Monday is an unusually busy night at the Olympics, with the Alpine skiing delays forcing a rare overlap between the final night of a figure skating event and a skiing event. The Olympic schedule is set so that figure skating's free programs don't overlap with any Alpine skiing race, as the two are among the most popular sports and take up a lot of coverage time on networks. But with the revised skiing schedule, NBC will have to jam both events into its four hours of coverage.
Three things to watch:
1. Alpine skiing, finally (tape delay). After two days of delays, Alpine skiing gets underway tonight with the marquee event of the skiing program: the men's downhill. Poor weather forced two postponements of the race, but conditions were acceptable this morning and the event went off without incident. NBC didn't air live coverage of the runs on any of its networks earlier, choosing instead to save highlights for prime time. American Bode Miller and Switzerland's Didier Cuche were among the medal contenders. Only one of them was successful.
2. Medals in pairs figure skating (live, starts at 8 p.m. ET). As expected, the Chinese team of Xue Shen and Hongbao Zhao lead the pairs event after the short program. Unlike Sunday night, when they led off the proceedings, the married couple will be last on the ice Monday evening in Vancouver for what seems likely to be their coronation as Olympic champions. If they win, it will be the first time since 1964 that a Soviet or Russian team didn't win gold. (In 2002 the Russian team shared gold with Canada's Jamie Sale and David Pelletier after the infamous judging controversy.)
3. Men's 500m speed skating (live, 8:28 p.m. ET). The shortest speedskating event has been dominated of late by South Koreans, but Americans have medal hopefuls in Tucker Fredricks and Shani Davis (although Davis excels at the middle-distance events).
Featured athlete (United States): Nate Holland, snowboard cross (tape delay). In just its second Games, snowboard cross has become a much anticipated event on the slate. Holland has won five straight X Games titles in snowboard cross but cautions that in these unpredictable races there are no real favorites. Seth Wescott, who won gold in Turin, also will compete.