Competition begins with the first two runs in the two-man event. The final two runs are Sunday. East Germany, long dominant in the sport, is considered the favorite. East Germany's Wolfgang Hoppe, the gold medal driver in the two- and four-man sleds at Sarajevo, will have a new brakeman, Bogdan Musiol. The U.S. team will be content with a top-10 finish.
The downhill leg of the women's combined will be held if wind conditions are favorable at Nakiska. The slalom portion is scheduled for Sunday. Maria Walliser and Brigitte Oertli of Switzerland, Karen Percy of Canada and Sylvia Eder of Austria are favored.
American Josh Thompson is considered a medal favorite in the 20K race at Canmore. The sport, generally dominated by Eastern bloc athletes, combines cross country skiing and shooting. No U.S. athlete has ever won a medal.
American Eric Flaim, who finished fourth in the 1,000 meters Thursday, is considered a medal contender in the 1,500-meter race, along with Soviets Igor Zhelezovski and Nikolai Gulyaev.
1987 world champion Brian Orser of Canada and 1986 world champion Brian Boitano of the United States skate for the gold medal in the long program portion, which counts for 50 percent of the total score. Boitano holds a slim lead over Orser after compulsories and the short program. Soviet Alexander Fadeev, the 1985 world champion, can still win despite placing ninth in the short program. But he would have to win the long program, and have Orser finish third or lower and Boitano fourth or lower.
Sweden, one of the gold medal contenders, takes on surprising Finland, a 3-1 upset winner over Canada Thursday night, in Pool A play. The Canadians have a virtual walkover against winless France, and Poland faces Switzerland.