2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Swimming Live Stream 2012: How and When to Watch Your Favorite Races

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Michael Phelps of the United States competes in heat 5 of the Men's 200m Butterfly on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

Although NBC has been saving the most popular Olympic events for prime time, fans can still watch the top events live online.

So far, swimming fans have seen Ryan Lochte defeat Michael Phelps in their first head-to-head battle, Dana Vollmer win a gold medal and the French team avenge its 2008 4x100-meter relay loss to the United States.

Unfortunately, those waiting to see the event on television almost certainly had the endings spoiled by any number of sources.

To watch the rest of the events live, follow this schedule and watch the races online.


When: July 28 - August 4

Where: London Aquatics Centre


Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com


Full Finals Schedule (via NBC Olympics):

July 30

July 31

August 01

August 02

August 03

August 04


Events to Watch:

Men's 4x200-Meter Freestyle Relay

The United States relay team narrowly lost to France in the 4x100-meter event after winning by an even smaller margin in Beijing. In this event, however, the race was not even close.

In 2008, the Americans dominated the field en route to a new world record and a gold medal. France will still be a difficult opponent, but the U.S. should find redemption here.


Women's 200-Meter Freestyle

This race will pit the current world record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy against two young Americans looking to make a name for themselves.

Allison Schmitt won the Olympic Trials, but 17-year-old Missy Franklin is right on her back and seems to be improving every day.


Men's 200-Meter Individual Medley

Lochte defeated Phelps in the first of their two battles in these Olympics, but one of the best Olympians ever will not give up his crown without a fight.

The two are expected to finish with the gold and silver in this event, with the only question being which one gets which. This should be one of the most exciting events in the entire Olympics.

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