Each day this week leading up to the opening of the Winter Olympics (Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC), PopWatch on Ice presents a Top 5 list from Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men’s figure skating gold medalist who’s set to call his sixth Games. Today’s topic: The 5 moments he’ll be on the edge of his seat in Vancouver. And this time, he thinks outside the sequined skating box. Check out his list, then submit your own.
1. There are eight men that have legitimate chances of winning a medal in the Men’s figure skating event. Eight! That is going to be the wildest of all the disciplines.
[EW: Below, watch favorite Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Gold medalist who came out of retirement last year, skate his long program to win the Russian title for the eighth time. Then watch his world-record-setting short program at the European Championships. Then meet the U.S. Men’s Team, full of medal contenders.]
2. Lindsey Vonn.
[EW: And Hamilton wrote this before the U.S. Alpine skier revealed that she has a shin injury that could take her out of one or more events.]
3. The USA vs. Canada Hockey Game. IN Canada! And if Canada goes through to win the Gold medal overall the city of Vancouver may have to reattach the roof at the Olympic Hockey Arena.
[EW: Below, the final moment of Canada’s 2002 Gold medal win over the USA in Salt Lake City.]
4. Seeing if Shaun White can dominate as he has on the X Games circuit.
[EW: We’re still talking about White’s face slam and subsequent Gold medal SuperPipe run at Winter X 14. Also about his 60 Minutes profile.]
5. I will be fascinated to see if the United States Ice Dance Teams can stand up to what has been a history of Russian domination. If they can break through and finally win an Ice Dancing Gold medal, it would be something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. After seeing the U.S. teams, I think it is very possible in Vancouver.
[EW: Watch the Free Dance that won Meryl Davis and Charlie White the U.S. title last month. (Dick Button compared it to Torvill and Dean’s “Bolero.” We wouldn’t go that far.) Then watch the Free Dance from the U.S.’s Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the 2006 Olympic Silver medalists.]
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