Sochi Olympics, Day 6

Hockey, speed skating, men's figure skating, and the potential insanity of a luge relay all take place today.

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Thursday is when the men's hockey tournament gets going. Austria and Finland face off at 3 a.m., but the competition really gets going at 7:30, when Russia faces off against Slovenia, while the United States faces off against Slovakia. The results here determine who goes straight to the quarterfinal in the bracket round.

Speed skating also has a bevy of events today. On the short track, the women's 500m and men's 1000m happen at 5 a.m., as does the 5000m relay. American Heather Richardson had an underwhelming performance in the 500m earlier in the week, but at 9 a.m. she gets to try again in the 1000m.

Also today is the first-ever luge team relay. Here's how it works: "Each team is made up of a single men's and women's slider and a men's doubles team. When a sledder hits a suspended device while crossing the finish line, a gate opens up the course and the next sledder goes down." Fantastic.


8:30 a.m.: Polish athlete Justyna Kowalczyk took the gold in the women's cross-country 10k classical race, despite skiing with a fractured foot. Sweden's Charlott Kalla earned the silver medal, and Norway's Therese Johaug got the bronze.

6:10 a.m.: Americans won all three medals in the men's ski slopestyle event. Joss Christensen will take home the gold, Gus Kenworthy the silver and Nicholas Goepper the bronze.


Here's the medal count heading into day six. Germany had a pretty great haul yesterday, gaining the lead in the medal race.


Thursday's Schedule of Events (All listed times are Eastern):

Curling Women's Prelims: 12 a.m., 10 a.m.

Freestyle Skiing Men's Slopestyle Qualifying: 1:15 a.m.

Freestyle Skiing Men's Slopestyle Final: 4:30, a.m.

Skeleton Women's Runs 1-2: 2:30 a.m.

Men's Ice Hockey, Austria vs. Finland: 3 a.m.

Women's Ice Hockey, Japan vs. Germany: 3 a.m.

Cross-Country Women's 10km Classic: 5 a.m.

Curling Men's Prelims: 5 a.m.

Speed Skating Short Track Women's 500m: 5 a.m.

Speed Skating Short Track Men's 1000m: 5 a.m.

Speed Skating Short Track 5000m Relay: 5 a.m.

Men's Ice Hockey, Russia vs. Slovenia: 7:30 a.m.

Men's Ice Hockey, United States vs. Slovakia: 7:30 a.m.

Speed Skating Women's 1000m: 9 a.m.

Figure Skating Men's Short Program: 10 a.m.

Luge Team Relay: 11:15 a.m.

Men's Ice Hockey, Canada vs. Norway: 12 p.m.

Women's Ice Hockey, Sweden vs. Russia: 12 p.m.

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