Here's a look at the main events Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

WHILE WE SLEPT

American phenom

Mikaela Shiffrin, above, went for gold in the giant slalom at 2:30 a.m. against a loaded field. As with the other alpine events, it's being held for NBC's prime-time broadcast 18 hours later. ... The women's short track 3,000-meter relay began at 3 a.m. ... Finally, the men's long track 10,000 meters started at 7 a.m. (live on NBCSN). Chances are, the winner was from the Netherlands.

MEN'S HOCKEY PLAYOFFS BEGIN

The heavyweights have the day off, but the United States and Canada will be watching Tuesday's qualification round closely. The winner of the Czech Republic-Slovakia game (9 a.m.) advances to face the U.S. in the quarterfinals, and the Switzerland-Latvia survivor (9 a.m.) moves on to play Canada. Both qualifiers will be televised live (by NBCSN and MSNBC). The U.S. and Canada will both play at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

A BREAK BEFORE THE FINALE

With the ice dancing complete, figure skating takes a break Tuesday. The action resumes Wednesday and Thursday with the marquee event: the ladies competition, which includes San Jose's

Polina Edmunds. The short program will be shown live at 7 a.m. Wednesday on NBCSN).

WOMEN'S BOBSLED BEGINS

The United States has two medal hopefuls:

Elana Meyers, who steers USA-1, and

Jamie Greubel, who pilots USA-2. Meyers damaged her sled during training but is expected to participate. The third American sled features former Olympic hurdler

Lolo Jones as pusher. There are two runs Tuesday (7:15 and 8:20 a.m., no live TV), with the final two Wednesday.

FREE SKIING: MEN'S HALFPIPE

The event makes its Olympic debut and includes two top-ranked American rivals:

David Wise and

Torin Yater-Wallace. But they'll have plenty of competition from the Canadian duo of

Mike Riddle and

Justin Dorey. The finals are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. and won't be shown live.

PRIME-TIME LINEUP

Without figure skating serving as the anchor, NBC's broadcast (8—11:30 p.m.) will likely focus on the women's giant slalom and the men's freestyle skiing halfpipe. Also look for coverage of the women's bobsled and the 3,000-meter short track relay.

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 will be shown on TV only 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.

-- Jon Wilner