You think snowboardcross is wild? Wait until you see the new Olympic sport of skicross, in which four skiers race in a pack at up to 65 mph down a course filled with turns, jumps and moguls. Fast starts are key, crashes are common, and at times only one racer stays on his feet all the way to the finish line. In fact, top U.S. hopes Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett both were hurt in pre-Olympic crashes.
6 The Record Hunt
In two Games short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno has won five medals, tying him with Eric Heiden for the most by a U.S. male Winter Olympian. He'll have four events in which to try to equal or surpass Bonnie Blair's record (six) for any U.S. Winter Olympian. As he proved in winning Dancing with the Stars in 2007, the man with the soul patch can handle the pressure.
Chip Brown goes behind the scenes with the dynamic new sport of skicross at SI.com/olympics