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ATHLETES TO WATCH TODAY

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Curling

JOHN SHUSTER

TV: CNBC, 5-8 p.m. -- John Shuster is one of three members of coach Bob Fenson's curling club in Bemidji, Minn., who are here competing for the U.S. team. Fenson is the coach, and his son, Pete, is the skip. It's obviously a good combination. After finishing eighth four years ago in Salt Lake City, the United States has a chance for a medal here, playing Canada in today's semifinals. Shuster, 23, is the team's lead. He decided to stop playing basketball when he was 14 and needed a new sport, so curling was it. Virtually his entire family plays at home in Duluth, Minn. He is the loose one on the team, trying to keep the others relaxed. Shuster would like to take up freestyle aerial skiing next.

Alpine skiing

MARLIES SCHILD

TV: NBC, 8-11:30 p.m. -- Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister has proved herself the world's best speed skier here, winning the downhill and the super-G. Now her teammate, Marlies Schild, is out to match her in the technical events. She is favored to win the slalom today and also will be one of the favorites later in the week in the giant slalom. Victories for her would not come as a surprise. She has twice won world championship medals and is skiing in her second Winter Games. Her boyfriend, Benjamin Raich, has a gold medal here in alpine skiing.

Snowboarding

TYLER JEWELL

TV: NBC, 4-5 p.m., 8-11:30 p.m. -- Watch out. The snowboarders are back. They took off five days but return today in men's parallel giant slalom. The United States' best in the event, in fact the only competitor in the event, is Tyler Jewell. He isn't here because he qualified - by finishing in the top four in a World Cup competition - but because the United States had to have at least one man in the event and chose him. Expectations aren't high, as they were for snowboarders such as Shaun White and Danny Kass. But nothing is impossible in snowboarding. "He has gotten in the top 10 in a World Cup competition - he was ninth," U.S. coach Steve Persons told the Los Angeles Times. "This is not a World Cup, so the field is smaller. So his chances are really good of at least doing that."

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