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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.

UCI looks for new host for 2020 World Road Cycling Championships

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) is looking for a new host for the 2020 World Road Cycling Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Switzerland can no longer host the week-long event in late September after a national decision to extend a ban on events with more than 1,000 people through next month.

Amid reports the competition has been canceled, the UCI clarified Wednesday that it still hopes to hold it in some form, perhaps without some of the junior or senior races.

It now seeks an “alternative project,” preferably still in Europe and on the same dates (Sept. 20-27).

Worlds were due to start in Switzerland on the same day that the rescheduled Tour de France ends, though the senior elite men’s races are typically not on the first three days.

The Tour de France is still scheduled to start Aug. 29.

Last year, American Chloe Dygert starred at road worlds, winning the time trial in dominant fashion. Other world champions in Olympic events: Annemiek van Vleuten (road race), Rohan Dennis (time trial) and Mads Pedersen (road race).

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Michael Phelps qualifies for first Olympics at age 15 in 2000

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In the biggest race of his young life, a 15-year-old Michael Phelps turned for the last 50 meters in fourth place of the U.S. Olympic Trials 200m butterfly final on Aug. 12, 2000.

His mom, Debbie, couldn’t watch. She turned away from the Indianapolis Natatorium pool and stared at the scoreboard. Both Debbie and Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, mentally prepared their consolation speeches for the rising Towson High School sophomore outside Baltimore.

Then Phelps, fueled by nightly Adam’s Mark chicken sandwich-and-cheesecake room service and amped by pre-race DMX on his CD player, turned it on. He zoomed into second place, becoming the youngest U.S. male swimmer to qualify for an Olympics since 1932.

Phelps had “come out of nowhere in the last six months” to become an Olympic hopeful, NBC Sports swimming commentator Dan Hicks said on the broadcast. True, Phelps chopped five and a half seconds off his personal best that March.

“He doesn’t know what it means to go to the Olympics and how it’s going to change his life,” Tom Malchow, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist who held off Phelps in that trials final, said that night, according to The Associated Press. “He’s going to find out soon.”

Phelps, who did his trademark arm flaps before the trials final, made Bowman look like a prophet. Four years earlier, the coach sat Debbie down for a conversation she would not soon forget.

“Told me what he projected for Michael,” Debbie said, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s front-page story on a local 15-year-old qualifying for the Sydney Games. “He said that in 2004, he would definitely be a factor in the Olympics. He also said that he could be there in 2000, to watch out for him. At the time, he was only 11.”

The trials were bittersweet for the Phelps family. Whitney, one of Phelps’ older sisters, withdrew before the meet with herniated discs in her back that kept her from making an Olympics after competing in the 1994 World Championships at age 14.

After Phelps qualified for the Olympics, one of the first people to embrace him was Whitney on the pool deck.

The next week, Phelps, still with bottom-teeth braces, did his first live TV sitdown on CNN, swiveling in his chair the whole time, according to his autobiography, “Beneath the Surface.”

The next month, Phelps finished fifth in his Olympic debut, clocking a then-personal-best time that would have earned gold or silver at every previous Olympics.

Following the Olympic race, gold medalist Malchow patted Phelps on the back, according to “No Limits,” another Phelps autobiography. What did Malchow say?

“The best is ahead of you.”

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