An American skier and skater go for their place in U.S. Olympic lore, the men take the ice for the opening games of hockey, and Kelly Clark tries to bring back another halfpipe gold.
When is one of the favorites someone who hasn't won a race in the discipline in three years? When it's one of the best big race skiers ever.
Julia Mancuso goes for a fifth Olympic medal, this time in the women's downhill. She is coming off a scintillating race in the super combined where she had the best time in the downhill segment.
So forget that she last won a downhill in the 2010-11 season. Forget that her best performance in one this season was a seventh place. Her opponents still will be watching her closely.
"The Olympics is my redemption," she said after the super combined, where she won bronze.
Who else to watch: The downhill in the super combined made predicting the podium for the downhill a little tricky. Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch is favored to make it two wins in a row at Sochi. Tina Maze of Slovena had a difficult World Cup season, but flew down the course on Monday. Anna Fenninger of Austria and Lara Gut of Switzerland should also be fast.
Men's 1,000 speed skating
Eric Heiden, that's Shani Davis knocking.
Davis skates for his fifth medal in the men's long-track 1,000 meters, a prize that would tie him with the most famous American speed skater of all time -- and with Chad Hedrick.
Now, no one is comparing Davis' achievements to the five gold medals Heiden won in 1980 at Lake Placid -- in just nine days. (And he skated outside! Outside!)
Still, if Davis wins, it'll be the third consecutive time he has won the gold in the event, something no male American Winter Olympian has done.
Who else to watch: Michel Mulder won the 500 meters and is also chasing Heiden, who is the only man to win the 500 and 1,000 in the same Olympics. Mo Tae-bum of South Korea was the silver medalist in Vancouver and won a World Cup race this season.
It's rare that a women's pool-play game gets much notice, but the two most dominant teams in the world play Tuesday when Canada and the United States go at it.
The two teams respect each other off the ice, says Bleacher Report, but games between the two can be physical and contentious.
They have even come to blows, something pretty rare in international hockey.
Both teams will make the medal round but the game still means a lot to the players. It's like Duke playing North Carolina in basketball (which also happens Wednesday, weather permitting), the Yankees playing the Red Sox or Coke taking on Pepsi.
The men's tournament begins Wednesday with the Swedes, one of the medal favorites, meeting the Czech Republic.
It's a tough matchup for the Swedes right off the bat, and the winner will likely win Group C. The good news is they have Henrik Lundqvist, one of the top goalies in the NHL. The bad news is they will skate without Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen.