Olympic Primer – July 30th

NBC puts out a daily release noting the highlights of their television coverage for the next day.  Given the difficulty sometimes in knowing what event is being televised when and where, we'll share that schedule with you the previous night so you can set your DVRs and plan accordingly.  The schedule is sorted by network and we'll also add some key times for gold medal events you can catch live online as well.  All times are eastern.

MONDAY, JULY 30 (Day 3)

NBC

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (9 a.m. CT/PT)

Swimming – Qualifying Heats

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Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Rosenthal (U.S.) vs. Fijalek/Prudel (Poland) (LIVE)

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Brazil (LIVE)

Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Hungary (LIVE)

Rowing – Qualifying Heats

Canoeing – Women’s Whitewater K-1 Qualifying Heats

· Michael Phelps swims in the qualifying rounds of the 200 butterfly, an event he has won at the past two Games, including in Beijing when his goggles filled with water and he swam blind, relying on stroke count to get through the race. Plus, Phelps’ training partner Allison Schmitt and 17-year-old phenom Missy Franklin have their qualifying swims in the 200 freestyle, an event both in which both should contend for a medal.

· LIVE (ET/CT) coverage of the U.S. women’s volleyball team vs. Brazil. Led by Hugh McCutcheon, who coached the U.S. men to the Olympic title in 2008, the American women are favored to win their first Olympic gold.

· LIVE (ET/CT) coverage of the U.S. women’s water polo team vs. Hungary. The Americans have earned a medal at each of the three Olympics since women’s water polo made its Olympic debut in 2000, but have never won gold. They look to have their strongest team yet in London.

· Plus, LIVE (ET/CT) coverage of beach volleyball, always one of the most electric sports of the Games, from Horse Guards Parade in the heart of ceremonial London. Also, the third day of the rowing competition from prestigious Eton Dorney, and qualifying in whitewater canoeing.

8 p.m. – Midnight (ET/PT)

Swimming – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s 200M Freestyle

Men’s 100M Backstroke

Women’s 100M Backstroke

Women’s 100M Breaststroke

Men’s Gymnastics – Team Gold Medal Final

Men’s Diving – Synchronized Platform Gold Medal Final

Women’s Beach Volleyball – May-Treanor/Walsh (U.S.) vs. Slukova/Kolocova (Czech Republic)

· In what should be one of the best races of the Games, reigning world champion Ryan Lochte takes on a stacked international field in the 200m freestyle. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Colorado phenomMissy Franklin appears in her first individual final, among the favorites in the 100m backstroke. In the 100m breaststroke, reigning world champion Rebecca Soni tackles the first leg of a breaststroke sweep no woman has accomplished in 16 years. AndMatt Grevers aims to win the fifth straight U.S. gold in the 100m backstroke, following the retirement of Athens and Beijing champion Aaron Peirsol.

· In gymnastics, the U.S. men will contend for their third consecutive medal in the team competition. Their prospects look strong with a deep group led by an unlikely pair of newcomers: Bronx native John Orozco and Cuban-born Danell Leyva.

· Beijing veteran David Boudia and new partner Nick McCrory, a Duke pre-med student whose uncle won swimming silver for Great Britain in 1976, are bidding to win the first U.S. diving medal since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Great Britain’s teen idol Tom Daleyand his partner Peter Waterfield are among the other contenders hoping to upset the Chinese.

· Beach volleyball, one of the Games’ hottest sports, comes to Horse Guards Parade in the heart of ceremonial London. Just down the road from the Queen’s home at Buckingham Palace, the Queens of the sand, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, are eyeing a golden three-peat after sweeping the competition in Athens and Beijing without dropping a set.

12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m. (ET/PT)

Swimming – Semifinals

Canoeing – Men’s Whitewater C-2 Qualifying Heats

· Coverage includes semifinal action from the pool at the Olympic Aquatics Centre, as top swimmers try to qualify for Tuesday’s finals.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK

4 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Angola (LIVE)

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Zhang/Xue (China) vs. Kuhn/Zumkehr (Switzerland) (LIVE)

Women’s Volleyball – Qualifying Round

Serbia vs. South Korea (LIVE)

Italy vs. Japan (LIVE)

Equestrian – Eventing Cross Country (LIVE)

Boxing – Elimination Bouts

Men’s Shooting – 10M Air Rifle Gold Medal Final

Women’s Badminton – Wang (U.S.) vs. Wang (China.)

Women’s Archery – Leek (U.S.) vs. Palekha (Ukraine)(LIVE)

Table Tennis – Qualifying Round

NBC SPORTS NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS

· In women’s basketball, defending Olympic gold medalist Team USA takes on Angola.

Led by former UConn stars Sue BirdDiana Taurasi and Maya Moore, the Americans are favored to win their fifth straight gold. Plus live coverage of beach volleyball and women’s volleyball.

BRAVO

7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis – Early Rounds (LIVE)

BRAVO HIGHLIGHTS

· The men’s and women’s singles and doubles tennis competitions continue with live coverage from the historic grass courts of Wimbledon.

MSNBC

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Water Polo – (LIVE)

Spain vs. China (LIVE)

Italy vs. Australia (LIVE)

Women’s Beach Volleyball – (LIVE)

Larissa/Juliana (Brazil) vs. Holtwick/Semmler (Germany) (LIVE)

D. Schwaiger/S.Schwaiger (Austria) vs. Cook/Hinchley (Australia) (LIVE)

Women’s Basketball – Russia vs. Brazil (LIVE)

Weightlifting – Women’s 58KG Gold Medal Final

Men’s Field Hockey – Great Britain vs. Argentina (LIVE)

Women’s Handball – Korea vs. Denmark

Men’s Badminton – Bach/Gunawan (U.S.) vs. Kawamae/Sato (Japan)

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS

· Another packed day of coverage, with live contests in women’s basketball and water polo and gold medal finals in weightlifting.

CNBC

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Bouts

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS

· Cincinnati native Rau’shee Warren becomes the first American boxer to compete in three Games when he steps into the ring in London.

Live Gold Medal Schedule

9:00 AM – Judo: Medal Rounds Women's 57kg & Men's 73kg

10:00 AM – Diving: Men's 10m Synchronized Platform

10:30 AM – Weightlifting: Women's 58k

11:30 AM - Gymnastics: Men's Team Final (USA top qualifier)

1:00 PM – Fencing: Women's Individual Epee

2:00 PM - Weightlifting: Men's 62kg

2:30 PM - Swimming: Men's 200m free (Lochte 5th seed), Women's 100m backstroke, Men's 100m backstroke, Women's 100m breaststroke

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