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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 16

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Day 11 features some of Team USA’s most dominant women’s team members taking one more step toward the Olympic podium. On Copacabana beach, Day 11’s semifinals will set the stage for the men’s and women’s medal matches in beach volleyball.

In women’s basketball, the quarterfinals begin, where it’s expected the U.S. women, directed by head coach Geno Auriemma, will continue their defense of their 2012 Olympic title.

Track cycling’s women’s Omnium comes to a finish on Day 11 after three more races in Rio. Look for the U.S.’ Sarah Hammer, 2012 silver medalist, in the velodrome. After the sun sets in Rio, watch for Tori Bowie to make her Olympic debut in the first round of the 200m in track and field.

What to Watch: Day 11, Aug 16

8:30 a.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 11 Morning Session

Must see:

Men’s triple jump final

Men’s 200m Round 1

U.S. triple jump teammates Christian Taylor and Will Claye took home gold and silver in London, but Claye outjumped Taylor at the 2016 U.S. Trials, setting up a potential intrasquad showdown on the runway in Rio.


Women’s Basketball quarterfinalsWATCH LIVE

10 a.m. EDT– Game 1 – Australia vs. Serbia

1:30 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – France vs. Canada

5:45 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – USA vs. Japan

9:15 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Spain vs. Turkey


Women’s Track Cycling: Omnium WATCH LIVE

9:57 a.m. EDT – 500m Time Trial

3:10 p.m. EDT – Flying Lap

4:05 p.m. EDT – 25km Points Race

Derived from the Latin word meaning “all,” the Omnium is track cycling’s multi-race event. Cyclists race on the velodrome in six separate races with names like scratch, elimination, individual pursuit, time trial, flying lap and points over two days. Riders receive points at the end of each race.

Returning to the Olympics, London gold medalist Laura Trott of Great Britain will look to defend her title against London silver medalist Sarah Hammer of the U.S. in the Omnium.


Beach Volleyball semifinals WATCH LIVE

3 p.m. EDT – Game 1 – Larissa-Talita (BRA) vs. Ludwig-Walkenhorst (GER)

4 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – Alison-Bruno (BRA) vs. Meeuwsen-Brouwer (NED)

10 p.m. EDT – Game 3 – Nicolai-Lupo (ITA) vs. Krasilnikov-Semenov (RUS)

11 p.m. EDT – Game 4 – Walsh Jennings-Ross (USA) vs. Agatha-Barbara (BRA)


1 p.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE —  Gymnastics: Event finals Day 3

Must see:

Men’s parallel bar final

Women’s floor final

Men’s high bar final

Defending Olympic champion Aly Raisman hopes to hold off her teammate Simone Biles, who won the floor title at the last three world championships, in the floor final.

Expect more high-flying acrobatics in the high bar final, where Netherland’s Epke Zonderland blew away the London crowd on his way to a gold medal in 2012. USA’s Danell Leyva and Sam Mikulak get a chance for individual redemption on the high bar while, on parallel bars, Leyva could contend for a medal on one of his best events.


Soccer — Women’s semifinals WATCH LIVE

Noon EDT – Game 1 – Brazil vs. Sweden

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


1 p.m. EDT  — WATCH LIVE — Synchronized Swimming: Duets free routine final

The field narrows as the top 12 synchronized swimming duets advance from the preliminary technical and free routine rounds into the final. Powerhouse Russia has dominated the event, winning every synchronized swimming duet gold this century; look for their Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina to win their fourth career Olympic gold medals.


5 p.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE — Men’s Diving: 3m springboard final

China’s Cao Yuan won synchronized 10m platform gold in London but in more recent years has switched his specialty to the 3m springboard. He Chao, also of China, is the reigning world champion on the event. He’s older brother, He Chong, won springboard gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The two of them will be a formidable opponent for anyone who’s looking to break China’s dominance over diving disciplines in Rio.


7:15 p.m. EDT — WATCH LIVE —  Track and Field: Day 11 Evening Session

Must see:

Men’s high jump final

Women’s 200m semifinal

Women’s 1500m final

Men’s 110m hurdles final

For the U.S., the 200m will have a different look in Rio than it had in London.  Defending Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix did not qualify for the event at U.S. Olympic Trials, so look for first-time Olympian Tori Bowie in the women’s 200m semifinal.  Also, in the women’s 1500m final, Jenny Simpson hopes to break a 44-year gold medal drought for the U.S. in Olympic track and field events longer than 400m. To do it, Simpson will have to stay ahead of the favorite, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba.

Morgan Hurd left off U.S. gymnastics team for world championships

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Simone Biles is joined on the U.S. team for the world gymnastics championships by five women bidding to make their first Olympic team next year.

Sunisa LeeKara EakerJade Carey, Grace McCallum and MyKayla Skinner were named to the team at the conclusion of selection camp competition Monday in Sarasota, Fla. Biles locked up the first spot by winning an all-around competition on Sunday.

A notable omission was Morgan Hurd, the 2017 World all-around champion in Biles’ absence who was fourth in the all-around at the U.S. Championships in August and ninth at the selection camp on Sunday. Hurd, who came back from December elbow surgery, was named a non-traveling alternate along with Leanne Wong.

Had Hurd made the team, she could have bid to join Biles as the only women to earn all-around medals at three straight world championships. Instead, her absence is a testament to the U.S. women’s depth.

The Americans won every Olympic or world team title dating to 2011, the longest reign of dominance since Soviet teams of the 1970s. Last year, their margin of victory — 8.766 points — was the largest in history at an Olympics or worlds.

A look at the six women on this year’s team, one of which will be designated an on-site alternate at worlds in Stuttgart, Germany:

Simone Biles
Undefeated in all-around competitions for six years, Biles will break more records in Stuttgart. The biggest one is career world championships medals. Biles is at 20, tied with Svetlana Khorkina for the female record. The overall record is 23, held by retired Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo. Last year, Biles became the first gymnast to earn medals in every event at worlds in 31 years and won the all-around by a record margin despite two falls and a kidney stone.

Sunisa Lee
The revelation of this summer. Lee went from third in the junior division at last year’s nationals to second to Biles both at nationals in August and in Sunday’s selection competition. At the latter, Lee was only .35 of a point behind Biles, closer than any of Biles’ last five margins of victory at nationals. She is the national champion on uneven bars and the youngest woman on the team at 16.

Kara Eaker
Eaker solidified her spot by placing third at the selection camp with a score that would have been runner-up to Biles on either day at nationals. Eaker was 10th at nationals with scores more than two points lower than what she did on Sunday. She is a medal contender on balance beam. Eaker had the second-highest beam score in qualifying at worlds last year but fell off the apparatus in the final, placing sixth.

Jade Carey
The 2017 World silver medalist on floor and vault. Carey decided last year to try to make the Olympic team on her own individually — a new wrinkle in Olympic qualifying this cycle — which precluded her from competing at the 2018 Worlds. She’s well on her way to clinching an Olympic spot before June’s trials, but first she will be an asset to this team as its second-ranked floor and vault gymnast behind Biles.

MyKayla Skinner
The 2016 Olympic alternate pulled off the rare feat of making a world team while being an NCAA gymnast (at Utah). Skinner returned to elite gymnastics this season for the first time since Rio and impressed Sunday, placing fourth in the all-around. Like Carey, she specializes on floor and vault.

Grace McCallum
McCallum was third in the all-around at nationals and sixth at the selection camp. The 2018 World team member is best known for her floor, too. She was seventh in qualifying at 2018 Worlds on the event but missed the final due to the two-per-country rule.

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Tommie Smith, John Carlos part of U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class

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Tommie Smith and John Carlos are part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year.

The sprinters were sent home from the 1968 Mexico City Games after staging a protest by raising their gloved fists on the medals stand. They were long left on the sidelines at the USOPC, but the federation has worked to bring them back inside the family in recent years.

“It sends the message that maybe we had to go back in time and make some conscious decisions about whether we were right or wrong,” Carlos said, according to USA Today. “They’ve come to the conclusion that, ‘Hey man, we were wrong. We were off-base in terms of humanity relative to the human rights era.'”

The class will be inducted at a ceremony in Colorado Springs on Nov. 1. It will be the first class inducted since 2012.

The rest of the class: Candace Cable, Erin Popovich, Chris Waddell (Paralympics), Lisa Leslie (basketball), Nastia Liukin (gymnastics), Misty May-Treanor (beach volleyball), Apolo Anton Ohno (short track speedskating), Dara Torres (swimming), the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team), Ron O’Brien (diving coach) and Tim Nugent (special contributor).

After the Hall of Fame essentially stalled out, USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland pushed to revive it as part of a federation effort to focus more on athletes.

“We thank them for their impact on sport and society, and for continuing to inspire the next generation of athletes and fans,” Hirshland said.

The induction of Smith and Carlos is long overdue. After being kicked out of the 1968 Olympics for their iconic raised-fist protest on the medals stand, the sprinters were left on the sideline of the official U.S. Olympic movement. Their 2016 visit to the White House, along with USOPC leaders, marked the first official event they’d been part of since their ouster in 1968.

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