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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 7

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Two U.S. beach volleyball teams are in action on Day 2. On the women’s side, there will be Olympic rookies Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat digging and spiking for the first time in Rio. For the men, Phil Dalhausser returns to Olympic sand with his partner Nick Lucena.

MORE: FULL Day 2 streaming schedule

In rugby, the U.S. women get matched up against top-ranked Australia, while defending gold medalist USA Basketball women play a Senegal team appearing in just its second Olympics.

The premiere event for Day 2 will be the U.S. women’s gymnastics team competing on all apparatuses in Rio. They look to qualify for team, all-around and event finals. With the world watching, it will be time for Simone Biles to deliver on her first Olympic stage.

What to Watch: Day 2, Aug 7

8:45 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Gymnastics: Team final qualifying

Watch as Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian begin their quest for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team second consecutive team gold. Today they will compete to qualify for the team, all-around and event finals, with the top eight nations advancing to the team final on Day 4, August 9.

9:45 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Tennis: Men’s and women’s singles, Men’s and women’s doubles

Andy Murray’s inspired Olympic win over Switzerland’s Roger Federer in front of his home country crowd was one of the enduring images of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Murray is coming off a 2016 Wimbledon win back in June, but don’t count out world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian had quite the shock, losing in the third round this year in London, but don’t forget he took down Murray in the finals of the both the Australian and French Opens.

10 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Beach Volleyball: Poland vs. United States

Must see: Team USA’s Olympic rookies, Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat, start their Olympic careers looking for a win against Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzosteak on Copacabana.

11 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Basketball: United States vs. Senegal

Appearing in only their second Olympic Games, Senegal’s women’s basketball team opens their Rio tournament against the five-time defending Olympic champion U.S. women led by Diana Taurasi.

12:30 p.m. ET –WATCH LIVE —  Women’s Rugby: Australia vs. United States

The U.S. women’s rugby team takes on the No. 1 seed, Australia, and Ellia Green, who is considered the fastest woman in rugby.

3:30 p.m. ET –WATCH LIVE —  Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Tunisia

Team USA’s Phil Dalhausser comes into Rio after reuniting with his old playing partner Nick Lucena as they look to get over the hump which kept Dalhausser out of the quarterfinals in London.

4:00 pm ET –WATCH LIVE —  Women’s Diving: Synchronized 3m springboard final

China’s Wu Minxia could become the first diver to win five Olympic gold medals when she competes in Rio in synchronized 3m springboard.

1:34 pm ET – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 2 Heats

Don’t miss: Women’s 400m freestyle heats, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay heats

Some of USA Swimming’s aces are in the water on Day 2. In the women’s 400m freestyle look for Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old with the tenacious stroke, to make a statement in Rio as she tries to become the second swimmer ever to win three individual freestyle titles at a single Games. Keep in mind, Ledecky is also the current world record holder in the 400m freestyle.

9:00 pm ET – WATCH LIVE —  Swimming: Day 2 Evening Session

Don’t miss: Women’s 400m freestyle final, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final

The U.S. men have owned the 4x100m freestyle relay finishing in the top spot in every Olympics they’ve entered, except one… London 2012. It comes down to U.S. swim team head coaches Bob Bowman and David March to decide who swims in the final, but expect to see recent ESPN the Magazine Body Issue subject Nathan Adrian along with Olympic rookie, Caeleb Dressel to be on the blocks. The last two spots could feature the 35-year-old Anthony Ervin, who first swam the event in Sydney and won silver, and possibly Michael Phelps, a constant in the event the past three Games.

Sofia Goggia loses pole, wins race by .01

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ST. MORITZ, Switerland (AP) — An Italian 1-2 edging Mikaela Shiffrin into third place. This movie has been seen before in the women’s World Cup this season.

By the smallest margin, Italy’s Sofia Goggia won a super-G on Saturday and Mikaela Shiffrin was third, which helped extend her overall standings lead.

Goggia was just 0.01 second faster than her teammate Federica Brignone on a sunny, windswept mountain above the high-end resort of St. Moritz.

Shiffrin was only 0.13 behind Goggia for her sixth podium finish in eight World Cup races so far as she seeks a fourth straight overall title.

It was the second time in two weeks that Shiffrin stood looking up at two Italians. It also happened in a giant slalom at Killington, Vt., where Marta Bassino edged Brignone for victory.

“They are all great skiers and they have a really aggressive mindset,” Shiffrin said of her friendly rivalry with the Italy team. “It’s super cool to see.”

Brignone was sitting in the leader’s box when Goggia raced and applauded with hands above her head after seeing her teammate’s time.

“It’s an amazing thing for all the team to share the podium and share happiness,” said Brignone, though acknowledging it hurt to lose by so little.

“It’s one hundredth so it burns. A lot,” she said.

Goggia’s seventh World Cup win was her third in super-G. She also took silver at the biennial world championships in February when Shiffrin won by just 0.02.

Always one of the most flamboyant racers, Goggia seemed at the limit making some turns and lost a ski pole landing a jump near the end.

The 2018 Olympic downhill champion said she had to let the pole go after soaring “too long, too high” at the jump.

Goggia also held nothing back standing atop the podium, loudly and heartily singing her national anthem, known by its opening line of Fratelli d’Italia, with eyes closed.

In a tight race, 10 racers were within one second of the winner. Nicole Schmidhofer, the 2017 World champion on this course, was fourth and there was a three-way tie for sixth.

By placing 10th, Viktoria Rebensburg rose to lead the super-G standings after two races. The German racer is also second overall though her World Cup points total is less than half of Shiffrin’s 532 tally.

“For now, she [Shiffrin] is unbeatable for the overall,” said Brignone, who is third.

Shiffrin won this race last year, and also added victory in the parallel slalom to sweep the weekend series.

Shiffrin later said she will skip Sunday’s parallel event — just the third time she has skipped a tech race since she burst onto the World Cup scene in 2012 — to prepare for a giant slalom in Courchevel, France, on Tuesday and a downhill and combined in Val d’Isere next weekend.

“There are quite a few reasons for this but at the top of the list is that for several years I have been longing to race Val d’Isere but have never been able to because the @fisalpine schedule is always too tough (for those who race in all disciplines),” was posted on Shiffrin’s social media. “But one of my goals this season is to get on that track and to race a little more speed in general so I’m trying to manage energy and focus accordingly!”

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Brittany Bowe breaks record shared with Bonnie Blair, Heather Bergsma

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Brittany Bowe broke a record she shared with Bonnie Blair and Heather Bergsma by winning her seventh straight World Cup 1000m on Saturday in Nagano, Japan.

Bowe clocked 1:14.344, taking the track record from Olympic silver medalist Nao Kodaira and distancing Olympic bronze medalist Miho Takagi and Dutchwoman Sanneke de Neeling by .55.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, is averaging better than a half-second margin of victory during her streak dating to last season, a significant gap to the rest of the field. She lowered track records in six of her seven wins, plus broke the world record and added a world championships gold.

“I’ve got a lot of losses under my belt. With how sweet the wins are, the losses are just as tough,” Bowe told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “There are some races that I’m not pleased with, and I’d like to be on the top of that 1500m podium. So that one’s keeping me hungry.”

Bowe, a past world champion and former world-record holder at 1500m, last won at that distance in February.

Her latest 1000m victory broke a tie with Blair and Bergsma for the U.S. record for consecutive women’s World Cup 1000m victories, according to schaatsstatistieken.nl. Blair won all six of her World Cup 1000m starts in the 1993-94 Olympic season, while Bergsma took six straight in 2016-17.

Only German Anni Friesinger-Postma has more consecutive World Cup wins at the distance with eight in the 2007-08 season, according to the website. For the men, Shani Davis won 12 straight from 2008-10.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 26 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Blair (69), Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

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