Sochi Olympics 2014: Day 5 Recap, Day 6 Schedule and How to Watch

She may not be the luger we wanted, but she's the luger we needed. - Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a stellar day, but it was the best day so far for Team USA -- not least because history was made.

For the United States, it was the best single day of the games so far, albeit one without gold. The top five remain unchanged, and Norway continues to lead the pack:

COUNTRY G S B TOTAL
Norway 4 3 4 11
Canada 4 3 2 9
Netherlands 3 2 3 8
Russia 1 3 3 7
United States 2 1 4 7

Results:

Alpine Skiing:

No events today.

Biathlon:

WOMEN'S 10km PURSUIT
GOLD Darya Domracheva Bulgaria 31:11.6
SILVER Tora Berger Norway 30:08.3
BRONZE Teja Gregorin Slovakia 30:12.7

Susan Dunklee led the Americans, finishing 18th. Sara Studebaker was 51st and Annelies Cook 54th.

Bobsled: Begins next Sunday.

Cross-Country:

MEN'S SPRINT
GOLD Ola Vigen Hattestad Norway 3:38.4
SILVER Teodor Peterson Sweden 3:39.6
BRONZE Emil Joensson Sweden 3:58.2

In the first round, Andrew Newell and Simeon Hamilton of the USA moved on to the quarterfinals, but Torin Koos and Erik Bjornsen failed to advance. Newell and Hamilton bowed out in the quarters.

In the final, Joensson fell behind early and basically gave up... but a massive crash about 2/3 of the way through the race wiped out the 3-4-5 skiiers, and Joensson was able to catch up and cling to third place for the bronze. The crash occurred at a hill-curve where several other skiiers have had issues this week; the third-place skiier at the time of the crash was Russian Sergey Ustiugov, so that hill is now going to go down in infamy in Russia.

WOMEN'S SPRINT
GOLD Maiken Caspersen Falla Norway 2:35.49
SILVER Ingvild Flugstad Oestburg Norway 2:35.87
BRONZE Vesna Fabjan Slovenia 2:35.89

All four Americans advanced to the quarterfinals. Ida Sargent, Jessica Diggins, and Kikkan Randall were all knocked out in the quarters, Randall just barely; Sophie Caldwell moved on to the semis, and then qualified by placement for the final -- making her the highest-placed American cross-country skiier in Olympic history even before the final started. Unfortunately, Campbell got tied up with Norwegian Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and fell, preventing her from improving on that guaranteed sixth-place finish.

Curling:

WOMEN'S ROUND ROBIN
SESSION 2
Canada 9-3 Sweden
Korea 12-7 Japan
Switzerland 7-6 Denmark
Russia 9-7 USA
MEN'S ROUND ROBIN
SESSION 3
China 9-4 USA
Sweden 7-6 Canada
Norway 9-8 Russia
Great Britain
7-6 Germany
WOMEN'S ROUND ROBIN
SESSION 3
China 7-5 Russia
Great Britain 12-3 USA
Switzerland 8-6 Korea
Japan 8-3 Denmark

Great Britain scored seven in the fourth end against Team USA, and that's just unacceptable.

Figure Skating:

PAIRS (short program)
1 T. Volosozhar/M. Trankov Russia 84.17
2 A. Savchenko/R. Szolkowy Germany 79.64
3 K. Stolbova/F. Klimov Russia 75.21

Naturally. A Russian pair who sat on the bench during the team competition is even better than the team which helped Russia win it. As for the Americans, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir are in 9th place, and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay are in 14th. Medal chances look slim.

Freestyle Skiing:

WOMEN'S SKI SLOPESTYLE
GOLD Dara Howell Canada 94.20
SILVER Devin Logan USA 85.40
BRONZE Kim Lamarre Canada 85.00

For the fourth day in a row, an American medaled in the first medal event of the competition day, and Canada leapt to the top of the medal standings by taking the other two podium spots. All three Americans qualified for the final; Keri Herman placed 10th and Julia Krass finished 11th.

Ice Hockey:

WOMEN'S GROUP B
Sweden 4-0 Germany
Russia 2-1 Japan

Sweden and Russia advance to the quarterfinals; they'll play against Finland and Switzerland, though the pairings are yet to be determined. The winners of those games will advance to the semifinals against Team USA and Canada.

Luge:

WOMEN'S SINGLES
GOLD Natalie Geisenberger Germany 3:19.768
SILVER Tatiana Huefner Germany 3:20.907
BRONZE Erin Hamlin USA 3:21.145

Hamlin becomes the first USA luger to win a singles medal in the Olympics -- male or female. Kate Hansen finished 10th, and Summer Britcher came in 15th. A great result for Team USA all around.

Nordic Combined:

Begins tomorrow.

Short Track:

No events today.

Skeleton:

Begins Thursday.

Ski Jumping:

WOMEN'S NORMAL HILL
GOLD Carina Vogt Germany 247.4
SILVER Daniela Iraschko-Stolz Austria 246.2
BRONZE Coline Mattel France 245.2

For Team USA, Jessica Jerome placed 10th, Lindsey Van 15th, and Sarah Hendrickson -- who notably skipped practice runs in her first action since tearing her ACL, MCL, and meniscus last year, which surely had an effect -- finished 21st.

Snowboard:

MEN'S HALFPIPE
GOLD Iouri Podlatchikov Switzerland 94.75
SILVER Ayumu Hirano Japan 93.50
BRONZE Taku Hiraoka Japan 92.25

Shaun White and Danny Davis took first and third in their qualifying session, advancing directly to the finals. Taylor Gold and Gregory Bretz advanced as well, but were obliged to compete in the semifinals. Bretz took second in the semi, moving on; he left Gold behind, however, as he finished eighth. In the final... welp. White pulled in at fourth, scoring 90.25. Davis was 10th and Bretz was 12th. The worst snowboarding performance by Team USA... ever?

Speed Skating:

WOMEN'S 500m
(combined time, two runs)
GOLD Sang Hwa Lee Korea 74.70 (OR)
SILVER Olga Fatkulina Russia 75.06
BRONZE Margot Boer Netherlands 75.48

Not a great showing for the Americans; Heather Richardson finished 8th, Brittany Bowe 13th, Lauren Cholewinski 15th, and Sugar Todd 29th. Surprisingly, Lee's Olympic Record is only the second competition record set so far in these games.

Looking ahead:

Here's today's schedule. ALL events are available live via streaming at NBCOlympics.com, so long as you're a customer of a participating cable, satellite or FIOS provider. All times Central. Medal events listed in BOLD.

DELAYED BROADCAST INFO: The following tags apply to the listed time windows on your local NBC station:

NBC Daytime 2:00pm-4:00pm
NBC Primetime 7:00pm-10:30pm
(replayed midnight-3:30am)
NBC Latenight 11:00pm-midnight

Be aware that NBC proper IS NOT SHOWING ANY LIVE COVERAGE OF THESE OLYMPICS.

Alpine Skiing:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
WOMEN'S DOWNHILL 1:00am none NBC Primetime Jacqueline Wiles - Stacey Cook
Laurenne Ross - Julia Mancuso

Biathlon:

No events today.

Cross-Country:

No events today.

Curling:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Matches
MEN'S SESSION 4 11:00pm none USA-DEN 2:00am, NBCSN Denmark-USA
China-Switzerland
Norway-Germany
WOMEN'S SESSION 4 3:00am none USA-CHN 4:00am, CNBC USA-China
Korea-Switzerland
Japan-Russia
Canada-Great Britain
MEN'S SESSION 5 9:00am none SUI-GBR 4:00pm, CNBC Switzerland-Great Britain
Germany-China
Denmark-Sweden
Russia-Canada

Figure Skating:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
PAIRS FREE SKATE 9:45am NBCSN NBC Primetime Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir
Felicia Zhang/Nathan Bartholomay

Freestyle Skiing:

No events today.

Ice Hockey:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Match
WOMEN'S GROUP A 2:00am MSNBC * Switzerland-Finland
WOMEN'S GROUP A 6:30am NBCSN * Canada-USA
MEN'S GROUP C 11:00am USA * Czech Republic-Sweden
MEN'S GROUP C 11:00am MSNBC * Latvia-Switzerland
* - One match will re-air at 4:30pm on NBCSN.

Luge:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S DOUBLES (first run) 8:15am none NBC Daytime Christian Niccum/Jayson Terdiman
Matthew Mortensen/Preston Griffall
MEN'S DOUBLES (final run) 10:10am none 1:00pm, NBCSN
NBC Daytime
NBC Latenight
Christian Niccum/Jayson Terdiman
Matthew Mortensen/Preston Griffall

Nordic Combined:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
INDIVIDUAL NORMAL HILL/10 km
(ski jump)
3:30am NBCSN NBC Daytime Bill DeMong - Taylor Fletcher
Todd Lodwick - Bryan Fletcher
INDIVIDUAL NORMAL HILL/10 km
(cross-country)
6:30am finish at 9:00am, NBCSN NBC Daytime Bill DeMong - Taylor Fletcher
Todd Lodwick - Bryan Fletcher

Short Track:

no events today.

Ski Jumping:

no events today.

Snowboard:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' HALFPIPE (qualification) 4:00am none NBC Primetime Kelly Clark - Kaitlyn Farrington
Arielle Gold - Hannah Teter
LADIES' HALFPIPE (semifinals) 9:00am none NBC Primetime Kaitlyn Farrington
LADIES' HALFPIPE (final) 11:30am none NBC Primetime Kelly Clark - Hannah Teter
(Kaitlyn Farrington?)

Speed Skating:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S 1000m 8:35am NBCSN NBC Primetime Jonathan Garcia - Shani Davis
Brian Hansen - Joey Mantia
IF YOU INTEND TO WATCH TAPE-DELAYED COVERAGE, DON'T LOOK AT THE COMMENTS AFTER 11pm. YOU HAVE BEEN DULY WARNED.

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