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Olympics Viewer's Guide: Sunday, July 29

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Swimming will be a big part of Sunday's television schedule. (US Presswire)

Trying to watch the Olympics? Even with NBC now streaming every event live online, the wild array of events -- and difficulty in finding live events, for anyone like us not interested in avoiding spoilers all day -- can make the television viewing experience a bit bewildering.

But we're here to help. Here's our chronological list of the events U.S. Olympic fans should consider watching, and where, for Sunday, July 29. All times Eastern and all events are live action unless otherwise noted. (A note to Mountain and Pacific viewers: all events shown on NBC will be on a one-hour delay. Sorry.) Many of the secondary events are also highly subject to change.

Sixteen gold medals will be handed out Sunday, and a lot more important/build-up events will also be taking place. If you're going to be stuck heading to work Monday morning, chances are you want to know what you can block out for when to get the most out of the Sunday Olympic experience.

Here's what awaits you Sunday:

7 a.m.: Cycling, NBC.

The women ride for the gold in their road race. You're going to want to root for American Evie Stevens, who's 29 and only began competitively pushing the pedals four years ago. She's got a decent-to-good chance at finding the podium.

9:30 a.m.: Men's basketball, NBC Sports Network

The United States takes on France. Yes, some good, early morning hoop. Crush a few croissants while you watch. No, I don't mean "crush" in the bro sense of the word. I mean, literally, smash those flaky, oddly shaped french breakfast rolls into smithereens.

9:40 a.m.: Women's gymnastics, NBCOlympics.com

The United States should cruise here in the preliminary qualifying. Twelve teams will be competing for eight spots to move on to the serious part of the competition. It's the first look at the U.S. team that could definitely -- but not undoubtedly -- win gold.

Want to see Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, etc. on your TV rather than online? You'll have to wait for NBC's primetime broadcast, starting at 7 p.m.

11 a.m.: Swimming, NBC. (Airs live on NBCOlympics.com from 5-7 a.m.)

It's the heats, the preliminary heats, that is. Highlights include the 100-meter breaststroke and 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay. The relay will feature Jason Lezak, who came up huge in the anchor spot to give America the gold in '08.

Ryan Lochte will swim in the 100-meter freestyle heats. You'll see Lochte on your TV set, racing, well into the upcoming week.

Also, Missy Franklin, the high school senior swimming sensation, also gets her first test in the Olympic pool. She'll be swimming in the 100-meter backstroke, her best event.

11:45 a.m.: Men's volleyball, NBC.

The United States' men's team takes on Serbia in its first game of the Olympics.

11:45 a.m.: Archery, MSNBC. (Quarterfinals air live on NBCOlympics.com at 10 a.m.)

A gold medal could be on the line in team play for the United States women. Archery is so in right now.

1:30 p.m.: Shooting, NBC Sports Network. (Airs live on NBCOlympics.com at 9 a.m.)

Women shooting for the gold -- literally, in this case, in the skeet competition. It'll be a 20-minute broadcast, just after lunchtime. Girls with guns. A lot of people find that appealing TV. Also: American Kim Rhode is the favorite.

2:22 p.m.: Swimming, NBCOlympics.com.

Four more gold medals are handed out in the swimming finals, and the only way to see it live is online. The U.S.'s Dana Vollmer is the favorite in the 100 butterfly, and the 4x100 freestyle relay could get Michael Phelps and Lezak back on the podium. Brendan Hansen could medal for the U.S. in the 100 breaststroke, and Rebecca Adlington should win the host nation its first medal of the Games in the 400 freestyle.

The finals will re-air as part of NBC's primetime broadcast.

Also worth a glance:

Badminton: Watched this on my JetBlue flight from Vegas on Saturday. Without a doubt one of my five favorite Olympic sports to watch. These dudes look like total bosses when they're rocketing the shuttlecock. You can get your 'minton on from 1:50-2:15 on the NBC Sports Network.

Beach volleyball: The next generation of U.S. female players, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, will be on display, as will our best men's duo (Todd Rogers and Phil Daulhausser). This airs on NBC at 4 p.m.

Field hockey: At 4:15 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network, the United States plays its first game of the Olympics, going against Germany.

Diving: The U.S.'s Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston could grab a medal in the synchronized springboard competition, on NBCOlympics.com at 10 a.m. or in NBC primetime.

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