Cross-country skiing

Lina Andersson and Anna Dahlberg

TV: NBC, 4-5 p.m. -- It had been 38 years since a Swedish woman -- and 18 years since any Swede -- had won a gold medal in cross-country skiing. The Swedes ended the drought Tues day when Andersson and Dahlberg combined to win the 10-kilometer team sprint. Sweden also won the men's event 20 minutes later. Not that the Swedes are boasting about it, but at least some of the credit has to go to the Norwegian coach they hired in 2004. "I've been under great pressure, and I've had a big mouth and promised great results," the coach, Inge Braten, told the Associated Press. He will find out if he can deliver more today when Andersson and Dahlberg compete in the 10-kilometer classical race.

Randy Harvey


Katie Uhlaender

TV: NBC, 8 p.m.-midnight -- Uhlaender, 21, is the last U.S. woman standing in skeleton after a horrific accident injured America's best hope, Noelle Pikus-Pace, and 2002 gold medalist Tristan Gale and silver medalist Lea Ann Parsley had poor years. In her first season on the senior ci ruit, Uhlaender finished sixth in the 2004-05 World Cup standings and opened this season with two bronze medals. But whether it was the glare of the spotlight or the lack of experi ence, she stumbled and couldn't break into the top seven the rest of the way. Seventh also is where she finished in the 2005 world championships. The weakness of the women's team showed when the U.S. team earned just one position at the Winter Games instead of the two it had in 2002. Uhlaender, daughter of former major league outfielder Ted Uhlaender, is a long shot.

Candus Thomson



TV: MSNBC, 6 a.m.-11 a.m.; NBC, 8 p.m.-midnight -- "My love for snowboarding ... is for the mountains, the snow and those moments when I get to be alone with gravity," U.S. snowboarder Seth Wescott writes on his personal Web site, "far away from the clutter that the sport has collected this past decade or so. Tapping into the soul and the es sence ... this is me." Wescott is a seven-time X Games medalist finally making his Olympic debut in the Games' newest sport, snowboard cross, a pack-style obst acle race. At 29, he is appreciating a part of the sport that has nothing to do with medals. He has been spending weeks at a time in Alaska, taking helicopters to the tops of untouched mountains and snowboarding down the clean snow.

Rick Maese

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