Winter Olympics 2014: U.S. medal hopes for a balmy Valentine's Day in the mountains of Sochi

United States' Bode Miller makes a jump during Men's super combined downhill training at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. AP

The temperature and the competition were soaring for Valentine's Day at the Winter Games in Sochi.

In Friday’s men's supercombined ski event, America's Ted Ligety and Bode Miller were Team USA's strongest competitors in medal contention. The race combines a slalom run and a downhill run on the slopes of Sochi's mountain cluster venue.

Also to look out for -- what some call it the most dangerous sport of the Winter Games: the skeleton. 

It sees athletes hurtle down an icy track on a sled -- face down and head first -- at speeds of 80 miles per hour.

Two American women skeleton racers, Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender, could be on the fast track to the medal stand in the event -- if organizers can keep the track in good condition.

The temperature in Sochi on Friday hit a balmy 64 degrees.

Filed by correspondent Alphonso Van Marsh, based in the CBS News London Bureau (on Twitter: @AlphonsoVM)


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