Let The Games Begin!
At 7:30 p.m. Friday night, the London Games will kick off with the opening ceremony and the games of the 30th Olympiad will begin at 4 a.m. eastern standard timezone.
The First event will be Women’s Beach Volleyball on NBC Sports network. China vs Russia will start the qualifying-round for beach volleyball with matches taking place all day long. The USA team of Misty May-Treanor/Keri Walsh Jennings will be in action as well tomorrow.
NBC coverage begins at 5 a.m. with Cycling, which has 4 different disciplines in road, track, mountain, and BMX. Men’s road course will be the event on Saturday and Timmy Duggan will be the best chance for USA to win a medal.
MSNBC coverage starts at 7 a.m. with women’s soccer starting the day. MSNBC coverage will run from 7 a.m – 5 p.m. where the following events can be seen: fencing, beach volleyball, table tennis, and badminton.
CNBC will be airing boxing all day long on Saturday. The coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and then again from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The two weight classes getting under way tomorrow will be Bantamweight, and Middleweight in the Round of 32. Joseph Diaz Jr. will be the USA hopeful in the Bantamweight Division, and Terrell Gausha will fight in the Middleweight class. He is a 5-time golden gloves champ and has a good chance at a medal.
Bravo will be your home for tennis coverage as this event will get under way on Saturday. The coverage will run from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Andy Roddick and Serena Williams give the USA good chance of winning a medal in singles competition. In doubles, Serena will team up with her sister Venus and will try to defend their gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Games. Bob and Mike Bryan won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing games for men’s doubles. They return to 2012 London games looking for gold this time.
Swimming: Golden boy Michael Phelps and teammate Ryan Lochte jump in the pool on Saturday with qualifying starting at 11 a.m. Coverage of the 400m individual medley final can be seen on NBC airing at 2:30 p.m. Teen phenom Missy Franklin will also be swimming in the women’s 4×100 free relay.
Women’s Soccer: Team USA will play its second game of the tournament on Saturday, taking on Colombia. The women in their first match of the Olympics came back from being down 2-0 to win 4-2 over France. The women’s team is looking to win its third straight gold medal.
Women’s Basketball: Led by UConn coach Geno Auriemma, the ladies are looking to win their 5th straight gold medal. The ladies would be the third team in the history of the Olympics to do so. At 11:45 a.m., the ladies will play their first game vs Croatia, and the game can be seen on NBC.
Over 600 athletes will compete for Team USA, so grab a seat and root on the home team to GOLD!