Athletes to Watch tonight: Bode Miller, Jason Brown

(KSDK) – The Sochi Winter Olympic games are underway, and we're helping you keep an eye on the ones to watch, medal contenders and record setters.

Each day, we'll give you a rundown of who's competing in what and where you can find them.

For a rundown of the day's events, check out our online guide, and for full listings of upcoming sports, check out NBC's full schedule.

  • After an exciting short program Thursday, the top qualified men return to the ice Friday for the free skate and to claim a spot on the podium. American Jason Brown sits in 6th place – and one point away from third --- followed by Jeremy Abbott in 15th. Although Russian Evgeni Plushenko withdrew from competition, Brown and Abbott have a tough climb to the top with Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu setting a short program record with a score of 101.45 followed by gold medal favorite, Patrick Chan of Canada. Watch live at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports Network or at 7 p.m. on NBC.
  • With American Noelle Pikus-Pace sitting in second place after the first day of qualifying in women's skeleton, she stands in good position to claim her seventh medal. Watch at 7 p.m. on NBC.
  • Bode Miller hopes to make a stronger challenge for a medal in the men's alpine skiing – super combined Friday. He finished eighth in the men's downhill final earlier this week, and he's hoping to stand on top of the medal podium Friday after claiming gold in this same event in Vancouver 2010. He'll have to fight off a challenge by his American teammate Ted Ligety though, who was the winner in the 2006 race. Watch at 7 p.m. on NBC.
  • Ashley Caldwell will try to make her mark in Sochi as she competes in the women's freestyle skiing – aerials. She tore both of her ACLs previously, but she's made a strong run to return to the top of the sport. Watch at 2 p.m. on NBC.


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