Aksel Lund Svindal, Maria Höfl-Riesch and Tina Maze will be among those seeking multiple medals but the Olympics have a tradition of providing some shock results. Don’t put your money on Bode Miller providing that surprise win though.
The X Games
Slopestyle is making its debut and is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games where skiers/boarders go down a 565m/655m course executing moves and tricks over a course featuring rails and jumps. Canadian Mark McMorris and American Jamie Anderson could strike gold in those events.
Norway should dominate the freestyle events and relays in cross-country while Eric Frenzel is the clear favourite in Nordic Combined. The men's ski-jumping is wide-open but 17-year-old Sara Takanashi of Japan will be tough to beat in the women's event.
Don't rule out Yevgeny Plushenko causing one of the upsets of the Games in figure skating. Canada's Charles Hamlin could break Asian dominance in men's short track and there should be more gold for American Shani Davis in speed skating.
Britain's women curlers could provide GB with their best chance of gold, while the US and Canada could be shut out of the hockey medals by European sides.
Germany should dominate the luge once again, but the American men and Canadian women are strong in Bobsleigh. Britain's Lizzy Yarnold in the Skeleton is one of GB's best chances of gold.
Norway look stacked in the men's races and Tora Berger offers them hope in the women's. The Olympics can provide some shocks though and all of the women's events in particular look wide open.
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