Sochi Olympics 2014: Day 7 Recap, Day 8 Schedule and How to Watch

YOU get a medal and YOU get a better medal and YOU get the BEST medal. - Al Bello

For the second time this week, "SWEEP SWEEP" has nothing to do with curling.

Team USA grabbed one medal from each pile today... all in one event. That pushed the Americans into a tie for second with the Dutch. Germany still leads the gold medal count with seven -- three more than anyone else. Luckily for the Germans, their overall medal count is enough to put them in our pretty little table, because they are now tied for fifth. Tied with Canada, who took a precipitous fall down the table after a day without standing on a podium at all. And behind Germany and Canada, it's a long, long fall to the next entry on the list. All of this means that rather than the top five, we now present you with your top SIX, and it'll likely stay that way until things shake up further:

COUNTRY G S B TOTAL
Norway 4 3 6 13
Netherlands 4 3 5 12
United States 4 2 6 12
Russia 2 5 4 11
Canada 4 4 2 10
Germany 7 2 1 10

Results:

Alpine Skiing:

No events today.

Biathlon:

MEN'S 20k
GOLD Martin Fourcade France 49:31.7
SILVER Erik Lesser Germany 49:43.9
BRONZE Evgeniy Garanichev Russia 50:06.2

Lowell Bailey had a good event for Team USA, finishing in 8th. Tim Burke was 44th, Russell Currier 50th, and Leif Nordgren 83rd.

Bobsled:

Begins next Sunday.

Cross-Country:

LADIES' 10k CLASSIC
GOLD Justyna Kowalczyk Poland 28:17.8
SILVER Charlotte Kalla Sweden 28:36.2
BRONZE Therese Johaug Norway 28:46.1

American Sadie Bjornsen finished 18th, while Sophie Caldwell, Ida Sargent, and Holly Brooks finished in a pack, 32nd, 34th, and 35th.

Curling:

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

Figure Skating:

MEN'S (short program)
1 Yuzuru Hanyu Japan 101.45
2 Patrick Chan Canada 97.52
3 Javier Fernandez Spain 86.98

Overshadowing the actual results: Evgeny Plyushchenko took a jump in warm-ups, winced, and reached for his back. The legendary Russian skater withdrew from the competition, leaving Russia with nobody to even compete for the podium. Hanyu became the first skater to score over 100 points in the short program under the current scoring system. American Jason Brown is in sixth; the other American in the competition, Jeremy Abbott, is in 15th. Abbott took a huge and somewhat scary fall early in his program.

Freestyle Skiing:

MEN'S SKI SLOPESTYLE
GOLD Joss Christensen USA 95.80
SILVER Gus Kenworthy USA 93.60
BRONZE Nicholas Goepper USA 92.40

All four Americans moved on to the finals, with Christensen taking the top qualifying score. Goepper was 5th, Kenworthy 6th, and Bobby Brown 12th. Christensen and Goepper nailed the top two scores in the first run of the final, and Kenworthy slipped in between them on the second run. Norway's Andreas Haatveit was the only other competitor to even post a 90. Brown finished in 9th, with a 78.40 in the second run.

Ice Hockey:

WOMEN'S GROUP B
Germany 4-0 Japan
Russia 3-1 Sweden

Thus endeth the trick. Err, rather, the round-robin phase of the women's competition. Russia will play Switzerland in the quarterfinals; the winner moves on to play Canada, the loser drops into the consolation bracket and plays Germany. Sweden takes on Finland, with the winner meeting Team USA and the loser going up against Japan.

MEN'S GROUP A
USA 7-1 Slovakia
Russia 5-2 Slovenia

After a slow first period punctuated only by an early John Carlson goal, Slovakia got on the board 24 seconds into the second when Marion Hossa fed Tomas Tatar. After that, Team USA just exploded all over the helpless Slovakians, dumping six goals in the net before the second period ended and forcing Slovakia to pull Jaroslav Halak midway through the period. Paul Statsny, playing against half of his father's former country, scored twice for the Americans; Patrick Kane and James Van Riemsdyk had two assists apiece. Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel, and Dustin Brown also netted goals for the good guys. Jonathan Quick, in his first-ever international start, got the win.

Meanwhile, Ziga Jeglic scored twice for Slovenia against their Russian hosts. The problem: Russia scored five times, starting with Alexander Ovechkin's goal a mere 1:17 into the contest. Ovechkin assisted a couple of minutes later, when Yevgeny Malkin, who also had two assists on the night, scored to put Russia up 2-0. Ilya Kovalchuk, Valeri Nichuskin, and Anton Belov also scored for Russia, and Alexei Tereshchenko added a pair of assists.

MEN'S GROUP B
Finland 8-4 Austria
Canada 3-1 Norway

A hattrick for Austria's Michael Grabner wasn’t enough to stave off the Finnish assault. Three Finnish goals in less than three minutes spanning the first intermission saw to that. Mikael Granlund and Jarkko Immonen each scored twice for Finland, and Sami Vatanen had three assists. Teemu Selanne, older than the hills, got a first-period assist before leaving with an injury.

In the other Group B matchup, Canada was in solid control throughout. Shea Weber and Jamie Benn scored in the second period, with Patrice Bergeron assisting on both goals, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty each assisting on one. Late in the period, Keith got called for holding; Norway's Patrick Thoreson converted that into a power play goal 22 seconds after the intermission. But Doughty answered just over a minute later, and that was all she wrote.

Luge:

TEAM RELAY
GOLD Geisenberger - Loch
Wendl/Arlt
Germany 2:45.649
SILVER Ivanova - Demchenko
Denisyev/Antonov
Russia 2:46.679
BRONZE Tiruma - Rubenis
Sics/Sics
Latvia 2:47.295

Team USA finished 8th, after Erin Hamlin got the team off to a great start finishing 2nd in the women's singles leg. Chris Mazdzer was 6th in the men's singles leg, and the pair of Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman were 7th. The Germans won all three legs, and the Russians placed in the top three in each leg. Latvia didn't finish in the top three of any of them, but their 5-4-4 positioning was sufficient to claim third.

Nordic Combined:

No events today.

Short Track:

LADIES 500m
GOLD Jianrou Li China 45.263
SILVER Arianna Fontana Italy 51.250
BRONZE Seung-Hi Park Korea 54.207

Great Britain's Elise Chrstie was disqualified in the final. As to events prior: Emily Scott, the only American to have escaped the qualifying heats, was knocked out in the quarterfinals. In the Men's 1000m qualifying heats, J.R. Celski took first place in his group, while Chris Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez each finished second in their respective races. All three advance to Saturday's semifinals. In the semifinals of the Men's 5000m relay, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Russia, and China advanced on position... and Team USA advanced to the final because they were impeded by the Koreans. Like that's never happened before.

Skeleton:

WOMEN'S SKELETON (after 2 heats)
1 Elizabeth Yarnold Great Britain 1:56.89
2 Noelle Pikus-Pace USA 1:57.33
3 Elena Nikitina Russia 1:57.44
4 Katie Uhlaender USA 1:57.58

Great showing for Team USA on day one of the Skeleton as both American sliders are in the top four. The final two runs, and the medals, are tomorrow.

Ski Jumping:

No events today.

Snowboard:

No events today.

Speed Skating:

LADIES' 1000m
GOLD Hong Zhang China 1:14.02
SILVER Ireen Wust Netherlands 1:14.69
BRONZE Margot Boer Netherlands 1:14.90

Zhang blew away the field. For perspective, American Heather Richardson finished 7th, and was closer to winning the silver than Wust was to winning the gold. Brittany Bowe finished 8th, and was closer to the podium than Boer was to gold. The other Americans weren't so lucky; Sugar Todd and Kelly Gunther were both more than five seconds off the gold medal pace, and finished in 32nd and 33rd, respectively.

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 7pm-10:30pm
(replayed midnight-3:30am)
NBC Latenight 11pm-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
MEN'S SUPER COMBINED (downhill) 1:00am none NBC Primetime Bode Miller - Jared Goldberg
Ted Ligety - Andrew Weibrecht
MEN'S SUPER COMBINED (slalom) 5:30am none NBC Primetime Bode Miller - Jared Goldberg
Ted Ligety - Andrew Weibrecht

Biathlon:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
WOMEN'S 15k 8:00am none NBC Daytime none

Cross-Country:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S 15k CLASSIC 4:00am NBCSN none Eric Bjornsen - Brian Gregg
Kris Freeman - Noah Hoffman

Curling:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Matches
MEN'S SESSION 7 11:00pm none USA-GER, 2:00am, NBCSN Sweden-China
USA-Germany
Canada-Norway
WOMEN'S SESSION 7 4:00am USA-DEN, USA none USA-Denmark
Great Britain-Japan
Korea-China
Russia-Switzerland
MEN'S SESSION 8 9:00am none RUS-USA, 4:00pm, USA Russia-USA
China-Norway
Great Britain-Denmark
Switzerland-Germany

Figure Skating:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S FREE SKATE 9:00am NBCSN NBC Primetime Jeremy Abbott - Jason Brown

Freestyle Skiing:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' AERIALS (qualification) 7:45am none NBC Daytime Ashley Caldwell
Emily Cook
LADIES' AERIALS (final) 11:30am none NBC Primetime TBD

Ice Hockey:

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

Luge:

no events today.

Nordic Combined:

no events today.

Short Track:

no events today.

Skeleton:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S SKELETON (heat one) 6:30am none NBC Latenight Matthew Antone
John Daly - Kyle Tress
MEN'S SKELETON (heat two) 8:00am none NBC Latenight Matthew Antone
John Daly - Kyle Tress
WOMEN'S SKELETON (heat three) 9:40am none NBC Primetime Noelle Pikus-Pace
Katie Uhlaender
WOMEN'S SKELETON (heat four) 10:50am none NBC Primetime Noelle Pikus-Pace
Katie Uhlaender

Ski Jumping:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S LARGE HILL (qualification) 11:30am none 1:15pm, NBCSN
NBC Latenight
Peter Frenette - Nicholas Fairall
Nicholas Alexander - Anders Johnson

Snowboard:

no events today.

Speed Skating:

no events today.

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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