Day 2: What to watch

February, 13, 2010

Olympic competition is in full swing Saturday. Here's our take on the top events to watch:

Short-track speedskating: Men's 1,500 meters
American Apolo Anton Ohno, who took gold in 2002 in the 1,500 meters and gold in 2006 in the 500 meters, says he's in the best shape of his life. At 5-foot-8 and 145 lbs, he weighs 10 pounds less than he did in Torino, and 20 pounds less than in Salt Lake. In Vancouver, Ohno is hoping lighter means faster. He's racing all three individual short track events -- the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 -- and is shooting for a hat trick. He'll make his debut Saturday in the 1,500.

Freestyle skiing: Women's moguls
Canadian Jennifer Heil is the reigning Olympic moguls champ, and she's Canada's first chance for a gold medal at the Vancouver Games. It would be Canada's first-ever gold medal on home soil; they went winless at the 1976 Games in Montreal and the 1988 Games in Calgary. Heil, who has won all four World Cup races she's entered this season, is well on her way to a fifth overall title, but she'll face stiff competition from Americans Heather McPhie, Shannon Bahrke and Hannah Kearney at Cypress Mountain on Saturday night.

Long track speedskating: Men's 5,000 meters
American Shani Davis, who is competing in all four individual speedskating events in Vancouver, will make his debut at the Richmond Olympic Oval in the 5,000 meters Saturday afternoon. Dutch distance specialist Sven Kramer, the 2006 silver medalist and three-time world champion in the distance, is favored to win the race. But Davis -- who garnered as much attention in Torino for his feud with teammate Chad Hedrick as he did for winning gold in the 1,000 meters -- is hoping to draw headlines with his on-ice performance in Vancouver.

Lindsay Berra is an avid CrossFitter and a national correspondent for Follow her on twitter @lindsayberra.



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