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Winter Olympics Viewer's Guide: Friday, Feb. 14

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Trying to watch the Olympics? Even with NBCOlympics.com now streaming every event live online, the wild array of events can make the viewing experience a bit bewildering.

But we're here to help. Here's our chronological list of the events U.S. Olympic fans should consider watching, and where. All times Eastern and all events are live action unless otherwise noted.

We hope you've enjoyed this easy-to-follow TV guide for the Olympics. Let's look at what Friday has in store.

A lot of hockey, though the United States has the day off. Curling could likely see the United States' hopes -- men and women -- pushed away. The big event is the men's super combined ski event, which could have two Americans medal.

-- Denotes a medal event

12 a.m. ET -- Men's curling, USA vs. Germany, NBCOlympics.com: The United States is not fairing well, posting a 1-3 record through round-robin play to this point. Time is running out.

1 a.m. ET -- Men's super combined (slalom), NBCOlympics.com: This is a very big event, both literally and figuratively. Ted Ligety and Bode Miller are competing for the United States, both with medal hopes. Ligety is a favorite to medal, certainly. This is the first of the two events; the second, downhill, is run 5½ hours later.

5 a.m. ET -- Women's curling, USA vs. Denmark, USA Network: The United States women won on Wednesday ... but are now just 1-4. Who else thought the US would fare a bit better with the brooms this time around?

5 a.m. ET -- Men's 15k cross country, NBCSN: Switzerland's Dario Cologna is the defending champ. Italy and Norway usually fare well in this event. If the US medals I'll be shocked.

6:30 a.m. ET -- Men's super combined (downhill), NBCOlympics.com: This is where Ligety and Miller will go for the gold. If you're able to be up early, definitely try to tune in and watch. Best in the world racing down the mountain.

7:30 a.m. ET -- Men's hockey, Sweden vs. Switzerland, NBCSN: Gotta be honest, have no idea who's winning this one. Gotta be honest, it's just great to watch live hockey.

9 a.m. ET -- Women's individual 15K biathlon, NBCOlympics.com: Big news here is that a Russian favorite to medal, Olga Vilukhina, is ill and can't compete. Norway's Tora Berger is the defending gold medal champion, and she'll race again. The United States is not expected to be close to the top.

10 a.m. ET -- Men's curling, USA vs. Russia, NBCOlympics.com: If the Red, White and Blue can beat Germany 10 hours earlier, this would be huge. Getting to 3-3 would give the US a faint chance at capturing a medal.

10 a.m. ET -- Men's free skate final, NBCSN: After Thursday's short program, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu leads the way with a 101.45 score. Patrick Chan of Canada is in second and Spain's Javier Fernández is third. Jason Brown (86.00) is the highest-ranking American, currently in sixth. This event will run all the way until past 2 p.m. ET.

10:40 a.m. ET: Women's skeleton final, NBCOlympics.com: Two Americans, Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender, are gunning for medals. The former sits in second, while the latter is in fourth. Make this an appointment watch. The United States has done relatively well on the slick track so far this Olympics.

12 p.m. ET -- Men's hockey, Norway vs. Finland, MSNBC; Canada vs. Austria, USA: Olympic hockey is awesome, no matter who's playing. Catch more here.

12:30 p.m. ET -- Women's freestyle skiing final, NBCOlympics.com: Those who know the sport well say China's Xu Mengtao has the best chance at a gold here. Also look for Lydia Lassila (Australia) to be in the mix. This is a fun watch. So much twisting and twirling.

 
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