USA Daily for February 19

The final two heats for the women’s and men’s skeleton competitions will take place Friday at the Whistler Sliding Center. Team USA features a strong field of World Cup and World Champions. The U.S. roster includes 2007 World Champion Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah), who will officially retire from the sport after crossing the finish line in the final competitive run, and two-time World Cup champion Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.). The U.S entered three sleds into the men’s race, including Eric Bernotas (Avondale, Pa.), Zach Lund (Salt Lake City, Utah) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.).


Medals will be awarded on the slopes tomorrow in the men's super G at Whistler Creekside. The race features downhill bronze medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, N.H.), 2006 combined gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, Calif.) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.).


Three American ice dancing teams will take to the rink at the Pacific Coliseum for the first of three phases of competition, the compulsory dance. Competing for the United States are 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin (Aston, Pa.) and Ben Agosto (Chicago, Ill.), reigning U.S. champions Meryl Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Charlie White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), and Emily Samuelson (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The latter two teams will be making their Olympic debuts.​