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The bulk of NBC's coverage tonight will veer between extremes, from stylish spins on ice to frenetic acceleration downhill. The common thread: Both figure skating and snowboard cross might produce more U.S. medalists.

In the men's figure skating free skate, elegant and outspoken U.S. skater Johnny Weir looks like a strong candidate for silver, behind the likely insurmountable Evgeni Plushenko of Russia. Plushenko, the 2002 silver medalist, has a 10-point lead after a near-perfect short program on Tuesday night.

Also in primetime, viewers will see more of the world's coolest athletes as snowboard cross makes its Olympic debut. In this event, which features four riders at a time careering down a bumpy, twisty course, reigning world champion Seth Wescott of Maine and reigning World Cup champion Xavier Delerue of France are likely challengers for the gold.

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