You want to talk about pressure. How much is there on Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia?
It used to be that a gold medal for Moscow was a given in pairs skating. Soviet teams won. Russian teams won. From 1964 to 2006, no losses in the Olympics.
Tuesday is Day 1 of 2 to make up for Vancouver, when the Russians didn't even make the podium.
The pair had a chance to work any jitters out during the new team competition. They skated in the short program of the event, unlike four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, who are second favorites.
Who else to watch: Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia, who won the free program during the team competition; Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, third at the worlds; and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada.
Women's singles luge
Erin Hamlin knows a little bit about upsetting Germans. Five years ago, she won the women's singles luge at the world championships.
That's like someone beating the old U.S. basketball team. It only happened about once a decade.
And the Germans don't just usually win at the big events; they usually dominate the podium.
Hamlin is third after the first day of competition -- behind, well, you already know. She faces two more runs Tuesday to see if she can become the first American ever to medal in singles.
Who else to watch: World champion Natalie Geisenberger and Vancouver winner Tatjana Huefner are 1-2 after the first two runs while Russian Natalja Khoreva is fourth and has home-track advantage on one of the longest courses in the world.
Women's long-track speed skating
You know you're pretty good when one of your opponents says words to the effect of, "I really hope I can win the silver or bronze."
Lee Sang Hwa won every 500 meter race she entered this season. That's seven wins, four with world record times.
Margot Boer of the Netherlands said the only way Lee loses is if she makes a mistake. And that just isn't very likely.
She'll face Brittany Bowe in the first heat, which may be a boost for the U.S. skater.
We'd post some comment from Lee, but she doesn't do media before her races.
Who else to watch: Olga Fatkulina of Russia, who won the one race Lee didn't enter. Wang Beixing of China and Heather Richardson of the United States.