opening Ceremony, will be trying to raise his medal count to six during the 2014 Olympics. He's the odds-on favorite in this event. The United States will likely have to wait for the women's portion of this event to find success.

Luge - Men's Singles, Run 2, 11:40 a.m.

This will be the second round of luge runs on Saturday.

Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls, Finals 1, 1 p.m.

Saturday figures to be a long day for those participating in the women's moguls competition. The field will be narrowed down throughout the day leading up to the finals.

Figure Skating - Team Event, Pairs Free Program, Final, 1:05 p.m.

The 2014 Olympics have introduced some team events for figure skating. This will be the third of three such events on Saturday.

Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls, Finals 2 and 3, 1:35 p.m.

The final two events of the freestyle women's moguls will take place beginning at 1:35 p.m. as the field continues to get narrowed down. Medals will be awarded in this event on Saturday.


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