Sunday at the Olympic Games:
Reminder of the 2012 medal projections, and off we go …
WHAT HAPPENED SATURDAY
We won’t lead with the negative, so let’s mention Ryan Lochte’s big win and Dana Vollmer’s qualifying records before we scratch our head about Michael Phelps finishing fourth. The U.S. men’s gymnasts were rock-solid in qualifying, and the U.S. men’s archers took silver after a series of thrillers. The USA finished the day with five medals: Lochte, the archers, Elizabeth Beisel (silver, 400 IM), Peter Vanderkaay (bronze, 400 free) and the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay.
In cycling, Great Britain’s team was stranded when the disinterested peloton couldn’t reel back a breakaway, and Kazakhstan’s aging Alexander Vinokourov latched onto an attempted solo break and won the whole thing. The USA’s Taylor Phinney was agonizingly close to bronze.
MEDAL PROJECTION UPDATE
For the most part, not bad. Got at least two out of the three medalists in most events. The cycling road race threw me off, but I doubt I’m alone there.
I had convinced myself that I overcounted the USA in the projections. Not yet. I had them projected for four today. They got five. But I was way off on China — projected for three, got six.
Underprojected: China 3, Italy 3, Brazil 2, USA 1, a few others with one
Overprojected: Germany 2, Britain 2. I blame the road race.
SUNDAY’S VIEWING RECOMMENDATIONS
times ET; *-medal event
Everything’s available online. NBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network may occasionally hop around to other events.
5 a.m.: Table tennis, women’s singles second round. USA’s Ariel Hsing is still in it.
6 a.m., NBC SN: Basketball, men’s, Brazil-Australia. Mentioning it only because it’s the first thing on the TV schedule.
6:30 a.m., Bravo (starting at 7): Tennis, women’s singles first round. USA’s Varvara Lepchenko vs. Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg.
6:45 a.m.: Shooting, women’s 10m air pistol. Picks: SRB-UKR-AUS
7 a.m., NBC: Cycling, women’s road race. U.S. has some potential here. Britain’s Nicole Cooke will be out to avenge the men. Picks: NED-GER-GBR
8:30 a.m., Bravo: Tennis, men’s singles first round. USA’s Andy Roddick vs. Slovakia’s Martin Klizan.
9 a.m.: Shooting, women’s skeet. The USA’s Kim Rhode seeks to add to her collection. Picks: USA-CHN-SVK
9 a.m., Bravo: Tennis, women’s singles first round. USA’s Venus Williams vs. Italy’s Sara Errani. Guessing Bravo may need to hop between this and the Roddick match.
9:10 a.m.: Fencing, men’s saber quarterfinals. USA could have any out of Daryl Homer, James Williams and Tim Morehouse here.
9:15 a.m.: Badminton, men’s doubles pool play. USA’s Gunawan/Bach had a tough loss to South Korea on Saturday. Facing Malaysia here.
9:30 a.m., NBC SN: Basketball, U.S. men vs. France. This could be a semifinal matchup.
9:45 a.m.: Gymnastics, women’s qualification. Five sessions — this one includes the USA.
10 a.m.: Archery, women’s team quarterfinals. After today’s thrillers, are you going to skip this?
10 a.m.: Diving, women’s synchronized springboard. First chance to watch a Duke athlete — Abby Johnston dives with Kelci Bryant. Picks: CHN-CAN-AUS
10:30 a.m.: Weightlifting, women’s 53kg. Picks: KAZ-TUR-TPE
11 a.m.: Judo, men’s 66kg and women’s 52kg finals. Picks: men’s 66kg, RUS-JPN-BRA-MGL; women’s 52kg, JPN-MGL-BRA-ALG
11:45 a.m., NBC: Volleyball, U.S. men vs. Serbia
12:30 p.m.: Archery, women’s team medal matches. Picks: KOR-IND-CHN
12:30 p.m.: Tennis, women’s doubles first round. USA’s Williams/Williams vs. Romania.
1 p.m.: Fencing, men’s saber semis and medal round. Again, some potential for USA. Picks: GER-RUS-ITA
2 p.m.: Weightlifting, men’s 56kg. Picks: VIE-CHN-AZE
2:30 p.m.: Swimming, several finals. In Vollmer and Hansen we trust.
- Women’s 100 fly: USA-SWE-AUS
- Men’s 100 breast: JPN-ITA-USA
- Women’s 400 free: FRA-ITA-GBR
- Men’s 4×100 free relay: AUS-USA-FRA
2:40 p.m., NBC: Men’s water polo, USA-Montenegro. No, it’s not a huge mismatch. The Balkans like their water polo.
2:45 p.m., MSNBC: Men’s soccer, Great Britain-UAE. A nation holds its breath.
2:45 p.m.: Men’s soccer, Spain-Honduras. Big bounce-back game?
4 p.m., NBC: Beach volleyball, women’s pool play. USA’s Ross/Kessy
4:15 p.m., NBC SN: Field hockey, women’s pool play, USA-Germany
4:30 p.m., CNBC: Boxing, men’s lightweight round of 32. USA’s Jose Ramirez
5 p.m., CNBC: Boxing, men’s welterweight round of 32. USA’s Errol Spence
5 p.m., NBC: Beach volleyball, men’s pool play. USA’s Dalhausser/Rogers
Plus early rounds/heats of canoe slalom, equestrian eventing (dressage), rowing and sailing.
Full schedule for the day: London2012.com
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