Olympics 2012 TV Schedule: Top Events to Anticipate on Day 4

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Kevin Durant #5 and LeBron James #6 of United States look on from the bench against France in the Men's Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Just a few days into London 2012, we've had our fair share of surprises as well as some outcomes we all expected.

Did anyone think Michael Phelps could take home the gold in the 400 IM? Probably not. But very few expected him to fail to medal at all. Meanwhile, most of us had a feeling that Phelps' toughest competition, Ryan Lochte, would give the Olympic legend a run for his money, and we were right—Lochte cruised to a dominating first-place finish in the 400 IM on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Phelps will have a shot at redemption in the 200-meter butterfly, for which he qualified on Monday. Here's a look at where and when to watch Phelps' race, as well as some of the other top Olympic events on Tuesday.

You can see Tuesday's full TV schedule here


Men's 200-Meter Butterfly Final
TV: NBC, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ET (Tape-Delayed)
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com, 2:30 p.m. ET

Phelps will have a chance to redeem what has been a lackluster campaign at the 2012 Olympics when he takes the stage for the 200-meter butterfly final on Tuesday. NBC will air the tape-delayed coverage during primetime, but if you can't wait that long to see if Phelps can take home the gold, you can tune into the live stream at 2:30 p.m. ET.

In 2004 and in 2008, Phelps won the event 200m fly, but during Monday's preliminary heats, he registered the fifth-fastest time, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, clocking in at 1:55.53. In his heat, he finished behind Austria's Dinko Jukic and the U.S.'s Tyler Clary.

Tuesday night will be Phelps' chance to prove he still has what it takes to come out on top—without the pressure of U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte interfering. Though he hasn't looked anywhere near as dominant as he did back in 2008, he's still Michael Phelps. He still has some magic left. And if there's any event in which he's going to be able to prove himself, it's this one.


Women's Gymnastics
TV: NBC, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ET (Tape-delayed)
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com, 11:30 a.m. ET

When Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around competition on Sunday, it was a shock to the U.S., which expected her to be this year's version of Shawn Johnson. But the entire gymnastics squad will have to put that unexpected outcome behind it as it embarks on team finals in the balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars and the vault.

The results for Wieber may have been devastating on Sunday, but the results for the U.S. team as a whole were anything but: The Americans qualified first for Tuesday's finals, according to the Los Angeles Times. Suddenly, the gold looks to be closer within reach than ever. 

The U.S. boasts exceptional talent in each of Tuesday's events: McKayla Maroney is the U.S.'s vault specialist, Aly Raisman excels on the balance beam and Douglas owns the uneven bars. Given the vast array of talent on this squad, it's possible we could see them sweep the golds. Let's just hope that Wieber's personal distress doesn't distract or bring down the whole team.


Men's Basketball: Tunisia vs. USA
TV: NBC Sports Network, 5:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com, 5:15 p.m. ET

Coming off a decisive 98-71 win over France in their opening game on Sunday, the Americans will look to make it two straight victories when they take on Tunisia on Tuesday.

Sunday's win was a good one, but it certainly wasn't perfect. The U.S. got off to yet another slow start and held only a 22-21 lead after the first quarter. But that slim lead seemed to breathe some life into the team, because from then on, France had no chance.

And it wasn't even LeBron James that hogged the postgame headlines, as many expected. That honor went to the guy LeBron took down en route to this season's NBA title. Kevin Durant tallied 22 points in the win, while LeBron pitched in eight assists.

Game 2 against Tunisia will be all about consistency and finding a way to come out of the gates aggressive and hungry. On Sunday, the U.S. dominated France on the boards but took too many bad shots from long range. If the Americans can play similarly solid defense but make better decisions from the floor, Tuesday's game shouldn't look much different from their last.