NBC claims the Olympics are too big for any individual to make a major impact on ratings, even the Universal-ly loved Michelle Kwan. But let's just say the network isn't going to cry if Bode Miller wins a medal today.
Skiing's bad boy will race in the combined (downhill plus two slaloms). He won silver in this event in Salt Lake City in 2002 and gold at the 2003 world championships. Miller, Mr. All-or-Nothing, struggled in the first of his five events, Sunday's downhill. Both he and countryman Daron Rahlves failed to medal, finishing fifth and 10th, respectively.
Otherwise, prime time will be filled by still more skating, as the men's singles event kicks off with the short programs. Three-time national champion Johnny Weir and 2005 world bronze medalist Evan Lysacek are the United States' top medal contenders.
The U.S. women's hockey team, which has outscored its two opponents 11-0, will face a tough Finland team (2-0) live at 2:30 p.m. on USA.
- SHARON GINN, Times correspondent