The 2012 London Olympics: Week 2 Preview

August 6, 2012

With over 60 medals to date, the U.S. Olympic team continues to pile up the hardware. Adding to the count last week was a “Flying Squirrel” who leapt fearlessly into the air, an epic swimmer on a quest for his 16th gold medal, and a courageous martial artist who scored the U.S. its first-ever gold in judo. This week, Olympic drama reaches new heights with the heat of competition spreading into track and field, diving, cycling, and more. Take a look at some of the events we’ll be watching.

Monday, August 6

• Qualifying rounds in track and field include the women’s 100m hurdles, featuring headliners Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, and Lolo Jones; reigning U.S. Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt races against 19-year-old Kirani James from Grenada in the men’s 400m

• LIVE coverage of track cycling

• LIVE men’s basketball U.S. vs. Argentina

• LIVE coverage of U.S. men’s water polo team against Olympic champion Hungary

Tuesday, August 7

• LIVE coverage of men’s triathlon, with Hunter Kemper and Manny Huerta from the U.S. racing for the gold and silver

• Qualifying rounds in track and field continue, including women’s 5000m and men’s triple jump

• Men’s springboard gold medal final

• LIVE coverage of gold medal finals in track cycling

Wednesday, August 8

• Track and field gold medal finals in women’s 200m, 400m hurdles, long jump and men’s 110m hurdles

• LIVE coverage of BMX (bicycle motocross), one of the newest Olympic sports

• Men’s basketball quarterfinals

Thursday, August 9

• Jamaica’s Usain Bolt returns to race for the gold in the men’s 200m final; other gold medal finals include the 800m, triple jump, and decathlon

• Women’s diving platform gold medal finals

• Men’s beach volleyball gold medal final

• LIVE coverage of women’s soccer gold medal finals

Friday, August 10

• BMX cycling gold medal finals

• Track and field gold medal finals continue with the men’s 4 x 400m relay and the
women’s 4 x 100m relay

• Gold medal finals in freestyle wrestling, synchronized swimming, and open water swimming

Saturday, August 11

• LIVE gold medal final of women’s basketball

• Men’s soccer gold medal final from the storied Wembley Stadium

• Final night of track and field gold medal finals with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100m relay racing against Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin leading the U.S. team

• Men’s platform diving gold medal final featuring British icon Tom Daley, reigning world champion Qiu Bo from China, Matthew Mitcham from Australia, and David Boudia from the U.S.

Sunday, August 12

• LIVE coverage of men’s marathon, with Meb Keflezighi from Athens and Ryan Hall from the U.S., both determined to break the Kenyan winning streak

• Men’s basketball gold medal final

• Men’s volleyball gold medal final

• Men’s mountain bike gold medal final

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.