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MEDAL PICKS

WHICH COUNTRY WILL TOP THE TABLE AND WHO WILL REACH THE PODIUM IN ALL 98 EVENTS

ALPINE SKIING

MEN

DOWNHILL

[Gold] Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

[Silver] Hannes Reichelt, Austria

[Bronze] Erik Guay, Canada

When not flying down mountains, Reichelt pilots his own plane.

SUPER-G

[Gold] Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

[Silver] Patrick Kueng, Switzerland

[Bronze] Georg Streitberger, Austria

Defending champ Svindal, 31, leads the World Cup standings in downhill, Super-G and overall.

GIANT SLALOM

[Gold] Marcel Hirscher, Austria

[Silver] Ted Ligety, U.S.

[Bronze] Alexis Pinturault, France

Part Norwegian, Pinturault has dual citizenship.

SLALOM

[Gold] Marcel Hirscher, Austria

[Silver] Felix Neureuther, Germany

[Bronze] Mario Matt, Austria

Hirscher is a two-time overall World Cup champ.

COMBINED

[Gold] Ted Ligety, U.S.

[Silver] Alexis Pinturault, France

[Bronze] Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Ligety started his own ski equipment company.

WOMEN

DOWNHILL

[Gold] Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany

[Silver] Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden, Switzerland

[Bronze] Tina Maze, Slovenia

Maze is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines.

SUPER-G

[Gold] Lara Gut, Switzerland

[Silver] Anna Fenninger, Austria

[Bronze] Tina Weirather, Liechtenstein

All nine of Liechtenstein's medals have come in Alpine skiing.

GIANT SLALOM

[Gold] Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, Sweden

[Silver] Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Sweden

[Bronze] Anna Fenninger, Austria

Lindell-Vikarby will turn 30 on the day the Games open.

SLALOM

[Gold] Mikaela Shiffrin, U.S.

[Silver] Marlies Schild, Austria

[Bronze] Frida Hansdotter, Sweden

Schild, 32, had five knee surgeries by age 19.

COMBINED

[Gold] Nicole Hosp, Austria

[Silver] Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada

[Bronze] Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany

Hoefl-Riesch is also nationally ranked in tennis.

BIATHLON

MEN

10K SPRINT

[Gold] Martin Fourcade, France

[Silver] Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

[Bronze] Ole Einar Bj‚äòrndalen, Norway

Martin's older brother, Simon, is a medal threat too.

12.5K PURSUIT

[Gold] Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

[Silver] Martin Fourcade, France

[Bronze] Simon Schempp, Germany

Svendsen has at least one world title in each event.

15K MASS START

[Gold] Alexey Volkov, Russia

[Silver] Tarjei B‚äò, Norway

[Bronze] Martin Fourcade, France

B‚äò won this event and two others at the 2013 worlds.

20K INDIVIDUAL

[Gold] Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

[Silver] Martin Fourcade, France

[Bronze] Evgeni Ustyugov, Russia

Lake Placid's Tim Burke took silver in this race at the world championships.

4 √ó 7.5K RELAY

[Gold] Norway

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] France

Team Norway includes 40-year-old legend Ole Einar Bj‚äòrndalen.

WOMEN

7.5K SPRINT

[Gold] Tora Berger, Norway

[Silver] Darya Domracheva, Belarus

[Bronze] Kaisa Makarainen, Finland

Berger was Norway's sportsperson of the year in 2012.

10K PURSUIT

[Gold] Kaisa Makarainen, Finland

[Silver] Tora Berger, Norway

[Bronze] Valj Semerenko, Ukraine

Valj's twin sister, Vita, is also an Olympian.

12.5K MASS START

[Gold] Darya Domracheva, Belarus

[Silver] Tora Berger, Norway

[Bronze] Andrea Henkel, Germany

Henkel is dating U.S. team member Tim Burke.

15K INDIVIDUAL

[Gold] Gabriela Soukalova, Czech Republic

[Silver] Darya Domracheva, Belarus

[Bronze] Tora Berger, Norway

Domracheva once shot 500 hours of material for a biathlon documentary about her.

4 √ó 6K RELAY

[Gold] Norway

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] Russia

Berger erased a 40-second deficit to lead Norway to world gold in 2013.

MIXED RELAY

[Gold] Norway

[Silver] Czech Republic

[Bronze] France

Twenty-one nations have won biathlon medals, but not the U.S.

BOBSLED

MEN

TWO-MAN

[Gold] Switzerland (driver: Beat Hefti)

[Silver] U.S (driver: Steve Holcomb)

[Bronze] Germany (driver: Francesco Friedrich)

The last U.S. medal in this event came in 1952, in Oslo.

FOUR-MAN

[Gold] U.S. (driver Steve Holcomb)

[Silver] Russia (driver Alexander Zubkov)

[Bronze] Germany (driver: Maximilian Arndt)

The U.S. took gold in Vancouver, its first since 1948 in St. Moritz.

WOMEN

TWO-WOMAN

[Gold] Canada (driver: Kaillie Humphries)

[Silver] U.S. (driver: Elana Meyers)

[Bronze] U.S. (driver: Jamie Greubel)

Humphries's husband, Dan, was an Olympic sledder for Great Britain and for Canada.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

MEN

1.4K SPRINT (FREE)

[Gold] Nikita Kriukov, Russia

[Silver] Federico Pellegrino, Italy

[Bronze] Alex Harvey, Canada

Harvey's dad, Pierre, was a ski and cycling Olympian.

TEAM SPRINT (CLASSIC)

[Gold] Russia

[Silver] Norway

[Bronze] Sweden

Just 1.5 seconds separated the top three teams in Vancouver.

15K CLASSIC

[Gold] Alexey Poltoranin, Kazakhstan

[Silver] Johan Olsson, Sweden

[Bronze] Hannes Dotzler, Germany

Kazakhstan's one Winter gold came in cross-country skiing, in 1994.

30K SKIATHLON

[Gold] Alexander Legkov, Russia

[Silver] Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway

[Bronze] Dario Cologna, Switzerland

Sundby is coached by his younger brother Sondre.

50K MASS START (FREE)

[Gold] Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway

[Silver] Alexander Legkov, Russia

[Bronze] Petter Northug, Norway

Northug, winner of four Olympic medals, has been battling a virus for months.

4 √ó 10K RELAY

[Gold] Russia

[Silver] Sweden

[Bronze] Norway

Russia took third at 2013 worlds but has never won an Olympic medal in this event.

WOMEN

1.2K SPRINT (FREE)

[Gold] Kikkan Randall, U.S.

[Silver] Marit Bj‚äòrgen, Norway

[Bronze] Denise Herrmann, Germany

Randall was an Alaska champ in speed skiing (going straight downhill) and cross-country running.

TEAM SPRINT (CLASSIC)

[Gold] Norway

[Silver] Sweden

[Bronze] U.S.

The U.S. won this event at the 2013 worlds.

10K CLASSIC

[Gold] Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

[Silver] Yulia Chekaleva, Russia

[Bronze] Therese Johaug, Norway

Like teammate Bj‚äòrgen, Johaug grew up on a farm.

15K SKIATHLON

[Gold] Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

[Silver] Anne Kyllönen, Finland

[Bronze] Kristin St‚äòrmer Steira, Norway

Kowalczyk won three medals in 2010.

30K MASS START (FREE)

[Gold] Therese Johaug, Norway

[Silver] Marit Bj‚äòrgen, Norway

[Bronze] Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

Bj‚äòrgen has won 19 world championship medals, including 12 golds.

4 √ó 5K RELAY

[Gold] Norway

[Silver] Russia

[Bronze] Sweden

Norway leads the alltime cross-country table in Olympic medals (96) and golds (35).

CURLING

MEN

[Gold] Canada

[Silver] Sweden

[Bronze] Great Britain

Canada has won gold or silver at nine straight world championships.

WOMEN

[Gold] Great Britain

[Silver] Sweden

[Bronze] Canada

British skip Eve Muirhead, 23, also toiled at the world bagpiping championships as a teenager.

FIGURE SKATING

MEN

[Gold] Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan

[Silver] Patrick Chan, Canada

[Bronze] Javier Fernandez, Spain

Hanyu's house was damaged by the tsunami in 2011.

WOMEN

[Gold] Kim Yu-na, South Korea

[Silver] Julia Lipnitskaia, Russia

[Bronze] Mao Asada, Japan

Kim has sung with several recording artists in South Korea.

PAIRS

[Gold] Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Russia

[Silver] Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, Germany

[Bronze] Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, Russia

Trankov writes lyrics for his favorite music genre: hip-hop.

ICE DANCING

[Gold] Meryl Davis and Charlie White, U.S.

[Silver] Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Canada

[Bronze] Nathalie Péchalat and Fabian Bourzat, France

Multilingual Péchalat earned a business degree in Moscow.

TEAM

[Gold] Canada

[Silver] Russia

[Bronze] U.S.

Three-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko, Russia's men's entrant, is the wild card.

FREESTYLE SKIING

MEN

AERIALS

[Gold] Qi Guangpu, China

[Silver] Liu Zhongqing, China

[Bronze] Anton Kushnir, Belarus

The five Olympic winners have hailed from five different countries.

MOGULS

[Gold] Mikael Kingsbury, Canada

[Silver] Alex Bilodeau, Canada

[Bronze] Patrick Deneen, U.S.

As a teenager Deneen was a champion in the equestrian sport of reining.

SKI CROSS

[Gold] David Duncan, Canada

[Silver] Andreas Matt, Austria

[Bronze] Victor Oehling Norberg, Sweden

With Brady Leman and Chris del Bosco, a Canadian sweep is possible

HALFPIPE

[Gold] David Wise, U.S.

[Silver] Aaron Blunck, U.S.

[Bronze] Justin Dorey, Canada

Married at 20 and a youth pastor, Wise is known as "the Undude."

SLOPESTYLE

[Gold] Nick Goepper, U.S.

[Silver] Bobby Brown, U.S.

[Bronze] Jesper Tjader, Sweden

The last two world champs, Tom Wallisch and Alex Schlopy, didn't make the U.S. team.

WOMEN

AERIALS

[Gold] Zhang Xin, China

[Silver] Li Nina, China

[Bronze] Lydia Lassila, Australia

Olympic champ Lassila took two years off to have a baby.

MOGULS

[Gold] Hannah Kearney, U.S.

[Silver] Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Canada

[Bronze] Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, Canada

A third Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, is also on Canada's team.

SKI CROSS

[Gold] Marielle Thompson, Canada

[Silver] Fanny Smith, Switzerland

[Bronze] Katrin Mueller, Switzerland

For the second straight Olympics, U.S. women failed to qualify in this event.

HALFPIPE

[Gold] Maddie Bowman, U.S.

[Silver] Devin Logan, U.S.

[Bronze] Amy Sheehan, Australia

Angeli Vanlaanen overcame Lyme disease to make the U.S. team.

SLOPESTYLE

[Gold] Dara Howell, Canada

[Silver] Keri Herman, U.S.

[Bronze] Lisa Zimmermann, Germany

Maggie Voisin, 15, is the youngest U.S. Olympian since 1972.

HOCKEY

MEN

[Gold] Sweden

[Silver] Russia

[Bronze] Canada

U.S. men last won an Olympic hockey medal in Europe in 1956.

WOMEN

[Gold] U.S.

[Silver] Canada

[Bronze] Finland

The U.S. and Canada have met for gold in all 15 world championships.

LUGE

MEN

SINGLES

[Gold] Felix Loch, Germany

[Silver] Armin Zöggeler, Italy

[Bronze] David Möller, Germany

Zöggeler, 40, could become the first athlete to win six medals in an individual event.

DOUBLES

[Gold] Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, Germany

[Silver] Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, Germany

[Bronze] Peter Penz and Georg Fischler, Austria

Wendl and Arlt have won three of the last four overall World Cup titles.

WOMEN

SINGLES

[Gold] Natalie Geisenberger, Germany

[Silver] Tatjana Hufner, Germany

[Bronze] Alex Gough, Canada

German women have won 10 of the last 12 Olympic medals.

MIXED

RELAY

[Gold] Germany

[Silver] Italy

[Bronze] Austria

Sliders from German- or Italian-speaking nations have won 39 of 40 Olympic luge golds.

NORDIC COMBINED

NORMAL HILL

[Gold] Jason Lamy Chappuis, France

[Silver] Haavard Klemetsen, Norway

[Bronze] Eric Frenzel, Germany

A French border patrol officer, Lamy-Chappuis was born in Montana.

LARGE HILL

[Gold] Eric Frenzel, Germany

[Silver] Magnus Krog, Norway

[Bronze] Mikko Kokslein, Norway

Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong of the U.S. have combined to make 11 Olympic teams.

TEAM

[Gold] Germany

[Silver] Austria

[Bronze] Norway

Norway has won 11 Nordic combined golds. No other country has more than four.

SKELETON

MEN

[Gold] Martins Dukurs, Latvia

[Silver] Alexander Tretiakov, Russia

[Bronze] Tomass Dukurs, Latvia

Younger brother Martins is a three-time Latvian sportsman of the year.

WOMEN

[Gold] Elizabeth Yarnold, Great Britain

[Silver] Noelle Pikus-Pace, U.S.

[Bronze] Shelley Rudman, Great Britain

Pikus-Pace nearly lost her leg when she was struck by a bobsled in 2005.

SKI JUMPING

MEN

NORMAL HILL

[Gold] Anders Bardal, Norway

[Silver] Peter Prevc, Slovenia

[Bronze] Thomas Diethart, Germany

Prevc is nicknamed Muscle for his trademark fist pumps.

LARGE HILL

[Gold] Peter Prevc, Slovenia

[Silver] Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria

[Bronze] Kamil Stoch, Poland

Schlierenzauer's uncle is Austrian luge great Markus Prock.

TEAM

[Gold] Austria

[Silver] Germany

[Bronze] Norway

Japan's Noriaki Kasai is in his seventh Olympics.

WOMEN

NORMAL HILL

[Gold] Sara Takanashi, Japan

[Silver] Sarah Hendrickson, U.S.

[Bronze] Carina Vogt, Germany

Takanashi, 17, has eight victories in nine events this season.

SNOWBOARDING

MEN

HALFPIPE

[Gold] Shaun White, U.S.

[Silver] Ayumu Hirano, Japan

[Bronze] Yuri Podladchikov, Switzerland

Podladchikov, whose nickname is iPod, competed for his native Russia in 2006.

PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM

[Gold] Žan Košir, Slovenia

[Silver] Lukas Mathies, Austria

[Bronze] Vic Wild, Russia

Slovenia is looking for its first Winter gold.

PARALLEL SLALOM

[Gold] Sylvain Dufour, France

[Silver] Andreas Prommegger, Austria

[Bronze] Žan Košir, Slovenia

U.S. 'boarder Justin Reiter has been living in his truck to defray costs.

SLOPESTYLE

[Gold] Mark McMorris, Canada

[Silver] Torstein Horgmo, Norway

[Bronze] Sebastien Toutant, Canada

McMorris and his brother, Craig, are the subjects of an MTV series.

SNOWBOARDCROSS

[Gold] Markus Schairer, Austria

[Silver] Omar Visintin, Italy

[Bronze] Jarryd Hughes, Australia

Australia's two-time world champ, Alex (Chumpy) Pullin, has struggled this season.

WOMEN

HALFPIPE

[Gold] Torah Bright, Australia

[Silver] Kelly Clark, U.S.

[Bronze] Arielle Gold, U.S.

Arielle is one of three Golds on the U.S. team.

PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM

[Gold] Isabella Labock, Germany

[Silver] Julia Dujmovits, Austria

[Bronze] Tomoka Takeuchi, Japan

U.S. women did not qualify for PS or for PGS.

PARALLEL SLALOM

[Gold] Patrizia Kummer, Switzerland

[Silver] Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic

[Bronze] Amelia Kober, Germany

Kober was pregnant when she competed in 2010.

SLOPESTYLE

[Gold] Jamie Anderson, U.S.

[Silver] Spencer O'Brien, Canada

[Bronze] Sarko Pancochova, Czech Republic

Anderson was 16 when she won an X Games title in 2007.

SNOWBOARDCROSS

[Gold] Maelle Ricker, Canada

[Silver] Helene Olafsen, Norway

[Bronze] Dominique Maltais, Canada

Ricker doesn't recall the crash that knocked her out at the 2006 Games.

SPEEDSKATING (LONG-TRACK)

MEN

500 METERS

[Gold] Michel Mulder, Netherlands

[Silver] Mo Tae-bum, South Korea

[Bronze] Joji Kato, Japan

Mulder's twin brother, Ronald, could also medal.

1,000 METERS

[Gold] Shani Davis, U.S.

[Silver] Kjeld Nuis, Netherlands

[Bronze] Denis Kuzin, Kazakhstan

Kuzin nearly quit the sport after a shoulder injury in 2012.

1,500 METERS

[Gold] Denis Yuskov, Russia

[Silver] Koen Verweij, Netherlands

[Bronze] Shani Davis, U.S.

Davis has two Olympic silvers and the world record in this event.

5,000 METERS

[Gold] Sven Kramer, Netherlands

[Silver] Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands

[Bronze] Lee Seung-hoon, South Korea

Bergsma abandoned a plan to skate for Kazakhstan in 2010 after learning he'd have to give up his Dutch citizenship.

10,000 METERS

[Gold] Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands

[Silver] Sven Kramer, Netherlands

[Bronze] Bob de Jong, Netherlands

Kramer lost gold in Vancouver after being DQ'd for committing a lane violation.

TEAM PURSUIT

[Gold] Netherlands

[Silver] South Korea

[Bronze] U.S.

The Dutch have the most Olympic oval medals (82), but the U.S. has the most golds (29).

WOMEN

500 Meters

[Gold] Lee Sang-hwa, South Korea

[Silver] Yu Jing, China

[Bronze] Heather Richardson, U.S.

Lee has a fascination with Lego.

1,000 METERS

[Gold] Olga Fatkulina, Russia

[Silver] Heather Richardson, U.S.

[Bronze] Zhang Hong, China

Richardson is engaged to Bergsma.

1,500 METERS

[Gold] Ireen Wüst, Netherlands

[Silver] Brittany Bowe, U.S.

[Bronze] Yuliya Skokova, Russia

Wüst was just 19 when she won the 3,000 in Turin.

3,000 METERS

[Gold] Ireen Wüst, Netherlands

[Silver] Martina Sàblikovà, Czech Republic

[Bronze] Claudia Pechstein, Germany

Pechstein is a sergeant in the German Federal Police.

5,000 METERS

[Gold] Martina Sàblikovà, Czech Republic

[Silver] Claudia Pechstein, Germany

[Bronze] Yvonne Nauta, Netherlands

There are no speedskating ovals in Sàblikovà's home country.

TEAM PURSUIT

[Gold] Netherlands

[Silver] Poland

[Bronze] Canada

The Dutch women have never won an Olympic medal in team pursuit.

SPEEDSKATING (SHORT-TRACK)

MEN

500 METERS

[Gold] Viktor Ahn, Russia

[Silver] Charles Hamelin, Canada

[Bronze] Wu Dajing, China

Korean-born Ahn Hyun-soo, now Viktor Ahn, became a Russian citizen in 2011.

1,000 METERS

[Gold] Charles Hamelin, Canada

[Silver] Viktor Ahn, Russia

[Bronze] Wu Dajing, China

Hamelin's father, Yves, runs Canada's national team.

1,500 METERS

[Gold] Charles Hamelin, Canada

[Silver] Lee Han-bin, South Korea

[Bronze] Viktor Ahn, Russia

Look for 2010 bronze medalist J.R. Celski of the U.S. to challenge.

5,000-METER RELAY

[Gold] Canada

[Silver] Russia

[Bronze] U.S.

The U.S. has taken third in this event at the last two Games.

WOMEN

500 METERS

[Gold] Fan Kexin, China

[Silver] Shim Suk-hee, South Korea

[Bronze] Park Seung-hi, South Korea

Favorite Wang Meng of China is out with a broken ankle.

1,000 METERS

[Gold] Shim Suk-hee, South Korea

[Silver] Arianna Fontana, Italy

[Bronze] Kim A-lang, South Korea

A season ago, Shim won her first World Cup race, at age 15.

1,500 METERS

[Gold] Shim Suk-hee, South Korea

[Silver] Kim A-lang, South Korea

[Bronze] Valerie Maltais, Canada

South Koreans have won two medals in this event at each Olympics.

3,000-METER RELAY

[Gold] South Korea

[Silver] China