Five things to watch in Sochi on Tuesday:
1. Medal haul
With gold-bronze finishes in women’s slopestyle Tuesday, Canada sits alone atop the medal count by both traditional measurements – most golds and most total medals – for the first time in history. After a breakthrough for Canadian athletes at the Vancouver Games, the 2014 Olympics may be even more successful.
2. White stuff
Snowboarder Shaun White is arguably the best-known member of the U.S. Olympic team – but fame shouldn’t be confused with popularity. Criticized by many other snowboarders, including members of his own team, White will seek Tuesday to win anyway in the men’s halfpipe event. He won gold in the event in 2010 and 2006.
3. Women’s curling
Canada’s curling teams are back in action Tuesday, with the women’s team against Sweden and the men also against Sweden. The Canadian teams have done well since it became an Olympic sport in 1998 – with the men winning two silvers and two golds, while the women have a gold, silver and two bronze.
4. Win or luge
Canada will go for its first-ever medal in a luge event when Alex Gough competes in the women’s singles Tuesday. Gough, 26, is a Calgary native who won bronze in the 2011 and 2013 world championships.
5. Women’s hockey
The tournament continues Tuesday with two games – Germany-Sweden and Russia-Japan – but the undefeated Canadian team is only practising. They take their 2-0 record back into game action Wednesday, when they play the U.S.