5 things to watch at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Thursday

Story highlights

  • Home ice has not always been kind to female figure skaters
  • The same ol' women's hockey final is a revenge match for the U.S.
  • Canada tries to finish perfect curling run
  • Sarah Burke would have been proud to see halfpipe in the Olympics finally

All eyes will be on the figure skating rink (and the judges panel), it's Round 2 for Canada and the United States in this women's hockey tournament and women's halfpipe ski makes its debut without one of its pioneers.

Figure skating

With expectations nearly as high as the men's hockey team, two Russian figure skaters are in position to medal Thursday.

But instead of Julia Lipnitskaya being the Russian in the top 3 after the short program, it was Adelina Sotnikova who was just behind Yuna Kim, the current queen of the ice.

A few U.S. journalists thought Sotnikova was the recipient of some generous scores from the judges, but she said she deserved the 74.64 total.