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Today at the Olympics: It's time for the anticipated USA-Russia hockey showdown; US women skiers not so super in the Super G

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 15, 2014 07:04 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, Saturday, Feb. 15

While you were sleeping (spoilers):

What was supposed to be a wildly successful Winter Games for US Alpine skiers hasn’t exactly turned out that way. Julia Mancuso failed to medal in the women’s Super-G on Saturday, finishing eighth, more than a second and-a-half off the pace. North Conway N.H.’s Leanne Smith had a nice showing, finishing 18th. Fellow Americans Stacey Cook and Laurenne Ross did not finish the event.

Gold went to Austria’s Anna Fenninger, with Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Austria’s Nicole Hosp took silver and bronze, respectively.

You can watch the Super G as part of NBC’s primetime coverage Saturday night.

In cross-country, Sweden took gold in the ladies’ relay 4x5 K race. The US squad finished ninth.

In men’s ice hockey, Slovenia beat Slovakia, 3-1, and in women’s ice hockey quarterfinals, Sweden beat Finland, 4-2.

Medal watch:

Today’s biggest event is the anticipated matchup between the US men’s hockey team and Russia, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Network. Other showdowns include Switzerland and the Czech Republic (Noon, USA Network), and Sweden vs.Latvia (Noon, MSNBC).

The women’s shirt track 1,500 meter finals can be seen at 3 p.m. on NBC, while the men’s 1,000 meter race will be saved for primetime. Medals will also be awarded in the men’s 1,500 meter speed skating event (prime time), ski jumping (men’s large hill individual final; primetime), and skeleton (10 a.m., NBCSN).

Tweets from the athletes:

San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis in the house, for whatever reason:

Keeping busy during downtime:

Nick Goepper now has his own personalized donut in Denver:

Fellow skier Jen Hudack after Belmont’s Emily Cook announced these would be her final Olympics on Friday:

Julia Mancuso on coming up short in the women’s Super G:


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