Winter Olympics Viewer's Guide: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Hilary Knight and the U.S. will attempt to improve their points against Canada. (Getty Images)
Hilary Knight and the U.S. will attempt to improve their points against Canada. (USATSI)

Trying to watch the Olympics? Even with 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.

Wednesday is a fairly thin day, generally speaking, with a couple of very big events. If you're able to get up early, there's a big hockey game to catch. After that, a big speed skating race, and some women's halfpipe final.

The United States currently has seven total medals, placing it in fourth. The Red, White and Blue will have some changes to climb up the medal ladder Wednesday, but Russia and Germany are also expected to add to their inventory.

 -- Denotes a medal event

Midnight ET -- Men's curling qualification, USA vs. Denmark, The United States isn't known for its curling, outside of the local gym, so hopes aren't particularly high. The Danish have a solid broom bunch, or so we're told, and this one could get slippery for the States. Norway vs. Germany will also be played at the midnight hour, and that's the big matchup for the night for us/day in Sochi. This will also be broadcast on delay at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports Network.

2 a.m. ET -- Women's downhill final, This is the event Lindsey Vonn would've been expected to win, had she not been forced to miss these games with another knee injury. But American Julia Mancuso -- whose already medaled in Sochi -- will give it a go. Toughest challengers? Switzerland's Lara Gut and Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

5 a.m. ET -- Women's curling qualification, USA vs. China, The U.S. women had a very bad Monday, and they'll need to bounce back in a big way to overtake China. To have any chance at a medal, the American women have to win here.

7:30 a.m. ET -- Women's ice hockey, USA vs. Canada, NBC Sports Network: Oh, it's so on. The United States is expecting to win gold. To do that, clearly gotta make a statement against Canada. Outside of Shani Davis' race, this is the biggest event for American Olympics fans on Wednesday.

7:30 a.m. ET -- Men's nordic combined: normal hill/cross-country final, NBCSN: You've gotta be able to launch yourself off the jump -- and be good at pushing the planks on the ground. Fun combo event. One of my favorites, just because I love when the Olympics combines disciplines in stuff. A guy by the name of Eric Frenzel, out of Germany, is the favorite. Bill Demong -- the United States' best -- along with Todd Lodwick, Taylor Fletcher and Bryan Fletcher will compete for the U.S.

9 a.m. ET -- Men's 1,000-meter long track speed skating final, -- This is the biggest event of the day. American Shani Davis will be attempting to win his third straight gold, which would be an Olympic record. He's the favorite. Kazakhstan’s Denis Kuzin is a strong challenger, however. And a young fella from Canada named Vincent De Haitre is a dark horse to medal.

9:15 a.m. ET -- Men's luge doubles final, NBCSN: This will be Germany's event to lose. Austria and Latvia also typically perform very well. This is, quite simply, not an event the United States expects to ever come close to winning. 

10:45 a.m. ET -- Pairs free skating final, NBCSN: The top three after the short program: Russia, Germany, Russia. At 84.17, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, are way out in front for Russia. The United States' pair of Nathan Bartholomay and Felciai Zhang sits in ninth with a score of 67.44.

12:30 p.m. ET -- Women's halfpipe final, This is preceded by the qualifying at 5 a.m. and the semifinals at 10 a.m. on The men and women in Sochi don't like the halfpipe. They think it's built too dangerously and isn't in style of the pipes they normally carve up. Shaun White -- the greatest halfpipe artist in the history of the sport -- didn't even medal Tuesday. For the women, American Kelly Clark, a four-time Olympian, should medal and could very well win. Arielle Gold and Hannah Teter are also Americans with a good chance at the podium.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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