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What to Watch on Day 1 of the Olympics

The battle between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte starts on the first day of competition in the 400 meter IM. The preliminary heats are this morning, the final will be broadcast Saturday night.

Each day I will highlight three events to watch. I will try to vary the sports and include some of the less popular sports in the U.S. Each day will be a gold, silver and bronze medalist.

GOLD:  Swimming – Men’s 400 Meter Individual Medley – 2:30p.m. EDT. The first of two titanic clashes in the pool between two of the biggest stars heading into the Games. Michael Phelps attempts to become the first man to win the same individual swimming event three times in a row, while Ryan Lochte will try to unseat his rival. The race will be streamed live on the Internet at 2:30 p.m. EDT. It won't be on TV until prime time. (NBC)

SILVER:  Cycling - Men’s Individual Road Race – 5:00 a.m. Britain could win their first gold medal of the Games early as Mark Cavendish is the pre-race favorite. Bradley Wiggins, who recently won the Tour de France, is another British contender, but will be a greater contender in the time trial on Wednesday. Have some patience, the 250 kilometer race should take about six hours to complete. (NBC)

BRONZE:  Fencing – Women’s Individual Foil – 2:40p.m. Italy’s Valentina Vezzali may become an Olympic legend of the highest order as victory will make her the fourth athlete, and first woman, to win the same individual event in four consecutive Games. A team gold medalist in Atlanta, she could also become the fourth athlete, and first woman, to win a gold medal in five straight Olympics. She enters as the favorite after winning her sixth world championship title last year. American Lee Kiefer has a medal chance, she captured a bronze medal at last year’s worlds. (MSNBC)

Also:

The USA Women's Basketball team opens up against Croatia at 11:45a.m. (NBC)

Men's Gymnastics qualifying in prime time. (NBC)

USA Women's Soccer against Colombia at noon. (NBCSN)

The USA women's volleyball team, ranked first in the world, open against South Korea at 3:00p.m. (NBC)

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Nassau Taxpayer July 29, 2012 at 04:38 PM
London looking to have greatest number and percentage of unoccupied seats of any recent games. Must be the "home cooking".
George Mulligan July 30, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Dr. Vindaloo or whatever your real name is. You are despicable. I am shocked The Patch would allow you to post your hateful comments.
John Gruber July 30, 2012 at 03:53 AM
this guy has some serious problems. Get off the internet dude, you clearly lack any form of self-control as well as any ability to communicate with another person
MIKE B July 30, 2012 at 03:58 AM
LOL

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