NBC Olympics 2012 Live Stream: Best Ways to Watch Team USA on Day 11
Day 11 is jam-packed with team sports all featuring U.S. teams that could be in contention for gold.
The men's basketball team will be in action as they take on Australia in their quarterfinal matchup. Also in the quarters are the men's volleyball team, which will face off against Italy, and the men's water polo team, which faces a tough opponent in Croatia.
Also on the day is more track and field, including the beginning of the decathlon competition and the much-anticipated Olympic debut of U.S. star and decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton. Allyson Felix will also go on the day in search of her much desired first individual Olympic gold.
Finally, two American teams will face off in women's beach volleyball. Jen Kessy and April Ross will look to take the gold in their Olympic debut while Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh look to win an unprecedented third gold.
It should be a great day for American teams as they look to get one step closer to the gold medal finals. Make sure to tune in live online to not miss a moment of the action.
Men's Basketball Quarterfinals
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With the exception of a near catastrophe against Lithuania, Team USA has been making the game of basketball look easy. Throughout the course of these Olympic Games, the U.S. has dominated nearly every opponent they've played and even had a blowout comprehensive offensive performance, one for the record books, against Nigeria.
In pool play the U.S. was undefeated, and coming into these Olympic Games they were the odds on favorites to defend their gold medal from 2008. After their great performances from all of the players, starters and bench alike, there is really no doubt that this team will easily win the gold.
But for formality's sake, they still have to get there first.
At 5:15 PM Eastern Time, the U.S. begins that journey to the gold medal match. They will face off against Australia, a team the U.S. should easily dispatch without much trouble.
Women's Beach Volleyball Finals
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In somewhat of a shocking turn of events, April Ross and Jen Kessy stunned the top team in the world in Brazil's Larissa and Julianna. With the win, the American duo and Olympic rookies booked their trip to the gold medal final where they will face another American team, perhaps the best of all time.
In a less-than-shocking turn of events, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have made it back to the gold medal final, and this time they will be in search of their record-setting third consecutive gold medal.
For the first time in the history of Olympic beach volleyball, two American teams will be facing off in the finals. It should be a great match as both pairs bring a level of various strengths and could give each other all they could handle.
The match starts at 4 PM ET.
Track and Field
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The U.S. always looks to bring home a haul of medals in the track and field events, and this year they hope it won't be any different.
So far the team has claimed medals in most of the women's races and in a few surprises in the men's long-distance races. They have also taken home medals in some of the field events.
Despite the medals the U.S. has collected so far, their best track and field athlete and someone who can be considered the best athlete in the world, has yet to begin his journey for Olympic gold. All of that changes in Day 11.
Ashton Eaton, the world record holder in decathlon points, opens up with the shot put, long jump and high jump phase of the competition (5 AM and 1 PM). He will be looking to defend his world record, but teammate Trey Hardee could also be in the mix for a medal as the U.S. looks to continue its dominance of this event.
Also on the day are the finals in the women's long jump and 200-meter final, an event Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter will participate in to vie for the gold. Felix, the defending silver medalist, is one of the favorites.
Men's Volleyball Quarterfinals
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The U.S. team has had an incredible Olympic run over the past few years. They are the defending gold medalists from Beijing and, despite a tough preseason, have now reached the London quarterfinals in search of defending their title.
In order to reach the semifinals, however, they will have to beat a tough-serving and offensive Italian team.
The U.S. is boosted by the solid showings of rookie Matt Anderson and veteran contributions of David Lee and Reid Priddy. They are looking like strong contenders to once again win the gold medal.
The quarterfinals, which include Argentina vs. Brazil, U.S. vs. Italy, Poland vs. Russia and Bulgaria vs. Germany, take place at 9 AM, 11 AM, 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM.
The U.S. match is at 11 AM.
Men's Water Polo Quarterfinals
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The men's water polo team came so close to claiming the gold in Beijing. They ended up losing in the gold medal match, but their performance was indicative of what would come. Preparing for London, the team improved drastically and has come into the Olympics as a possible medal contender along with traditional water polo powers of Serbia and Hungary.
The biggest problem for Team USA has come in their last two games. They started strong but have since sputtered, losing back-to-back games and being forced to face a tough Croatia team in the quarterfinals. They will have to improve on their defense, but if they do, they will have a shot at reaching the semis.
The quarterfinals begin at 9:30 AM and continue at 1:40 PM.