Sochi Olympics 2014: Day 8 Recap, Day 9 Schedule and How to Watch

Don't worry, she happy. - Alex Livesey

Oh, look. There's an absolute tie atop the medal leaderboard.

So, get this: Norway and Germany? Not a single medal between them today. Canada wouldn've been shut out except for the final medal event of the night. Meanwhile, with a single silver medal, the United States pulled into a tie for first with Norway; each country has exactly the same medal count across the board. Your top six:

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

Results:

Alpine Skiing:

MEN'S SUPER COMBINED
GOLD Sandro Viletta Switzerland 2:45.20
SILVER Ivica Kostelic Croatia 2:45.54
BRONZE Christof Innerhofer Italy 2:45.67

Bode Miller bounced back from a 12th place finish in the downhill run to place 7th in the slalom, which put him 6th overall. Jared Goldberg and Ted Ligety finished back-to-back at 11th and 12th. Andrew Weibreched was 20th after the downhill, but didn't finish the slalom.

Biathlon:

WOMEN'S 15k
GOLD Darya Domracheva Belarus 43:19.6
SILVER Selina Gasparin Switzerland 44:35.3
BRONZE Nadezhda Skardino Belarus 44:57.8

Hannah Dreissigacker of the USA finished 23rd, followed by Susan Dunklee in 34th, Sara Studebaker in 55th, and Lanny Barnes in 64th.

Bobsled:

Begins Sunday.

Cross-Country:

MEN'S 15k CLASSIC
GOLD Dario Cologna Switzerland 38:29.7
SILVER Johan Olsson Sweden 38:58.2
BRONZE Daniel Richardsson Sweden 39:08.5

Cologna continues his weird non-Scandinavian domination of the sport in these games. Team USA finishes: Noah Hoffman was 31st, Erik Bjornsen 38th, Brian Gregg 47th, and Kris Freeman 52nd.

Curling:

MEN'S ROUND ROBIN
SESSION 7
Sweden 6-5 (11) China
USA 8-5 Germany
Canada 10-4 Norway
WOMEN'S ROUND ROBIN
SESSION 7
Denmark 9-2 USA
China 11-3 Korea
Great Britain 12-3 Japan
Russia 6-3 Switzerland
MEN'S ROUND ROBIN
SESSION 8
Germany 8-7 Switzerland
China 7-5 Norway
Russia 7-6 USA
Great Britain 8-6 Denmark

In the men's competition, Germany and Switzerland, at 1-5, are eliminated from medal contention.

Figure Skating:

MEN'S (free skate)
GOLD Yuzuri Hanyu Japan 280.09
SILVER Patrick Chan Canada 275.62
BRONZE Denis Ten Kazakhstan 255.10

American Jason Brown skated last and had a shot at the bronze, but a tentative program resulted in a 9th place finish. Jeremy Abbott finished 12th.

Freestyle Skiing:

LADIES' AERIALS
GOLD Alla Tsuper Belarus 98.01
SILVER Mengtao Xu China 83.50
BRONZE Lydia Lassila Australia 72.12

Americans Ashley Caldwell and Emily Cook both easily qualified for the final. Cook advanced after Final 1; Caldwell did not, and finished in tenth place. Cook didn't qualify for the medal final, finishing in eighth.

Ice Hockey:

MEN'S GROUP C
Czech Republic 4-2 Latvia
Sweden 1-0 Switzerland

Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal of the Olympics, which is amazing for a guy using a walker. Marek Zidlicky got his second as well; Martin Erat and Jakub Voracek added goals to lift the Czechs to a relatively pain-free win. Janis Sprukts and Herberts Vasiljevs scored for Latvia. Also getting on the scoresheet: Petr Nedved, with a Czech assist.

In the other Group C game, it took over 50 minutes, but someone finally found a way to put the puck in the net. Daniel Alfredsson scored, helped out by Erik Karlsson and Patrik Berglund, to put the Swedes clearly atop the group standings. They're assured of a free pass to the quarterfinals, as the worst they can do is tie with a team they've already beaten. Henrik Lundqvist kept the net clean for Sweden; but they got some bad news to go with their otherwise good day: team captain Henrik Zetterberg may be done for the Olympics, suffering from a herniated disc.

MEN'S GROUP B
Canada 6-0 Austria
Finland 6-1 Norway

Jeff Carter had a hat trick -- his first only ten seconds after skating out of the penalty box -- and Canada got goals from Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, and Ryan Getzlaf to roll over Norway. Patrick Marleau assisted on all three of Carter's goals; Weber and Getzlaf picked up assists, as did Sidney Crosby, finally appearing on the stat sheet. Roberto Luongo kept the net clean.

As for Finland, are you kidding me? Teemu Selanne scored a goal, and goalie Kari Lehtonen had two assists. Lauri Korpikoski added a pair of goals, Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist, Olli Maatta had a goal and two assists, and Tuomu Ruutu helped out on a pair. Jori Lehtera also scored. For Norway, they only got one goal, a power play strike by Per-Age Skroder early in the third period.

Luge:

No events today.

Nordic Combined:

No events today.

Short Track:

No events today.

Skeleton:

MEN'S (after two heats)
1 Alexander Tretiakov Russia 1:51.99X
2 Martins Dukurs Latvia 1:52.55
3 John Daly USA 1:53.58
3 Matthew Antoine USA 1:53.84

No, not that John Daly. But by all means, go ahead and try to chase that visual from your mind. The third American in the competition, Kyle Tress, is in 21st.

WOMEN'S (final)
GOLD Elizabeth Yarnold Great Britain 3:52.89
SILVER Noelle Pikus-Pace USA 3:53.86
BRONZE Elena Nikitina Russia 3:54.30
4 Katie Uhlaender USA 3:54.34

It was THAT close for Uhlaender, who had a fantastic final run and beat Nikitina by 0.18 seconds. The problem? She needed to beat her by 0.22 seconds. Uhlaender, who partially resides on her late father's farm in Atwood, Kansas, nearly snagged a medal for the Sunflower State.

Ski Jumping:

MEN'S LARGE HILL (qualification)
1 Michael Hayobeck Austria 124.8
2 Daiki Ito Japan 122.0
3 Rehuhi Shimizu Japan 120.4

They're not in the medal positions, but three of the four Americans qualified for tomorrow's first round: Nicholas Alexander (30th), Nicholas Fairall (31st), and Anders Johnson (36th). Peter Frenette wasn't so lucky; he finished 43rd.

Snowboard:

No events today.

Speed Skating:

No events today.

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-5:00pm
NBC Primetime 7pm-10:30pm
(replayed midnight-3:30am)
NBC Latenight 11pm-midnight

It's Saturday! You get a whole extra HOUR of NBC Daytime!

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 SUPER G 1:00am none NBC Primetime Julia Mancuso - Stacey Cook
Leanne Smith - Laurenne Ross

Biathlon:

No events today.

Cross-Country:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' RELAY 4x5k 4:00am 4:30am, NBCSN NBC Daytime Kikkan Randall - Sadie Bjornsen
Elizabeth Stephen - Jessica Diggins

Curling:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Matches
WOMEN'S SESSION 8 11:00pm none GBR-KOR, 4:30am, NBCSN
CAN-JAP, 4:30am, MSNBC
Canada-Japan
China-Sweden
Great Britain-Korea
MEN'S SESSION 9 4:00am none none Sweden-Germany
Canada-Great Britan
Denmark-Switzerland
Russia-China
WOMEN'S SESSION 9 9:00am none CAN-RUS, 11:00am, NBCSN
4:00pm, USA-SWE, CNBC
USA-SWE, NBC Latenight
Canada-Russia
USA-Sweden
Great Britain-Switzerland
Denmark-China

Figure Skating:

No events today.

Freestyle Skiing:

No events today.

Ice Hockey:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Match
MEN'S GROUP A 2:00am NBCSN none Slovakia-Slovenia
WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL 2:00am MSNBC none Finland-Sweden
MEN'S GROUP A 6:30am 6:00am, NBCSN 5:00pm, NBCSN USA-Russia
WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL 6:30am MSNBC none Switzerland-Russia
MEN'S GROUP C 11:00am NBCSN 4:00pm, NBCSN (part) Sweden-Latvia
MEN'S GROUP C 11:00am USA none Switzerland-Czech Republic

Luge:

No events today.

Nordic Combined:

No events today.

Short Track:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' 1500m (heats) 4:00am none NBC Daytime Emily Scott - Alyson Dudek
Jessica Smith
MEN'S 1000m (quarterfinals) 4:43am none NBC Primetime J.R. Celski - Chris Creveling
Eduardo Alvarez
LADIES' 1500m (semifinals) 5:12am none NBC Daytime TBD
MEN'S 1000m (semifinals) 5:43am none NBC Primetime TBD
LADIES' 1500m (final) 6:06am none NBC Daytime TBD
MEN'S 1000m (finals) 6:20am none NBC Primetime TBD

Skeleton:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S SKELETON (heat three) 9:40am NBCSN NBC Daytime Matthew Antone
John Daly - Kyle Tress
MEN'S SKELETON (heat four) 10:50am NBCSN NBC Daytime Matthew Antone
John Daly - Kyle Tress

Ski Jumping:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S LARGE HILL (first round) 11:30am none NBC Primetime Nicholas Fairall - Anders Johnson
Nicholas Alexander
MEN'S LARGE HILL (final) 12:35am none NBC Primetime TBD

Snowboard:

No events today.

Speed Skating:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S 1500m 7:30am none NBC Primetime Shani Davis - Jonathan Kuck
Joey Mantia - Brian Hansen
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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