After two huge nights in which some of the biggest stars of the Games were in action, the Winter Olympics takes a little breather tonight. (It's no coincidence that Friday-night viewership is typically the lowest of the week.) There's still plenty to watch, but consider this evening a break before another big night on Saturday. Here's the scoop:
1. Miller time. If you're taking the time to read this, then chances are that you care enough about the Winter Olympics to know what happened in the men's super-G today at Whistler. If you don't know, then I don't want to spoil it for you. (OK, fine: Bruce Willis was dead the whole time.)
2. Ice dancing! Two American teams — Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto — are expected to contend for medals. Tonight will be the first of not one, not two, but THREE nights of live coverage of ice dancing. The compulsory dance (10 percent of final score) will be held this evening in Vancouver and will be followed by the original dance (40 percent) on Sunday and free dance (50 percent) on Monday. And, yes, compulsory dance means that every team does the same type of dance. It will be like Dancing With The Stars, minus the stars.
3. Two medals in skeleton. For the first time ever (at least since the sport was re-added to the Olympics in 2002), the skeleton will consist of four combined runs over two days instead of two combined runs held in one afternoon. After sweeping the men's and women's gold in the sport's re-debut in Salt Lake City, no American medaled in Turin. Based on the first two runs, it looks unlikely that there will be red, white and blue on the podium in Vancouver either.