What to Watch Olympics Day 42 min read
Monday August 8th
Field Hockey 9am/8c NBCSN
The United States women look to ride the momentum after a huge tournament opening win to Gold medal favorite Argentina. They take on the Australians who are looking to bounce back after a 2-1 loss to the British. The American team is coming off of a last place finish in London. Field Hockey is another crazy sport to watch, this ball is like a rock and these girls are incredibly tough, much like ice hockey players.
Fencing/Archery 3pm/2c NBCSN
Medals will be awarded in the Women’s individual sabre competition. American Mariel Zagunis is the favorite to take home Gold and has only lost once in individual competition. If you missed the Men’s team event in Archery where the US Men took Silver, you missed one of the coolest events out there. Fortunately, the early rounds of the Men’s and Women’s individual competition begin. The South Koreans will be the favorites, but there should be a few Americans in the mix for a medal.
Prime-time 8pm/7c NBC
The American men David Boudia and Steele Johnson look to improve upon a bronze from London in the platform synchronized diving. After a decent-at-best showing in the prelims the US Men’s gymnastics team looks to bounce back and make a podium run, the Chinese look to be the favorites as they won the prelims. A plethora of big names compete in the pool as medals will be awarded in Men’s 200m free and 100m back and Women’s 100m back and 100m breaststroke. Phelps, Ledecky and Missy Franklin will all take the pool in prelims. The night ends with Beach Volleyball on Copacabana Beach which has been electric so far.
BONUS:Golf 9am/8c Golf Channel
That’s right, for the first time since 1904 Golf is back in the Olympics. The Men’s and Women’s tournament starts early and coverage will be shown throughout the day. The field is wide open as the top 4 golfers in the World are sitting out of the event. Golf really needs a good showing here to give fans a reason to watch and want it to stay in the Olympics in the future.