NBC Olympics 2012 Live Stream: Where to Catch London Action Online

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIJuly 26, 2012

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25:  Alex Morgan #13 of USA is congratulated by Megan Rapinoe after scoring during the Women's Football first round Group G Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between United States and France, at Hampden Park on July 25, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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The 2012 London Olympic Games will be one of the biggest sports spectacles in recent history and NBC Olympics has you covered for all of the online action.

The Games will be broadcast over four NBC networks on television—NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and BRAVO—but all 32 sports can be viewed online as well.

Each London event will be broadcast live, with the exception of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, according to the Wall Street Journal. The opening ceremony will start in London at 9 p.m. local time, but NBC won’t be showing the extravagant show until prime time in the United States.

“We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports and 302 medals,” said Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics. “It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony.”

People shouldn’t be discouraged about watching the Opening and Closing Ceremonies a little bit late since they’ll have the opportunity to watch every other event as it happens. Here are some of most anticipated events that will be watched online over the next few weeks.


Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game; August 12, 10 a.m. ET

The United States have compiled the best players from the NBA to compete in London this summer and they’re one of the favorites to win the gold medal. It will be extremely difficult to defeat the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and NBA Champion LeBron James; not to mention a slew of NBA All-Stars.

The Americans went undefeated throughout their exhibition, but Argentina did put up a fight in a 86-80 decision. Both the United States and Argentina play in Group A and the two will play again right before the Men’s Quarterfinals.

Of the 12 teams that will play for the men’s basketball gold medal, only a few have a shot at taking down the United States. There’s a very good likelihood that when you log on to your computer on August 12, you’ll be watching them play for the golf.


Women’s Soccer Gold Medal Match; August 9, 2:45 p.m. ET

Although the United States won’t be represented will at men’s team at London, the women are looking to win for the fourth time in five Olympics. They haven’t lost in the Olympic Games since 2004 and have already gotten off to a good start with a 4-2 win over France.

The U.S. women came up short in the 2011 World Cup, but Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach will be doing their best to come home with the top prize this time in London.

The United States is my pick to at least reach the gold medal match and win it as well. Japan definitely has a good team as well and could be the ones in the final match as well. The 2011 World Cup went into penalty kicks. Could this gold medal match be just as exciting?


Men’s Swimming 400m Individual Medley; July 28; 2:30 p.m. ET

With the rivalry brewing between Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, it will be great to see them compete against each other. Of course, the two have won the gold together before, but Phelps has dominated Lochte in past individual events.

The two will also compete against each other in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley, but the 400m is the real medley to watch. The 200m will be a sprint to the finish whereas even though they’ll be giving it all that they have, it will show who is a little more endured.

Lochte beat Phelps in the 400m trials, but can he do it against come July 28? Get online in time to watch this epic showdown happen.