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Olympic Viewer's Guide: Tuesday, August 7

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Jordyn Wieber will tumble for a medal Tuesday when she performs in floor exercise. (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, Aug. 7. All times Eastern and all events are live action unless otherwise noted. (Events broadcast on NBC will be on a one-hour delay for Mountain and Pacific viewers. Sorry.) Many secondary events are also subject to change.

Here's what awaits you Tuesday:

denotes medal event.

Featured Events

9 a.m., U.S. women vs. Canada, NBC Sports Network.

Yes, an early hoops game for a change. Normally we've seen the men's and women's U.S. teams tip off well into the afternoon, East Coast time, but here we've got a morning tip, as it were. And you know what? Our girls are gonna do Canada dirty the same way the U.S. soccer team broke those Canuckian hearts on the pitch Monday. Only this one won't be nearly as close.

9 a.m., four medal events, NBCOlympics.com.

9 a.m.: Men's parallel bars (no U.S. representatives)

9:47 a.m.: Women's balance beam (Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman)

10:37 a.m.: Men's horizontal bar (Danell Leyva, Jonathan Horton)

11:23 a.m.: Women's floor exercise (Raisman, Jordyn Wieber)

If you can't make it online, the competitions will be aired during NBC's 8 p.m. prime-time broadcast.

10:30 a.m., U.S. women vs. Australia, NBC

This is a semifinal, meaning if the U.S. wins then it gets to play for the gold against Hungary or Spain on Thursday. The U.S. is 3-0-1 in these Games; Australia is undefeated.

1 p.m.: U.S. women vs. China, NBCOlympics.com

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings have but a few matches left in their Olympic career. May-Treanor has already said she's retiring at the end of these Games. They go up against Xi Zhang and Chen Xue. An upset would absolutely be shocking. At minimum -- bare minimum -- May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings have been playing for the gold metal match from the get-go.

2 p.m.: NBCOlympics.com

10 a.m-10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m., morning session, NBC (tape-delay).

Assuming you're not interested in waking up at 5 a.m. ET to watch the morning session of preliminary heats in track, you can catch them sprinkled throughout NBC's daytime coverage. But if you want to know when to watch live on NBCOlympics.com, the schedule below, with U.S. performers in parentheses:

6:50 a.m.: Men's 200 meters (Wallace Spearman, Maurice Mitchell, Isiah Young; Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will also be running)

2 p.m.: Men's high jump (Erik Kynard, Jessie Williams, Jamie Nieto)

2:45 p.m.: Men's discus throw (no U.S. representatives)

4 p.m.: Women's 100-meter hurdles (Lolo Jones, Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells)

4:15 p.m.: Men's 1,500 meters (Matt Centrowitz, Leo Manzano)

All above will air as part of NBC's prime-time coverage at 8 p.m.

2 p.m., U.S. women vs. Dominican Republic, NBC

We're now into quarterfinal play for this event, meaning it's win-or-go-home. The U.S. has been relatively dominant so far at these Olympics and should not receive a threat from the D.R. in this one.

Also worth watching:

Triathlon: Men's

Hey, it's on live from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the NBC Sports Network, so why not? Put it on as you get ready for your day. Some good motivation. True Iron Man competitions, like these at the Olympics, are just impossibly impressive.

Wrestling: Men's 66-kg.

This is all Greco-Roman style, by the way, which means things get extra sweaty and extra blunt, in terms of pain. Justin Deshaun Lester is an American with a good chance at a medal in this event. Will air live on NBCOlympics.com at 2 p.m. and on delay at 4:45 p.m. on msnbc.

Table tennis: Women's gold medal match.

It's China vs. Japan. Your days of being captivated by table tennis are dwindling, so give it a few minutes before the four-year wait begins anew. It's a 10:30 a.m. online viewing and a 2 p.m. msnbc viewing.

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