Could be a huge day for U.S. athletes



Of all the 17 days on the 2010 Winter Olympics schedule, this one might bring the most headlines for the United States.

We're not talking about the chance for a few medals. We're talking about as many as five or six, if all goes well for the Americans, and three are legitimate shots for gold.

Lindsey Vonn
  • Lindsey Vonn

It starts at midday up on Whistler Mountain with the ladies downhill, as Lindsey Vonn of Vail finally begins her quest to become the top U.S. star of Vancouver. Also, Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso have a shot at high finishes.

Next, down at suburban Richmond, the men's long-track speedskating continues with the 1,000 meters, and >Shani Davis merely is the defending Olympic and world champion. He hasn't skated that well so far here, but this is his specialty and he's the favorite.

Across the metropolis at Cypress Mountain, Shaun "Flying Tomato" White is expected to repeat his 2006 gold medal in the men's snowboard halfpipe, after winning at the X Games last month.

And at Whistler Sliding Center, there's the men's doubles luge with the veteran U.S. team of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin hoping to cap their career that has included a bronze medal in 1998 and a silver in 2002.

As if that weren't enough, more U.S. medals could come in two other events. Alyson Dudek and Katherine Reutter are projected to make the final of the women's short-track speedskating 500 meters. And in the cross-country skiing women's individual sprint, Kikkan Randall of Alaska ranks second in the world.

Not sure what the record is for most medals, and gold, in a single day for the United States at the Winter Olympics, but whatever it is, that mark could be broken today.

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