The international display of athletic talent happens once every four years and this year will be the last for some of the greatest athletes. 28 different sports and 306 events over the course of 19 days is a lot to keep track of, so we thought we’d help you out. We’ve sifted through all the strange events and simplified the whole event to a must-watch week-by-week schedule.
It all starts this Friday! Mark your calendars, set an alarm, or take a sick day. You won’t want to miss this! (All times are Pacific Standard Time, PST.)
Friday, August 5
7:30 pm (on NBC) – Opening Ceremony
Kick off the games with the rest of the world by watching the opening ceremony! Watch as the greatest athletes in the world celebrate their countries and get ready to face off.
Saturday, August 6
5:45 am (on MSNBC) – Table Tennis, Men’s Singles, Preliminary Round
Watch as the youngest competitor in the games this year, Kanak Jha, takes the stage to represent the US. At 16 years old, he’s the first athlete born in the 21st century. Stay tuned for updates and see how far he can go!
1:00 pm (on NBCSN) – Women’s Soccer, U.S. vs. France, Group Stage
The women are already off to a great start after their 2-0 win against New Zealand. Carli Lloyd opened the game hot, unafraid to pull the trigger and take shots. She and Alex Morgan both scored to lead the US to victory and they have every intention of leaving with gold once again. They’ll have to battle against France, who beat Colombia 4-0; points will be important in this one!
3:00 pm (on NBCSN) – Men’s Basketball, U.S. vs. China, Group Stage
Sure, Lebron and Steph may be watching from home, but it doesn’t mean the US will be without electrifying players. Here’s your chance for a sneak preview at how KD, Draymond Green and the other Splash Brother play together as teammates. Plus, we know Kyrie is still hot from that Finals Game 7 performance.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Beach Volleyball, Walsh Jennings/Ross (U.S.) vs. Artacho Del Solar/Laird (AUS)
You won’t be seeing veteran Kerri Walsh Jennings alongside legend Misty May-Treanor this year, but she’s still a must-watch with new partner April Ross. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch a new dynamic team rising. Being a the true competitor she is, Walsh Jennings is hungry as ever to bring home her fourth gold.
Sunday, August 7
8:00 am (on NBCSN) – Women’s Basketball, U.S. vs. Senegal, Group Stage
Watch the American women take the court as they defend their title and strive for their sixth consecutive win! Dynamic point guard Sue Bird has handles that will break some NBA players’ ankles, and Brittney Griner, the WNBA defensive player of the year, will be dunking and blocking her way to her first gold.
12:30 pm (on MSNBC) – Men’s Beach Volleyball, Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Naceur. Ma/Belhaj. C (TUN)
Veteran champion Phil Dalhausser is partnered back up with Nick Lucena after over a decade apart. Dalhausser’s talents seem to get better with age — his defense hasn’t slowed down a bit and he’ll keep proving why they call him The Thin Beast. With 13 yrs on the AVP tour under his belt, he is one of the most decorated players in beach volleyball history.
7:00 pm (on NBC) – Women Gymnastics, Qualification Round
Watch as America’s sweethearts start their journey for the most coveted titles. Newcomer Simone Biles joins veteran Gabby Douglas, forming an exciting and talented team. It will all come down to who can stick their landings. With high expectations comes a lot of pressure; watch as they handle it with the utmost poise!
7:00 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Swimming, 400m Freestyle Final
400m freestyle world record holder Katie Ledecky begins her journey for another gold. The teenage phenom will be looking to bring home even more hardware this year while trying to break her own records.
Monday, August 8
9:00 am (on NBC) – Men’s Swimming, 200m Butterfly Final
Michael Phelps doesn’t place anything other than 1st often. The 200m Butterfly in London was an exception — he lost by only .05 seconds. Let’s see if the most decorated swimmer in history has what it takes to become the champ once again.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s Gymnastics, Team Final
The women’s gymnastics team gets so much hype (rightfully so!), they steal a little thunder from the men’s team. If you’re a gymnastics fan at all, tune in! You’ll see the men are just as incredible to watch in their routines. After placing 5th in London the men will battle it out to make the podium this year.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s Synchronized Diving, 10m Final
Watch as two men plummet 10 meters as perfect mirror images of one another! It takes an endless amount of practice to get the timing perfect for this event — featuring two people trying to act as one. See who will be making the biggest splash this summer (hint: they won’t be the winners!).
Tuesday, August 9
3:00 pm (on NBCSN) – Women’s Soccer, U.S. vs. Colombia, Group Stage
After scoring a hat trick in the 2015 World Cup, Carli Lloyd is ready to dominate once again for the US. Also led by their fearless goalkeeper, Hope Solo, and lethal forward, Alex Morgan, the world champs are looking forward to adding another title under their belts. If they win it all, it will be the first time a women’s team wins both titles consecutively.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Gymnastics, Team Final
Tune into the women’s team final and see if US, with fan favorite Simone Biles, ends up at the top of the podium to defend their title. Gabby Douglas is returning to defend her title as the first American woman to win both individual all-round champion and women’s team champion. Four years later, she’ll be back to prove she is better than ever.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Swimming, 200m Freestyle Final
Watch the two top female swimmers, Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin, go head-to-head in the 200m freestyle. Both these women hold their own world records in different races, so it’ll be fun to watch the superstars face off in the same race.
Thursday, August 11
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Gymnastics, Individual All-Around Finals
Watch as 24 women jump and flip their way to the most prestigious title in gymnastics, the all-around champion. Gabby Douglas is looking to defend her title against rising teammate Simone Biles. Will it be the seasoned vet or the young star? It will all come down to who is the most focused and determined on this day.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s Swimming, 200m Individual Medley Final
Watch the last historical battle between the two greatest American swimmers, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. With Lochte coming in .63 seconds after Phelps in London, this could be anyone’s race. Who will come out on top this year?
Friday, August 12
3:00 pm (on NBCSN) – Men’s Basketball, U.S. vs. Serbia, Group Stage
Regardless of who’s on the team, the US always boasts a talented men’s basketball squad. By their fourth game in the group stage, they’ll have a good feel for one another and be ready to battle against the big Serbians.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Swimming, 800m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke Final
These two races will both feature world record holders defending their titles. Katie Ledecky is a nine-time world champion and the defending champion in the 800m freestyle, and she’s only getting faster! Also, make sure to check out Missy Franklin defend her title in the event she has been dominating for years, the 200m backstroke.
Saturday, August 13
10:00 am (on NBC) – Rowing, Men’s and Women’s Eight Finals
Rowing may not be a fan favorite, but you don’t want to miss these races. The synchrony and strength it takes to move the boat is poetry in motion. And let’s not forget, the rowers are some of the most patriotic athletes in our country.
2:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s Individual Trampoline Finals
If you’ve never tuned in to the trampoline competition you are missing out on some of the most amazing performances. At this level these athletes are known for getting higher than 8 meters! Not only are they basically flying, they’re executing some of the hardest stunts mid-air. American star Logan Dooley will be looking to soar through the air to the podium.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 800m Semifinals and Women’s 100m Final
If you are looking to watch for some of the top runners and competitors, this is the time to tune in. See the best of the best in the world duke it out on the track. Don’t miss some of the most exciting races — with how fast these athletes are, they can be over in a flash!
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Swimming, 4X100m Medley Final
Barring a superhuman feat, this will be an aging Michael Phelps’ last time at this competition. Don’t miss the legend’s final race! France is favored to win, but with this being Phelps’ last race, you know he will be faster than ever. He’ll dig deep to go out with a bang (and a medal).
Sunday, August 14
10:00 am (on NBCSN) – Men’s Basketball, U.S. vs. France Group Stage 6
Make sure you catch the last men’s basketball game before the knockout round begins! With their exciting and electric style of play, you can be sure that these men will be leaving their hearts on the court for you, America.
11:00 am (on NBC) – Women’s Basketball, U.S. vs. China, Group Stage
They’ve been taking the court by a storm for the past five years and they are some of the most talented women to ever play the game. The US team hasn’t played together long, but with they’re sure to improve as they go deeper into the tournament. By their 6th game, it’ll look like they’ve been playing together forever.
6:45 pm (on NBC) – Women’s Gymnastics Individual Event Finals
Watch the remarkable American team take on the vault and uneven bars. After McKayla Maroney had one of the most amazing vaults in 2012, you can only imagine the talent and capabilities of this team. Could this be the year someone walks away with a perfect score?
6:45 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Women’s 400m Semifinals
Watch as the fastest women in the world compete head-to-head for one glorious title. After this round they will be one step closer to getting to being number one, but only one woman will be going home with that title. They will push each other to the limits, maybe it will be our chance to see yet another world record broken. Decorated US sprinter, Allyson Felix, is expected to be a fierce contender despite her ankle injury during the trials.
6:45 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 400m Final
Usain Bolt will be looking to defend his 400m title, but he better watch out for some young up-and-comers. American star LaShawn Merritt and newcomer David Verburg will both be fighting to beat the champ.
6:45 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 100m Final
Watch a historic era come to an end as Usain Bolt, the fastest person ever timed, races for Jamaica one last time. Bolt missed the Jamaican trials due to injury, and has been rehabbing, but is he 100%? Regardless, we know he’ll be laying everything he has on the track one last time. US star, Justin Gatlin, will be tough competition for Bolt!
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