More Team USA heroics went down in London yesterday at the Summer Olympics: Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time and the Fab Five took care of business in the gymnastics team final when the U.S. women grabbed gold in convincing fashion.
Tonight on NBC, Missy Franklin looks to earn her second gold medal – third medal overall – in the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay. Michael Phelps also returns to the pool with 19 medals under his “speedo,” an all-time Olympic record – and triple world champion Kohei Uchimura looks to cement his status as a Gymnastics great against two U.S. competitors with very surprising backgrounds, to say the least!
The NBC lineup airing from 8PM – Midnight ET/PT:
Swimming – Gold Medal Finals
Men’s 200M Breaststroke
Men’s 100M Freestyle
Women’s 200M Butterfly
Women’s 4 x 200M Freestyle Relay
The Scoop: One night after they go head-to-head in the 200m freestyle, Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin team up to lead the U.S. in the 4x200m freestyle relay, hoping to reclaim the event from Australia after losing in Beijing for the first time since it was added to the Olympic program in 1996. In the men’s 100m freestyle, top American and former Cal standout Nathan Adrian will try to knock off favorite James Magnussen, the brash new leader of Australian swimming, while Auburn-trained Brazilian star Cesar Cielo is also among a deep international field. Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima, already the greatest breaststroker of all time, is hoping to complete a third straight sweep of the 100m and 200m breaststroke events as he takes on the longer race tonight. In semifinal action, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte hit the water for the 200m individual medley, while Lochte pulls double-duty in the 200m backstroke.
Men’s Gymnastics – All-Around Gold Medal Final
The Scoop: In gymnastics, another Japanese legend, triple world champion Kohei Uchimura, looks to cement his status as one of the greatest gymnasts of all-time by winning the Olympic gold he came one place short of four years ago as a 19-year-old in Beijing. Attempting to stand in his way should be two Americans from unlikely backgrounds: Bronx native John Orozco, the 19-year-old son of a former New York Sanitation Department crew supervisor, and Cuban-born Danell Leyva, whose skillful routines are accompanied by the hyper-animated reactions of his coach and stepfather Yin Alvarez.
Women’s Beach Volleyball – May-Treanor/Walsh (U.S.) vs. D. Schwaiger/S. Schwaiger (Austria)
The Scoop: Beach volleyball, one of the Games’ hottest sports, continues at Horse Guards Parade in the heart of ceremonial London. Just down the road from the Queen’s home at Buckingham Palace, the Queens of the sand, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, are eyeing a golden three-peat after sweeping the competition in Athens and Beijing without dropping a set.
Men’s Diving –Synchronized Springboard Gold Medal Final
The Scoop: In the men’s synchronized springboard, diving’s odd couple looks to continue its winning ways and help the U.S. onto the medal stand. Separated by 13 years and 1700 miles, four-time Olympian Troy Dumais and Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen won world silver in 2009 just months after they began training together.
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