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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 20

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Day 15 in Rio is a day of finals, with 39 events awarding medals on the next to last day of the Games in Rio.

Watch the gold medal games in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s handball. In golf, the women’s competition concludes with the final 18 holes of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

MORE: FULL Day 15 streaming schedule

A night of track and field is also packed with finals which includes the women’s high jump, men’s 1500m and the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.

One highlight for Team USA on Day 15 will be to see if two-time triathlon world champion Gwen Jorgensen can make it onto the podium in Rio after a disappointing race at the 2012 London Olympics where she caught a bad break when her bike got a flat.

What to Watch: Day 15, Aug 20

6:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Golf: Final round


10 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Women’s Triathlon

Must see:

Gwen Jorgensen

Sarah True

Katie Zaferes

The Olympic history for triathlon is comparatively short when compared to other disciplines.  After its introduction to the Olympic program in 2000 the United States has come away with just one medal in the event, silver in 2004.  Heading into Rio, an American is the favorite.  Gwen Jorgensen, who finished 38th in London after her bike got a flat, could be the first athlete to win Olympic gold in the event for the States.


Women’s Basketball

10:30 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Bronze Medal Game – France vs. Serbia

2:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Game – USA vs. Spain


Men’s Soccer

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE – Bronze Medal Match – Nigeria vs. Honduras

4:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Brazil vs. Germany


1:15 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Boxing: Bantam 56kg final

Must see:

Shakur Stevenson (USA) vs. Robeisy Ramírez (Cuba)


10 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE

Men’s Diving: 10m platform semi & final

Must see:

David Boudia

Steele Johnson


Men’s Water Polo

4:50 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match – Croatia vs. Serbia


7:10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 15 Evening Session

Must see:

Women’s high jump final – Vashti Cunningham

Men’s 1500m final – Matt Centrowitz

Women’s 800m final

Men’s 5000m final – Mo Farah

Women’s 4x400m relay final – Allyson Felix

Men’s 4x400m relay final

A night of finals in track and field could include some of Team USA’s most notable track and field athletes. Look for the daughter of a former NFL quarterback (Vashti Cunningham, women’s high jump), the oldest American to ever run a race at an Olympic games, (41-year-old Bernard Lagat, men’s 5000m) and the final race of the Games for the girl nicknamed “Chicken Legs” (Allyson Felix, women’s 4x400m relay). Also, see if the USA’s 1500m specialist, Matt Centrowitz, can get on the podium in Rio after finishing fourth in London.


Women’s Volleyball

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE – Bronze Medal Match – USA vs. Netherlands

9:15 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE – Gold Medal Match – China vs. Serbia


 

WATCH LIVE: Nathan Chen in U.S. Figure Skating Championships free skate

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Nathan Chen tries to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since 1988, live on NBC Sports on Sunday.

NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage of the men’s free skate for subscribers starting at 2:30 p.m. ET in Greensboro, N.C. NBC joins with TV coverage at 3.

LIVE STREAM: Men’s Free Skate — Gold | NBC | Skate Order

Chen, a 20-year-old Yale sophomore, is undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics. He can become the seventh man since World War II to win four straight national titles.

Five of the previous six went on to earn Olympic gold, including Dick ButtonScott Hamilton and, most recently, Brian Boitano in 1988.

Chen carries a substantial 13.14-point lead from Saturday’s short program, where he landed two quadruple jumps on one week of full training following a flu bout.

The anticipated drama Sunday comes in the battle for silver and bronze medals and the last two world championships team spots.

Jason BrownAndrew TorgashevVincent Zhou and Tomoki Hiwatashi are separated by 8.78 points. Brown, the 2015 U.S. champion, and Zhou, the 2019 World bronze medalist, are the only men in the field other than Chen with world team experience.

Key Skate Times
5:01 p.m. (ET) — Vincent Zhou
5:18 — Tomoki Hiwatashi
5:26 — Andrew Torgashev
5:35 — Nathan Chen
5:43 — Jason Brown

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As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

Mikaela Shiffrin, with 66th World Cup win, moves one shy of career dream

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Mikaela Shiffrin has said one of her career dreams is to win in every discipline in one season. She is now one victory shy of realizing it.

Shiffrin earned her 66th World Cup victory — and her second in three days — at a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Sunday.

She prevailed by .29 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino and .70 over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Gut-Behrami, the last skier other than Shiffrin to win a World Cup overall title back in 2016, earned her first podium in exactly one year.

Full results are here.

“Perfect weekend for me,” said Shiffrin, who moved one shy of recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for third place on the World Cup career wins list. “The whole team is excited about the whole weekend, but especially today.”

She is en route to a fourth straight World Cup overall title. And she is a combined victory away from wins in all five disciplines in one season. Only Marc GirardelliPetra KronbergerJanica Kostelic and Tina Maze have done it.

“The thing that I’m most proud of right now is that I know how to win in slalom, [giant slalom], super-G and downhill, which I never expected that would really happen,” she said.

Shiffrin struggled with confidence during a winless stretch in early January, trying not to compare herself to last season, when she won a record 17 times. She still leads the men’s and women’s tours with six victories this season, a little more than halfway through.

“Every race is such a big fight, and I haven’t been the one on top of this fight every time,” she said. “Certainly I’ve been like sometimes the expectations that I have or that other people might have, I’m not quite living up to that. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like I’m failing sometimes, even though this is still just an incredible season.”

There are two combined races left this season for Shiffrin to achieve the dream — Feb. 23 in Switzerland and March 1 in Italy. While combined — mixing a speed run and a technical run — might seem perfect for Shiffrin, she has one victory in four starts in the discipline between the World Cup and Olympics.

And Shiffrin is careful about her race schedule. She is undecided on entering a downhill and super-G next weekend at the 2014 Olympic venue in Russia.

“After this weekend my brain is a little bit dead,” she joked.

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