Olympics: What to Watch on Day 8 — Julia Mancuso, Shani Davis Return to Slopes and Ice
by Joyce Eng
Day 8 of the Winter Olympics on Saturday features another chance for Julia Mancuso to extend her Olympic medal haul and Shani Davis‘ last opportunity at a medal. Here’s what you should watch (all times ET).
All events are live-streamed at NBCOlympics.com. Saturday’s tape-delayed daytime coverage (3 p.m., NBC) includes short track, skeleton and cross-country skiing. Tape-delayed prime-time coverage (8 p.m., NBC) includes alpine skiing, speed skating, short track and ski jumping.
Alpine skiing, women’s super G
When: 2 a.m. (live); 8 p.m. on NBC (tape delay)
Will Super Jules show up again? Julia Mancuso, who skis her best on the biggest stage, aims to tie Bode Miller as the most decorated U.S. alpine skier with five medals. She’ll be a dark horse to favorites Lara Gut of Switzerland, who won two super G World Cups this season, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who’s won one World Cup and finished second in two this year. Liechtenstein’s last Olympic champion was Weirather’s mother Hanni Wenzel, who won the giant slalom in 1980.
Short track, men’s 1,000 meters final
When: 7:25 a.m. (live); 8 p.m. on NBC (tape delay)
South Korea has won all but one 1,000-meter golds since short track debuted as an Olympic sport in 1992 (that one was Aussie Steven Bradbury’s legendary win in Salt Lake when he was literally the only guy to stay on his skates). One of those Korean champs is Ahn Hyun-Soo, now known as Viktor Ahn and competing for Russia, who advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday alongside two Koreans, Sin Da Woon and Lee Han-Bin, 1,500-meter champ Charles Hamelin of Canada and the U.S.’ best hope, J.R. Celski. Quarterfinals start at 5:43 a.m.
Speed skating, men’s 1,500 meters final
When: 8:30 a.m. (live); 8 p.m. on NBC (tape delay)
After missing out on a historic three-peat in the 1,000 meters, American Shani Davis has one last chance to medal in Sochi in an event where he’s a former world champion, the world record holder and the two-time defending silver medalist. Reigning world champion Denis Yuskov of Russia will look to use home ice to his advantage.
Other medal rounds
- cross-country skiing, women’s 4×5-kilometer relay (5 a.m.)
- short track, women’s 1,500 meters (7:12 a.m.)
- skeleton, men’s individual (11:16 a.m.)
- ski jumping, men’s individual large hill (12:30 p.m.)