Once Again the Gym and the Pool are the Venues of Choice

American gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman look to become the fourth American all-around gold medalists. Phelps and Lochte battle in the 200 individual medley.

Gold - Gymnastics - Women's All-Around - 11:30a.m.  (NBC will show in prime time).  After winning the team event, Americans Gabby Douglas and Aly Reismann hope to add individual gold. They should battle Russians Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova. China''s Deng Linlin and the 2006 world all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari of Italy are also in the top group. If NBC's coverage of the women's all-around is anywhere near as horrible as the men's all-around on Wednesday, it will be a must event to watch live online.

Silver - Swimming - Women's 200 Meter Breaststroke - 2:40p.m.; Men's 200 Meter Backstroke - 2:48a.m.; Men's 200 Meter Individual Medley - 3:19a.m. (NBC will show in Prime Time) - Three Americans are looking to defend 2008 gold medals.  Rebecca Soni set a world record in the semifinals on Wednesday and looks to be the class of the field.  Ryan Lochte defends his title in the 200 backstroke and then will be right back in the pool to try to keep Michael Phelps from winning a third straight gold in the 200 meter individual medley. The 200 IM was the event of the meet at the 2011 world championships as Lochte and Phelps battled the whole way with Lochte setting a new world record. Both men have looked vulnerable in these Olympics and perhaps Laszlo Cseh could finally win gold after three silvers to Phelps in three different events in his career. 400 IM silver medalist Thiago Pereira of Brazil and 200 butterfly champion Chad LeClos of South Africa are also in the field as is Brit James Goddard.

Bronze - Cycling - Men's and Women's Team Sprint - 12:59p.m. (NBC) - Great Britain targeted cycling as a sport that could lead to medals, so after a lot of funds were devoted to the sport, the action on the velodrome (cycling arena) begins on Thursday.  Sir Chris Hoy won three golds in Beijing and was the British flagbearer at the opening ceremony, he leads a very strong team on the men's side. Victoria Pendleton, a 9-time world champion and Beijing gold medalist, teams with Jessica Varnish as they look to defeat the favored Australians. Track cycling will receive a lot of focus from the British, they aim for at least half a dozen gold medals over the next week.


U.S. men's basketball faces Nigeria (5:15p.m. NBCSN)

American beach volleyball duo April Ross and Jenn Kessy, the 2009 world champions, are in action against Spain (11:30a.m. NBC)

Defending champs Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser are back on the beach against the Czechs as pool play ends today (4:00p.m. NBC)

The U.S. men's volleyball team has a tough test if they hope to remain undefeated as they take on Brazil (3:00 p.m. NBC will show in Prime Time)

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John Gruber August 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM
you've clearly never even thrown on sports center otherwise you'd know what tebowing is
christie nicolle August 07, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Mac, thanks for reminding me of the great one -- I love Tebow! Good point, i don't watch enough sports... i'm glad to realize athletes cross themselves more often than i thought. As for Gabby i hope i'm wrong in my judgement -- i just felt the other gymnasts did better, but what i say is not important... just another poster with an opinion.
christie nicolle August 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM
p.s. i forgot tebowing indeed -- must be that mercury retrograde fog ... if you know what i mean?
Andrea August 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
agreed Kelley, agreed
Cassandra August 07, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Christie, your previous posts indicate that you're an internet troll. Everything that you've posted here further confirms this.


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