olympic sports

Olympic Daily Glance, Day 1 — Finally!

Saturday at the Olympic Games: Actual competition. The women’s 10m air rifle should be the first event to award medals. Three high-profile U.S. women’s teams will be in action, and you’ll need both your TV and computer to watch soccer and hoops around lunchtime. (Or breakfast, if you’re on the West Coast. Or brunch.)

Rather than have separate categories for medal events, ongoing events and viewing recommendations, I’m combining everything in the viewing recommendations. They’ll include every medal event, every U.S. team in action and (as much as possible) every U.S. athlete in action. Also a few other interesting events, lest you think I’m too provincial.

I’ll also remind everyone of my picks in each event as part of the 2012 medal projections, just so you can follow along at home and make fun of each one I get wrong. The medal projections page has been updated with a link to each sport’s detailed picks in case you really want to argue the point.

WHAT HAPPENED FRIDAY

A world record in archery qualifying and what we can only assume was a spectacular opening ceremony. (Yes, I’ll watch the delayed version … grumble grumble grumble.)

MEDAL PROJECTION UPDATE

Haven’t missed one yet!

VIEWING RECOMMENDATIONS

times ET; *-medal event;

Just a guess: NBC will check in on some events while the men’s road race is in progress.

4 a.m., NBC SN: Beach volleyball, women’s pool play (in case you can’t wait, like Christmas morning)

* 5 a.m., NBC: Cycling, men’s road race (won’t end for a few hours). USA’s Tejay van Garderen had a breakthrough Tour de France, and Chris Horner and Taylor Phinney will be in the mix. Picks: GBR-SUI-SVK

5:30 a.m., NBC SN: Table tennis, men’s prelim round. USA’s Wang

* 6 a.m., NBC SN: Shooting, women’s 10m air rifle (first medal event). Matt Emmons’ wife, Katy, will be shooting for the Czech Republic. But the USA itself also has a good, um, shot with Jamie Gray. Picks: CHN-CZE-GER

6 a.m., online: Gymnastics, men’s qualification. Chinese, British gymnasts in action.

6:15 a.m., online: Table tennis, women’s first round. USA’s Zhang (MSNBC has table tennis block from 2-2:45)

7 a.m., Bravo: Tennis, check links below for updated timetable; Bravo’s on this until 3 p.m. U.S. players in action on Day 1 (assume times are tentative):

  • 6:30 a.m.: Ryan Harrison vs. Santiago Giraldo (Colombia)
  • 6:30 a.m.: Christina McHale vs. Ana Ivanovic (Croatia)
  • 8:30 a.m.: John Isner vs. Olivier Rochus (Belgium)
  • 9 a.m.: Serena Williams vs. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Donald Young vs. Andreas Seppi (Italy)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan vs. Belucci/Sa (Brazil)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Isner/Andy Roddick vs. Melo/Soares (Brazil)

7 a.m., MSNBC: Soccer (women’s), Japan vs. Sweden

8:30 a.m., CNBC: Boxing, men’s 56kg and 75kg, leading with USA’s Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Ukraine’s Pavlo Ishchenko.

* 9 a.m., online: Judo, men’s 60 kg and women’s 48 kg semifinals and medals (finals at 11 and 11:10). USA not entered. Picks, men’s 60: UZB-JPN-UKR-RUS; picks, women’s 48: JPN-BRA-ROU-BEL

* 9:55 a.m., online: Archery, men’s team final (NBC SN at 11:15). USA is a solid contender. Picks: KOR-FRA-USA

10:15 a.m., online: Table tennis, women’s first round. USA’s Hsing (MSNBC has table tennis block from 2-2:45)

10:30 a.m., online: Gymnastics, men’s qualification. U.S., Japanese gymnasts in action.

* 10:30 a.m., online: Shooting, men’s 10m air pistol. USA’s Daryl Szarenski and Jason Turner have a decent shot. Picks: KOR-TUR-SRB
* 10: 30 a.m., online: Weightlifting, women’s 48kg. USA not entered. Picks: THA-CHN-JPN

11 a.m., NBC: Swimming, early rounds

11:45 a.m., NBC: Basketball, U.S. women vs. Croatia

11:50 a.m., NBC SN: Soccer, U.S. women vs. Colombia (game time: Noon)

* 1 p.m., online: Fencing, women’s individual foil semifinals and medal matches. (4:30 p.m. on MSNBC) USA’s Lee Kiefer has potential here. Picks: ITA-ITA-KOR

* 1:30 p.m., NBC/online: Swimming, several finals. USA: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are in full effect in that first final. The USA’s Peter Vanderkaay has a shot in the free. Women’s 400 IM is all Elizabeth Beisel. The relay will be a battle with the Netherlands and possibly Australia. (Note: it looks NBC’s coverage here may cut away from this and save the big races for primetime.)

  • Men’s 400 free: CHN-KOR-GER
  • Men’s 400 IM: USA-USA-JPN
  • Women’s 400 IM: USA-GBR-HUN
  • Women’s 4×100 relay: USA-NED-AUS

2:15 p.m., Soccer channel/online: Soccer (women’s), France vs. North Korea. The other game in the USA’s group.

2:50 p.m., NBC: Volleyball, U.S. women vs. South Korea (game time: 3 p.m.)

3 p.m., online: Gymnastics, men’s qualification. Russian, German gymnasts in action.

3:30 p.m., online: Badminton, men’s doubles, USA’s Gunawan/Bach (4 p.m. on MSNBC)

3:30 p.m., online: Table tennis, women’s second round, possible USA players

3:30  p.m., CNBC: Boxing, men’s 56kg and 75kg. Expected at 5:15: USA’s Terrell Gausha vs. Armenia’s Andranik Hakobyan

5 p.m., NBC: Beach volleyball, men’s prelims, USA’s Gibb/Rosenthal

6 p.m., online: Beach volleyball, women’s prelims, USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings

Plus early rounds of equestrian (eventing, dressage phase), handball (women’s) and rowing

Full schedule for the day: London2012.com

REMINDERS

Full TV listings: NBCOlympics.com
Full online listings: Also NBCOlympics.com

I’ll be doing this daily during the Games. As a reminder, you’ll also find my work at Bleacher Report, and I’ll be helping Trapit capture the best Olympic news sources. Follow @TrapitSports or all Olympic-related Trapit feeds on Twitter for more.

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