The Olympic men's figure skating competition starts tonight! You can watch at 8pm on NBC. The top contenders are all going to be on a little later, though. The Americans will be on particularly late as they are in the final group of competitors. Here are the start orders I'll be paying attention to:
4: Florent Amodio, France
10: Evgeny Plushenko, Russia
17: Daisuke Takahashi, Japan
19: Stephane Lambiel, Switzerland
20: Nobunari Oda, Japan
21: Brian Joubert, France
22: Takahiko Kozuka, Japan
23: Samuel Contesti, Italy
24: Patrick Chan, Canada
25: Johnny Weir, USA
26: Kevin Van der Perren, Belgium
27: Tomas Verner, Czech Republic
28: Evan Lysacek, USA
29: Jeremy Abbott, USA
30: Michal Brezina, Czech Republic
Don't forget that there is a men's judging scandal coming into these games, which you can read about here, here, and here. An American judge sent out an email pointing out Russian reigning Olympic champ Evgeny Plushenko's lack of transitions (connecting elements) in his skating. The emails highlighted a recent quote where Plushenko essentially said he has no transitions. Many have criticized the American judge (although he is not a judge in this competition) and all of the scores are likely to be scrutinized.
Find out more about Team USA's Olympians in the event.
And finally, don't forget to consult the figure skating drinking game for some extra fun.