Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 19

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Freestyle wrestling continues in Rio on Day 14 with another top wrestler from the United States in action. Defending Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs wrestles in Rio, aiming for legend status.

Also, the semifinals in men’s basketball tip off, and Team USA is a win away from a third-straight final. Spain stands in the way.

Maggie Steffens, Ashleigh Johnson, and the United States women can gold in water polo when they meet Italy at 2:30 p.m. EDT

MORE: FULL Day 14 streaming schedule

Catch the final for the men’s and women’s BMX competition. Anything can happen in a race that takes less than a minute to complete. It starts with a hellish drop-in where riders furiously pedal through repeated jumps and 180-degree banking turns.

The men’s and women’s 4x100m relays continue in Rio. On the men’s side, Jamaica, led by Usain Bolt, looks to continue its dominance for a third Olympic Games in a row.

And let us not forget on Day 14, the women’s Olympic soccer competition concludes with bronze and gold medal matches.

What to Watch: Day 14, Aug 19

6:30 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Golf: Round 3

8:15 a.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Men’s Taekwondo: -80kg Round of 16

Competing in his fifth Olympic games, Steven Lopez will get another shot at the title at 37, 16 years after winning his first Olympic gold medal in Sydney.  Lopez, the most decorated taekwondo athlete in the sport, also won Olympic gold in Athens in ’04 and added a bronze to his collection in Beijing in ’08.

Wrestling – STREAM LIVE

9 a.m. EDT – Men’s Freestyle Wrestling: 74kg qualifying

5 p.m. EDT – Stream Live Men’s Freestyle Wrestling: 74kg final

Jordan Burroughs, Team USA’s defending Olympic and three-time world champion comes to Rio wanting to build a legacy as the greatest freestyle wrestler of all time.

Men’s Volleyball semifinals  – STREAM LIVE

Noon p.m. EDT – Game 1 –USA vs. Italy

9:15 p.m. EDT – Game 2 – Russia vs. Brazil

Women’s Water Polo

2:30 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Gold Medal Match – USA vs Italy

Women’s Soccer – STREAM LIVE

Noon EDT  – Bronze Medal Match – Canada vs. Brazil

4:30 p.m. EDT – Gold Medal Match – Germany vs. Sweden

11:00 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Synchronized Swimming: Teams free routine final

Men’s Basketball semifinals – STREAM LIVE

2:30 p.m. EDT – USA vs. Spain

6 p.m. EDT – Australia vs. Serbia

Cycling BMX

12:30 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Men’s and Women’s finals

2:30 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Women’s Boxing: 75kg semifinals

Must see:

Claressa Shields (USA) vs. Dariga Shakimova (KAZ)

3 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Men’s Diving: 10m platform preliminary

Team USA’s David Boudia looks to defend his 2012 Olympic title in 10m platform diving. To do it he’ll need to fend off three-time world champion Qiu Bo of China. Steele Johnson, Boudia’s synchronized 10m platform partner, also enters the competition for the U.S. in his first Olympic Games.

Women’s Field Hockey

4 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Netherlands vs. Great Britain

7:10 p.m. EDT – STREAM LIVE – Track and Field: Day 14 Evening Session

Women’s pole vault final

Women’s 4x100m relay final

Men’s 4x100m relay final

U.S. pole vaulter Jenn Suhr looks to make it two Olympic gold medals in a row in Rio. On the men’s side, the 4x100m relay could be Usain Bolt’s last Olympic race ever.

Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight


Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

Lucas Braathen

Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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