Olympic Viewer's Guide: Saturday, July 28
Our comprehensive viewer's guide to the first full day of Olympic action.
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 to help. Here's our chronological list of the events U.S. Olympic fans should consider watching, and where, for Saturday, July 28. All times Eastern and all events are live action. (A note to Mountain and Pacific viewers: all events shown on NBC will be on a one-hour delay. Sorry.) Much of the secondary events are also highly subject to change; NBC's online schedules for archery and fencing, for instance, currently differ depending on whether you look at them arranged by sport or by network. Without further ado:
5:00 a.m.: Swimming, nbcolympics.com.
If you want to watch Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Elizabeth Beisel or Dana Vollmer swim their the preliminary races in the 400 individual medleys and 100 butterfly live, you'll have to get up early. If you can't (and we don't blame you), the races will be re-aired on NBC at 11 a.m. and then 1:30 p.m on NBC.
9:55 a.m.: Archery, nbcolympics.com.
Behind world No. 1 archer Brady Ellison, the U.S. has a shot at a medal in the team archery competition, even after Ellison's disappointing day in Friday's qualifying round. NBC Sports Network will re-air the final round at 5:45.
10:25 a.m.: Men's gymnastics, nbcolympics.com.
Not an archery fan? Watch the deepest U.S. men's gymnastics team in years in their qualifying rounds instead. With multiple streams to keep track of, though, as the U.S. goes through their rotations, it might be easier just to wait for NBC's tape-delayed coverage during its 8 p.m. primetime broadcast.
11:45 a.m.: Women's basketball, NBC.
The U.S. starts its march towards the gold medal with a group-play game against Olympic debutantes Croatia. Diana Taurasi and Co. should have things in control by the half.
12 p.m.: Women's soccer, NBC Sports Network.
Abby Wambach and the rest of the U.S. women are heavy, heavy favorites against a Colombia team that looked toothless in a 2-0 loss to North Korea Wednesday. The expected U.S. romp would all but clinch first place for the Americans in their preliminary group.
12:55 p.m.: Fencing, nbcolympics.com.
17-year-old Lee Kiefer isn't expected to make the final in the women's individual foil competition, but if she does, you can watch her here. MSNBC is slated to also air some of the competition between 9:30 and 10:45, and will re-air the final at 2:45 p.m.
2:30 p.m.: Swimming, nbcolympics.com.
Here it is, folks: the first showdown between Phelps and Lochte, in the finals of the 400 IM, and likely the U.S.'s first gold of the games. The U.S. will also shoot for gold in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay and Beisel is the favorite in the women's 400 IM final. If you can't watch online, these races will anchor the NBC primetime broadcast at 8 p.m.
3 p.m.: Women's volleyball, NBC.
The gold-medal favored U.S. women will face South Korea in their group opener. Powerful attacker Destinee Hooker could be one of the stars of Team USA.
5 p.m.: Beach volleyball, NBC/nbcolympics.com.
U.S. gold-medal contenders Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal play their opening match live on NBC, followed by two-time defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh making their 2012 debut at approximately 6 p.m. online. May-Treanor's and Walsh's match will also air during the NBC primetime broadcast.
Also worth a glance:
Shooting: Up early? The women's air pistol competition airs live on NBC Sports at 6 a.m. Jamie Gray is the leading U.S. competitor.
Tennis: Bravo will air live coverage of the first round -- featuring many of the world's best-known tennis players -- from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cycling: One of the Games' first medals will go to the winner of the men's road race, airing on NBC from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. American Taylor Phinney has an outside shot at a medal.
Boxing: Fans of the sweet science can get their fix on CNBC from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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