The new day at the Olympics will be marked by the debut of the Games hosts in the hockey tournament and six sets of awards to be competed for. New champions will be established in biathlon, speed skating, freestyle, luge, short track and cross-country skiing. .
After a one-day break on the Laura track, the biathlon competitions will continue. An individual 20 kilometer race for men will be held here. Among the favorites are Czech Ondrej Moravec, Frenchman Martin Fourcade and Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen, who still remains in the shadow of his legendary compatriot Ole Einar Bjørndalen. The 40-year-old sprint winner, with an equal number of awards as the skier Bjorn Daly, still hopes to become the most titled Olympian in history.
On the ice of the Adler - Arena, the strongest skater in the 1000 m distance will emerge during the competition. The current world champion is the Russian Olga Fatkulina. Other Russian athletes competing are: Julia Skokova, Yekaterina Lobysheva and Yekaterina Shikhova. Among their main rivals are the America's Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson, Canada's Christine Nesbitt and the Netherlands' Margot Boer.
In Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the first ever Olympic Games set of medals in men’s ski slope style will be competed for. Two days ago, women competed, and the winner was Canada's Dara Howell. The tournament's main favorites are the Americans but do not forget about the last World Cup winner, Britain's James Woods, Sweden's Jesper Ceder and New Zealand's Kiwi Jossi Wells.
Today, skeleton racers will take up the Olympic struggle. Women will be the first to make the start runs. The main contenders for Olympic gold are Elizabeth Yarnold from the UK and Noelle Pikus-Pace from the USA.
For the first time at the Games, a combined relay race in luge will be presented. The Russian team has a good chance to climb the podium, but the Russians have formidable opponents — the German national team, Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger and the two-man bobsledders Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, as well as teams from Canada, Italy, Austria, USA and Latvia.
In the Iceberg Skating Palace, a series of short track masters' preliminaries will take place and an Olympic champion over a distance of 500 meters will be determined. The clear favorite of this start — Wang Meng from China — has not arrived in Sochi due to injury. Her compatriot Fan Kexin, who will contend for the championship with the Italian Arianna Fontana and the Koreans Park Seung Hi and Shim Suk Hee, will have to stand up for her leader.
Skiers will compete for medals in the classic 10 km race. A foot injury may hinder skier Justyna Kowalczyk from Poland, but she remains one of the favorites of the race. Norwegians Marit Bjorgen and Heidi Weng have already won medals in Sochi, they should also be afraid of their compatriot and the World Cup leader Therese Johaug and, of course, the Swede Charlotte Kalla.
Figure skaters will present a short program in the singles skating competition. Legendary Evgeniy Plushenko, who has confidently performed in the team competition, will compete with his just as famous rivals — Daisuke Takahashi, Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez, as well as with the three-time Canadian champion Patrick Chan.
In the men's ice hockey tournament, in addition to the match Russia–Slovenia, three competitions will be held: Finland–Austria, USA–Slovakia and Canada–Norway.