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Here's a look at the main events Friday and early Saturday morning.

WHILE WE SLEPT

The men's Super Combined matched the past two Olympic gold medalists in the event: Americans Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. The downhill was moved up an hour to 10 p.m. (Pacific) in order to complete the race before the snow turned slushy. The slalom portion is scheduled for approximately 3 a.m. Like all other Alpine events, the Super will be shown on a much-delayed basis on NBC's prime-time broadcast. For full results, check www.mercurynews.com/olympics.

FIGURE SKATING: MEN'S FINALE

The competition concludes with the free program, which starts at 7 a.m. and will be shown live on NBCSN. It won't have Russian star Evgeni Plushenko, who withdrew because of injury Thursday during warm-ups for the short program. Americans Jason Brown and Jeremy Abbott, who took a hard fall in the short but completed his routine, are in sixth and 15th place, respectively.

ON THE SLOPES

The extreme sports athletes have carried the American contingent in Sochi, winning all four of the United States' gold medals. The women's aerials team will be hard pressed to continue the success against a talented and deep Chinese group. Team USA's best hope might be Ashley Caldwell, but she's considered a second-tier medal contender. The finals begin at 9:30 but won't be shown live.

MEN'S HOCKEY: CANADA BACK IN ACTION

One day after a 3-1 victory over Norway, which included an assist by Sharks wing Patrick Marleau, the defending Olympic champions face Austria at 9 a.m. (live on USA). The next U.S. game is Saturday morning, and it's a big one (see below).

MOTHER'S DAY IN SOCHI

The women's skeleton concludes today, and American Noelle Pikus-Pace, a 31-year-old mother of two, is positioned for gold. Pikus-Pace, who retired after finishing fourth in Vancouver but returned to the sport in 2012, had the second-fastest time on the first day of competition. The third race begins at 7:40 a.m., followed immediately by the fourth (medal) race. No live TV.

PRIME-TIME LINEUP

NBC's evening broadcast will feature a bevy of choice events, from the women's aerial skiing and skeleton finals to the men's free skate. But depending on results, the highlight could be the Miller-Ligety showdown in the Super Combined.

FOR NIGHT OWLS i: SHOWDOWN ON ICE

It's probably too late to stay up for, but the U.S.-Russia hockey game might be worth an early wake-up (even on a Saturday). The puck drops at 4:30 a.m., which means the third period should start when the sun rises. And yes, it will be televised live (on NBCSN).

FOR NIGHT OWLS ii: NEED FOR SPEED

In addition to the hockey headliner, the packed overnight lineup includes the women's super-G with Switzerland's Lara Gut as the favorite in a field that includes American star Julia Mancuso and downhill co-gold medalist Tina Maze ... Just before dawn, American Shani Davis goes for gold in the long track 1,500 meters ... Neither the super-G or speedskating will be shown live.

WANT IT LIVE? GET THE APP

NBC and its family of networks will provide 1,539 hours of coverage, but the only place you can watch everything live is online. The choice events (think: men's downhill this weekend) will only be shown on TV on a delayed basis as part of NBC's prepackaged prime time broadcast. The only way to have access to everything live is on your digital devices through the NBC Sports Live Extra app. It's free to download, but you'll need to be a cable or satellite subscriber in order to log-in. For more information, go to: http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help.