Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 17

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The world’s best women’s golfers tee off in round one competition to open Day 12 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Brazilian soccer fans hope to see their football hero Neymar pick up the slack for their eliminated women’s team. Also, quarterfinal action starts in men’s basketball.

In track and field, the decathlon begins. Defending gold medalist, USA’s Ashton Eaton, will begin to tackle all 10 events on his way to a second-consecutive Olympic title.

Also on the track, the women’s 200m final will be run in prime time. A race which will take on a new look for the U.S. team after London gold medalist Allyson Felix was unable to qualify for the event at U.S. Trials. Look for Mississippi speedster Tori Bowie to hold her own against the world in Rio.

What to Watch: Day 12, Aug 17

Men’s Basketball quarterfinals

10 a.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Australia vs. Lithuania

1:30 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Spain vs. France

5:45 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – USA vs. Argentina

9:15 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Croatia vs. Serbia


Women’s Beach Volleyball – STREAM LIVE

11:00 p.m. EDT – Gold Medal Match


6:30 a.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE –Women’s Golf: Round 1

The United States swept gold, silver and bronze the last time women’s golf was contended at the Olympics back in 1900 in Paris.  One hundred and sixteen years later, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko tops the women’s Olympic golf rankings, followed by Canada’s Brooke M. Henderson and South Korea’s Inbee Park.  Fourth on the list is Team USA’s Lexi Thompson who has won nine tournaments, including one major, since turning pro in 2010.  The U.S. team will also be represented by Stacy Lewis, ranked ninth, and Gerina Piller, ranked 13th.


Track and Field: Decathlon

8:30 a.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE –– 100m, Long jump, Shot put

4:45 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE –High jump

Ashton Eaton will run, jump, vault and throw for the U.S. in the decathlon in Rio. He is attempting to become the first person to successfully defend an Olympic decathlon title since Great Britain’s Daley Thompson in 1984.


Women’s Water Polo semifinals – STREAM LIVE

11:20 a.m. EDT – Italy vs. Russia

3:30 p.m. EDT– Hungary vs. United States


Men’s Soccer semifinals

Noon p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Brazil vs. Honduras

3 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Nigeria vs. Germany


Women’s Boxing 75kg Quarterfinal bouts

2:30 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Claresa Shields (USA) vs. Yaroslava Yakushina (RUS)

2:45 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Khadija Mardi (MOR) vs. Dariga Shakimova (KAZ)

3 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Li Quan (CHN) vs. Andreia Bandeira (BRA)

3:15 p.m. EDT– STREAM LIVE – Nouchka Fontijn (NED) vs. Savannah Marshall (GBR)

Look for defending Olympic gold medalist Claresa Shields to take her Flint, Michigan-made boxing style into the ring in Rio. A win in the quarterfinals will guarantee Shields a medal.


7:20 p.m. EDT WATCH LIVE — Track and Field: Day 12 Evening Session

Must see:

Decathlon – 400m

Men’s 200m semifinals

Women’s 200m final

Women’s 100m hurdles final

Look out for first place finisher at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Tori Bowie in the women’s 200m final. Also, Usain Bolt, LaShawn Merritt, Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin are all back on the track in the men’s 200m semifinals.

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.”