Friday, August 8, 2008

Day 1 PREVIEW: First Day Features Men's Road Race in Cycling and Preliminary Heats and Games

After a dramatic opening ceremony seen by millions around the world, it is time to get started with official Olympic competition. Welcome to the first of many blog posts throughout these Olympic Games as we will update you constantly on the latest that is going on in Beijing.

-The Opening Ceremonies, NBC, 7:30 ET/6:30 CT
Watch the pagentry and emotion of the opening ceremonies as China welcomes the world to the Olympic Games. Catch cultural performances, the parade of nations and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, all things that you won't want to miss.

-Women's USA Soccer and USA basketball, USA Network, 2AM ET
Coverage of USA team sports including the women's US soccer team vs. Japan and the women's US basketball team vs. Czech Republic. Also see the first gold medal awarded at these games in women's air rifle shooting.

-Men's Cycling Road Race, NBC 10AM ET
The featured gold medal event of Day 1 will be shown in the daytime on Saturday as the world's best male cyclists wind through the streets of Beijing in this historic race.

For the latest TV Listings, go to

First Day of Competition Already Underway
The eventing competition is already taking place in Hong Kong as riders gear up for the three day event, starting today with the dressage. The first gold medal of these games will be at stake tonight at 10:30PM ET when the women's 10m air rifle shooting event takes place at the Beijing Shooting Range.

Today's competition is mostly preliminary and qualifying events. The male gymnasts perform today in qualifying for the team and individual competition while the swimming heats in the 400 meter individual medley will take place later tonight in Beijing (tomorrow morning in the United States).

The top medal event of today's competition will be contested along the streets of Beijing. Italy's Paolo Bettini will look to defend his gold medal in the men's road race competition while American rider George Hincapie and British rider Mark Cavendish are medal contenders as well.
NOW Sports LIVE BLOG Schedule
10:30PM EDT (Fri) - Women's 10m Air Rifle Shooting (first gold medal awarded)
10:30PM EDT (Sat) - Women's Indoor Volleyball: USA vs. Japan

Remember to go HERE at for continuous updates every half-hour on the latest results and news from each day of competiton. And go to for our LIVE BLOGS of certain events (see schedule above).

Our next update will be at 9:00PM EDT, when we'll update you on multiple events that are going on in equestrian, handball, basketball and badminton competition as well as what's on TV. Thanks for letting NOW Sports be a part of your Olympic experience.

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