A complete guide to the 84 events and 252 medals up for grabs over the 17 days of the Winter Games
U.S. OUTLOOK: The team has set a lofty goal of eight medals. Watch Julia Mancuso in the downhill, Kristina Koznick in the slalom, Rahlves, Mancuso and Kirsten Clark in the Super Gs, and Miller-in anything.
Downhill Michael Walchhofer, Austria Daron Rahlves, U.S. Hermann Maier, Austria
Walchhofer began his career as a slalom specialist.
Super G Hermann Maier, Austria Hannes Reichelt, Austria Christoph Gruber, Austria
Maier once out-arm-wrestled countryman Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Combined Benjamin Raich, Austria Bode Miller, U.S. Michael Walchhofer, Austria
Miller was second, Raich third in '02 behind Norway's Kjetil André Aamodt.
Giant Slalom Benjamin Raich, Austria Massimiliano Blardone, Italy Fredrik Nyberg, Sweden
No nation has won four men's Alpine golds at one Games.
Slalom Giorgio Rocca, Italy Kalle Pallender, Finland Ted Ligety, U.S.
Partially color-blind Rocca wears goggles to tell blue gates from red.
Downhill Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria Janica Kostelic, Croatia Lindsey Kildow, U.S.
In December, Kildow won a race in France. Her prize: a cow.
Super G Michaela Dorfmeister, Austria Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria Anja Pörson, Sweden
What, no cow? Dorfmeister used to travel the circuit with her pet rat.
Combined Janica Kostelic, Croatia Anja Pörson, Sweden Marlies Schild, Austria
Kostelic is the only Alpine skier to win four medals in one Games ('02).
Giant Slalom Anja Pörson, Sweden Kathrin Zettel, Austria Janica Kostelic, Croatia
Pörson celebrates her victories with a sliding belly flop.
Slalom Janica Kostelic, Croatiav Marlies Schild, Austria Nicole Hosp, Austria
Kostelic has had 11 knee operations, and her thyroid was removed in '04.
U.S. OUTLOOK: There will be no medals, but Alaska's Jay Hakkinen could give the U.S. its first top 10.
10K Sprint Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norway Frode Andresen, Norway Michael Greis, Germany
Bjørndalen learned positive thinking from vacuum salesman turned coach.
12.5K Pursuit Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norway Michael Roesch, Germany Ricco Gross, Germany
To ward off colds, Bjørndalen gargles with spirits before races.
15K Mass Start Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norway Rapha?l Poirée, France Sven Fischer, Germany
Rapha?l and Norwegian wife Liv Grete won medals in 2002.
20K Individual Sven Fischer, Germany Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norway Michael Greis, Germany
Twice World Cup overall champ, Fischer has no solo Olympic golds.
4_7.5K Relay Germany Russia France
German biathletes have won medals in the relay in the last nine Games.
7.5K Sprint Kati Wilhelm, Germany Sandrine Bailly, France Liv Grete Poirée, Norway
Wilhelm took up biathlon in 1999; by 2001 she was world sprint champ.
10K Pursuit Kati Wilhelm, Germany Sandrine Bailly, France Uschi Disl, Germany
Wilhelm lost a 16-second lead in '02.
12.5K Mass Start Martina Glagow, Germany Uschi Disl, Germany Anna Carin Olofsson, Sweden
Disl, 35, has won eight Olympic medals but no individual golds.
15K Individual Andrea Henkel, Germany Anna Carin Olofsson, Sweden Albina Akhatova, Russia
Henkel is the reigning world and Olympic champ.
4_6K Relay Germany Russia France
With Disl, now a five-time Olympian, Germany has won the last two relays.
U.S. OUTLOOK: The team can mine medals in each event. Look for Hays's sleds in both men's events and for Shauna Rohbock & Valerie Fleming and Jean Prahm & Vonetta Flowers in the women's.
Two-man Pierre Lueders & Lascelles Brown, Canada Andre Lange & Kevin Kuske, Germany Martin Annen & Beat Hefti, Switzerland
Jamaican native Brown received Canadian citizenship last month.
Four-man Switzerland (driver: Martin Annen) U.S. (driver: Todd Hays) Russia (driver: Alexander Zubkov)
Annen is a professional cheese maker (Gruyère is his favorite).
Two-woman Sandra Kiriasis & Anja Schneiderheinze, Germany Susi Erdmann & Annegret Dietrich, Germany Helen Upperton & Heather Moyse, Canada
Kiriasis escaped a fire that destroyed her home in 2004.