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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day 2 PREVIEW: Swimming Finals, Women's Road Race Highlight Second Day

Today on Day 2 of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, we see the first of eight days of swimming finals, all held in the morning to accomodate the primetime coverage in the United States to be seen on NBC.

TV Highlights
10PM - Swimming Finals LIVE on NBC
Michael Phelps goes for the first of potentially eight gold medals at these games. He will compete at the first final of these games, the 400 meter Individual Medley.

12:30AM - US Men's Indoor Volleyball LIVE on NBC
After losing the bronze medal match to Russia in Athens four years ago, the United States is looking for a spot on the podium. They will begin their Olympic tournament against Venezuela.

10AM - Men's Basketball: USA vs. China LIVE on NBC
A huge matchup to open both China's and the United States's basketball tournament in Beijing. Of course the big matchup that everyone will be looking at will be USA vs. Yao Ming, but China could provide more firepower than others may think

For the latest TV listings, go to NBCOlympics.com

USA Looks To Grab Medals in Swimming as Finals Begin This Morning
All the hype will turn into reality tonight when Michael Phelps competes in the 400 meter Individual Medley. Phelps is seeking his first of what could be eight gold medals by the end of the swimming competition. His biggest threat is Ryan Lochte, who gave him some competition at the trials held in Nebraska last July.

Also competing tonight is Grant Hackett for Australia in the 400 meter freestyle final. A veteran swimmer, Hackett is searching for his sixth Olympic medal. He won silver in this event four years ago. The women's 400 meter individual medley final and the women's 4x100m freestyle relay final will be contested as well.

Women's Road Race Preview
Sixty-six riders will compete today in cycling's women's road race, to be contested at 11PM tonight (11AM Beijing Time). Medal contenders include Australian Kate Bates, Dutch rider and 2006 world champion Marianne Vos and German rider Judith Arndt. Like the men yesterday, the riders will bike their way through the streets of Beijing, passing historic sites and finishing near the Great Wall. Unlike the men, the course will be much shorter as it is 126 km in length.

Other events today...
-Men's soccer preliminaries continue tomorrow morning at 5AM EDT, as Argentina will face Australia. Then at 7:45AM, the United States will face the Netherlands while Italy will face South Korea.

-Lithuania faces defending gold medalist Argentina at 4:45AM EDT and a rematch of the world championships between Spain and Greece will take place at 2:30AM EDT.

-At 1:30AM EDT, the women's 3m synchronized diving final will occur at the Water Cube.

- In archery, the women's team final will take place at 5:25AM EDT.

NOW Sports LIVE BLOG Schedule
There will be three events that NOW Sports will hold a LIVE BLOG for today's competition.

10PM EDT - Swimming Finals
12AM EDT - Tennis Preliminaries
2:30AM EDT - Men's Basketball: Spain vs. Greece

So go to http://nowsport.blogspot.com for those live blogs. And return here to NOW Sport Daily periodically for continuous updates on Day 2 of competition at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Thanks for letting NOW Sports be part of your Olympic experience.

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