Team figure skating

When: Feb. 6, men and pairs short programs; Feb. 8, dance and women's short, pairs free skate; Feb. 9, men, women, dance free.

Best of the U.S.: Everyone on the U.S. Olympic skating team is eligible. In two disciplines, teams can swap skaters between short and free programs. This allows strategizing.

Best of the rest: Russia and Canada. This is the debut of the team event in the Olympics. Ten countries will start the competition, with the top five after the short program going on to the free skate. Usual scoring for each performance, but team scoring will be on a simpler point scale, with 10 for first, 9 for second, 8 for third and so on in each phase. Aggregate points will determine standings.

U.S. chances to medal: Very good for bronze. Canada is the slight favorite, with Russia's chances for gold likely dependent on the men's performance.

Little-known fact: If Russia's Evgeny Plushenko competes in the team event, he has a chance to match Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom as the only skaters with four Olympic skating medals. Plushenko won singles silver-gold-silver in last three.

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