Winter Olympics 2014: What to Watch Today, 9 February

From the "fastest skiing event of the Games" to one of the most perilous, here's your guide to today's action in Sochi

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Winter Olympics 2014: What to Watch Today, 9 February
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Alpine Skiing: Men’s Downhill 7.00am BBC2

This is the fastest skiing event of the Games, with skiers reaching speeds of 90mph. Competitors ski one at a time, against the clock, through a series of gates that are placed far apart, allowing skiers to gather real pace. The course at Sochi measures 2.2 miles, one of the longest of any Olympics. Aksel Lund Svindel has won two downhills and super-Gs this season. He’s world champion at downhill, and seems to just get faster and faster, so my money’s on him. Graham Bell


Ski Jumping: Men’s Normal Hill Final 6.00pm BBC2

In ski jumping, points are given for both distance and style. The aim of the game is to be as symmetrical as possible. Today sees the skiers competing on the smaller, 90m hill, although smaller definitely doesn’t mean safer. This is rock-solid ice, and if things go wrong, the consequences can be grave. Rob Walker


Snowboarding: Women’s Slopestyle 6.30am, 8.00am, 9.15am BBC2

Jenny Jones is our British hope in this epic new snowboarding event for 2014. She’s won three gold medals at the Winter X Games (the extreme sport games). She’s now 33, ancient by snowboarding standards, but she’s still in great shape. America’s Jamie Anderson is the current champion, but look out for the 21-year-old Austrian, Anna Gasser, who’s known for some impressive tricks. Ed Leigh


Medals Today

Snowboarding: Women’s Slopestyle; Speed Skating: Women’s 3,000m; Figure Skating: Team; Luge: Men’s; Ski Jumping: Men’s Individual NH; Biathlon: Women’s 7.5km Sprint; Cross Country Skiing: Men’s 15km Skiathlon; Alpine Skiing: Men’s Downhill


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