Air Date: Sunday, August 10, 2008
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-12:00 AM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES 2008"
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USA Basketball Takes On China With Presidents Watching Live During Daytime Coverage

BEIJING � August 9, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics begins Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT with the men's 100m breaststroke and 4x100m freestyle relay and women's 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle live gold medal finals. Michael Phelps makes two appearances tonight, first in the 200m freestyle semifinal and for the second night in a row he will go for gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay. Katie Hoff leads the women in the 400m gold medal final and five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin swims in the semifinal of her best event, the 100m backstroke. Women's gymnastics kicks off with team competition led by 2007 World All-Around Champion Shawn Johnson and nine-time world medalist Nastia Liukin. Also in primetime is the women's springboard synchronized gold medal final.

Sunday's coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME: The highly anticipated "Redeem Team" led by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James debuts in daytime as Team USA basketball takes on Yao Ming and Team China. Both U.S. President Bush and China President Hu Jintao will reportedly be in attendance. The USA vs. China rivalry continues with Men's Water Polo later in the day.

NBC LATENIGHT: For the second night in a row, live volleyball hits latenight with women's Team USA taking on Cuba.

CABLE: Three of tennis' top players appear on USA, CNBC and MSNBC today. Serena Williams takes on Olga Govortsova of Belarus live on USA. Live on CNBC, Team USA's most promising men's tennis player competing in the Games James Blake takes on Chris Guccione of Australia. On MSNBC, one of the most decorated champions in men's tennis Roger Federer goes up against Dmitry Tursunov of Russia. Also, live men's soccer and basketball games.



10:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m. Men's Basketball � USA vs. China (LIVE) Swimming Men's Beach Volleyball � Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) vs. Boersma/Ronnes (NED) Men's Water Polo � USA vs. China Women's Cycling � Road Race Rowing

7:00 p.m. � Midnight Swimming � Gold Medal Finals (LIVE) Men's 100m Breaststroke, 4x100m Freestyle Relay Women's 100m Butterfly, 400m Freestyle Women's Gymnastics � Team Competition Women's Diving � Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final

*Note: LIVE Swimming Semifinals Men's 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke & Women's 100m Backstroke

12:35 a.m. � 2:00 a.m. Women's Volleyball � USA vs. Cuba (LIVE) Swimming � Women's 100m Breaststroke Semifinals


Midnight � 4:30 a.m. Men's Tennis � Blake (USA) vs. Guccione (AUS) (LIVE) Boxing � 64kg, 69kg Competition (LIVE)

4:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m. Boxing � 64kg, 69kg Competition


2:00 a.m. � 2:00 p.m. Men's Soccer � USA vs. Netherlands (LIVE) Argentina vs. Australia Men's Basketball � Lithuania vs. Argentina (LIVE) Spain vs. Greece(LIVE) Women's Tennis � Serena Williams (USA) vs. Govortsova (BLR) (LIVE) Women's Badminton � Lee/Mangkalakiri (USA) vs. Jiang/Li (SIN) Equestrian � Dressage Women's Archery � Team Gold Medal Final Men's Weightlifting � 56kg Gold Medal Final Women's Weightlifting � 53kg Gold Medal Final


5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m. Men's Soccer � Italy vs. South Korea (LIVE) Men's Volleyball � Bulgaria vs. China Women's Field Hockey � USA vs. Argentina (LIVE) Men's Tennis � Federer (SUI) vs. Tursunov (RUS) Men's Shooting � Trap Gold Medal Final Men's Water Polo � Hungary vs. Montenegro Croatia vs. Italy Badminton Men's Handball � Croatia vs. Spain South Korea vs. Germany


4:00 a.m. � 2:00 p.m. Men's Soccer � Argentina vs. Australia (LIVE) New Zealand vs. Brazil Men's Volleyball � USA vs. Venezuela Swimming � Gold Medal Finals Men's Basketball � Spain vs. Qualifier Men's Gymnastics Women's Beach Volleyball � Talita/Renata (BRA) vs. Candelas/Garcia (MEX)

6:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m. Boxing � Elimination Bouts

Midnight � 1:00 a.m. TBA


24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage


2:30 a.m. � 2:30 p.m. Men's Qualifying Round 2:30 a.m. � 4:15 a.m. Spain vs. Qualifier (LIVE) 4:45 a.m. � 6:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Argentina (LIVE) 6:30 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. Russia vs. Iran 8:00 a.m. � 9:45 a.m. Australia vs. Qualifer (LIVE) 10:15 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. USA vs. China (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Angola vs. Qualifer 1:45 p.m. � 2:30 p.m. China vs. USA (2nd half re-air)


5:00 a.m. � 7:00 p.m. Men's Preliminaries 5:00 a.m. � 6:45 a.m. Argentina vs. Australia (LIVE) 7:45 a.m. � 9:30 a.m. USA vs. Netherlands (LIVE) 9:30 a.m. � 11:00 a.m. Italy vs. S. Korea 11:00 a.m. � 12:30 p.m. New Zealand vs. Brazil 12:30 p.m. � 2:00 p.m. Serbia vs. Ivory Coast 2:00 p.m. � 3:30 p.m. Nigeria vs. Japan 3:30 p.m. � 5:00 p.m. Cameroon vs. Honduras 5:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m. China vs. Belgium


Women's Archery � Team Semifinal & Gold Medal Final Men's Archery � Team Competition Badminton � Qualifying Competition Men's Fencing � Individual Epee (Semifinals & Gold Medal Final) Women's Fencing � Individual Foil Competition Men's & Women's Field Hockey Men's Judo � 66kg Competition & Gold Medal Final, 73kg Competition Women's Judo � 52kg Competition & Gold Medal Final, 57kg Competition Sailing Men's Shooting � Trap Gold Medal Final, Men's 10m Air Competition & Gold Medal Final Women's Shooting � Trap Competition Men's & Women's Basketball Men's & Women's Handball Rowing Men's & Women's Tennis Women's Weightlifting � 53kg, 58kg Competition Men's Weightlifting � 56kg, 62kg Competition Equestrian � Cross Country Soccer Water Polo


�LIVE coverage of what should be another USA gold medal final at the pool. Michael Phelps makes two appearances: in the semifinal for the men's 200m freestyle, where he is the overwhelming favorite; in the highly competitive men's 4x100m freestyle relay final, where he will swim for his second gold medal in as many days. The Americans can also pick up medals in the women's 400m where Baltimore's Katie Hoff is a gold medal contender, plus in the women's 100m butterfly final and men's 100m breaststroke final (Brendan Hansen). Five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin swims in the semifinal of her best event, the 100m backstroke.

�The first look at the reigning world champion USA Women's Gymnastics Team, led by 2007 world all-around champion Shawn Johnson, the 16-year-old wonder from West Des Moines, Iowa, and nine-time world medalist Nastia Liukin, the elegant 18-year-old who was born in Russia, and raised in Parker, Texas. They begin their Olympic quest for the team gold medal tonight � the top eight teams qualify for the final. China, which won the world team title in 2006 and finished second to the USA in 2007, is expected to be the top threat to Team USA in one of the highest profile USA-China showdowns at the Games.

�The first diving final of the Games, the women's springboard synchronized final. The gold medal is China's Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia's to lose � but anything can happen in this sport of utmost precision.


�The USA Men's Basketball Team, trying to capture Olympic gold for the first time since 2000, takes on home team superstar Yao Ming and China in its first game of the Olympics. Led by the legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, this USA team is perhaps the best squad fielded by the USA since the original "Dream Team". Coach K's roster, featuring reigning NBA MVP Kobe Bryant and Cavs superstar LeBron James, is perhaps the most talented, exciting and determined USA men's basketball team assembled since Larry, Magic and Michael formed the core of the original Barcelona Dream Team in 1992. Call this version the "Redeem Team" -- it's been eight years (since the 2000 Sydney Olympics) since a USA Men's Basketball Team has won Olympic or world championship gold, and this team has been specifically constructed to redeem those losses and return America to the top of the international basketball order. Also, Team USA and China go head-to-head in men's water polo.

�The world's best female cyclists take their street tour of new and old Beijing in the women's road race, finishing at the Great Wall.


�In Indoor Volleyball, the USA Women's Volleyball Team battles Cuba in its second match of the Olympics.


�Two men's soccer games � LIVE coverage of the USA Men's Soccer Team vs. The Netherlands, plus Argentina vs. Australia. Also, coverage of two men's basketball games.


�The overnight show features live tennis and boxing, and the afternoon program contains complete boxing coverage of the day.


�The USA Women's Field Hockey Team, looking to ride the momentum of its dramatic victory in the "last chance" Olympic qualifier this spring, battles Argentina LIVE on MSNBC. Plus, two excellent men's water polo match-ups, Croatia vs. Italy and Hungary vs. Montenegro.

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