All good things must come to an end, the summer games included. It feels like they just started, but closing ceremony will be this Sunday. We have combed through the hundreds of events to bring you a list of the top events you simply can’t miss. (All times are Pacific Standard Time, PST)
Monday, August 15
2:30 pm (on NBC) – Men’s Beach Volleyball, Dalhausser/Lucenca (USA) vs. Schmidt/Cerutti (BRA)
Watch the lighting duo that has been undefeated throughout this whole tournament take on one of the best teams. Brazil’s culture thrives on beach volleyball, but don’t be mistaken, the US has more fight in them than you know. Watch as the battle goes down in this elimination round.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s/Women’s Gymnastics, Event Finals
The individual all-around final and team finals might be over, but not all of gymnastics. Now we have the chance to watch athletes compete in their specialties. Watch Simone Biles once again dominate on the balance beam, moving with confidence and sticking every landing on a beam only four inches wide! An one of America’s new up and coming gymnasts, Laurie Hernandez, will be preforming her specialty one more time.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s Pole Vault Final
Watch out for Sam Kendricks (USA) who broke the Olympic Trails record by soaring over a bar at the height of 19 feet and 4.75 inches. Not only did he clear the bar, but he did so by a large margin. Having vaulted even higher in the past, there’s no telling how high Kendricks will go for gold. He may even be the next to break an event record!
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 800m Final
Two laps stand between one man and the top of the podium. This is race won’t happen in a flash – tactic is everything here! If you’re looking for an exciting upset, this is the race to watch. You’ll be on the edge of your seat because the 800m is truly anyone’s race.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Women’s 400m Final
After fighting through an injury in the trials, tune in to watch the very decorated Allyson Felix try and bring home more hardware in her specialty race.
Tuesday, August 16
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s/Women’s Gymnastics, Event Finals
This is the very last day to watch gymnastics! The last event is men’s high bar and parallel bars, with the final women’s event being the floor routine. This is your last chance to watch Simone Biles, who officials are saying is the greatest gymnast ever. Let’s see how many medals she walks away with while she makes history.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 110m Hurdles Final
You won’t see the world record holder in this race. Aries Merritt underwent a kidney transplant under a year ago and missed a spot on Team USA by .01 seconds. With the world record holder out, many others have their eye on gold. Root on young superstar, 21-year-old football player Devon Allen, as he competes in his first games!
Wednesday, August 17
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Women’s 100m Hurdles Final
This is an exciting one to tune in to, especially for Team USA. With 3 fierce competitors that beat out the world record holder in the trials, the US will be bringing the heat in this race. Nia Ali has fully bounced back from taking a year off to give birth to her son (she won gold in the 60m hurdles in the Indoor World Championships a few months ago), and is ready to prove to the world that she’s back.
8:00 pm (on NBCSN) – Men’s Table Tennis, Team Final
You’ve never seen an out-of-shape ping pong player, have you? Well that’s because they are lightning quick on their feet! It takes a lot of skill to keep up in this sport and many of the athletes have been training since a young age. The finals will be both entertaining and exciting, and will probably make you want to try your hand at a few of the moves after.
Thursday, August 18
10:00 am (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 400m Hurdles Final
America is fortunate enough to have two superstars who specialize in the 400m hurdles. Watch Kerron Clement and Michael Tinsley battle it out. Both have won silver in the past, and today they’ll be racing for that elusive gold.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 200m Final
Usain Bolt already has one gold under his belt this year. Rival Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt will be right at his heels as they try to prevent him from another individual sweep. Gatlin already proved he’s still a fierce competitor in the 100m, coming in second after Bolt, he’ll be looking to get revenge in a longer distance.
Friday, August 19
2:00 pm (on NBC) – Men’s BMX, Individual Final
It’s only the second games to hold a BMX competition, so don’t miss the top eight cyclists get full access to a track built for speed. From the moment the riders leave the gate they are allowed to do whatever it takes to make it across the finish line first. There may be elbows thrown and collisions, but tune in to see will make it out on top!
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Women’s 4x100m Final
After the US set a world record in 2012, you know this year’s team will be just as electric. The team features stars Morolake Akinosun, Tianna Bartoletta, Tori Bowie and English Gardner. Let’s see if Team USA can set another world record!
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 4x100m Final
Meet the men’s team for the the same event: Marvin Bracy, Trayvon Bromell, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. They’ll be challenging Team Jamaica, featuring Usain Bolt. Tune in to see who comes out on top!
Saturday, August 20
9:00 am (on NBC) – Diving, Men’s 10m Platform Final
10m synchronized diving partners, David Boudia and Steele Johnson, will now go head-to-head against one another in the individual event. Watch them compete for yet another medal. Boudia will be looking to defend his title against his own partner as well as Chinese notable, Chen Aisen, who won gold in the synchronized diving event.
11:30 am (on NBC) – Basketball, Women’s Gold Medal Game
So far the US women’s team has cruised through the tournament, remaining undefeated. At this pace, they’re almost a lock for the final game. Watch as Diana Taurasi continues to drain more three pointers and Brittney Griner plays the best post game you’ll ever see. It’ll be a shock if they don’t bring home the team’s sixth gold in a row.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Women’s 800m Final
Kate Grace made a name for herself in the trials, coming out on top with a remarkable race. She’ll channel all that momentum from her home turf to this big race, looking to take home her first medal in the games.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Men’s 4x400m Final
The US 4x400m team game in second in London. With young fresh legs, they’ll be looking to improve on that finish this year. Veteran LaShawn Merritt is joined by Gil Roberts, his 2015 4x400m world champion teammate David Verburg, and 22-year-old Arman Hall. This will be Merritt’s chance to redeem himself after being injured in the 2012 games.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Track and Field, Women’s 4x400m Final
After Team USA won the gold in the 4x400m in 2012, Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Courtney Okolo, Francena McCorory, will be on the track to defend the US title and continue to make history.
Saturday, August 21
8:00 am (on NBC) – Rhythmic Gymnastics, Group Final
Catch another type of gymnastics that requires endless amounts of training and skill as it combines ballet, gymnastics, dance, and props. There’s always a lot going on in these performances, which guarantee to be stunning and beautiful. Watch the gracefulness of these women as they preform the best routines of their lives.
11:00 am (on NBC) – Men’s Basketball, Gold Medal Game
Since the games were held in Los Angeles in 1984, the men’s US basketball team has always had a spot on the podium. This year shouldn’t be any different. Tune in to see if we stand on the top tier for the third year in a row.
8:00 pm (on NBC) – Closing Ceremony
All the fun and games come to an end. Watch a long standing tradition of celebrating the games and its athletes. The years of work they put in have culminated in this event. Victorious or not, it’s time to say goodbye for another 4 years. Join the nation as the lights go out this summer to some of the most eventful games in history.
Enjoy the last week with some of the most exciting events to come. There are plenty of medals left to fight for – make sure you are cheering your country on to victory! You can look for updates on our Twitter account @66Audio and tweet at us what or who you are looking forward to watching the most this week!