The 2012 London Olympics: Week in Preview

July 30, 2012

More than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries are now gathered at Olympic Park in London, vying to take home the gold. To kick off the jam-packed schedule, let’s take a look at some of the most buzzed-about events.

Monday, July 30

• Swimming qualifying heat with 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps racing in the 200m butterfly

• World-record holder 17-year-old Missy Franklin swims her first individual final in the 100m backstroke

• Men’s gymnastics team competition

• LIVE coverage of beach volleyball with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings as the U.S. power team

• Women’s U.S. basketball team takes on Angola

Oddball event: Badminton Qualifying Round

Tuesday, July 31

• U.S. women’s gymnastics team competition, led by the 2011 world champion Jordyn Weber and 16-year-old Gabby Douglas

• Michael Phelps swims for Team USA in the 4x200m freestyle relay along with reigning world champion Ryan Lochte

• LIVE coverage of the U.S. men’s volleyball team against Germany

• LeBron James and Kobe Bryant lead the U.S. men’s basketball team against Tunisia

Oddball event: Men’s Synchronized Springboard Diving Gold Medal Final

Wednesday, August 1

• Swimming stars Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, and Rebecca Soni are back in key qualifying heats

• LIVE coverage of the U.S. women’s volleyball team against China

• LIVE coverage of the U.S. women’s basketball team against Turkey

• Men’s gymnastics with underdogs John Orozco from the Bronx and Cuban-born Danell Leyva will try to steal the gold from Kohei Uchimura, Japanese world champion

Oddball event: Men’s Archery Individual Elimination Round

Thursday, August 2

• Michael Phelps is back in the 100m butterfly qualifier, swimming against Serbia’s Milorad Cavic, one of his closest contenders in Beijing. Then again in the 200m individual medley facing his toughest rival Ryan Lochte.

• LIVE coverage of the U.S. men’s volleyball team against Brazil

• LIVE coverage of the U.S. men’s water polo team against Great Britain

• Women’s gymnastics gold medal final

Oddball event: Men’s Whitewater Gold Medal Final

Friday, August 3

• Michael Phelps in his final individual race, the 100m butterfly

• Track and field men’s shot put has three strong U.S. contenders: world champions Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell, and Ryan Whiting

• LIVE women’s basketball: U.S. vs. Czech Republic

Oddball event: Men’s Trampoline Qualifying Round

Saturday, August 4

• LIVE coverage of the men’s 10,000m track and field final

• LIVE coverage of the women’s tennis final

• LIVE coverage of the men’s volleyball team U.S. vs. Russian

• Michael Phelps leads Team USA in the medley relay in his final day of competition

• Women’s springboard diving featuring hopefuls Christina Loukas and Cassidy Krug

Oddball event: Women’s Shooting Trap Gold Medal Final

Sunday, August 5

• Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, considered to be the fastest man in the world, races in the men’s 100m final

• Women’s gymnastics returns for the first day of individual event finals

• LIVE coverage of the women’s marathon with favorites Edna Kiplagat and Mary Keitany from Kenya, as well as Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe

• LIVE coverage of the men’s tennis final

• LIVE coverage of the women’s basketball team U.S. vs. China

• LIVE coverage of women’s volleyball team U.S. vs. Turkey

• Women’s diving, springboard gold medal final

Oddball event: Men’s Table Tennis Team Quarterfinals

Tune in to DIRECTV’s Sports Mix Channel to watch all of the NBCU’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics at the same time, on one channel (Ch. 205 or 600). Remember to check to get the most up-to-date listings and event information.