Labeled the runaway favorites before the London Games even began, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team lived up to the hype Tuesday.
Jordyn Wieber shook off her heartache over missing the finals for the all-around title two days earlier and Gabby “Flying Squirrel” Douglas was spectacular in vault, uneven bars and beam to help deliver the women’s team its first gold medal since 1996 and only the second in history.
The U.S. men’s swimming team was the other big winner of the day, destroying the competition in the 4×200 freestyle relay. The victory gave Michael Phelps his 19th medal, setting an all-time record for Olympic athletes, and his 15th gold.
There are 24 gold medals up for grabs in 11 sports today. For the most extreme Olympic enthusiasts who have nothing else to do, it may be possible to watch each event live by flipping between multiple devices. For the rest of you, our Day 5 guide is here to help you pick and choose.
Going for the gold
Below is the list of sports that will hand out medals on Wednesday, along with their respective times and channels on NBC’s coverage platforms:
Cycling – women’s time trial (7 a.m., streaming), men’s time trial (10 a.m., NBC): Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, a three-time Olympic champion on the track, looks to extend his dominance.
Judo – women’s 70 kg and men’s 90 kg (9 a.m., streaming)
Table tennis – women’s singles (9:30 a.m., streaming)
Kayak – men’s K-1 (10:15 a.m., streaming)
Shooting - women’s 25m pistol (10:30 a.m., streaming)
Swimming (all streaming):
- Men’s 200m breaststroke (2:30 p.m.): Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima looks to win the event for the third Olympics in a row. Americans Clark Burckle and Scott Weltz came in sixth and seventh, respectively, in preliminary heats.
- Women’s 200m butterfly (3:12 p.m.): American Kathleen Hersey led the way in preliminary heats, finishing in 2:06.41, while teammate Cammile Adams came in eighth. The U.S. hasn’t medaled in the event since 2000.
- Men’s 100m freestyle (3:20 p.m.): American Nathan Adrian qualified fastest in Tuesday’s preliminaries, winning his heat in 48.19 seconds.
- Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay (4:04 p.m.): Led by teen phenom Missy Franklin, the U.S. women look to recapture the gold after falling to bronze in 2008 behind Australia and host China. The Americans had previously won the event the last three Olympics in a row.
Fencing – women’s sabre individual matches (bronze at 2:40 p.m. and gold at 3:30 p.m., MSNBC) and men’s epee individual matches (bronze at 2:10 p.m. and gold at 3 p.m., streaming): U.S. flag bearer Mariel Zagunis will compete for a medal in sabre.
Best of the rest
Women’s basketball – The U.S. women take on Turkey in a preliminary-round game (5:15 p.m., NBC Sports).
Women’s volleyball - In a battle between unbeaten teams, the American woman face China for the top spot in Group B (3 p.m., NBC).
For a full look at today’s TV schedule, check our listings here.
Tweets from our crew across the pond
Novak Djokovic, who thrashed Andy Roddick, said he chatted with Alex Ovechkin. He has a deal to give him a racket and receive a stick.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 31, 2012
Well they’ve done it. USA women’s gymnastics team is absolutely gorgeously dominant.
— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) July 31, 2012