Women's giant slalom

When: Feb. 18.

Best of the U.S.: Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin.

Best of the rest: Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (Sweden), Tina Weirather (Liechtenstein), Anna Fenninger (Austria). U.S. chances to medal: Mancuso won 2006 gold in a snowstorm in the Italian Alps, but this could be Shiffrin's breakout event. The rising 18-year-old star could win her first Olympic medal before her best event, the slalom.

Little-known fact: Mancuso might have defended her GS gold four years ago had she not been flagged off the course and forced to restart after teammate Lindsey Vonn crashed near the finish line. Mancuso finished ninth.

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