On the gymnastics front, the U.S. Men weren’t able to get it done in yesterday’s team finals. They were shut out of medal contention with China taking the gold, Japan earning silver and Great Britain achieving bronze, making the hometown crowd ecstatic. Placing fifth was a tough loss for the Americans but they can still look forward to making their mark in the Individual All-Around competition.
Tonight on NBC, Michael Phelps swims in two gold medal finals â€“ the 4×200 freestyle relay and the 200 butterfly â€“ giving him the chance to become the most decorated Olympian of all-time. Phelps currently has 17 Olympic career medals and the Olympic career medal record is 18. Also in primetime, the reigning world champion U.S. womenâ€™s gymnastics team featuring Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, also known as the â€œFab Five,â€ look to win the gold over Russia, Romania and China.
Tonight’s lineup on NBC airing from 8PM – Midnight ET/PT:
Womenâ€™s Gymnastics â€“ Team Gold Medal Final
The Scoop: Gymnastics takes center stage as the reigning world champion U.S. women seek their first Olympic crown since the â€œMagnificent Sevenâ€ struck gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Michiganâ€™s Jordyn Wieber, the 2011 world all-around champion, and Gabby Douglas, who trained for the Games alongside four-time Beijing medalist Shawn Johnson, lead an American team of Olympic newcomers that is favored for gold over rivals Russia, Romania and China.
Swimming â€“ Gold Medal Finals
Menâ€™s 200M Butterfly
Menâ€™s 4 x 200M Freestyle Relay
Womenâ€™s 200M Freestyle
Womenâ€™s 200M Individual Medley
The Scoop: Michael Phelps has his busiest night of the Games. First, he will swim for what is expected to be his third straight 200m butterfly gold medal â€“ which could also give him 19 career medals, setting a new record. Less than an hour later, Phelps will be back in the pool for the 4x200m freestyle relay. This time, he teams up with Ryan Lochte on a U.S. squad that is favored for gold â€“ which could give Phelps career medal No. 20. In the womenâ€™s 200m freestyle, 17-year-old phenom Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt, who took the year off from the University Georgia to train alongside Phelps under coach Bob Bowman, will challenge Italyâ€™s Federica Pellegrini, who has dominated the event by winning two world titles and setting a world record since she won gold in Beijing.
Womenâ€™s Diving â€“ Synchronized Platform Gold Medal Final
The Scoop: Whatâ€™s harder than diving from 33 feet in the air with perfect form? Doing it in perfect sync with the person next to you. Thatâ€™s the challenge for the divers in the womenâ€™s synchronized platform competition. Another challenge: topping China, which has won gold all three times the event has been contested.
For more Summer Olympics info, surf on over to NBCOlympics.com.
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