BEIJING – August 16, 2008 – NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Saturday begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with the final night of swimming where Michael Phelps could break Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics and go eight for eight in '08 in the 4x100 Medley Relay. Forty-one-year-old mother Dara Torres, if she advances through the semifinal Friday night, could become the "Fastest Woman in the Water" and win gold in the 50m freestyle. Also, Torres and Natalie Coughlin lead the 4x100m Medley Relay and hope to take gold back from Australia, the defending Olympic Gold Medalists in the event. In track & field, the title of "World's Fastest Man" is on the line as USA's World Champion Tyson Gay takes on Jamaica's world record-holder Usain "Lightning" Bolt and Asafa Powell. Also, live in primetime is the women's marathon.Now they're just throwing hypotheticals out there to lure you in. Theoretically, in any race someone could become the fastest something in history. Still, these are the big stories that the media and bloggers have been hammering on so why not exploit it?
Friday, August 15, 2008
Saturday's NBC Olympics rundown
I missed a day, but here is Saturday's Olympic coverage preview from NBC: