Sochi Olympics 2014: Day 15 Recap, Day 16 Schedule and How to Watch

Mikaela Shiffrin added to the USA's gold medal count. - Nathan Bilow-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of medals keep the United States on top, but it's the contest they lost that stings.

A pair of medals keep the USA atop the medal table, ahead of the charging Russians who picked up three and Canada earned four (actually five, but one doesn't count until Sunday). Norway grabbed a single medal to catch the Dutch, who swung and missed today. After all was said and done, the distance between Norway and Germany, as well as bunching between Germany and 10th-place Switzerland, leads us to the inescapable conclusion that we should return to simply noting the top five:

COUNTRY G S B TOTAL
United States 9 7 11 27
Russia 9 10 7 26
Canada 9 10 5 24
Netherlands 6 7 9 22
Norway 10 4 8 22

Results:

Alpine Skiing:

LADIES' SLALOM
GOLD Mikaela Shiffrin USA 1:44.54
SILVER Marlies Schild Austria 1:45.07
BRONZE Kathrin Zettel Austria 1:45.35

Shiffrin was only sixth in the second run, but the combination of the large lead she had after the first run and even worse second runs by the skiiers closest to her after that run propelled her to a half-second win. Julia Ford finished 24th; Resi Stiegler did not finish the second run, and Megan McJames failed to complete the first.

Biathlon:

WOMEN'S 4x5k RELAY
GOLD Vita Semerenko
Juliya Dzhyma
Valj Semerenko
Olena Pidhrushna
Ukraine 1:10:02.5
SILVER Yana Romanova
Olga Zaitseva
Ekaterina Shumilova
Olga Vilukhina
Russia 1:10:28.9
BRONZE Fanny Wellestrand Horn
Tiril Eckhoff
Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland
Tora Berger
Norway 1:10:40.1

Sara Dunklee had Team USA in fourth place after the first leg, but they tailed off under Hannah Driessengacker, Sara Studebaker, and Annelies Cook; shooting was a major issue, as the Americans had to use 13 extra rounds to clear their targets over the course of the event. (They did not, however, have to take any penalty laps, which was nice.) They finished in seventh place, the best USA finish ever in the event.

Bobsled:

No events today.

Cross-Country:

No events today.

Curling:

Sweden trailed 4-3 going into the tenth, and they had to bring out the calipers to measure to see who got one in the tenth (Sweden could have gotten two, but chose to throw their last rock away rather than risk knocking the one they had in the 4-foot out of scoring position). Sweden scored by about an eighth of an inch, and the game went to an extra end. China had the hammer, but three awful mistakes in eight rocks by the Chinese not only allowed Sweden to steal, but to score TWO.

The gold medal match was as anti-climactic as the bronze was exciting; Canada had a 5-1 lead after just three ends, and when they took a point in the eighth end, the British conceded defeat.

MEN'S CURLING
GOLD Canada
SILVER Great Britain
BRONZE Sweden
4th China

Figure Skating:

All events completed.

Freestyle Skiing:

LADIES' SKI CROSS
GOLD Marielle Thompson Canada
SILVER Kelsey Serwa Canada
BRONZE Anna Holmlund Sweden

Team USA didn't qualify anyone for the Olympics in this event.

Ice Hockey:

MEN'S SEMIFINALS
Sweden 2-1 Finland
Canada 1-0 USA

Olli Jokinen struck first for the Finns midway through the second period, aided by Sami Vatanen's tournament-leading 5th assist, but the Swedes struck right back. Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson both scored within the next nine minutes, and Daniel Alfredsson kept the Swedish net clean the rest of the way to lift Sweden to the gold-medal game. Jonathan Ericsson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Steen, and Daniel Sedin had assists for the yellow and blue. Tuukka Rask, the hero in goal for the Finns against Russia, missed the game due to the flu, and that may well have been the difference in this one.

As one would expect, Canada and Team USA hooked up in a tight defensive battle. The stalemate was broken only by Jamie Benn's early-second period goal, assisted by Jay Bouwmeester. Team USA plays Finland tomorrow for bronze; Canada meets the Swedes Sunday for the gold to close out the Olympics.

Luge:

All events completed.

Nordic Combined:

All events completed.

Short Track:

MEN'S 500m
GOLD Viktor An Russia 41.312
SILVER Dajing Wu China 41.516
BRONZE Charlie Cournoyer Canada 41.617

An wins his second gold of the games. J.R. Celski finished second in his quarterfinal heat, advancing to the semis, where he was eliminated; he came in second in the sub-final, thus finishing sixth.

LADIES' 1000m
GOLD Seung-Hi Park Korea 1:30.761
SILVER Kexin Fan China 1:30.811
BRONZE Suk Hee Sim Korea 1:31.027

American Jessica Smith was 4th. Emily Scott was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

MEN'S 5000m RELAY
GOLD Viktor An
Semen Elistratov
Vladimir Grigorev
Ruslan Zakharov
Russia 6:42.100 (OR)
SILVER Eduardo Alvarez
J.R. Celski
Chris Clevenger
Jordan Malone
USA 6:42.371
BRONZE Dequan Chen
Tianyu Han
Jingnan Shi
Dajing Wu
China 6:48.341

A crash on the opening corner of the race allowed Team USA to win its first -- and, it is offically assured since they're not in either long-track medal event tomorrow, only -- speed skating medal of the Olympics. Just a short time after winning his second gold of the games, Viktor An claimed his third.

Skeleton:

All events completed.

Ski Jumping:

All events completed.

Snowboard:

No events today.

Speed Skating:

In the Men's Team Pursuit quarterfinal, Team USA (Shani Davis, Jonathan Kuck, Brian Hansen, and Joey Mantia) lost their race against Canada; worse, they posted the second-worst time, so they'll be competing for seventh place tomorrow. In the semifinals, Korea and the Dutch will meet tomorrow for the gold after prevailing over Canada and Poland, who'll skate for bronze.

The ladies (Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson, Kelly Gunther, and Jilleanne Rookard) lost before they ever stepped onto the track, since they were up against the Netherlands. The Dutch set an Olympic record, but the Americans at least performed well enough to race for fifth tomorrow.

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 1:30pm-5:00pm
NBC Primetime 7pm-10:00pm
(replayed 12:00am-3:00am)
NBC Latenight 11:00pm-midnight

It's Saturday, so there's an extra 1.5 hours of NBC Daytime. Also note different times for Primetime and Latenight. Be aware that NBC proper IS NOT SHOWING ANY LIVE COVERAGE OF THESE OLYMPICS.

Also today, NBCSN will be airing something from 11:30am-1:30pm, but no decision has been made as to exactly what that will be yet.

Alpine Skiing:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S SLALOM (run 1) 6:45pm none NBC Primetime Ted Ligety - Nolan Kasper
David Chodounsky
MEN'S SLALOM (run 2) 10:15am none NBC Primetime Ted Ligety - Nolan Kasper
David Chodounsky

Biathlon:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S 4x7.5k RELAY 8:30am none NBC Daytime Lowell Bailey - Russell Currier
Sean Doherty - Leif Nordgren

Bobsled:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S FOUR-MAN (heat 1) 10:30am none NBC Primetime USA 1:
Steven Holcomb
Curtis Tomasevicz
Steven Langton
Chris Fogt
USA 2:
Nick Cunningham
Justin Olsen
Johnny Quinn
Dallas Robinson
MEN'S FOUR-MAN (heat 2) noon none NBC Primetime USA 1:
Steven Holcomb
Curtis Tomasevicz
Steven Langton
Chris Fogt
USA 2:
Nick Cunningham
Justin Olsen
Johnny Quinn
Dallas Robinson

Cross-Country:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' 30k MASS START 3:30am NBCSN NBC Daytime Kikkan Randall - Jessica Diggins
Elizabeth Stephens - Holly Brooks

Curling:

All events completed.

Figure Skating:

All events completed, but the figure skating gala exhibition is tonight, and will be part of the coverage on both NBC Primetime and NBC Latenight, because showing replayed meaningless crap is more important than showing replayed actual sporting events.

Freestyle Skiing:

All events completed.

Ice Hockey:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Match
MEN'S BRONZE MEDAL GAME 9:00am NBCSN 5:00pm, NBCSN USA-Finland

Luge:

All events completed.

Nordic Combined:

All events completed.

Short Track:

All events completed.

Skeleton:

All events completed.

Ski Jumping:

All events completed.

Snowboard:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' PARALLEL SLALOM (qualification) 11:15pm none 2:00am, NBCSN none
MEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM (qualification) 11:42pm none 2:00am, NBCSN Justin Reiter
LADIES' PARALLEL SLALOM (1/8) 3:15am NBCSN NBC Daytime none
MEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM (1/8) 3:27am NBCSN NBC Primetime Justin Reiter
LADIES' PARALLEL SLALOM (quarterfinals) 4:03am NBCSN NBC Daytime none
MEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM (quarterfinals) 4:09am NBCSN NBC Primetime TBD
LADIES' PARALLEL SLALOM (semifinals) 4:30am NBCSN NBC Daytime none
MEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM (semifinals) 4:33am NBCSN NBC Primetime TBD
LADIES' PARALLEL SLALOM (finals) 4:46am NBCSN NBC Daytime none
MEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM (finals) 4:50am NBCSN NBC Primetime TBD

Speed Skating:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
LADIES' TEAM PURSUIT
(semifinals)
7:30am none NBC Primetime none
MEN'S TEAM PURSUIT
(finals)
7:51am none NBC Primetime Shani Davis - Jonathan Kuck
Brian Hansen - Joey Mantia
(seventh place race)
LADIES' TEAM PURSUIT
(finals)
8:14am none NBC Primetime Brittany Bowe - Jilliane Rookard
Kelly Gunther - Heather Richardson
(fifth place race)
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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