Sochi Olympics 2014: Day 13 Recap, Day 14 Schedule and How to Watch

Ted Ligety, first two-time USA gold medalist in Alpine. - Nathan Bilow-USA TODAY Sports

Another large day for Team USA, and it was barely enough to keep pace with their closest competitors.

The top four all had a huge day, and they're starting to pull away from the pair below them... to the point where we're almost of a mind to drop Germany from the table. Three medals each for Team USA and Russia, a pair each for the Netherlands and Norway, and one for Canada leave us with today's top six:

COUNTRY G S B TOTAL
United States 7 5 11 23
Netherlands 6 7 9 22
Russia 6 9 7 22
Norway 9 4 7 20
Canada 5 9 4 18
Germany 8 3 4 15

Results:

Alpine Skiing:

MEN'S GIANT SLALOM
GOLD Ted Ligety USA 2:45.29
SILVER Steve Missillier France 2:45.77
BRONZE Alexis Pinturault France 2:45.64

Ligety finished the first run atop the leaderboard, and stayed there to become the first American to win gold in the giant slalom as well as the first American male to win two golds in Alpine. As for the other Americans, Tim Jitloff finished 15th, Jared Goldberg 19th, and Bode Miller 20th. Miller injured himself during the second run; as a result, he withdrew from the slalom event, and the legend's Olympic career comes to a close.

MIXED RELAY
GOLD Tora Berger
Tiril Eckhoff
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
Emil Hegle Svendsen
Norway 1:09:17.0X
SILVER Veronika Vitkova
Gabriela Soukalova
Jaroslav Soukup
Ondrej Moravec
Czech Republic 1:09:49.6X
BRONZE Dorothea Wierer
Karin Oberhofer
Domink Windisch
Lukas Hofer
Italy 1:10:15.2

Ole Einar Bjorndalen wins his 7th career Olympic gold medal, and his 13th career medal overall. Team USA (Susan Dunklee, Hannah Dreissigacker, Tim Burke, and Lowell Bailey) finished 9th. They were fourth after Dunklee's leg, but things went as they usually do for the Americans in biathlon after that.

Bobsled:

WOMEN'S BOBSLED (heats 3-4)
GOLD Kaillie Humphries
Heather Moyse
Canada 1 3:50.61
SILVER Elana Meyers
Lauryn Williams
USA 1 3:50.71
BRONZE Jamie Greubel
Aja Evans
USA 2 3:51.61

So close. On a track which was decidedly slower on the day's second run than on the first, USA 1 had a pretty decent run in heat four compared to the rest of the field... except for Canada 1, who somehow managed to beat them by a quarter of a second in heat four. USA 3 (Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones) finished 11th, and once again the problem was not the start time. So don't be hatin' on Lolo.

Cross-Country:

LADIES' TEAM SPRINT CLASSIC
GOLD Ingvild Oestberg
Marit Bjoergen
Norway 16:04.05
SILVER Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
Kerttu Niskanen
Finland 16:13.14
BRONZE Ida Ingemarsdotter
Stina Nilsson
Sweden 16:23.82

Team USA (Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall) finished third in their semifinal run, and qualified for the final as Lucky Losers. They finished in eighth place.

MEN'S TEAM SPRINT CLASSIC
GOLD Iivo Niskanen
Sami Jauhojaervi
Finland 23:14.89
SILVER Maxim Vylegzhanin
Nikita Kruikov
Russia 23:15.86
BRONZE Emil Joensson
Teodor Peterson
Sweden 23:30.01

Team USA, Simeon Hamilton and Erik Bjornson, finished sixth.

Curling:

WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS
Canada 6-4 Great Britain
Sweden 7-5 Switzerland
MEN'S SEMIFINALS
Canada 10-6 China
Great Britain 6-5 Sweden

Canada will meet Sweden for the women's gold; Great Britain faces Switzerland for the bronze. In the men's group, Great Britain scored a pair in the final end to come from behind and nip Sweden. They'll face Canada for the gold, while Sweden takes on China for bronze.

Figure Skating:

LADIES' (short program)
1 Yuna Kim Korea 74.92
2 Adelina Sotnikova Russia 74.64
3 Carolina Kostner Italy 74.12
4 Gracie Gold USA 68.63
5 Yulia Lipnitskaya Russia 65.23
6 Ashley Wagner USA 65.21
7 Polina Edmunds USA 61.04

I took the table all the way up to seven to include all the Americans, but also to illustrate that something just doesn't seem quite right here. That's a massive gap between third and fourth, and this is a situation where 4-5-6 were strong contenders for medals. It's going to be hard to make up that gap in the free skate, although anything's possible.

Freestyle Skiing:

No events today.

Ice Hockey:

MEN'S QUARTERFINALS
(1) Sweden 5-0 (9) Slovenia
(4) Finland 3-1 (5) Russia
(3) USA 5-2 (6) Czech Republic
(2) Canada 2-1 (10) Latvia

Slovenia gave Sweden a run for their money through almost 50 minutes, only trailing 2-0 after an Alexander Steen power play goal late in the first period and a Daniel Sedin score early in the third. Then, with 12 minutes to go, the wheels fell off. Loui Eriksson scored for the Swedes, then Carl Hagelin added a pair to bury Slovenia. Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout. Erik Karlsson had a pair of assists, and familar names Daniel Alfredsson and Nicklas Backstrom each contributed to the cause as well.

Juhamatti Aaltonen, the ageless Teemu Selanne, and Mikael Granlund scored to push Finland into the semifinals against Sweden. Selanne and Granlund each added an assist, as did Kimmo Timonen and Petri Kontiola. Those three goals answered the opening salvo from the Russians, who scored first when Pavel Datsyuk fed Ilya Kovalchuk midway through the first period. Tuukka Rask kept the net empty the rest of the way.

Team USA ripped the Czech Republic behind five different scorers. David Backes had a goal and an assist, and James van Riemsdyk, Duston Brown, Phil Kessel, and (finally getting on the scoresheet) Zach Parise also hit the net. Ryan Suter and Ryan Kesler each had a pair of assists, along with singles from Patrick Kane, Ryan McDonagh, Joe Pavelski, and Kevin Shattenkirk. All the Czechs could muster was a pair of unassisted goals from Ales Hemsky. The Americans get a semifinal date with...

...Canada, who survived a ridiculous goaltending performance from Latvia's Kristers Gudlevskis and a furious late flurry spearheaded by Sandis Ozolinsh to advance. Patrick Sharp scored early for the Canadians, helped by Rick Nash, but Lauris Darzins answered for Latvia less than two minutes later, with assists from Arturs Kulda and Janis Sprukts. The two teams then locked horns ineffectually for over 37 minutes before Drew Doughty and Jonathan Toews fed Shae Weber to put the Canadians ahead 2-1. Latvia pressed Carey Price relentlessly for the next seven minutes, but Price was up to the task and Canada held on for the win.

Luge:

All events completed.

Nordic Combined:

No events today.

Short Track:

No events today.

Skeleton:

All events completed.

Ski Jumping:

All events completed.

Snowboard:

LADIES' PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM
GOLD Patrizia Kummer Switzerland
SILVER Tomoka Takeuchi Japan
BRONZE Alena Zavarzina Russia

No American women even qualified for the event. Zavarzina's husband is...

MEN'S PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM
GOLD Vic Wild Russia
SILVER Nevin Galmarini Switzerland
BRONZE Zan Kosir Slovenia

...Vic Wild, and if you're wondering how in hell a Russian is named Vic Wild, it's because he's not Russian. He's an American who married Zavarzina and ran off to Russia because he was frustrated with US support for his sport. So the USOC basically cost the USA a medal here. As for the actual American in the field, Justin Reiter finished 24th in the qualifying heat of the men's event, and failed to advance.

Speed Skating:

LADIES' 5000m
GOLD Martina Sablikova Czech Republic 6:51.54
SILVER Ireen Wust Netherlands 6:54.28
BRONZE Carien Kleibeuker Netherlands 6:55.66

Maria Lamb, Team USA's only entry, finished 16th (and last).

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 11:00am-2:00pm
NBC Primetime 7pm-10:30pm
(replayed 1:00am-4:30am)
NBC Latenight midnight-1:00am

Note time change for NBC Daytime, which will air the women's hockey gold medal game live.

Be aware that NBC proper IS NOT SHOWING ANY LIVE COVERAGE OF THESE OLYMPICS except the Hockey gold medal games.

Alpine Skiing:

No events today.

Biathlon:

No events today.

Bobsled:

No events today.

Cross-Country:

No events today.

Curling:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Matches
WOMEN'S BRONZE MEDAL GAME 2:30pm NBCSN* none Great Britain-Switzerland
WOMEN'S GOLD MEDAL GAME 7:30am none 4:00pm, CNBC Sweden-Canada
* Window shared with Nordic Combined.

Figure Skating:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' (free skate) 9:00am NBCSN NBC Primetime Ashley Wagner - Gracie Gold
Polina Edwards

Freestyle Skiing:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S SKI CROSS (qualification) 1:45am none none John Teller
MEN'S SKI CROSS (1/8) 3:30am none none John Teller
MEN'S SKI CROSS (quarterfinals) 4:05am none 1:00pm, NBCSN TBD
MEN'S SKI CROSS (semifinals) 4:25am none 1:00pm, NBCSN TBD
MEN'S SKI CROSS (final) 4:41am none NBC Primetime TBD
LADIES' SKI HALFPIPE (qualification) 8:30am none NBC Primetime Maddie Bowman - Angeli VanLaanen
Annalisa Drew - Brita Sigourney
LADIES' SKI HALFPIPE (final) 11:30am none NBC Primetime TBD

Ice Hockey:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Match
WOMEN'S BRONZE MEDAL GAME 6:00am NBCSN * Switzerland-Sweden
WOMEN'S GOLD MEDAL GAME 11:00am NBC Daytime * Canada-USA
Today's matches will re-air at 2:00pm and 4:00pm on NBCSN.

Luge:

All events completed.

Nordic Combined:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
TEAM LARGE HILL/4x5k (jumping) 2:00am NBCSN* NBC Latenight Todd Lodwick
Taylor Fletcher
Bill DeMong
Bryan Fletcher
TEAM LARGE HILL/4x5k (10k) 6:00am none NBC Latenight Todd Lodwick
Taylor Fletcher
Bill DeMong
Bryan Fletcher
* Window shared with Women's Curling Bronze Medal Game.

Short Track:

No events today.

Skeleton:

All events completed.

Ski Jumping:

All events completed.

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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