The Sochi 2014 Olympics have now officially started and the medal results and count will start getting updated on Saturday with the slopestyle event and those will be the first medals given out for the Olympics and Team USA and the Russian team are battling for the lead in the Winter Games medals count for the event.
Norway has the most gold medals all-time at the Winter Olympics and on the schedule for Saturday, five gold medals will be given out and that means five events of three medals each for 15 total medals on the day. The men's slopestyle has been one of the most talked about events at the games and that will be the first medal given out in Sochi and it could go to an American, although it's more likely that someone like Mark McMorris from Canada or Max Parrott will win the medal.
Shaun White pulled out of the event this week and that put some extra attention on it, although many were interested in the slopestyle since it is a new event and was added alongside the halfpipe in the snowboard competition. White pulled out because of a wrist injury he sustained in the dangerous course and he said he also wants to concentrate on the halfpipe, which he has won two games in a row, including at Vancouver and in Turin.
The rest of the events during the day for medals include the biathlon, freestyle skiing as well as speedskating and cross country skiing and that is on top of the slopestyle medals. The schedule for Saturday starts very early, with the men's slopestyle semifinals and eight riders are already into the next round and four more can qualify and the semis will have two runs and after that will be the men's slopestyle finals with two runs as well and at the 4 am ET event, the winner will be crowned and they will be awarded the first medals of the games.
The schedule Saturday has the first round of women's hockey and the preliminary matchups begin with the USA taking on Finland and that will come before the slope finals. The cross country Women's 2 x 7.5km Skiathlon is next and that will be at 5 am and will also have a medal given out, while the speedskating for the men's 5,000 meter is next and that is a medals event as well. The ice hockey continues on the schedule with Canada and Switzerland and heading down the line is more figure skating qualifying along with the men's single luge runs. The figure skating has mixed team competitions, while the biathlon has a medal with the men's 10km sprint. The last of the day has the freestyle skiing and the finals will be at 2:10 pm for the medal event.