Although it seems like yesterday was opening ceremonies, the 2012 Summer Olympics are quickly approaching their end. Today is Day 13 of competition, meaning only four more days remain.
However, there are still a lot of great events for sports fans to tune into during the next couple days. Day 13 is exciting because of the fact that there's still a lot of medals on the line, especially in team competitions where the contenders have eliminated the pretenders.
In fact, two gold medal championships are scheduled to take place today. The U.S. women's team will face off against Japan for the women's soccer gold medal. The U.S. women will also be going for the gold in water polo, where they will take on Spain.
Of course there will also be compelling individual performances to watch, many of which will be on the track. Jamaica's Usain Bolt will attempt to repeat in the men's 200-meter, where he faces tough competition from countryman Yohan Blake. The track will also be the sight to see Kenya's David Rudisha, who is the overwhelming favorite in the men's 800-meter.
These events and many more will definitely be worth watching on TV or live, via online streaming. For a full look at Day 13's events, click here.
11:30 a.m. EDT: Women's Fly (51 kg/112 lbs) Final
11:45 a.m. EDT: Women's Light (60 kg/ 132 lbs) Final
12:15 p.m. EDT: Women's Middle (75 kg/ 165 lbs) Final
Will be shown on CNBC from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Women's boxing is one of the new sports getting its first Olympic treatment in London. A lot of American attention will be drawn to the middle weight class where Claressa Shields will be contending for a gold medal.
Only 17 years old, Shields will be squaring off against Russian Nadeza Torlopova. The weight of U.S. boxing now rests solely on Shields' shoulders, with no U.S. men winning a medal this year, a first in U.S. Olympic boxing history.
With this being the first final ever for women's boxing, it should make for great television as this sport has clearly gotten off to a good start thanks to stars like Shields and Irish boxer Katie Taylor.
Men's Track And Field
6:35 a.m. EDT: Men's 4X400m Relay Round 1
2:20 p.m. EDT: Men's Triple Jump Final
3:00 p.m. EDT: Men's 800-meter Final
3:55 p.m. EDT: Men's 200-meter Final
Will be shown on NBC prime time.
The marquee event of the day comes in the 200-meter dash. Usain Bolt is attempting to become the first Olympian in history to repeat in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter. He has the world record in both events, so the eyes of the world will be watching to see if Bolt can lay claim to being the fastest man in the entire world.
Upset potential does exist, though, mostly coming from Bolt's teammates Yohan Blake and Warren Weir. American Wallace Spearmon could potentially upset as well, though he'll likely be fighting for a silver or bronze.
Besides the 200-meter, the men's 800-meter will also decide its winner. Right now the overwhelming favorite is David Rudisha, who will look to continue Kenya's dominance in long-distance races. Though Rudisha is nearly favored as much as Bolt is, American Nick Symmonds will be looking to pull off the unlikely upset.
Women's Water Polo
3:00 p.m. EDT: Women's Gold Medal Match
Will be shown on NBC from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Water Polo may not be a hugely popular sport in the U.S., but the U.S. women's team may be able to change that should they pull of a victory in the gold medal match verses Spain.
It'll be hard, though, as Spain is undefeated thanks to their sharp shooting and stifling defense. The U.S. did come the closest, though, as they tied them 9-9 in group play. Look for star U.S. players like Maggie Steffens and Kami Craig to have important roles should the U.S. pull off the upset.
2:45 p.m. EDT: Women's Gold Medal Match
Will be shown on NBC Sports from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.
The epic conclusion to the women's soccer bracket comes down to the two finalists in the 2011 World Cup. This time the U.S. ladies will be hoping for a different outcome when they face Japan this afternoon. Redemption is a powerful storyline for a U.S. team that typically does very little wrong.
The U.S. is still ranked No. 1 in the world, and since the World Cup loss the only team to beat them has been Japan. The U.S. will be aiming for a three-peat in Olympic gold medals, which would cement their place as an Olympic dynasty. Japan is looking to be the first country to win a World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal in back-to-back years.
Either way, history will be made. And if it's anything like the World Cup's 3-1 match decided in penalty kicks, soccer fans will be in for a treat.