Winter Olympics Viewer's Guide: Tuesday, Feb. 18

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Nick Baumgartner will try for gold after waiting a day in the men's snowboard cross.
Nick Baumgartner will try for gold after waiting a day in the men's snowboard cross. (USATSI)

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.

Tuesday is a relatively light day, but it does feature one of the Olympics' biggest American names: Lolo Jones. There are a handful of medals on the line in a number of different events.

The U.S. should almost definitely up its inventory in golds and certainly add to its overall count. As of Monday's end, the U.S. was tied for first -- with host Russia -- at 18 medals overall.

-- Denotes a medal event

12:30 a.m. ET -- Women's giant slalom, NBCOlympics.com: Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Megan Mcjames will race for the United States. Mancuso took bronze in the super-combined earlier at these Games.

2:20 a.m. ET -- Men's snowboard cross final, NBCOlympics.com: This event was postponed from Monday due to heavy fog preventing the race from beginning. Americans Nick Baumgartner and Nate Holland are medal hopefuls. If you're unfamiliar, this is the event where they race and take twists and turns and jumps.

5:30 a.m. ET -- Men's biathlon, NBCOlympics.com: Once again, the United States has never medaled in a men's biathlon event, but Tim Burke gives America its best chance ever to earn a spot on the podium.

5:55 a.m. ET -- Women's short-track 3,000m speed skating final, NBCOlympics.com: The United States is not in contention for a medal in this event. The gold is likely to go to South Korea or Canada.

7 a.m. ET -- Men's nordic combined individual large hill, NBCSN: Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong, Taylor Fletcher and Brian Fletcher will again try to place the United States near the podiu, but in reality this is an event for the Austrians and Germans.

7:30 a.m. ET -- Men's hockey: Russia vs. Norway, USA: Watch if for no other reason than to see if the pressure gets to the Russians. Nothing means more to this country than winning gold in the men's hockey event.

8 a.m. ET -- Men's 10,000 meters long-track speed skating final, NBCSN: Patrick Meek and Emery Lehman will try to do what Shani Davis could not in two previous speed skating finals: earn a medal. The Netherlands are so good in this event. Sven Kramer could wind up taking gold.

10:15 a.m. ET -- Women's two-person bobsleigh, runs 1 and 2, NBCOlympics.com: Lolo Jones will push and slide for a chance to earn her first gold medal. No hardware handed out in this event on Tuesday, though. The Germans are fielding three teams, like the Americans, but will be favored over the United States.

12:30 p.m. ET -- Men's halfpipe skiing final, NBCSN: This is one of the new sports at the Winter Olympics. So a cool opportunity to become the first gold medal winner at an inaugural event is at stake. American David Wise is the favorite to win.

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