America's Sweetheart Gabby Douglas Highlights Monday's Lineup
Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 6, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:
1. Women's Gymnastics - Uneven Bars Final
All-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas guns for her second gold of these games in the uneven bars. She'll be looking to erase some of the disappointment of McKayla Maroney's shocking loss in the vault finals on Sunday.
2. Men's Gymnastics - Vault, Rings
Sam Mikulak is America's hope in the vault, and while there are no Americans taking part in the rings, it's always amazing to watch the raw strength on display in one of men's gymnastics' signature events.
3. Track and Field - Women's 200m Qualifying
The U.S. Big Three in the women's sprints — Carmelita Jeter, who won silver in the 100m; Sanya Richards-Ross, gold medalist in the 400m; and Allyson Felix, a two-time silver medalist in the 200 — will take the blocks for 200m qualifying.
4. Greco-Roman Wrestling
This event more than any other hearkens back to the Games' roots in antiquity. Ellis "The Flying Squirrel" Coleman, a 20-year-old from Chicago, has risen from poverty and hardship to become a medal hope for the Americans in this event. Sometimes those personal interest stories that NBC cranks up for the Games can be a little contrived, but Coleman's rise from a drug- and gang-ridden past is tailor-made for the up-close-and-personal treatment.
5. Women's Soccer: U.S. vs. Canada
The U.S. women have had to scrap and claw thus far, struggling to beat North Korea and New Zealand. But Canada figures to offer less resistance; the U.S. is riding a 27-match winning streak against its neighbors to the north.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts to his win in the men's 100-meter final with his signature pose in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Bolt set an Olympic record with a time of 9.63 to earn his second straight gold in the Games' marquee event.
Another packed day — Phelps' farewell, the all-out sprint of the 50m, the start of track and field, and much more. Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 3, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:
1. Men's 100m Butterfly
One final curtain call for the great Michael Phelps in what will likely be the last individual event of his spectacular career. He's the two-time defending Olympic champion in this event and a virtual certainty to add a 21st medal to his personal collection. Later in the day, Phelps' career will officially come to a close (barring a 2016 change of heart) in the 4x100 medley.
2. Women's 200m Backstroke
American darling Missy Franklin will look to add to her medal total in her signature stroke, although countrywoman Elizabeth Beisel will have a say as well.
3. Men's 50m Freestyle
Swimming's version of the 100m dash, an all-out sprint to the finish that turns the pool into a churning cauldron of whitecaps. Americans Cullen Jones and Anthony Irvin are among the medal contenders.
4. Women's 100m Qualifying
For many, the Olympics start today with the advent of the track and field portion of the schedule. The women's 100m qualifying is an early highlight, as Americans Carmelita Jeter (the reigning world champion) and Allyson Felix (who was involved in the controversial dead heat at Olympic trials) take center stage.
5. Medals in Men's Shot Put and Women's 10,000m
Two track and field events will be awarding medals today: the men's shot put and women's 10,000m. American Reese Hoffa is the top U.S. qualifier in the shot, while Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba will look to maintain her country's tradition of dominance in the 10,000.
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Carmelo Anthony of Team USA drives to the basket past Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a record-setting afternoon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. Anthony had 37 points in a 156-73 win. The 83-point margin of victory was the largest in Olympic history.
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Previewing the Men’s 100m Dash
The men’s 100m dash is arguably the highest profile event during the Olympics and the most watched 10 seconds in all of sports. The winner earns the label “world’s fastest man” and instant stardom. This race could very well be the most exciting 100m dash in history, with the five fastest men in history -Blake, Bolt, Gatlin, Gay and Powell- competing against each other in a well-matched field where anyone could win.
U.S. rowers Mary Whipple, Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Taylor Ritzel, Esther Lofgren, Zsuzsanna Francia and Erin Cafaro celebrate after winning the gold medal for the women's rowing eight in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Gabby and Aly, Rafalca and our last glimpse of Lochte vs. Phelps highlight today's slate from London. Here's the Fab Five for Aug. 2, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:
1. Women's Gymnastics Individual Finals
It's the Aly and Gabby show, as U.S. team star Jordyn Wieber watches the All Around finals from the sidelines thanks to the arcane two-gymnasts-per-country rule. Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas will carry the U.S. banner, with Douglas a stronger threat to medal in one of the most eagerly awaited events of any Olympic Games.
2. Men's 200m Individual Medley
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps go head to head for the second time in these games. Round 1 — the 400m individual medley — went to Lochte, the highlight of what for him has been a slightly disappointing performance. Anything Phelps does at this point is gravy for history's most decorated Olympian, but there's no doubt he'd love another gold at the expense of the guy who came into these games riding a larger hype wave. It would be an unprecedented third gold in a row for Phelps in this event.
3. Men's Volleyball: U.S. vs. Brazil
It's a rematch of the gold medal game from Beijing, as the Americans try to take down the gold medal favorites. The Brazilians will be looking for redemption after falling to the U.S. in a thrilling upset four years ago.
4. Judo - Women's 78kg Finals
American Kayla Harrison is going for her country's first-ever gold medal in judo, but she won't have the crowd in her corner as she faces Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons.
Usually, politics and sports shouldn't mix, but it's a little unavoidable tonight, as Ann Romney's horse Rafalca makes her Olympic debut, ridden by Jan Ebeling. Say this for Romney — he's certainly created more equestrian jobs than his opponent.