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Sochi Olympics Day 12: Locals to Watch

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    Sochi Olympics Day 12: Locals to Watch
    Gracie Gold takes to the ice Wednesday in Sochi.

    2 a.m.: Team Sweden and its trio of Blackhawks players (Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger) faces off against Slovenia in the men's hockey quarterfinals. The winner of this game will advance to play the winner of the game between Finland and host country Russia. Watch on the NBC Sports Network or stream live here.

    9 a.m.: Chicago's Gracie Gold begins her quest for gold Wednesday in the individual short program. The American women have won only one medal in the past two Olympics, so they have something to prove. U.S. champion Gold and Polina Edmunds headline a strong group, which also includes two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, who could find her way to the podium as well. It won’t come easy, however, as reigning gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea will look to defend her gold medal in the event and become the first back-to-back gold medalist since the 1980s. Stream it live here.

    10:15 a.m.: Chicago's Aja Evans made good in her Olympic bobsled debut Tuesday, finishing third. If she holds up on Wednesday, she'll be a first-time medalist. U.S. bobsledder Lauryn Williams eyes history as she looks to become only the second person to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Williams, along with teammate Elana Meyers, posted the top time through the first two runs, including a track record of 57.26 seconds. stream live here.

    11 a.m.: Blackhawks Toews, Sharp and Keith lead a strong Canadian contingent against Latvia in men's hockey quarterfinal action. They win here, they could face the U.S. in the semis. Watch on MSNBC or stream live here.

    11 a.m.: Patrick Kane hopes to lead Team USA into the quarterfinals, but they'll have to get past the Michal Rozival and his Czech Republic mates. And yes, Canada may await them in the semifinals. Watch live on USA Network or stream live here.