Medals will be awarded to athletes from around the globe in eight different disciplines, including alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country, figure skating, luge, ski jumping, snowboarding and speed skating.
The men's downhill skiing event will mark the 2014 Sochi debut of four-time Olympian Bode Miller. The now 36-year old Miller owns a total of five Olympic medals, including three from the 2010 Vancouver Games, and is the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier of all time. Although he finished third in the downhill event in Vancouver, he is favored to win gold in Sochi after dominating the pack during pre-event training, according to odds posted to Bovada Sportsbook on Feb. 8. The competition is scheduled to begin at 11 PM Pacific time on Feb. 8.
Another highly publicized competition slated to be decided is the first-ever figure skating team event. The final, which includes squads representing Russia, Canada, the U.S., Italy and Japan, will feature long programs by the men's (7 AM Pacific) and ladies' (8:05 AM Pacific) singles skaters as well as the ice dancers (9:10 AM Pacific) representing each team. Although Russia has opened up such a significant lead that the U.S. has been mathematically eliminated from gold medal contention, a podium finish is still well within reach if Gracie Gold, Jason Brown, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White all bring their A-games to the competition.
Other medal round events will include the women's 7.5 km sprint, the men's skiathlon 15 km classic and 15 km free, the men's singles luge, men's normal hill ski jumping, women's snowboard slopestyle, and ladies' 3,000 meter speed skating.
Preliminary round action will include women's ice hockey.
The events of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi can be viewed via livestream on NBCOlympics.com.