Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 10

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As competition continues in Rio, catch both men’s and women’s U.S. basketball teams on Day 5, and on the beach, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross play a preliminary match against Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.

USA Rugby’s men’s Eagles face off against the No. 1 team in Rio: Two-time defending World Rugby Sevens Series champions Fiji.

MORE: FULL Day 5 streaming schedule

In boxing, undefeated New Jersey native Shakur Stevenson is expected to have his first fight, but the main event of Day 5 pits Japan’s Kohei Uchimura against the world in gymnastics.

Uchimura comes to Rio with a chance to become the first male gymnast to repeat individual all-around gold at an Olympics in over 40 years, something his countryman achieved at the 1968 and 1972 Games.

In swimming, expect to see Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Nathan Adrian in the pool for Team USA.

What to Watch: Day 5, Aug 10

7:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Women’s Cycling: Individual Time Trial

U.S. cyclist Kristin Armstrong is going for the Olympic three-peat in the women’s time trial, after taking gold in both Beijing and London.

9 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Stream Live Men’s Cycling: Individual Time Trial

Team USA’s Taylor Phinney says there is “something a little bit wrong with us” when describing endurance cyclists who push the limits of what their bodies can do on two wheels.

In time trial racing, riders pedal against the clock as they grind to the finish for little more than 30 miles. In Rio they will face a course with challenging climbs. One hill features a 13% grade climb.  That’s steep in anyone’s book.

10 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Men’s Boxing: Bantam (56kg) bouts

Look for Newark’s undefeated U.S. bantamweight boxer Shakur Stevenson (23-0 international record) to fight in his Olympic debut.

12:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Men’s Rugby: Fiji vs. United States

The U.S. men’s rugby team takes on the No. 1 seed, Fiji, the two-time defending World Rugby Sevens Series champions.

2:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Women’s Basketball: United States vs. Serbia

Head coach Geno Auriemma leads his Olympic veterans and former UCONN Huskies Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, and Maya Moore in Rio.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Men’s Gymnastics: Individual all-around final

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura tries to become the first male gymnast to win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles since fellow countryman Sawao Kato did it at the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympics.

American Sam Mikulak has said publicly he wants to be the one to dethrone Uchimura, but after an Olympic Trials filled with mistakes, Mikulak will need to be at his absolute best to have a shot at gold.

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Men’s Basketball: Australia vs. United States

The United States takes on their toughest opponent of the tournament to date in Australia. The Aussies sport an NBA-studded lineup featuring players from the last three NBA champions: Matthew Dellavedova (2016), Andrew Bogut (2015) and Patty Mills (2014).

DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Draymond Green will be put to the test as the Boomers possess one of the toughest frontcourts in the tournament in Bogut and the Detroit Pistons’ Aron Baynes.

8 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Women’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Switzerland

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings formed a new partnership with London silver medalist April Ross just moments after defeating her. Now on the same side of the net, the top U.S. women’s beach volleyball team looks for a win on Day 5 against Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.

9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Swimming: Day 5 Evening Session

Don’t miss:

Women’s 100m freestyle semifinals

Men’s 100m freestyle final

Men’s 200m individual medley semifinals

Women’s 4x200m freestyle final

U.S. sprinter Nathan Adrian won gold in London in the 100m freestyle by just 0.01 seconds, relegating Australia’s James Magnussen to silver. Magnussen didn’t qualify for the Rio 100m free, but that won’t make Adrian’s defense any easier as Aussie Cam McEvoy.

The U.S. women, led by Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin, look to keep the streak alive in the 4x200m freestyle relay, where the U.S. has topped the podium at every Olympics since Barcelona ’92.

10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE  – Gibb/Patterson (USA) vs. Herrera/Gavira (ESP)

Alpine skiing to test new format for combined race

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Alpine skiing officials will test a new format for the combined event, a race that is under review to remain on the Olympic program.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the International Ski Federation (FIS) will test a new team format for the combined, which has been an individual event on the Olympic program since 1988. L’Equipe reported that a nation can use a different skier for the downhill and slalom in the new setup, quoting FIS secretary general Michel Vion.

For example, the U.S. could use Breezy Johnson in the downhill run and sub her out for Mikaela Shiffrin in the slalom run, should the format be adopted into senior competition.

The format will be tested at the world junior championships in January in St. Anton, Austria, according to the report.

In response to the report, a FIS spokesperson said, “Regarding the new format of the combined is correct, and our directors are working on the rules so for the moment the only thing we can confirm is that there will be this new format for the Alpine combined that has been proposed by the athletes’ commission.”

Some version of the combined event has been provisionally included on the 2026 Olympic program, with a final IOC decision on its place coming by April.

This will be the third consecutive World Cup season with no combined events. Instead, FIS has included more parallel races in recent years. The individual combined remains on the biennial world championships program.

L’Equipe also reported that the mixed team parallel event, which is being dropped from the Olympics, will also be dropped from the biennial world championships after this season.

“There is nothing definitive about that yet, but it is a project in the making,” a FIS spokesperson said in commenting on the report.

Vion said the mixed team event, which debuted at the Olympics in 2018, was not a hit at the Beijing Games and did not draw a strong audience, according to L’Equipe.

The World Cup season starts in two weeks with the traditional opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria.

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Ironman Kona World Championships return, live on Peacock

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona men’s pro race, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Both entered Kailua-Kona, where the races were now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men. Chelsea Sodaro won the women’s race, ending a 20-year American victory drought.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

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