A big finish in figure skating and women's hockey. A turmoil-infused giant slalom continues. And Cypress Mountain goes into "Hurricane" warning mode. Here's a closer look at what to watch on Day 14 in Vancouver:
Figure skating, ladies' free skate: The big finale. Kim Yu-Na has a hefty lead as she attempts to become the first South Korean figure skater to win an Olympic medal of any kind (gold being the ideal type of medal, though some prefer platinum). While Kim's outlook is clear, the rest of the event's picture remains uncertain. Japan's Mao Asada sits in second, but just 2.42 points ahead of Canada's Joannie Rochette, who completed a personal best on Tuesday, just two days after her mother passed away. Beyond Rochette, Japan's Miki Ando and Americans Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu sit on the outskirts of the medal picture, in fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Women's hockey, gold medal game: So we meet again. Technically there were eight women's hockey teams competing in Vancouver, but the U.S. and Canada have been on a dual-minded collision course since the tournament's outset. The North American hockey juggernauts have won gold and silver at all 12 world championships since the event's inception in 1990, and met for Olympic gold in 1998 and 2002. The U.S. lost in the semifinals in Torino, but has sent an imposing memo regarding its prowess by outscoring opponents 40-2 through four games thus far. Canada, in turn, has issued its own memo by outscoring opponents 46-2.
Alpine skiing, women's giant slalom: About that second run... Wednesday's first run of giant slalom was forgettable from an American standpoint (Lindsey Vonn crashed, Julia Mancuso was stopped mid-run, and a wee bit of conflict about a "popularity contest" ensued). But the run still counted, and on Thursday, they finish it, with three Austrian skiers eyeing a sweep.
Freestyle skiing, men's aerials: Hurricane watch '10. One night after Lydia Lassila sprung a mild upset in women's aerials, American Jeret 'Speedy' Peterson looks to unleash some harsh weather at Cypress Mountain. Specifically, the freestyle gambler is planning to uncork his signature "Hurricane," a quintuple-twisting triple flip that could net him gold, or undermine his podium chances entirely. But that's precisely the way that Peterson flies. "If everything clicks, I'd just beat everybody by a mile, and that's what I'm looking for," he says. Also in the medal hunt for the U.S. is reigning world champion Ryan St. Onge, who has seen a fair amount of inclement weather himself considering that he once lived on a boat.