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Winter Olympics Viewer's Guide: Friday, Feb. 21

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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.

A lot of indoor ice events on the slate Friday, with the Americans in search of payback against the Canadians in a men's semifinal hockey game.

-- Denotes a medal event

7 a.m. -- Men's Hockey Semifinals, Sweden vs. Finland, NBC Sports Network: Henrik Lundqvist has been solid in net for the Swedish team, which is the only squad to win each of its four games in regulation. They'll get Finland in the semifinals after the Finnish squad got past the home-standing Russian team.

7:45 a.m. -- Alpine Skiing, Women's Slalom, NBCOlympics.com: Slovenian Tina Maze is in search of her third gold medal at the Sochi Games, after winning both the downhill and giant slalom competitions. American Mikaela Shiffrin remains the favorite, but can the 18-year-old withstand the pressure to pull off the victory?

8:30 a.m. -- Men's Curling Final, Great Britain vs. Canada, NBCOlympics.com: Canada has been a dominant force on the curling stage for about the last decade, winning gold in each of the past two Olympiad. The British squad hasn't experienced similar success, having failed to medal in each competition since curling's re-admission to the Olympic program in 1998.

11:30 a.m. -- Men's Short-Track Speedskating 500 meters, NBCOlympics.com: Two-time bronze medalist J.R. Celski was the only American to advance to the quarterfinals, though he may have trouble reaching the podium again. Canada's Charle Cournoyer had the fastest time in the heat stage.

11:45 a.m. -- Women's Short-Track Speedskating 1000 meters, NBCOlympics.com: Two American women, Emily Scott and Jesse Smith, qualified for the quarterfinals, but Canada's Valerie Maltais will be tough to beat. Maltais set an Olympic record during the qualifying round, finishing more than a second ahead of the second place finisher, Yui Sakai of Japan.

Noon -- Men's Hockey Semifinal, USA vs. Canada, NBC Sports Network: Good luck to these two living up to what the ladies did on Thursday. The Canadian women shocked the Americans in the gold medal game with two late goals to force overtime, and then winning in the extra period. Plus, the Canadian men's team defeated the Americans in the 2010 gold medal game. Safe to say the United States may have payback on the brain.

1:30 p.m. -- Men's Short-Track Speedskating 5000 meter relay, NBCOlympics: The Americans were expected to reach the podium in this event entering the Olympics, but a stroke of fortune kept them from being eliminated from medal contention altogether last week. A crash during the semifinal race dropped the Americans to fourth place in their heat, but officials ruled, however, that since South Korea interfered with the American squad, the US would be allowed to race in the final against Russia, China, the Netherlands, and Kazakhstan.

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