Today Olympic athletes are competing in five sports at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. In the mountains, medals are being contested in freestyle and Nordic combined (men's ski-cross and women's ski halfpipe), and in the Coastal Cluster, third place play-offs and finals in the women's hockey and curling are taking place, while at Iceberg Stadium, the women's tournament in the figure skating will come to an end.
At RusSki Gorki, the Austrian team will attempt to win their third consecutive Games gold in Nordic combined. They will compete against the French 2013 world champions and American silver medalists of the last Olympic Games, as well as athletes from Norway and Germany.
In the freestyle competition, the favorite, despite his long-standing injury, is Vancouver champion Michael Schmid (Switzerland). Russia's hopes here are with Egor Korotkov, the strongest Russian athlete in ski-cross and a participant of the 2010 Games.
At the women's halfpipe tournament, it is expected that the podium will be filled by the World Cup leaders, representing the US, but they will have to beat world champion Virginie Faivre of Switzerland.
The medal matches of the women's hockey tournament will be held today at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. First, the bronze medal winners will be determined in the match between Sweden and Switzerland. The main match between Canada and the United States will begin at 21.00 Moscow time. The two strongest women's teams in the world have already met in the group stage, where after a bitter struggle the Canadian team won 3-2. Russia came sixth place in the tournament.
In the match for the bronze medal in curling, Great Britain will face Switzerland. Just like in the Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada will face Sweden in the match for the gold.
The solo skate will take place in the evening in the Iceberg Skating Palace, thus completing the Olympic ice skating tournament. After the first day of competitions, the results of the three leaders were extremely close. Olympic champion Kim Yuna of Korea has a score of 74.92 points, Adelina Sotnikova, who after the fall of Yulia Lipnitskaya become a major contender for a medal from Russia, scored a personal record of 74.64 points, and experienced skater Carolina Kostner of Italy is in third place (74.12). The main sensation of the start was the unsuccessful performance of twice world champion Mao Asada, who is only placed 16th.