Savannah, Hoda, USA TODAY pick Olympic athletes and events to watch this week

These adrenaline-packed events won't disappoint.
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Team USA's Joey Mantia
USA's Joey Mantia competes in the men's 1,500m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018. JUNG YEON-JE / AFP - Getty Images

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There may be single-digit temperatures in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but things are heating up at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

TODAY's Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and USA TODAY sports columnist Martin Rogers partnered to give you a quick guide to some of the athletes and must-see Olympic events to watch this week.

You won't want to miss them!

Savannah Guthrie's picks:

The alpine skiing at these Olympics has been crazy to watch. Lindsey Vonn might have had a rough start in the Super G but the downhill is her Olympic event and I have confidence that she’ll perform really well.

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Lindsey Vonn is still aiming for a medal in Pyeongchang.Getty Images

I’m especially looking forward to seeing Mikaela Shiffrin also in the mix in the downhill and combined and maybe we could see two of our favorite American skiers on top of the podium together.

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Mikaela Shiffrin competes at the Olympics in Pyeongchang on February 16, 2018.Reuters

It’s the Olympics, you never know what could happen, that’s what makes it so exciting to watch!

Hoda Kotb's picks:

“One of my favorite events at the Olympics is figure skating. We already saw Team USA flex their muscles taking bronze in the team event and now with the ladies singles and ice dancing coming up, we’re looking really strong.

USA's Alex Shibutani and USA's Maia Shibutani
USA's Alex Shibutani and USA's Maia Shibutani compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Maia and Alex Shibutani are my pick to take home a medal in ice dancing and we have three really strong ladies competing in the singles event — Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell and I could see any of them making a run at a medal here in Pyeongchang. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens!

Martin Rogers's picks:

My first prediction is something that is a little against the odds. American speed skating has been completely in the doldrums but there are some signs that things could be about to get seriously exciting. John-Henry Krueger broke a two-day drought for the entire U.S. Olympic team by grabbing silver in the 1000m short-track. With that confidence behind him it'd be no shock to see him hit the podium again in the 500.

Speed Skating, Winter Olympics
Ted-Jan Bloemen, Denny Morrison and Jordan Belchos of Canada compete during the Men's Team Pursuit Speed Skating Quarter Finals on day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 18, 2018.Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

On the long track, keep an eye on a brand new event — the men's mass start. It is great fun because it's like NASCAR on ice, 20-plus racers all trying to occupy the same space. Even better, an American is reigning world champion. He's Joey Mantia, he's an Armani model, and he's peaking for this one.

Team USA's Joey Mantia
USA's Joey Mantia competes in the men's 1,500m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018. JUNG YEON-JE / AFP - Getty Images

In ice skating, Mirai Nagasu is by far the best American shot at the podium. Modern figure skating rewards bravery and personality. She has the triple axel and she has the sparkle, the crowd will respond to her and the judges are often swayed by that.

Team USA's Mirai Nagasu
Mirai Nagasu competes in the figure skating team event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP - Getty Images

Finally, Lindsey Vonn may well win the downhill but she's already a winner, having dealt with Twitter trolls with class and dignity.

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