Happy Thursday.

Here's a recap of overnight events in Sochi and a preview of the busy morning schedule.

WHILE YOU SLEPT

The United States scored a big win in the men's ski slopestyle — the biggest kind of win: A medal sweep.

Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah took the gold, Gus Kenworthy of Telluride, Colo., grabbed the silver and Nick Geopper of Lawrenceburg, Ind., won the bronze.

The ski slopestyle is a new Olympic event that was invented in (where else?) the U.S.

The podium domination marks the third time Team USA has swept a Winter Olympics event, following men's figure skating in 1956 and men's snowboard halfpipe in 2002.

USA goalkeeper Jonathan Quick (32) during their game against Slovakia in the third period for their preliminary round at the Shayba Arena for the 2014
USA goalkeeper Jonathan Quick (32) during their game against Slovakia in the third period for their preliminary round at the Shayba Arena for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

BRIGHT AND EARLY I: U.S. MEN'S HOCKEY

Team USA opened group play against Slovakia at 4:30 a.m. The game should end about 7, so early risers have a chance to catch the final period or two. It's live on NBCSN.

BRIGHT AND EARLY II: SPEED SKATING

The women's 1,000 meter long-track finals are schedule to start at 6 a.m., and the U.S. has a chance for multiple medals: Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe, who also happen to be training partners and roommates, are two of the favorites. (Noive TV.)

ON TAP THIS MORNING i: FIGURE SKATING continues


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With the pairs competition in the books, the spotlight shifts to the men's short program (7 a.m., live on NBCSN). The field includes Canada's Patrick Chan, the three-time defending world champion. But the man to beat might be Russian legend Yevgeny Plushenko, who won the men's portion of the team skate. The U.S. has two participants: Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown, who looks an awful lot like Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.

ON TAP THIS MORNING II: high speed thrills

The luge mixed relay competition is a new Olympic event with exciting possibilities: Three sleds from the same country (men's single, women's single and doubles) will zoom down the track, one after the other. At the end of each run, participants tap a pad that signals it's time for their teammates at the top to start. The U.S. entry features bronze medalist Erin Hamlin. The event starts at 8:15 a.m. but has no live TV.

ON TAP THIS MORNING III: THE CHAMPS TAKE THE ICE

Team Canada begins defense of its 2010 men's hockey with a Group B opener against Norway (live on USA). The tournament favorites are led by the incomparable Sidney Crosby and have two Sharks on the roster: wing Patrick Marleau and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.