Air Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-12:00 AM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES 2008"
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Gymnastics Gala and Track & Field Gold Medal Finals

Live BMX Gold Medal Finals

BEIJING � August 19, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Wednesday begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and features live coverage of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the women's beach volleyball gold medal final. The USA's May-Treanor and Walsh will defend their Athens gold medal against China's Tian Jiang and Wang Jie in front of what should be a raucous home crowd. The Gymnastics Gala showcases the stars of women's and men's gymnastics of the Beijing Games as they perform their routines one last time, this time set to popular music. In track & field, the men's 200m gold medal final features USA's Shawn Crawford who looks to defend his 200m gold medal from Athens, but the "World's Fastest Man" Usain "Lightning" Bolt of Jamaica stands in his way. Also, USA's Wallace Spearmon and Walter Dix look to win gold in the event as well. In the women's 400m hurdles, Tiffany Ross-Williams and Sheena Tosta represent the USA in the finals. Also, live in primetime is the BMX gold medal finals, in it's Olympic debut.

Wednesday's coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME: Live in daytime is the men's volleyball quarterfinal. Also, women's platform diving competition.

NBC LATENIGHT: Live in latenight is the women's volleyball semifinal. Also, track & field women's hammer throw gold medal final and women's platform diving semifinal.

CABLE: Men's basketball hits USA Network with all four live quarterfinal games including Team USA's "Redeem Team." Also on USA, live canoeing, women's swimming marathon open water swimming and men's water polo quarterfinals. Live in softball on MSNBC is the bronze medal game, decided by the team's who lost in the semifinals earlier that day in Beijing. Also, men's volleyball quarterfinals live and USA takes on Japan in baseball.



10:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m. all time zones Men's Volleyball � Quarterfinal (LIVE) Women's Diving � Platform Competition

8:00 p.m. � Midnight ET/PT Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's 200m Women's 400m Hurdles Gymnastics - Gala Women's Beach Volleyball � Gold Medal Match (LIVE) Cycling � BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

12:35 a.m. � 2:00 a.m.ET/PT Women's Volleyball � Semifinal (LIVE) Women's Track & Field - Hammer Throw Gold Medal Final Women's Diving � Platform Semifinal


Midnight � 2:00 a.m.ET Softball � Semifinal

5:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.ET Boxing � 51kg, 75kg Quarterfinals


2:00 a.m. � Noon ET Men's Basketball � Four Quarterfinals (LIVE) Men's Beach Volleyball - Semifinal Canoeing � Semifinals (LIVE) Women's Swimming � Marathon Men's Water Polo - Quarterfinals


5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m.ET Softball � Bronze Medal Game (LIVE) Men's Volleyball - Quarterfinals (LIVE) Baseball � USA vs. Japan Women's Field Hockey - Semifinal Wrestling � Freestyle 66kg, 74kg Gold Medal Finals Table Tennis Men's Handball - Quarterfinal


6:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.ET/PT Synchronized Swimming � Duet Gold Medal Final Gymnastics on Oxygen


2:00 a.m. � 6:00 a.m.ET Men's Basketball - Quarterfinal Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's Diving- Springboard Competition

8:00 a.m. � 10:00 a.m.ET Men's Beach Volleyball � Semifinal Gymnastics � Individual Event Gold Medal Finals

Midnight � 1:00 a.m.ET TBA


24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage


2:30 a.m. � 2:30 p.m.ET Men's Quarterfinals Round 2:30 a.m. � 4:15 a.m. Game #1 (LIVE) 4:45 a.m. � 6:30 a.m. Game #2 (LIVE) 6:30 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. Game #1 or #2 re-air 8:00 a.m. � 9:45 a.m. Game #3 (LIVE) 10:15 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Game #4 (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. � 1:45 p.m. USA Game Re-air 1:45 p.m. � 2:30 p.m. Game of the Day � 2nd half re-air


6:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m.ET "The Semifinals Encore" 6:00 a.m. � 7:30 a.m. Women's Match #1 7:30 a.m. � 9:00 a.m. Women's Match #2 9:00 a.m. � 10:30 a.m. Men's Match #1 10:30 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Men's Match #2 12:00 p.m. � 6:00 p.m. Match Re-airs


Baseball Men's Field Hockey Women's Field Hockey � Semifinals Sailing � Competition & Gold Medal Finals Men's Taekwondo � 58kg Gold Medal Finals, 68kg Competition Women's Taekwondo � 49kg Gold Medal Finals, 51kg Competition Men's Modern Pentathlon � Shooting, Fencing Men's Basketball Canoeing � Flatwater Semifinals Men's Handball Women's Handball Softball � Bronze Medal Game Swimming � Marathon Gold Medal Final Men's & Women's Table Tennis � Singles Competition Men's Wrestling � Freestyle 66kg, 74kg Gold Medal Finals Freestyle 84kg, 96kg,120kg Competition Cycling Water Polo


The 200m sprint could be a wide-open classic. Americans swept the medals four years ago in Athens, led by Shawn Crawford, who's back at the fore of another strong USA group that includes Florida State standout Walter Dix and former Arkansas Razorback Wallace Spearmon. But the favorite is Jamaican sensation Usain "Lightning" Bolt, who will attempting to complete a 100m-200m gold medal sweep.

Olympic Trials champion Tiffany Ross-Williams, who came up through the same Miami (Liberty City) track club as Bershawn "Batman" Jackson and is the mother of a young daughter, leads the way for the USA Team in the 400m hurdles.

Defending Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh could confirm their status as "Queens of the Beach" in the gold medal final where they take on China.

Think of it as the roller derby of bikes. BMX racing is one of the new events at the Olympics � an all-out, full-contact, eight-man race through a twisting course with plenty of jumps. Though the event is wildly unpredictable in nature, the American men have unmatched depth, featuring 2007 world champion Kyle Bennett, world medalist Mike Day, and 2007 USA champion Donny Robinson. On the women's side, Jill Kintner, who returned to BMX racing when it was added to the Olympic program, was the top American finisher at the 2007 World Championships and is a medal contender.

In the gymnastics Champions Gala, see the men's and women's stars of the Beijing gymnastics competition one last time as they perform routines set to their favorite music.


The USA Men's Volleyball Team finished fourth at last year's World Cup and is looking to climb to the medal podium in Beijing. Now it's time for the elimination round: the quarterfinals are today live.

Sydney Olympic champion Laura Wilkinson begins her pursuit of another Olympic medal in women's platform qualifying.


Live in volleyball, a place in the gold medal match is at stake in the women's semifinals. Team USA, led by veteran Logan Tom, could be aiming to advance to the final for the first time since 1984.


It's a basketball fan's dream: eight teams matched up in four live quarterfinal games featuring NBA stars with the winners guaranteed a chance to play for a medal � a critical step for LeBron, Kobe and the "Redeem Team" as they try to win Olympic gold for the first time in eight years.

Marathon swimming events make their debut in Beijing with a taxing 10km (6.2 mile) race. The women's competition features one of these Olympics most compelling stories: South Africa's Natalie du Toit, whose leg was amputated following an accident, is the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics.


In one final key matchup before the medal round, the USA Baseball Team faces gold medal contender Japan.

Iowa's Doug Schwab and Missouri's Ben Askren, each making their Olympic debut in Beijing, hope to compete for medals in freestyle wrestling.


Style, grace and athleticism combine in synchronized swimming's Duet Final.

Now that the medals have all been awarded, get one more look back at all the drama of the gymnastics competition.


Boxing's quarterfinal round continues in two weight classes. American flyweight (51kg) Rau'shee Warren, who competed as a 17-year-old in Athens, is back for his second Olympics and is one of Team USA's top boxing hopes.

In a semifinal showdown, The USA Softball Team � led by three of the world's best pitchers in Cat Osterman, Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott � looks to advance to the gold medal game for the fourth consecutive-and what may be the last-time.

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