Here's a recap of overnight events in Sochi and preview of the morning schedule.
***WHILE YOU SLEPT
Julia Mancuso didn't make history, but the women's downhill did.
Mancuso failed to make the podium, Wednesday missing a chance to earn her fifth Olympic medal and join Bode Miller as the most decorated skier in American history.
After finishing eighth, the Squaw Valley native tweeted:
"Ahh! It happens! Not my day today- but pretty cool to see a tie for gold! #believeinUS still proud to represent my country in 8th!"
Slovenia's Tina Maze won the gold — and so did Switzerland's Dominique Gisin.
The stunning result marked the first time in Olympic history that an Alpine ski race ended in a first-place tie.
Maze and Gisin finished in 1 minute 41.57 seconds.
Switzerland's Lara Gut won the bronze.
In other overnight news, the U.S. hockey team announced that the L.A. Kings' Jonathan Quick will start in goal against Slovakia on Thursday.
Ryan Miller and Jimmie Howard were the other options.
***BRIGHT AND EARLY I: COLLISION ON ICE
The U.S. and Canada, the best women's hockey teams in the world, are facing off. The Group A game is meaningless save for pride and the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. Both teams will advance out of round-robin play. The game began at 4:30 a.m. and is being televised on NBCSN.
***BRIGHT AND EARLY I: HISTORY IN HIS SIGHTS
One of the greatest speed skaters in American history hits the long track at 6 a.m. for the 1000 meters final. Shani Davis takes aim at his fifth Olympic medal and his third consecutive gold in the event. He would become the first American man to win gold in the same individual event in three consecutive Winter Olympics. The finals won't be shown live.
*** ON TAP THIS MORNING ii: THE PUCK DROPS
The men's hockey tournament gets underway, and it could be epic with powerhouse teams from Canada and Sweden, the United States in a contending role and the Russians as dangerous underdogs on their home soil. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. with two Group C games: Latvia vs. Switzerland (live on MSNBC) and the Czech Republic vs. Sweden (live on USA).
*** ON TAP THIS MORNING ii: PAIRS MEDAL ROUND
The pairs competition concludes today with the free skate at 7:45 a.m. (live on NBCSN). The American tandem of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished ninth in the short program. If Russians Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov don't win the gold, there ought to be an investigation. Check that: There probably will be regardless — this is figure skating, after all.
*** ON TAP THIS MORNING iii: women's halfpipe
The United States has several medal contenders, including Kelly Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion. The finals start at 9:30 a.m. and will, of course, be held for primetime on NBC.
*** want it live? get the app
NBC and its family of networks will provide 1,539 hours of coverage, but the only place you can watch everything live is online. The choice events (think: men's downhill this weekend) will only be shown on TV on a delayed basis as part of NBC's prepackaged primetime broadcast. The only way to have access to everything live is on your digital devices through the NBC Sports Live Extra app. It's free to download, but you'll need to be a cable or satellite subscriber in order to log-in. For more information, go to: http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help.