Posted by: shrewspeaks | August 10, 2008

Quick Access Olympic Schedule

While we are in Newport, the following events will take place.



August 15th


In 1984, 16-year-old gymnast Mary Lou Retton won gold in the women’s individual all-around competition. In 2004, 16-year-old Carley Patterson did it. Now, at the Beijing Games, two more U.S. teens each have a chance to win what is perhaps the most illustrious event of the Olympics. Sixteen-year-old Iowa native Shawn Johnson is the reigning world champion and Nastia Liukin, an 18-year-old Russian-born Texan, is a nine-time world medalist (LIVE ET/CT).



August 16th


Four years ago, Deena Kastor won bronze in the women’s Olympic marathon, ending a 20-year drought for the U.S. Now she tries for a second medal, while China’s top entry Zhou Chunxiu chases victory at home (LIVE ET/CT). Also, the title of “World’s Fastest Man” is at stake in the 100m final. American Tyson Gay is the reigning world champion, but a pair of Jamaicans stand in his path: Asafa Powell and world record-holder Usain “Lightning” Bolt.

Four swimming finals: The men’s 4x100m medley relay could be the eighth and final gold medal race for Michael Phelps at the Beijing Games. If so, he has a chance to surpass the single-Games record set by fellow American Mark Spitz. Also, the women’s medley, the women’s 50m free, and the grueling men’s 1500m free (LIVE ET/CT).


August 17th



The first night of gymnastics individual event finals, including men’s floor and pommel horse; the women perform floor and vault routines. Sixteen-year-old Shawn Johnson of Iowa won the floor world title in 2007 while China’s Cheng Fei, in her second Olympics, is the gold medal favorite on vault. Also, track and field finals, including a U.S.-Jamaica dominated women’s 100m, and the women’s 3m springboard diving final.

The women’s triathlon takes place at the Ming Tomb Reservoir in northern Beijing (LIVE ET/CT). Athletes will swim nearly one mile, bike another 25, then finish with a six-mile run. Also: the first of three nights of gymnastics individual event finals, including men’s floor and pommel horse; women perform floor and vault routines; track and field finals, including a U.S.-Jamaica dominated women’s 100m field; and the conclusion of women’s 3m springboard diving.



August 18th



Gymnastics coverage includes the women’s trampoline final and night two of individual event competition (men’s rings and vault; women’s uneven bars). On the uneven bars, Moscow-born, Texas-raised gymnast Nastia Liukin is a three-time world championship medalist. Track and field action features men’s 400m hurdles, long jump and women’s pole vaulting.

The semifinal-round of the women’s beach volleyball tournament. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have built a U.S. dynasty, claiming three straight world titles and the 2004 Olympic crown. Now they attempt to return to the gold medal game. Some likely challengers are China and traditional beach powerhouse Brazil (LIVE ET/CT). Also: Gymnastics, trampoline and track and field finals.


August 19th


In gymnastics, it’s the final night of individual event competition (men’s parallel and high bars; women’s balance beam). America’s top two female gymnasts, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, could each challenge for a medal. In track and field, Lolo Jones tries to win America’s second straight Olympic title in the women’s 100m hurdles. The women’s 400m and men’s 1500m are also contested. In the latter, 2007 world champion Bernard Lagat has a chance to end an Olympic medal drought for his adopted country that dates back to 1968. Born in Kenya, Lagat moved to the United States 12 years ago for college. In diving, historically dominant China will likely have two of its stars on display in men’s 3m springboard final.

Coverage of men’s BMX cycling (LIVE ET/CT). New to the Olympic program, the unpredictable racing event features steeply banked turns, big jumps and huge crashes designed for top-level riders. 







August 20th


Coverage of the Champions Gala: Watch the stars of the Beijing gymnastics competition perform exhibition routines. Also, track and field finals. The U.S. swept the men’s 200m medals four years ago, led by Shawn Crawford, who’s back at the fore of another strong American group. But the favorite may be Jamaican sensation Usain “Lightning” Bolt. Also, the women’s 400m hurdles.

BMX racing is one of the new events at the Olympics – an all-out, full-contact race through a twisting course with plenty of jumps. Though the event is unpredictable in nature, the American men have unmatched depth, featuring 2007 world champion Kyle Bennett. On the women’s side, Jill Kintner was the top American finisher at the 2007 World Championships (LIVE ET/CT).

Defending Olympic beach volleyball champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh could confirm their status as “Queens of the Sand” in the women’s gold medal final (LIVE ET/CT). Their top competition is expected to come from fellow Americans, Brazil and host country China.


August 21st


During the men’s 110m hurdles the host country will likely come to a standstill for 13 seconds as its Olympic hero Liu Xiang attempts to repeat as Olympic champion, on his home track. Other coverage includes the men’s 400m, the women’s 200m, the men’s triple jump, and Day 1 of the two-day decathlon. Also, women’s diving finals.

It’s the women’s 10m platform diving gold medal final, and Laura Wilkinson is used to being the underdog. Eight years ago in Sydney she came back from eighth place to win an unexpected title while competing with broken bones in her foot. Now, at age 30, the Texan plays the underdog again, this time behind two Chinese teens half her age. Also, coverage of marquee events from track and field.

The men’s beach volleyball gold-medal match (LIVE ET/CT). Also, coverage of several marquee track and field events, including men’s and women’s gold-medal finals; and the conclusion of the women’s 10m platform diving competition.


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