Team USA, which so far has not resembled its 1980 gold medal counterpart, gets a chance to reprise the miracle of Lake Placid tonight against the heavily favored Soviets (2-0). The U.S. team (1-1), which lost to Czechoslovakia Monday, is fighting for a spot in the medal round and a loss here would dim its chances. In other games, the West Germans (2-0) face Austria (0-2) and Czechoslovakia (1-1) faces Norway (0-2).
Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland will try to win his second gold of the Games as the men's combined wraps up with today's slalom, a discipline in which Zurbriggen hasn't won in two years. He led after yesterday's downhill, which is his specialty.
It will be tough sledding for Bonny Warner, who represents the best U.S. hope for a medal in the sport. She was in eighth position after yesterday's first two runs. The sport is traditionally dominated by East Germans, who held the top three spots going into today's final two runs.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING:
Marjo Matikainen of Finland, who won the bronze in the 10 kilometers, will try for her second medal in today's 5-kilometer race.
It could be a European sweep in the men's 5,000 meters, in which Tomas Gustafson of Sweden, the 1984 gold medalist, and Leo Visser of the Netherlands are among the favorites. David Silk is the top U.S. distance skater.