When: Feb. 22-23.
Best of the U.S.: Pilot Steven Holcomb and his crew will look to defend their Olympic title, which would make them the first American team to win back-to-back gold in 82 years.
Best of the rest: Maximilian Arndt of Germany won the World Cup title this season, but most believe Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov will have a significant home-ice advantage.
U.S. chances to medal: Currently ranked No. 2 in the world, Holcomb's crew is favored to reach the podium again, although maybe not the top spot.
Little-known fact: Pusher Chris Fogt, an Army captain, served a one-year deployment in Iraq after the 2010 Games.