2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for Aug. 6
America's Sweetheart Gabby Douglas Highlights Monday's Lineup
By: Rob Doster | 8/6/12, 10:14 AM EDT
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.
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