Here’s a day-by-day look at the must-see events of the Rio Games, which will be broadcast on NBC and cable networks Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Universo and USA Network. Events also will be live streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
The U.S. women’s 400-meter freestyle team, featuring Dana Vollmer and six-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt, is likely to see the Aussies, the world-record holders, in the semifinals or finals. Tennis begins, with Blue Valley North grad Jack Sock expected to compete in men’s singles and doubles. Wellington, Mo. archer Zach Garrett competes in the men’s team event.
Katie Ledecky is the favorite in the women’s 400-meter freestyle final, the event in which she holds the world record, and Dana Vollmer seeks to repeat in the 100 fly. Lydia Paterson of Kansas City, Kan., goes for a medal in 10-meter air pistol shooting.
In the 200-meter freestyle, Conor Dwyer seeks to add a second gold to his Olympic résumé.
Michael Phelps can add another gold to his bullion depository in the 200-meter butterfly final while avenging a silver in 2012. The U.S. women’s soccer team, led by FC Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn, closes group play against Colombia.
Men’s all-around gymnastics final. Japan’s Kohei Uchimura could become the first man win back-to-back titles in men’s all-round gymnastics since 1972.
Simone Biles, the belle of this Olympic ball, is featured in gymnastics on what should be called Wheaties cereal centerpiece day. Kayla Harrison will be focused on becoming the first American to win two golds in judo, while Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte square off in the 200 individual medley.
Katie Ledecky eyes her world record in defense of her 2012 gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle. Zach Garrett seeks a individual medal in archery. Former KU discus thrower Mason Finley of Kansas City tries to qualify for the medal round. Women’s soccer quarterfinals are staged.
Michael Phelps calls it a career, his last career swim as a member of the 400 freestyle relay. Serena Williams seeks a second consecutive gold medal in women’s tennis singles. Former UMKC athlete Courtney Frerichs of Nixa, Mo., attempts to reach the 3,000-meter steeplechase final. Finley could be throwing for a discus medal.
Usain Bolt defends his status as the world’s fastest man against chief rival Justin Gatlin. Amy Cragg of Leavenworth runs in the women’s marathon. Former Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard, a silver medalist in London, begins competition. Former KU triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle could be going for a medal.
On the second day of individual apparatus finals, gold will be determined in the men’s still rings, women’s balance beam and men’s vault events. Frerichs could be going for a medal in steeplechase.
Two-time world champion Simone Biles closes out gymnastics competition on the floor. Women’s soccer semifinals are played. Kynard could be going for a medal in the high jump.
Wrestler Kaori Icho has her sights set on an unprecedented fourth consecutive gold medal. Meanwhile, American soccer enthusiasts are hopeful the Yanks are in one of two semifinals. Women’s golf tees off.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica works on his eighth gold medal in the 200 final.
Men’s wrestler Jordan Burroughs hopes a second straight gold is in the offing. Usain Bolt competes in his final Olympic event, the 400 relay. Women’s soccer gold- and bronze-medal matches are played.
Gold medals will be awarded in women’s basketball as Tamika Catchings winds down her career. Mizzou’s J’Den Cox goes for a medal in 86-kilogram men’s freestyle wrestling.
Americans dreaming of another gold medal in men’s basketball, plus the Closing Ceremony.