BEIJING – Aug. 9, 2008 – NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics begins Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT with the men's 100m breaststroke and 4x100m freestyle relay and women's 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle live gold medal finals. Michael Phelps makes two appearances tonight, first in the 200m freestyle semifinal and for the second night in a row he will go for gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay. Katie Hoff leads the women in the 400m gold medal final and five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin swims in the semifinal of her best event, the 100m backstroke. Women's gymnastics kicks off with team competition led by 2007 World All-Around Champion Shawn Johnson and nine-time world medalist Nastia Liukin. Also in primetime is the women's springboard synchronized gold medal final.Some interesting live stuff there with the obvious Michael Phelps storyline. I'm looking forward to the live broadcast of the US v. China basketball matchup. It will be the first time most of us see Yao in a while and the US team has a "gold or bust" mentality. Should be good.
Sunday's coverage continues with the following:
The highly anticipated "Redeem Team" led by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James debuts in daytime as Team USA basketball takes on Yao Ming and Team China. Both U.S. President Bush and China President Hu Jintao will reportedly be in attendance. The USA vs. China rivalry continues with Men's Water Polo later in the day.
For the second night in a row, live volleyball hits latenight with women's Team USA taking on Cuba.