Here's a look at the main events Saturday and early Sunday morning.
WHILE WE SLEPT
A busy overnight schedule included the women's 30k cross country mass start finals and the last of the extreme sports disciplines: The men's and women's parallel slalom heats and finals. No U.S. women participated; the lone American man was Justin Reiter, who won silver at the World Championships. Europeans were expected to dominate. (One of them, Vic Wild, grew up in the U.S. but competes for Russia.). Check www.mercurynews.com/olympics for full results.
ON THE SLOPES: MEN'S SLALOM
It could be a quiet day for the Americans. Bode Miller is injured and done (perhaps for good), and this isn't Ted Ligety's best event. Instead, look for Europeans to own the podium in the final alpine competition. The first run took place overnight. The second begins at 8:15 a.m. but will be held for prime-time broadcast.
go for the ... Bronze?!?!
Finland and the United States didn't just lose in the semifinals. They lost to their bitter rivals. How much passion and focus will the consolation combatants muster a mere 24 hours after the gut-wrenching losses? The puck drops at 7 a.m., with a live broadcast on NBCSN.
defending his title
American Steven Holcomb is the reigning Olympic champion in four-man bobsled and just won the bronze medal in the two-man sled, ending a 62-year American drought in the event. He has a strained calf but was able to participate this week in four-man training runs. His chief competition in the two-day event is Russian Alexander Zubkov, who won the two-man gold. The first of two races this morning starts at 8:30 a.m. (No live TV).
A GALA EVENT
For figure skating junkies, here's one last chance to watch the best in action: The Gala exhibition featuring most of the top performers from the past two weeks, including U.S. ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. (Russian legend Evgeni Plushenko won't participate because of an injury.) The exhibition will be shown at 9:30 a.m. on NBCSN and then again during the NBC prime-time broadcast.
In addition to the skating Gala, NBC's schedule will include extensive coverage of the men's slalom. Also look for speedskating team pursuit finals (men and women) and the snowboard parallel slalom finals (men and women).
FOR NIGHT OWLS
The four-man bobsled concludes with the third race at 1:30 and the fourth (medal) at 3 a.m. That clears the deck for the final competition of the Sochi Games: The men's hockey gold medal game matching the 2006 Olympic champion (Sweden) against the 2010 champ (Canada).