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Olympic Viewer's guide: Tuesday, July 31

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Will Tuesday be the biggest reason to cheer yet for the U.S.? (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 Tuesday, July 31. 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.

Here's what awaits you Tuesday:

denotes medal events


9 a.m.: Men's skeet shooting, NBCOlympics.com.
Kim Rhode won the women's gold in this Sunday for the U.S., and now American Vincent Hancock is a couple bada-bings away from taking top prize. Hancock will fire off against Norway's Tore Brovold, as if you didn't already know. This will air on tape at 4:45 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

10 a.m.: Women's 10m synchronized platform doubles, NBCOlympics.com
The U.S. doesn't have a team in the finals and the Chinese are expected to win. Personally, I keep waiting for a giant game of sharks and minnows to break out.

(Broadcast on NBC's prime-time special at 7 p.m.)

11 a.m.: Men's tennis singles, Bravo.
The most recognizable match of the day will be Andy Roddick vs. Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is of course favored to win, while Roddick is favored to act as if he's not grateful to be married to Brooklyn Decker for the 549th day in a row.

11:30 a.m.: Women's gymnastics, NBCOlympics.com.
Huge event here, without a doubt. After the men's team vomited all over itself Monday, can the women get a medal? Gold even? Yes. All five United States gymnasts will compete in vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise in an effort to win the overall gold. The U.S. took silver at this event in 2008. Eight countries are competing. This will be the centerpiece to NBC's Tuesday night prime-time coverage, but you can watch it all well before that, as listed above.

(Broadcast on NBC's prime-time special at 7 p.m.)

12:15 p.m.: Women's soccer, NBC Sports Network.
United States vs. North Korea. By the end of the Olympics, who will non-Americans hate more: Hope Solo or Kim Jong Un?

2:40 p.m.: Swimming, NBCOlympics.com.
Here's the order of the biggies; all listed are medal races and all names in parentheses are American paddlers:

  • 2:41: Women's 200 freestyle (Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt)
  • 2:49: Men's 200 butterfly (Michael Phelps, Tyler Clary)
  • 3:43: Women's 200 individual medley (Caitlin Leverenz, Ariana Kukors)
  • 3:51: Men's 4x200 freestyle relay (Ryan Lochte, Phelps, Ricky Berens, Conor Dwyer)

(Broadcast on NBC's prime-time special at 7 p.m.)

2:40 p.m.: Fencing! NBCOlympics.com.
Yes, when I'm writing the posts fencing! gets an exclamation point because, hello, it's fencing! The men's individual foil (I've no idea what constitutes foil, but it sounds like the wimpiest of the disciplines on the piste) will have three Americans with long shots at medaling. It's all but a guarantee the U.S. won't earn a gold here, but that's OK. Why? Fencing! Totally lame that this, as of now, isn't scheduled for any block of TV -- live or taped -- on any NBC network for Tuesday.

3 p.m: Men's basketball, NBC Sports Network.
France vs. Argentina. It could be a preview of the bronze medal game. Or maybe one of these teams is destined to lose to the U.S. in the gold medal game.

4 p.m.: Men's beach volleyball, NBC.
I know most of the fellas stopping by to get an idea of Tuesday's schedule would prefer to watch women smack it in the sand, but our men's duo of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers is pretty dominant. Dalhausser's built like a white Anthony Davis -- only stronger. The pair goes up against Spain, and it will crush the Spaniards.

5:35 p.m.: Men's basketball, NBC Sports Network.
U.S. vs. Tunisia. Yeah, gonna be an absolute blowout -- but who cares? I can't wait to see the latest Instagram shot from the guys leading up to the game!

Also worth a glance:

Badminton. You can catch an array of men's and women's singles and doubles play on NBCOlympics.com as early as 4 a.m. -- and I wonder if there are 20 people in the United States watching 'minton online at 4 in the morning -- and all the way up to 3 in the afternoon. If you want to watch on tape delay, it airs from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m on msnbc.

Men's volleyball. How do our fellas play under the roof? You can see that at 11:45 a.m. against Germany, live on NBC.

Men's water polo. The U.S. has a 2:40 p.m. start against Romania live on NBC. I lovelovelove the swim-off that starts each quarter of the polo games, when the teams chase for the ball.

Canada vs. Sweden women's soccer. If ever there was a time when orange slices would actually be handed out during halftime of an adult soccer match, it's here and now, with the two most non-threatening countries in the world. The game airs at 9:30 a.m. on msnbc.

Equestrian: Listen, it's not for everyone -- it's not even for me, really -- but I can't help but watch this seemingly regal sport for a few minutes every time I land on it. Two gold medals are getting handed out Tuesday, one at 5:30 in the morning, the other at 9:30, the latter airing live on NBC Sports Network.

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