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Winter Olympics Viewer's Guide: Thursday, Feb. 20

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

American Maddie Bowman will be looking to claim gold Thursday.
American Maddie Bowman will be looking to claim gold Thursday. (Getty Images)

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.

The American women will have their sights set on gold in women's hockey, with Canada standing in the way Thursday in Sochi. Plus, women's figure skating concludes.

-- Denotes a medal event

2:45 a.m. -- Freestyle Skiing, Men's Ski Cross, NBCOlympics.com: Only one American is in the field, John Teller, and he spends the majority of his time in the States working as a mechanic. Switzerland's Michael Schmid is the defending Olympic champion.

3 a.m. -- Nordic Combined, Men's Team Large Hill, NBC Sports Network: The Austrians and Americans finished 1-2 in 2010, and both again figure to contend for the gold. Bill Demong, who won gold in Vancouver but hasn't fared well in Sochi, will lead the Americans. Norway, however, has dominated the individual Nordic events.

8:30 a.m. -- Women's Curling Final, Canada vs. Sweden, NBC Sports Network: Rematch! These squads met in the 2010 final, with the Swedes emerging victorious. This year, though, Canada must be considered the favorite, especially after having gone undefeated in the round-robin stage.

9:30 a.m. -- Freestyle Skiing, Women's Halfpipe, NBCOlympics.com: This year marks the first year of women's halfpipe competition, and two-time X-Games winner Maddie Bowman of the United States is the favorite.

10 a.m. -- Figure Skating, Women's Free Skate, NBC Sports Network: South Korea's Kim Yuna holds the lead heading into Thursday, with Russia's Adelina Sotnikova in second. American Gracie Gold currently sits in fourth place, over six points back of the pace.

Noon -- Women's Ice Hockey, Canada vs. United States, USA: Another rematch, as the Americans and Canadians battled in the 2010 gold medal game, with Canada winning. In fact, these two teams have met four times in five gold medal games. They also played in the preliminary round, a 3-2 Canada victory.

 
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