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Sochi Olympics: TV best bets for Monday

U.S. women’s hockey coach Katey Stone leads her team into the semifinals today. (Associated Press)
U.S. women’s hockey coach Katey Stone leads her team into the semifinals today. (Associated Press)

The U.S. and Canadian women’s teams continue on their collision for the gold medal today as they both should dispatch their opponents in the semifinals. The U.S. plays Sweden, which is 1-11 against the United States, and Canada plays Switzerland. After that the U.S. would get a chance to avenge its 3-2 loss to Canada earlier in the tournament.

ICE DANCING: Heading into the free skate things are just as everyone expected. Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. are in first and defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada are in second. The pairs have the same coaches and they train together.

MEN’S SNOWBOARDCROSS: The U.S. has an outside shot at a medal, but the winner probably will be either Alex Pullin of Australia or Markus Schairer of Austria. Sandpoint native Nate Holland is probably the United States’ best hope. He has returned to racing after breaking a collarbone in December. Trevor Jacob of the U.S. is the wild card in the race.

TWO-MAN BOBSLED: The U.S. is in definite medal contention as the final two runs of the four-run two-man bobsled finish. The sled belonging to Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton sits in third place, .04 seconds behind Switzerland. Russia leads by .36 seconds.

WOMEN’S GIANT SLALOM: We get the debut of potential breakout star Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. The 18-year-old is stronger in the slalom but could pick up her first Olympic medal in the giant slalom. Julia Mancuso won this event in 2006 in Turin, Italy. Anna Fenninger of Austria will be out for her second gold of the Games.