Summer Olympic Preview: Part 1

Before I begin this post, I’d like to mention that it is brought to you by McDonalds, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, GE, GM, The Home Depot, Budweiser, John Hancock, Johnson & Johnson, Lenovo, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung, Visa, Polo Ralph Lauren, 24 Hour Fitness, Allstate, The Hilton Family, and Nike.  Whew!  I forgot a bunch, but who is counting?  Oh its also brought to you by FreeTibet.org.  Ok I’m kidding about that one.  But seriously.  Being in the Olympics is all about representing your country, right?

On August 8th, just over 10,000 athletes will compete in 28 different sports.  In the United States, viewers will be given the opportunity to watch virtually all of the over 300 events on several different channels.  NBC has a website up that will give viewers the tv schedule for each event.  I know most folks are looking forward to watching edge-of-your-seat action with table tennis, synchronized swimming, and trampoline (is that really an event?), but I instead will focus on some of the other sports.

Swimming

I’m not talking about Synchronized Swimming, folks.  I’m talkin’ about some good ole fashion freestyle, breaststroke, and backstrokes with Michael Phelps.  Catch all of the action starting on August 9th at 3:30pm EDT.

Basketball

On Sunday August 10th, watch the Men’s U.S. team play the China National team.  What is at stake is a major butchering of the U.S. Team for the 2nd time in two olympics.  We’ll see if the U.S. team can play together like the original Dream Team.  The game starts at 10:00AM EDT on Sunday, August 10th.

Gymnastics

The particular interest here would be Women’s Gymnastics.  The Women’s team qualifying starts on August 10th at 9:30PM EDT. 

Soccer

See the U.S. men’s team pair off against Japan on Thursday, August 7th at 5:00AM EDT on MSNBC.  See the U.S. women’s team pair off on Wednesday, August 6th at 7:30AM EDT on MSNBC.

Track and Field

The action begins on Friday, August 15th with the men’s qualifying for the “fastest man in the world” 100M.  We’ll be lucky if anyone doesn’t test positive for steroids!

Please check out the website for more events scheduled, especially if you’re hoping to watch water polo, judo, and fencing.

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One Response to “Summer Olympic Preview: Part 1”

  1. Really looking forward to the swimming and track and field events. That 100m final should be amazing.

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