There are three events in Day 5 of the 2012 Olympic Games that should be considered must-see viewing for any sports fan. The whole day is loaded with action, but in an effort of quelling the madness that is associated with trying to figure out what to watch and when and where to watch it, this will narrow it down to three.
Also, here is how to catch it online, which seems to be the only way that one can know for sure when to watch something without having a doctorate in hyper-confusing TV listings. For online viewing, just check this out:
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Now with the stream in hand, here are three events that will be loaded with excitement.
Swimming: 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay Final at 4:04 p.m. EDT
China enters this event as the world record-holders in this event, but it is the Americans who are the reigning world champions.
This will set up for a nice showdown in this final between the two countries going toe-to-toe for the overall medal lead, but rarely do so head-to-head.
The American women, led by Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin, who finished first and fourth respectively in the 200-meter freestyle, are not going to be beat.
Their freestyle swimmers have been on point and will continue their stellar performances.
Men's Soccer: Brazil vs. New Zealand at 9:30 a.m. EDT
Brazil entered the Olympic Games as the gold-medal favorites, and they have done little to change anyone's mind. They are 2-0 in group play following victories over Belarus and Egypt.
They should improve that mark to 3-0 here as they take on a New Zealand squad that is 0-1-1. Still, Brazil may let their guard down with their 2-0 record, and New Zealand will be fighting for a chance of advancing.
Prediction: Brazil 3, New Zealand 1
Brazil is just too talented for New Zealand to stop them.
Gymnastics: Men's Individual All-Around Competition at 12:30 p.m. EDT
The highlight of the day is going to be the men's individual gymnastics all-around competition. After a wild team competition, this event is filled with intrigue.
Americans Danell Leyva and John Orozco will look to rebound from a disastrous team competition to compete for a medal both have a legitimate shot of capturing.
There is also three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura, of Japan, who will be trying to shake off subpar performance and a controversy that almost cost his team a medal.
Gold: Kohei Uchimura, Japan
Silver: Danell Leyva, USA
Bronze: David Belyavskiy, Russia
Uchimura and Leyva are both far too talented and consistent to expect anything short of excellence. These two will be battling each other for the top spot all competition, but Uchimura's experience will prove to be too much for Leyva to conquer.
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