As we reach Day 6 of the 2012 Summer Olympics, more and more gold medals are being handed out.
On Thursday there is going to be a heavy spotlight in the pool and on the mats once again.
In men’s swimming, the Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte rivalry will be renewed in the 200-meter Individual Medley final. Both swimmers have been inconsistent, but it seems as if Phelps has kicked it up a notch in the last two days. Will Lochte follow suit?
The women’s gymnastics all-around final is Thursday night, in what has to be one of the most anticipated events of the entire Olympic Games. The Americans will have two shots at gold with both Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas participating.
With plenty of boxing, tennis and the U.S. men’s basketball team in action against Nigeria, it’s a day full of intriguing events that are worth your attention.
*All Times ET
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Archery: Women’s Eliminations
TV: 2:20-3 p.m. (NBC SN)
Badminton: Men’s Doubles Quarterfinals
TV: 4-4:30 p.m. (MSNBC)
Beach Volleyball: Men’s Preliminary Pool E Matches
TV: 12:30-1:30 p.m. (NBC SN)
Boxing: Men’s Light (60kg) Round of 16
TV: 3-4 a.m. (CNBC), 3-4:45 p.m. (NBC SN), 5-8 p.m. (CNBC)
Cycling: Women’s Team Sprint Qualifying
TV: 1:45-2:20 p.m. (NBC)
Field Hockey: Women’s Pool A
TV: 5:45-7:15 a.m. (NBC SN)
Gymnastics: Women’s All-Around Final
TV: 9-1 p.m. (NBC)
Handball: Men’s Preliminaries Group B
TV: 2:30-4 p.m. (MSNBC), 5-6 p.m. (MSNBC)
Judo: Men (100 kg) Elimination Round of 32
TV: 4:30-5 p.m. (MSNBC)
Men’s Basketball: Preliminary Group A Play
TV: 4-5:45 a.m. (NBC SN), 6:15-8 a.m. (NBC Specialty), 9:30-11:45 a.m. (NBC Specialty), 3-5:15 p.m. (NBC Specialty), U.S.A. vs. Nigeria 5:15-7:15 p.m. (NBC SN)
Men’s Volleyball: Group Play
TV: 7:15-8:45 a.m. (NBC SN), 8:45-9:35 a.m. (NBC SN), 4-6 p.m. (NBC), U.S.A. vs. Czech Republic 9-1 p.m. (NBC)
Rowing: Women’s Eights, Women’s Single Sculls Semifinals
TV: 3:20-4 p.m. (NBC), 9-1 p.m. (NBC)
Shooting: Double Trap Men’s Qualification
TV: 4:45-5:15 p.m. (NBC SN)
Swimming: Men’s 200 Backstroke Final, Men’s 200 IM Final, Women’s 200 Breaststroke Final, Women’s 100 Freestyle Final
TV: 9-1 p.m. (NBC)
Table Tennis: Men’s Singles Semifinals
TV: 1:30-2:20 p.m. (NBC SN)
Tennis: Men‘s and Women’s Singles and Doubles
TV: 7-3 p.m. (Bravo)
Water Polo: Men’s Preliminary Round Group A
TV: 9-11:45 a.m. (MSNBC), 2:20-3:20 p.m. (NBC)
Athletes to Watch
Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
The 16-year-old from Virginia was the gymnast who knocked Jordyn Wieber out of contention for the all-around final on Sunday.
Now the pressure is squarely on Douglas’ shoulders to show her country that she did indeed deserve to take America’s second spot in the final alongside Aly Raisman.
The pressure is going to be sky-high. Now you know why gymnastics is such a T.V. ratings driver.
Ryan Lochte, Swimming
He has struggled of late, but has a shot to drape two gold medals around his neck on Thursday night.
He’ll be participating in both the 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter IM in primetime, and will be considered one of the favorites in each event.
He narrowly edged out Michael Phelps in the semi-final on Wednesday in the 200-meter IM, and the final is sure to bring another thrilling chapter to this friendly rivalry.
Jose Ramirez, Boxing
The 19-year-old from Hartford Connecticut is one of the last remaining hopes for an American medal in boxing. Ramirez is a rising star in the sport, and making a deep run in the next few days would do wonders for his career back in the states.
Wednesday was a brutal day for the Americans as the country went winless, but all hope is not lost just yet.
He’ll be boxing Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan at roughly 4 p.m. in a bout that should go down to the wire.
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