Where: Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
When: Feb. 9 (men’s downhill), 10 (women’s super combined), 12 (women’s downhill), 14 (men’s super combined), 15 (women’s super-G), 16 (men’s super-G), 18 (women’s giant slalom), 19 (men’s giant slalom), 21 (women’s slalom), 22 (men’s slalom).
World view: Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, who already has a gold medal in his trophy case, is favored to become the first man to win both the downhill and Super G since Austria’s Hermann Maier did it in 1998. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher figures to duplicate the slalom sweep pulled off by countryman Benjamin Raich in 2006. With Lindsey Vonn out, Germany’s Marie Hoefl-Riesch, who took the slalom and combined last time, should win the downhill while Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather could collect three medals in the speed events and giant slalom.
US outlook: With Vonn absent and Bode Miller coming off a lost season, the Americans won’t come close to the eight medals they won in Vancouver, but they should be good for a minimum of three. Ted Ligety could win gold in both the giant slalom and combined, and teenager Mikaela Shiffrin is in line to become the first US woman to win the slalom since Barbara Cochran in 1972. The variables are Miller, who has been in medal form of late, and Julia Mancuso, who won a couple of silvers last time but hasn’t been in podium form this season.
Where: Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center
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