On Saturday in Sochi, seven sets of medals will be competed for. The fight for medals will take place in short track (men's 1,000 meters and women's 1,500 meters), speed skating (men's 1,500 meters), cross-country skiing (women's relay), men's ski jumping, men's skeleton and alpine skiing (women's super-G). The next matches will be held in curling, and the event of the day will be the men's ice hockey matches, including the confrontation between Russia and the United States.
In the women's short track, champion of the Vancouver Olympics Yang Zhou of China will face Korean Shim Suk-Hee, who won three of four World Cup starts this season. In the men's competition, Russia has high hopes for Viktor Ahn, winner of three gold medals in Turin. Among his rivals - the World Champion Sin Da-Woon from Korea and former world record holder Charles Hamelin from Canada.
Adler Arena will stage speed skating competitions. Favorites include America's Shani Davis, who did not win a medal at the1000 m, the Netherlands' Koen Verweij and 2013 world champion Russia's Denis Yuskov.
In the women's relay, which will be held today at the Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center, the undoubted contenders for gold are the Norwegians. At the Games in Vancouver, the Olympic champions were Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Kristin Steira and Marit Bjørgen, and the Norwegian team had another ten victories in Cups and World Championships.
At the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, the main fight in the ski jump will be between Vancouver champion Simon Ammann of Switzerland and world champion Kamil Stoch from Poland, who has already won a gold medal in Sochi.
In skeleton the third and fourth attempts in men’s races will be held. Here the leader is Alexander Tretyakov, who is ahead of Martins Dukurs of Latvia by over half a second. In third place is John Daly of the United States.
In the women's Super-G, Austria is the traditional powerhouse. And in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010 they were unequalled. Trying to head off an Austrian winner of Sochi gold is Maria Hofl-Riesch of Germany and Tina Maze of Slovenia as well as Lara Gut and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland.
The highlight of today's Olympic program will be the men’s ice hockey tournament where Team Russia plays a key match at the group stage against Team USA. Also on the “Bolshoy” ice will be Slovenia and Slovakia, and at 21.00 Moscow time Switzerland-Czech Republic and Sweden-Latvia games will be played.