Olympic Primer – August 8th

NBC puts out a daily press 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 from NBC with you the previous night so you can set your DVRs and plan accordingly.  The schedule is sorted by network.  Below NBC's press release we'll add the live times at the bottom for gold medal events you can catch online as well.  All times are eastern.

Men's basketball, water polo, and handball reach the knockout round but the highlight from London tomorrow will surely be the all American Beach Volleyball gold medal match between Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings vs Jen Kessy & April Ross.  If you don't want to wait till primetime, the match will air online live at 4:00 PM ET.


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10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (9 a.m. CT/PT)

Track and Field – Qualifying Rounds

Men’s Water Polo Quarterfinal – U.S. vs. Croatia (LIVE)

Men’s Cycling – BMX Qualifying (LIVE)

Equestrian – Individual Jumping Gold Medal Final

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Bronze Medal: Larissa/Juliana (Brazil) vs. Zhang/Xue (China) (LIVE)

Canoeing – Sprint Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Volleyball Quarterfinal – U.S. vs. Italy (LIVE)

· Key qualifying rounds in track and field, including the women’s 800m, men’s 5000m, men’s pole vault and women’s hammer throw. The 5000m features training partners Mo Farah of Great Britain and Galen Rupp of the United States, who won gold and silver respectively in the 10,000m.

· LIVE (ET/CT) coverage of the U.S. men’s water polo team in the quarterfinal round. If they win in this round, the Americans are guaranteed to play for a medal. The U.S. men earned a surprise silver in Beijing, but are focused on gold in London. Led by captainTony Azevedo, the team sacrificed hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively by not playing professionally overseas this year to train together for the Olympics.

· LIVE (ET/CT) coverage of men’s BMX qualifying, as riders in one of the newest Olympic sports attempt to position themselves best for the final.

· LIVE (ET/CT) coverage of the bronze medal match in beach volleyball from historic Horse Guards Parade.

· Plus, the individual jumping gold medal final in equestrian and canoeing’s sprint gold medal final.

8 p.m. – 11:05 p.m.

Track and Field – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s 110M Hurdles

Women’s 200M

Women’s 400M Hurdles

Women’s Long Jump

Women’s Diving – Platform Qualifying

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Gold Medal Final: May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings (U.S.) vs. Kessy/Ross (U.S.)

· The stars are out on the track Wednesday night as Team USA goes for what could be a major gold rush. In the women’s 200m final, the Americans will go toe-to-toe with Jamaica’s top threats, including two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. Los Angeles native Allyson Felix, the two-time Olympic silver medalist in the event, will attempt to claim an elusive gold. Teammate Carmelita Jeter is hoping her unparalleled 100m speed can last as she doubles her distance. While Sanya Richards-Ross, the 400m gold medalist is attempting to complete a rare 200m-400m double. In the 400m hurdles, a gold for reigning world champion Lashinda Demus would help erase the pain of missing out on the Games in Beijing when she finished fourth at Trials. It would also be a family affair: Demus, who gave birth to twin boys in June 2007, is coached by her mother and managed by her husband. In the 110m hurdles, a stacked field features top Americans Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt, who have both won world titles in the past year, squaring off against the 2008 gold medalist, Dayron Robles of Cuba (2008 gold, world record holder). And in the long jump, Brittney Reese has dominated her event like no other athlete since Beijing, and in London hopes to collect the one piece of hardware she still needs: Olympic gold.

· The women’s beach volleyball tournament concludes with the gold medal final. Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who swept through the Athens and Beijing tournaments without dropping a set, are the two-time defending champions.

· At the Aquatics Centre, America’s high divers take to the 10m platform, the same event that produced the last U.S. diving medal, when Laura Wilkinson won gold in Sydney. Twelve years later, among the new generation of women taking the three-story Olympic plunge will be Brittany Viola, whose father Frank was the 1987 World Series MVP with the Minnesota Twins.

11:05 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

“Go On”

12:05 a.m. – 1:05 a.m. (ET/PT)

Track and Field – Qualifying Rounds

Women’s Cycling – BMX Qualifying (LIVE)

· Coverage includes qualifying action in track and field as well as LIVE coverage of women’s BMX, as riders in one of the newest Olympic sports attempt to position themselves best for the final.


6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

U.S. vs. Australia (LIVE)

Russia vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

France vs. Spain (LIVE)

Brazil vs. Argentina (LIVE)

Men’s Handball – Quarterfinals

Iceland vs. Hungary (LIVE)

Sweden vs. Denmark (LIVE)

Spain vs. France

Men’s Table Tennis – Team Bronze Medal: Germany vs. Hong Kong (LIVE)


· A basketball fan’s dream – LIVE coverage of all four men’s basketball quarterfinals, including the U.S. team. Twenty years removed from the original Dream Team, Kobe BryantLeBron James and company continue their pursuit of a second straight Olympic gold. Plus women’s semifinal boxing.


9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Argentina vs. Brazil (LIVE)

Poland vs. Russia (LIVE)

Men’s Water Polo – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Australia vs. Serbia (LIVE)

Spain vs. Montenegro

Italy vs. Hungary (LIVE)

Women’s Wrestling – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Table Tennis – Team Gold Medal Final: China vs. Korea


· LIVE coverage of quarterfinals in men’s volleyball and men’s water polo, with the winners guaranteed to play for a medal. Plus gold medal finals in women’s wrestling.


5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Boxing – Quarterfinals

Women’s Boxing – Semifinals

Men’s Handball – Quarterfinals: Croatia vs. Tunisia (LIVE)


· The men’s boxing tournament continues with quarterfinal bouts.

Live Gold Medal Schedule

4:00 AM  - Canoeing/Kayaking
7:00 AM – Equestrian: Individual Jumping
7:45 AM – Sailing: 49er
12:45 PM – Wrestling: Women's Freestyle 48kg, 63kg
1:00 PM – Track & Field: Men's 110m Hurdles, Women's 200m Hurdles, Women's 400m Hurdles, Women's Long Jump
3:00 PM – Taekwondo: Women's 49kg, Men's 58kg
4:00 PM – Beach Volleyball: Women's Final (May/Walsh v Kessy/Ross)

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