WATCH LIVE: Ski cross qualifying

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Did you watch snowboard cross and imagine what it would be like with skiers? Well, you have your wish, as ski cross kicks off beginning at 2:45 a.m. ET with the qualifying round:

FREESTYLE SKIING

Men’s ski cross qualifying: 2:45 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Men’s ski cross final: 4:30 a.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

If that didn’t get you pumped up, this excerpt from the ski cross preview should:

Ski cross is in many ways like short track speed skating on snow. With four riders on the course racing head-to-head at high speeds in close quarters down a winding course, contact is inevitable and crashes happen. For that reason, ski cross is tough to predict — medal favorites can be knocked out early and upstarts who manage to reach the final have a fighting chance. That said, there have been a few consistent skiers recently in and they should be considered the strongest candidates to reach the podium in Sochi.

The event debuted at the Olympic level in 2010. The best U.S. medal contender might be John Teller (pictured), while Canadian Chris Del Bosco, Swede Victor Oehling Bornerg and Austria’s Andreas Matt ranks as other favorites. But, again, the event can be unpredictable … much like it was for snowboarders.

MORE: Read the full preview

VIDEO: Dramatic snowboard cross crashes