MICHAEL PHELPS COULD MATCH GREATEST OLYMPIANS EVER MONDAY LIVE IN PRIMETIME ON NBC
Live Men's Gymnastics Team Gold Medal Final Women's Beach Volleyball also in Primetime
BEIJING � August 10, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics begins Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT with live swimming gold medals finals: the men's 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke and women's 100m backstroke and breaststroke. Michael Phelps will swim for what could be his ninth career gold medal of the Games, tying the all-time record, which is currently held by four athletes including USA's Carl Lewis and Mark Spitz. Five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin will compete on the women's side in her signature event, the 100m backstroke. In men's gymnastics, Team USA will compete live in the Men's Team Gold Medal Final after an impressive first place finish at the men's team final qualification yesterday. Also, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh take on Cuba (Grasset/Peraza) live following their opening round victory in Beijing, their 102nd consecutive match win.
Monday's coverage continues with the following:
Live in daytime, the No.1 Men's Beach Volleyball team in the world Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser (USA) look to come back from a disappointing opening loss to Latvia as they take on Switzerland (Heyer/Heuscher). Swimming preliminaries continue and the USA Women's Water Polo team meets China.
In latenight, following a day of tragedy for USA Men's Volleyball when Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon's father-in-law was murdered in Beijing, Team USA bounced back with an incredible win against Venezuela. Tonight, they take on Italy. Also, in latenight is the women's 200m freestyle swimming semifinal.
Because of Beijing rain delays today, Monday is stocked with tennis stars beginning live on MSNBC, 2008 Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams (USA) takes on Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) and in men's tennis the 12-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer (SUI) looks to defeat Dmitry Tursunov (RUS). Also, 2008 Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic (SRB) takes on USA's Robby Ginepri. On USA, 2008 Wimbledon and French Open Champion Rafael Nadal (ESP) takes on Potito Starace (ITA). On Oxygen, "Gymnastics on Oxygen" makes its debut with comprehensive gymnastics analysis and highlights and analysis from legendary Bela Karolyi, who brings into the broadcast booth the same exuberance he shares when coaching the finest gymnasts in the world.
MONDAY, AUGUST 11 � DAY 3
NBC and NBC HD
10:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m.
Men's Beach Volleyball � Rogers/Dalhausser (USA) vs. Heyer/Heuscher (SUI) (LIVE)
Women's Water Polo � USA vs. China
8:00 p.m. � 12:30 a.m.
Men's Gymnastics � Team Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Swimming � Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)
Men's 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke
Women's 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke
Beach Volleyball � May-Treanor/Walsh (USA) vs. Grasset/Peraza (CUB) (LIVE)
Men's Diving � Platform Synchronized Gold Medal Final
*Note: LIVE Swimming Semifinal Men's 200m Butterfly, Women's 200m Individual Medley
1:05 a.m. � 2:30 a.m.
Men's Volleyball � USA vs. Italy
Swimming � Semifinals
Women's 200m Freestyle
CNBC and CNBC HD
Midnight � 4:30 a.m.
Men's Beach Volleyball � Conde/Baracetti vs. Samoilovs/Plavins (LAT)
Boxing � 57kg, 60kg Elimination Bouts (LIVE)
5:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.
Boxing � 57kg, 60kg Competition
USA and USA HD
2:00 a.m. � Noon
Women's Basketball � USA vs. China (LIVE)
Women's Beach Volleyball � Branagh/Youngs (USA) vs. Pohl/Rau (GER) (LIVE)
Esteves Ribalta/Crespo (CUB) vs. Kadijk/Mooren (NED)
Men's Tennis � Nadal (ESP) vs. Starace (ITA)
Rowing - Quartefinals (LIVE)
Women's Volleyball � Brazil vs. Russia
5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m.
Women's Tennis � V. Williams (USA) vs. Bacsinszky (SUI) (LIVE)
Women's Basketball � Australia vs. Brazil (LIVE)
Men's Tennis � Federer (SUI) vs. Tursunov (RUS)
Ginepri (USA) vs. Djokovic (SRB)
Men's Weightlifting � 62kg Gold Medal Final
Women's Volleyball � China vs. Poland (LIVE)
Women's Water Polo � Russia vs. Italy
Hungary vs. Netherlands
Women's Handball � South Korea vs. Germany
Men's Archery � Team Semifinals and Gold Medal Final
Men's Badminton � Rai (USA) vs. Lang (FIN)
Canoeing � Whitewater Competition
6:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.
Equestrian � Eventing Cross Country
Gymnastics on Oxygen
2:00 a.m. � 6:00 a.m.
Swimming � Gold Medal Finals
Women's Volleyball � Brazil vs. Russia (LIVE)
8:00 a.m. � 10:00 a.m.
Women's Diving � Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final
Women's Beach Volleyball � Juliana/Larissa (BRA) vs. Uryadova/Shiryaeva (RUS)
Midnight � 1:00 a.m.
24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL
2:30 a.m. � 2:30 p.m.
Women's Qualifying Round
2:30 a.m. � 4:15 a.m. S. Korea vs. Russia (LIVE)
4:45 a.m. � 6:30 a.m. Latvia vs. Belarus (LIVE)
6:30 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. New Zealand vs. Spain
8:00 a.m. � 9:45 a.m. China vs. USA (LIVE)
10:15 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Brazil vs. Australia (LIVE)
12:00 p.m. � 1:45 p.m. Czech Republic vs. Mali
1:45 p.m. � 2:30 p.m. China vs. USA (2nd half re-air)
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL
5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m.
Best of Men's & Women's Soccer
NBCOlympics.com - LIVE STREAMING BROADBAND COVERAGE:
Men's Archery � Team Semifinal & Gold Medal Final
Women's Fencing � Individual Foil (Semifinals & Gold Medal Final)
Men's Fencing � Individual Sabre Competition
Men's & Women's Field Hockey
Men's Judo � 73kg Competition & Finals
Women's Judo � 57kg Competition & Finals
Women's Shooting � Trap Gold Medal Final
Men's Shooting � Double Trap Competition
50m Pistol Competition & Gold Medal Final
Women's and Men's Basketball
Canoeing � Whitewater
Women's and Men's Handball
Men's & Women's Tennis
Women's Weightlifting � 58kg, 63kg
Men's Weightlifting � 62kg, 69kg
Wrestling � Greco Roman Competition
NBC PRIMETIME HIGHLIGHTS:
�Another busy day for Michael Phelps, and it's all LIVE. First, he'll swim for what could be his third gold medal of the Games in an event he dominates, the 200m freestyle. Less than an hour later, the semifinal in another Phelps-dominated event, the 200m butterfly. In between, Olympic and world champion Natalie Coughlin is favored to win Olympic gold in her signature event, the 100m backstroke. Also, USA's Aaron Peirsol, who lowered his own world record at the Olympic Trials, is favored for gold in the 100m backstroke.
�All of the drama of the men's gymnastics team final is captured LIVE as the USA Men's Gymnastics Team tries to win its second consecutive Olympic medal. Team USA earned the silver medal in Athens. The atmosphere will be electric as China has won the last two team titles at the world championships and is favored to win gold.
�Beach Volleyball's Olympic "Golden Girls" Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, who won gold in Athens and are three-time reigning world champions, hope to continue their gold medal defense.
�After winning no diving medals in Athens, Team USA has a chance to reverse the trend. The Indianapolis-based duo of David Boudia and Thomas Finchum give the USA a good chance at a medal in the men's platform synchronized diving final.
NBC DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS:
�Michael Phelps leads a deeply talented USA Swimming corps in qualifying heats from the Water Cube. Plus, a LIVE beach volleyball and women's waterpolo with USA vs. China.
NBC LATENIGHT HIGHLIGHTS:
�The USA Men's Volleyball Team battles Italy in the second match of its quest for an Olympic medal. Also, more from the pool, with the semifinals in the Women's 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley featuring American swimming star Katie Hoff.
USA NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS
�A LIVE shot of the USA-China rivalry, as the USA Women's Basketball Team tangles with Team China. The USA women's basketball squad plays game two of its quest for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. Also, 2008 Wimbledon and French Open Champion Rafael Nadal takes on Potito Starace of Italy.
�A triple shot of tennis stars today on MSNBC. Venus Williams meets Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) live along with 12-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer (SUI) takes on Tursunov (RUS) and 2008 Australian Open ChampionNovak Djokovic (SRB) meets USA's Robby Ginepri. Also indoor volleyball and Australia vs. Brazil in women's basketball.
�The overnight show features live tennis and boxing, and the afternoon program contains complete boxing coverage of the day.
�The first of two weeks worth of daily, comprehensive gymnastics analysis and highlights. NBC's award-winning roster of analysts features the legendary Bela Karolyi, who brings into the broadcast booth the same exuberance he shares when coaching the finest gymnasts in the world. Plus, coverage of the demanding cross-country phase of equestrian's eventing competition.