Winter Olympics: Daily guide

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 6 2014, 15:19 GMT

Our day-by-day guide to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, including daily highlights and when all the medals will be decided.

Lizzy Yarnold: Goes for skeleton gold on February 13-14
Lizzy Yarnold: Goes for skeleton gold on February 13-14

All times GMT

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6

0600: Snowboarding, slopestyle qualifying - British medal hope Jenny Jones hopes to make progress to the final.

Medal events

None

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7

1614: Opening ceremony At 2014 local time - see what they've done there? - the Games will officially begin at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Medal events

None

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8

0845: Snowboarding, men's slopestyle - The first medals of the games will be decided in the new slopestyle discipline. Tricks are performed on mountain terrain, rather than in the halfpipe which you may be more accustomed to.

1430: Luge, men's - The first of the sliding events gets under way with the opening two runs. The medals will be decided tomorrow.

1835: Freestyle skiing, women's moguls - The women throw themselves down the moguls - small, hard bumps in the snow - in the fastest time possible, throwing in some tricks along the way. Spectacular to say the least.

Medal events

0845: Snowboarding, men's slopestyle

1000: Cross-country skiing, ladies' skiathlon (7.5km Classic & 7.5km Free)

1130: Speed skating, men's 5000m

1430: Biathlon, men's 10km sprint

1835: Freestyle skiing, women's moguls

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 9

0700: Alpine skiing, men's downhill - The blue riband event of the Games is staged at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort. Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who leads the World Cup standings in this discipline, will be among the favourites, while maverick American Bode Miller is always one to watch with his all-or-nothing approach.

0915: Snowboarding, ladies' slopestyle - Jenny Jones, a veteran in snowboarding terms, will hope to go for gold for Team GB having finally seen her discipline included in the Olympic programme.

Medal events

0700: Alpine skiing, men's downhill

0915: Snowboarding, ladies' slopestyle

1000: Cross-country, men's skiathlon (15km Classic & 15 km Free)

1130: Speed skating, ladies' 3000m

1430: Biathlon, women's 7.5 km sprint

1640: Luge, men's singles

1710: Figure skating, team ice dance

1845: Ski jumping, men's normal hill individual

MONDAY FEBRUARY 10

0500: Curling, men's preliminaries - Come on, you stayed up until the early hours in 2002 didn't you? Well, it's an early start today if you want to watch the British men, led again by David Murdoch, launch their medal bid against the host nation. They also play Sweden at 1500.

1000: Curling, women's preliminaries - Eve Muirhead's British women, looking to emulate the 2002 gold medallists, start their bid against Sweden.

1835: Freestyle skiing, men's moguls - It's the men's turn to tackle those moguls. Canadian Alex Bilodeau bids to defend the title he won four years ago.

Medal events

1100: Alpine skiing, women's super combined

1405: Short track, men's 1500m

1445: Speed skating, men's 500m

1500: Biathlon, men's 12.5km pursuit

1835: Freestyle skiing, men's moguls

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11

0900: Freestyle skiing, ladies' ski slopestyle - Slopestyle on skis is something British teenager Katie Summerhayes is rather good at and she'll bid to go one better than her World Cup silver. This just might bring GB's first medal of the Games.

1000: Curling, men's preliminaries - It's like 1966 all over again. Well, sort of. GB face Germany in their third pool match.

1330: Cross-country skiing, men's sprint free - Briton Andrew Musgrave caused a stunning upset when he won the Norwegian national championships in this category last month. Can he surprise again?

1730: Snowboarding, men's halfpipe - The finals of this spectacular on snow take place. Snowboarding legend Shaun White, aka 'The Flying Tomato' due to his red hair, bids to defend his crown.

Medal events

0900: Freestyle skiing, ladies' ski slopestyle

1322: Cross-country skiing, ladies' sprint free

1330: Cross-country skiing, men's sprint free

1434: Speed skating, ladies' 500m

1500: Biathlon, women's 10km pursuit

1620: Luge, women's singles

1730: Snowboarding, men's halfpipe

1825: Ski jumping, ladies' normal hill individual

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12

0700, Alpine skiing, women's downhill - Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch will look to prove she's the fastest woman on skis. She leads both the overall and downhill World Cup standings this season so will likely start favourite, particularly in the absence of the injured Lindsey Vonn.

1000, Curling, women's preliminaries - Britain face Canada in their latest round-robin match.

1500, Curling, men's preliminaries - David Murdoch and co face Switzerland as the Brits continue their bid to qualify for the medal matches.

1545, Figure skating, pairs - the free programme is usually one of the most anticipated events of the Games as the pairs perform a series of spectacular manoeuvres, hopefully in tandem and without falling. Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, the reigning world champions, will be under pressure to deliver for the hosts.

Medal events

0700: Alpine skiing, women's downhill

1230: Nordic combined, individual Gundersen NH/10km, cross-country

1400: Speed skating, men's 1000m

1545: Figure skating, pairs

1545: Luge, men's doubles

1730: Snowboarding, ladies' halfpipe

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13

0730: Skeleton, women's - This season's World Cup winner Lizzy Yarnold launches her medal bid for Team GB, while 2006 silver medallist Shelley Rudman, the current world champion, is also hopeful of a podium spot. The first run is quickly followed by the second at 0840.

0930: Freestyle skiing, men's ski slopestyle - Provided he has qualified earlier today, James Woods will go for gold for Team GB. He's considered a realistic medal contender in this new event.

1000: Curling, men's preliminaries - USA are GB's latest opponents in the group stage.

1615: Luge, team relay - Another new event, this may be worth a watch with much potential for things to go wrong. A male slider is followed down the course by a female and then the country's doubles team. When each gets to the bottom they hit a sensor to indicate their team-mates can go. Should be fun.

Medal events

0930: Freestyle skiing, men's ski slopestyle

1000: Cross-country skiing, ladies' 10km classic

1205: Short track, ladies' 500m

1400: Biathlon, men's 20km individual

1400: Speed skating, ladies' 1000m

1615: Luge, team relay

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14

1000: Curling, women's preliminaries - Japan are today's opponents for Eve Muirhead and co.

1500: Curling, men's preliminaries - GB v Denmark is the match people will be keeping an eye on in the evening session.

1500: Figure skating, men's - Another of the major medals is settled by the free programme with Patrick Chan, of Canada, looking to add Olympic gold to his world title.

1540: Skeleton, women's - This could be Team GB's moment of the Games. It certainly was in 2010 when Amy Williams struck gold. This time hopes rest with Lizzy Yarnold and Shelley Rudman. The third run is at 1540 with the fourth and final 'slide' at 1651.

Medal events

1000: Cross-country skiing, men's 15km classic

1130: Alpine skiing, men's super combined

1400: Biathlon, women's 15km Individual

1500: Figure skating, men's

1651: Skeleton, women's

1812: Freestyle skiing, ladies' aerials

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15

1230: Ice hockey, men's preliminaries - USA take on Russia in what is essentially a rematch of the famous 'Miracle on Ice' from the Lake Placid Games of 1980. That saw the Americans pull off a shock win. Can they do so again? Roll archive footage.

1500: Curling, women's preliminaries - Great Britain face Switzerland in their second match of the day. The first is at 0500 against South Korea.

1616: Skeleton, men's - The medals are handed out with British veteran Kristian Bromley - aka Dr Ice - hoping to be among them. He is the partner of women's star Shelley Rudman.

1845: Ski jumping, men's large hill individual - Deep into the Sochi evening, a spectacular floodlit scene awaits as the ski jumpers tackle their biggest event.

Medal events

0700: Alpine skiing, women's Super-G

1000: Cross-country skiing, ladies' 4x5 km relay

1206: Short track, ladies' 1500m

1220: Short track, men's 1000m

1330: Speed skating, men's 1500m

1616: Skeleton, men's

1845: Ski jumping, men's large hill individual


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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16

0500: Curling, men's preliminaries - GB take on Norway as they continue their bid to qualify for the last four.

0700: Snowboarding, ladies' snowboard cross - always a thrilling event as the competitors race down a steep, twisty course. Expect crashes aplenty and drama all the way - as was the case in 2006 when Lindsey Jacobellis fell when leading in the final while 'showboating' in the closing stages. She goes for gold again this year. The final is at 0940.

Medal events

0700: Alpine skiing, men's Super-G

0940: Snowboarding, ladies' snowboard cross

1000: Cross-country skiing, Men's 4x10km relay

1400: Speed skating, ladies' 1500m

1500: Biathlon, men's 15km mass start

MONDAY FEBRUARY 17

0700: Snowboarding, men's snowboard cross - Get your latest fix of this helter-skelter sport as the men take to the slopes. The final takes place at 1012.

1000: Curling, men's preliminaries - GB take on China in their final round-robin contest. They need a top-four spot in the group to continue their medal bid.

1500: Curling, women's preliminaries - A busy day for Team GB may well decide whether they get to play for a medal or not. They face Denmark in their final match. Earlier, at 0500, they take on Russia.

1500: Figure skating, ice dance - The event made famous by Torvill and Dean, who struck gold for GB back in 1984, reaches a climax with the free dance element.

1730: Freestyle skiing, men's aerials - Be wowed by the tricks the skiers perform as the leap into the night sky off some huge jumps. The third and final run takes place at 1812.

Medal events

1012: Snowboarding, men's snowboard cross

1500: Figure skating, ice dance

1500: Biathlon, women's 12.5km mass start

1605: Bobsleigh, two-man

1812: Freestyle skiing, men's aerials

1822: Ski jumping, men's team

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18

0700: Alpine skiing, women's giant slalom - Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby is the World Cup leader but much of the attention will be on violinist Vanessa Mae, who skis for Thailand - where her father was born - under the name of Vanessa Vanakorn.

1730: Freestyle skiing, men's ski halfpipe - Tricks on skis in a halfpipe. What could go wrong? Canada's Justin Dorey and Mike Riddle are the ones to beat.

Medal events

1030: Alpine skiing, women's giant slalom

1054: Short track, ladies' 3000m relay

1200: Nordic combined, individual Gundersen LH/10km, cross-country

1300: Speed skating, men's 10000m

1730: Freestyle skiing, men's ski halfpipe

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19

1000: Curling, women's semi-finals - Hopefully Eve Muirhead's British team will be involved as the knockout stages get under way.

1500: Curling, men's semi-finals - Likewise, David Murdoch and co will hope to be playing for a medal tonight.

1723: Bobsleigh, women's - Medals are handed out in the only women's bob event. Team GB, led by driver Paula Walker, have an outside chance of a medal, while former Olympic sprinter Lolo Jones is one to watch on the US team.

Medal events

1030: Alpine skiing, men's giant slalom

1031: Snowboarding, ladies' parallel giant slalom

1035: Snowboarding, men's parallel giant slalom

1145: Cross-country skiing, ladies' team sprint classic

1215: Cross-country skiing, men's team sprint classic

1330: Speed skating, ladies' 5000m

1430: Biathlon, 2x6km women & 2x7.5km men mixed relay

1723: Bobsleigh, women's

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20

0745: Freestyle skiing, men's ski cross - If you got hooked by the snowboard cross, then make sure you check out the skiing equivalent. Expect faster speeds this time - and more crashes and more injuries. The final is at 1041.

1330: Curling, women's gold medal match - Great Britain will aim to be involved in this, just as their 2002 counterparts were. The bronze medal will be up for grabs earlier at 0830.

1500: Figure skating, ladies - One of the marquee events of the Games comes to an end with the medals being decided in the free programme. Korea's Yuna Kim looks the one to beat.

1730: Freestyle skiing, ladies' ski halfpipe - Briton Rowan Cheshire won a World Cup event in Canada recently. The 18-year-old will bid for a medal tonight.

Medal events

1041: Frestyle skiing, men's ski cross

1100: Nordic combined, team Gundersen LH/4x5 km, cross-country

1330: Curling, women

1500: Figure skating, ladies

1700: Ice hockey, women's

1730: Freestyle skiing, ladies' ski halfpipe

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21

0745: Freestyle skiing, ladies' ski cross - It's the ladies' turn to tackle the twisty ski-cross course. More thrills and spills await before the final takes place at 1041.

1330: Curling, men's gold-medal match - Will David Murdoch and co be involved? If not, British fans will hope to see them challenge for bronze at 0830.

1615: Alpine skiing, women's slalom - The most technical of the disciplines will be one of today's highlights with American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin, already the world champion, among the favourites. The first of the two runs takes place at 1245.

1630: Short track, men's 500m & ladies' 1000m - It's a big night at the 'Iceberg' with three golds up for grabs including these two. There's certainly plenty at stake for Team GB with medal hope Elise Christie hoping to strike in the 1000m.

Medal events

1041: Freestyle skiing, ladies' ski cross

1330: Curling, men's

1430: Biathlon, women's 4x6km relay

1615: Skiing, women's slalom

1743: Short track, men's 500m

1753: Short track, ladies' 1000m

1818: Short track, men's 5000m relay

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22

1615: Alpine skiing, men's slalom - The muscle-burning, lactic acid-inducing tight turns will sort the men from the boys as the Alpine programme reaches a conclusion under floodlights. Austrian Marcel Hirscher will take some beating - he won the World Cup and World Championship last season and this time around leads the World Cup series again. Then again, one mistake and it can all go wrong.

1630: Bobsleigh, four-man - The GB team, led by driver John Jackson, have a medal chance. The first two of four runs take place today.

Medal events

0930: Cross-country skiing, ladies' 30km mass start free

1046: Snowboarding, ladies' parallel slalom

1050: Snowboarding, men's parallel slalom

1351: Speed skating, men's team pursuit

1414: Speed skating, ladies' team pursuit

1430: Biathlon, men's 4x7.5km relay

1615: Alpine skiing, men's slalom

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23

1200: Ice hockey, men's gold-medal match - The final gold medal of the Games is decided. Hosts Russia will be aiming to claim it but Canada usually take some stopping in this event.

1600: Closing ceremony - The curtain comes down on the Games with the baton passed to Peyongchang, the South Korean city which will play host in 2018.

Medal events

0700: Cross-country skiing, men's 50km mass start free

1100: Bobsleigh, four man

1200: Ice hockey, men's


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