Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 12

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Track and field gets underway at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Day 7 with the world’s fastest women on the track in round one races of the 100m. Carmelo Anthony and Co. are back on the court against Serbia, while the first round of win-or-go-home games get started in beach volleyball and soccer.

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Later in swimming, Michael Phelps hopes to swim for his fourth-straight Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly, and expect 19-year-old Katie Ledecky to be in the pool for the 800m freestyle final, an event in which she currently holds the world record.

What to Watch: Day 7, Aug 12


3:27 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Archery: Individual medal matches

Appearing in his third Olympic Games, archer Brady Ellison attempts to win the first individual archery medal for the U.S. since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.


6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Basketball: USA vs. Serbia

Serbia is out to prove they belong in the field after eking into the Olympics via July’s last-minute Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Led by Nikola Jokic, who finished third in the NBA’s Rookie of the Year voting last season, Serbia has a monumental task ahead of them if they’re to upset the United States in their first Olympic appearance since becoming an independent nation in 2006.


10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Beach Volleyball: Men’s and Women’s Round of 16

Watch Team USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena attempt to exorcise Dalhausser’s London demons in Rio, after he and then partner Todd Rogers were eliminated in the Round of 16 in 2012.


12:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Field Hockey: Germany vs. Netherlands

In a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Match, defending Olympic champs Germany take on the Netherlands in Pool B play.


6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Men’s Golf: Round 2


2 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Shooting: Skeet final

U.S. skeet shooter, Kimberly Rhode, appears in her sixth straight Olympics ready to defend her 2012 gold from London.


WATCH LIVE — Women’s Soccer: Quarterfinals

Noon EDT – Game 1 – USA vs. Sweden

3 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – China vs. Germany

6 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Canada vs. France

9 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Brazil vs. Australia


Tennis  — WATCH LIVE —

11 a.m. EDT – Centre Court

Men’s singles semifinal – TBD

Men’s doubles Gold Medal Match – TBD

11 a.m. EDT – Court 1

Men’s doubles Bronze Medal Match – TBD

Men’s singles semifinal – TBD


7:20 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 7 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s 400m Round 1 heats

Women’s shot put final

Women’s 100m heats Round 1

Michelle Carter, daughter of  three-time Super Bowl champ and 1984 Olympic silver medalist in shot put Michael Carter, leads the women’s U.S. shot put team in Rio.

Also, a strong field in the men’s 400m takes to the track, including Beijing Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt (USA), reigning Olympic champion, Kirani James (Grenada), and 2015 world champion Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa).

Later, the fastest women in the world get to work to determine who will leave Rio with gold. U.S. standouts include Tori Bowie, English Gardner and Tianna Bartoletta.


9 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 7 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s 100m butterfly final

Women’s 800m freestyle final

Men’s 50m freestyle final

Women’s 50m freestyle semifinals

The stars come out for the U.S. on Day 7 of swimming with Michael Phelps looking to win the 100m butterfly for the fourth Olympics in a row (becoming the third four-time Olympic champion in a single event for the U.S.).

Katie Ledecky swims the 800m freestyle, the event that started it all for the young Olympian in London, and a race in which she has repeatedly broken the world record (often her own) since 2013. We should also mention Ledecky has not lost an 800m freestyle race since 2012.

And the men’s 50m freestyle — the breakneck event  dubbed the “Splash and Dash” — pits Americans Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin against the defending Olympic champion France’s Florent Manaudou.

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”