Feb 11 Men's downhill 3pm start

No guts, no glory here. Absolute seat of the pants excitement. To whet the appetite check YouTube for the greatest of all downhill runs, the day in 1976 that Austrian legend Franz Klammer fled down the Innsbruck course to win gold. Watch for Beat Feuz, the Swiss who topped the World Cup standings, and Norwegian veteran Aksel Lund Svindal, two-time World Cup overall champion and Olympic Super G champion eight years ago, who go in the dominant pair.

Feb 12 Women's slopestyle snowboard final from 2pm

American Jamie Anderson won the inaugural gold in this event in Sochi in 2014. She's a multiple Winter Games champion and again favoured. New Zealand's 16-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synott, winner of a World Cup in the Czech Republic last year, is one to watch too.

Feb 14 Women's slalom final from 2.15pm

Mikaela Shiffrin of Vail, Colorado, will defend her title, after becoming the youngest Winter Olympic slalom champion in history at 18 in Sochi. She has totally dominated this season's World Cup, six firsts and a second. Seemingly unstoppable favourite. Keep an eye on New Zealand's 16-year-old wunderkind Alice Robinson of Queenstown, still at high school, but a big talent, who has been compared to a Shiffrin in the making.

Feb 16 Men's skeleton from 1.30pm

South Korean Yun Sung-bin is the overwhelming favourite in this head-first plunge down an ice tunnel. New Zealand's England-based Rhys Thornbury is an outside chance to medal, having finished 14th on the World Cup circuit.

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Feb 17 Men's ski jump large hill individual final from 1.30pm

Think Eddie the Eagle Edwards. Watch them soar. Truly spectacular and a discipline which needs serious stones. German Richard Freitag tops the World Cup standings with three wins and four seconds. Big chance for the gold.

Feb 21 Speed skating, team pursuit from 1.13pm

A frenetic battle for the medals where skaters race in teams of three. New Zealand's trio Shane Dobbin, Reyon Kay and Peter Michael can go. They are tipped for silver by one European winter sports website. This is New Zealand's first dip at the long track team pursuit. They have made four World Cup podiums and were second at the world champs, and are ranked second in this season's World Cup. A big chance to medal.

North Korea's Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik perform during a Pair Figure Skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Photo / Getty
North Korea's Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik perform during a Pair Figure Skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Photo / Getty

Feb 22 Men's halfpipe ski finals from 11.30am

Four New Zealanders line up, two sets of brothers — Byron and Beau-James Wells and brothers Miguel and Nico Porteous, the latter at 16 when the Games begin, and the youngest athlete to land a triple cork 1440. So there.

Feb 23 Women's figure skating final 2pm

The world of Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, for old readers; of Katarina Witt, Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan for those of more recent vintage. Always a spectacle, and if you don't know your Lutz from your Axel or your Flip, no problem. Just sit back and marvel at the grace and execution under severe pressure.

Feb 25 Men's ice hockey final 5.10pm

Expect flying feet and pucks travelling at blinding speed. Canada have won three of the last four golds. They will be the tip to enhance their record.

The bobsleigh run on Whistler Mountain Olympic park Canada, 2014. Photo / David McColm
The bobsleigh run on Whistler Mountain Olympic park Canada, 2014. Photo / David McColm

Feb 25 Four-man bobsled final from 1.30pm

Didn't happen in Sochi, but look for the Americans and Germans to dominate. Four guys sprinting hard to get the sled moving then climbing aboard for a wild ride. Remember Cool Runnings and the Jamaicans. Occasionally the sled tips on its side.

Can be dangerous, but is a thrilling spectacle.

The Kiwi Contingent

ALPINE

Willis Feasey, Christchurch
Slalom, giant slalom, Super G

Adam Barwood, Queenstown
Slalom, giant slalom, Super G

Alice Robinson, Queenstown
Slalom, giant slalom

Jamie Prebble, Christchurch
Ski cross

FREESKI

Byron Wells, Wanaka
Halfpipe

• Beau-James Wells, Wanaka
Halfpipe

Jackson Wells, Wanaka
Slopestyle

Janina Kuzma, Wanaka
Halfpipe

Finn Bilous, Wanaka
Slopestyle

Miguel Porteous, Christchurch
Halfpipe

Nico Porteous, Christchurch
Halfpipe

Britt Hawes, Lower Hutt/Queenstown
Halfpipe

SNOWBOARD

Tiarn Collins, Queenstown
Slopestyle and Big Air

Zoi Sadowski Synnott, Wanaka
Slopestyle and Big Air

Carlos Garcia Knight, Christchurch
Slopestyle and Big Air

Rakai Tait, Colorado-based
Hhalfpipe

Duncan Campbell, Dunedin
Snowboard cross

ICE

Rhys Thornbury, England-based
Skeleton

Peter Michael, Palmerston North
Speed skating, 1500m, 5000m, mass start, team pursuit

Shane Dobbin, Palmerston North
10,000m, team pursuit

Reyon Kay, Wellington
1500m, mass start, team pursuit