Ice dancing starts Friday night and runs throughout the weekend, with compulsories on Friday, original dance on Saturday and free dance coming on Sunday. (If you're unclear on ice dancing, check this out.) Here are five things to watch for when taking in the art of the dance ... on ice!
1. Will an American team make it atop the medal stand? The U.S. has never made waves in ice dancing, but this year, there is a chance that two American teams can win medals. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto (pictured) won silver in Turin and are hungry not only for the gold, but also to avenge their loss at the U.S. Championships to another top American team, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
2. What will Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin wear for their original dance? This top Russian duo caused controversy by wearing a costume that was supposed to honor Aborigines but instead offended them. They said that they will change the costume, but what can they come up with?
3. Will a home-ice advantage give Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir a spark? The Canadian pair took the bronze at the last world championships and silver at the Grand Prix Final. Will the home crowd give them enough to get to the top of the podium?
4. Are Meryl Davis and Charlie White the future of American ice dancing, or is their time now? The pair are Grand Prix and U.S. champions, but they are young. Both are undergrads at the University of Michigan. Belbin and Agosto have said that they are likely to retire after the Olympics, but they are bringing Olympic experience to the table. Which will win out?