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Women's Gymnastics Tops Tuesday's Olympic Action

The American women led qualifying and are looking to capture the first team gold for the U.S, since 1996.

Gold:  Gymnastics - Women's Team Final - 11:30 a.m.  (NBC will show in prime time)  The Americans garnered the nickname "The Fab Five" even before the Olympics began. Tonight they can back it up.  Very solid in qualifying, the United States enter the final as favorites over Russia. The United States finished about 1.4 points ahead Russia, with the vast majority of the advantage coming in the vault. Jordyn Wieber will have to overcome the disappointment of not qualifying for the all-around. Hopefully NBC will do a better job of covering this event than they did the men's final on Monday. Expect them to have a ton of features on the American team as well as musical montages.

Silver:  Swimming - Men's 200 Meter Butterfly - 2:49 p.m. (NBC will show in prime time)  Michael Phelps enters the pool in his best event.  No man has won the same swimming event at three consecutive Olympics, Phelps could accomplish the feat here.  He looked strong at the finish of his semifinal on Monday.  Phelps currently owns 17 Olympic medals, one shy of the record held by Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina.  He will have another medal shot teaming with Ryan Lochte on the 4x200 meter freestyle relay at 3:51p.m. Note:  two men were prevented from winning three golds in a row by political reasons.  Duke Kahanamoku won the gold in the 100 meter freestyle in 1912 and repeated in 1920 as the 1916 Olympics were cancelled by the First World War. Vladimir Salnikov of the Soviet Union won the 1500 meter in 1980 and 1988, but the Soviets boycotted the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Bronze:  Equestrian - Individual Three Day Event - 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)  The standings were incredibly close after the endurance phase on Monday, with over a dozen riders within one penalty of the leader.  Mark Todd of New Zealand, the Olympic champion in 1984 and 1988 was in third place.  

Also:

USA men's basketball vs. Tunisia 5:15 p.m. (NBCSN)

Beach Volleyball - Todd Rogers & Phil Dalhausser vs. Spain 4:00 p.m. (NBC); April Ross & Jen Kessy vs. the Netherlands 6:00 p.m.

Canoeing - Whitewater men's c-1 10:06 a.m. (NBC)

Diving - women's synchronized platform.  The U.S. did not qualify a team, China looking to go three for three.

Field Hockey - the U.S. women take on world #1 Argentina in a rematch of the Pan Am Games final which the Americans won last year.  2:00 p.m. (MSNBC)

Soccer - U.S. women vs. North Korea 12:15 p.m. (NBCSN)

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