Air Date: Sunday, August 17, 2008
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-12:00 AM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES 2008"
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Live USA Women's Basketball vs. New Zealand on NBC Daytime

BEIJING � August 16, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Sunday begins at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT with men's gymnastics individual gold medal finals in floor and pommel horse and women's individual gold medal finals in floor and vault. For USA women's gymnastics it will be another Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin match-up as they compete for gold on floor, and could again take gold and silver for the USA. Alicia Sacramone has the opportunity to redeem herself at this Olympics as she competes in vault. On the men's side for the USA, Alexander Artimev will compete in the pommel horse and could take gold from heavy favorite Xiao Qin. In track & field, the women's 100m gold medal final will crown the "fastest woman in the world" and should feature the USA's Lauryn Williams who has earned a medal in the past three major championships (2004 Olympic Silver, 2005 World Championship gold, 2007 World Championship silver). Also in primetime, the women's springboard gold medal final and live look-ins of women's triathlon.

Sunday's coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME: Live in daytime, USA women's basketball takes on New Zealand. In beach volleyball, USA's Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs take on China (Xue/Zhang). Also, a hefty helping of gold medal finals flood daytime with track & field's men's 10,000m, equestrian team jumping, rowing, track cycling and women's team table tennis.

NBC LATENIGHT: Track & field gold medal finals in women's triple jump and steeplechase and men's hammer throw come to latenight. Also, USA's Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers take on Germany (Klemperer/Koreng) in beach volleyball.

CABLE: Live on CNBC, Australia takes on Russia in women's basketball. Live on USA, men's and women's singles and women's doubles tennis gold medal finals. Also, track cycling gold medal finals and women's handball between Norway and Romania. On MSNBC, USA softball hopes to continue its dominance when they take on the Netherlands live. Also on MSNBC, men's fencing team saber, badminton mixed doubles and men's badminton singles gold medal finals.



10:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m. Women's Basketball � USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE) Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's 10K Beach Volleyball � Quarterfinal Branagh/Youngs (USA) vs. Xue/Zhang (CHN) Women's Volleyball � USA vs. Poland Cycling � Track Gold Medal Finals Women's Table Tennis � Team Gold Medal Final Equestrian � Team Jumping Competition Rowing � Gold Medal Finals

7:00 p.m. � Midnight Gymnastics � Individual Event Gold Medal Finals Men's Floor, Pommel Horse Women's Floor, Vault Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Women's 100m Women's Diving � Springboard Gold Medal Final Women's Triathlon (LIVE)

12:35 a.m. � 2:00 a.m. Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's Hammer Throw Women's Triple Jump Women's Steeplechase Men's Beach Volleyball � Quarterfinal Rogers/Dalhausser (USA) vs. Klemperer/Koreng (GER)


Midnight � 2:00 a.m. Women's Basketball � Austria vs. Russia (LIVE) Women's Weightlifting � Super Heavyweight Competition

3:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m. Boxing � 64kg, 69kg, 91kg Quarterfinals


2:00 a.m. � 2:00 p.m. Men's Tennis � Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) Women's Tennis � Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) Doubles Gold Medal Final Women's Beach Volleyball - Quarterfinal Barnett/Cook (AUS) vs. Talita/Renata (BRA) Cycling � Track Gold Medal Finals Women's Handball � Norway vs. Romania


5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m. Softball � USA vs. Netherlands (LIVE) Women's Wrestling � 63kg, 72kg Gold Medal Finals Women's Volleyball � Italy vs. Brazil China vs. Japan Women's Water Polo � Quarterfinal Italy vs. Netherlands Quarterfinal China vs. Australia Women's Table Tennis � Team Bronze Badminton � Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Final Men's Badminton � Singles Gold Medal Final Men's Fencing � Team Sabre Gold Medal Final Men's Weightlifting � 94kg Competition Men's Field Hockey � Austria vs. Netherlands TELEMUNDO 4:00 am � 2:00 p.m. Swimming � Gold Medal Finals Women's Volleyball � Cuba vs. Venezuela Italy vs. Brazil Women's Diving � Springboard Semifinal Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Women's Beach Volleyball - Quarterfinal Boxing Gymnastics � Trampoline Competition

6:00 p.m. � 7:30 p.m. Women's Beach Volleyball - Quarterfinal

Midnight � 1:00 a.m. TBA


24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage


2:30 a.m. � 2:30 p.m. Women's Qualifying Round 2:30 a.m. � 4:15 a.m. S. Korea vs. Latvia (LIVE) 4:45 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. Brazil vs. Belarus (LIVE) 6:30 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. Australia vs. Russia 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. China vs. Czech Republic (LIVE) 10:15 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. � 1:45 p.m. Mali vs. Spain 1:45 p.m. � 2:30 p.m. USA vs. New Zealand (2nd half re-air)


6:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m. "The Quarterfinals Encore" 6:00 a.m. � 7:30 a.m. Women's Match #1 7:30 a.m. � 9:00 a.m. Women's Match #2 9:00 a.m. � 10:30 a.m. Women's Match #3 10:30 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Women's Match #4 12:00 p.m. � 1:30 a.m. Men's Match #1 1:30 p.m. � 3:00 p.m. Men's Match #2 3:00 p.m. � 4:30 p.m. Men's Match #3 4:30 p.m. � 6:00 p.m. Men's Match #4


Men's & Women's Basketball Games Badminton � Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Finals Men's Badminton � Singles Gold Medal Finals Baseball � Qualifying Games Men's & Women's Field Hockey Sailing � Competition & Finals Men's Fencing � Team Sabre Semifinal & Gold Medal Final Men's & Women's Basketball Cycling � Track Events Equestrian � Team Jumping Gold Medal Final Women's & Men's Handball Rowing � Finals Softball Women's Table Tennis � Team Bronze, Gold Medal Matches Singles Competition Men's Tennis � Singles Gold Medal Final Women's Tennis � Doubles Gold Medal Final Men's Weightlifting- 94kg Women's Wrestling � Freestyle 63kg, 72kg Gold Medal Final Women's Triathlon Water Polo


�A night of individual event finals in gymnastics sees China's Cheng Fei as the gold medal favorite on women's vault, where she has won the last three world titles. And Cheng could win a second gold on floor exercise. But Team USA leader Alicia Sacramone is a medal contender on both events, and her teammate Shawn Johnson (called by some "The Next Mary Lou") won the world title on floor in 2007. 2008 Beijing Olympics All-Around Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin also competes on floor.

�Tonight, the title of "World's Fastest Woman" is settled in the women's 100m final. One safe bet: Miami's Lauryn Williams should be very much in the mix for gold. The former Miami Hurricane won 2004 Olympic silver, the 2005 world title and silver at the 2007 Worlds. Surprise Olympic Trials winner Muna Lee and Torri Edwards round out the deep USA team, who likely will face tough competition from any or all of three fast and formidable sprinters from Jamaica.

�China's diving queen Guo Jingjing will strive for perfection at the Water Cube as she attempts to defend her Olympic title in the women's 3m springboard final. Her biggest challenger? That would be her synchro partner, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Wu Minxia.


�Four years ago, Beijing wasn't on Sara Hammer's radar. But the former prodigy who had burned out on the sport snapped out of her early retirement when she saw a cyclist she had beaten before (Sarah Ulmer of New Zealand) win Olympic gold in Athens. Now a two-time world champion in the women's individual pursuit, Hammer is a legitimate gold medal contender.

�The USA Women's Basketball Team has been unbeatable at the Olympics (three straight Olympic golds and not a single loss in Olympic play since 1992), but Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Lisa Leslie & Co. have something to prove after finishing third at the 2006 World Championship. Their next chance to make a statement: a live matchup against New Zealand.

�Ever consider trying to run over six miles in less than 28 minutes? Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele is the best in the world in the 10,000m, and tonight, the three-time reigning world champion seeks his second straight Olympic gold to conclude a night of finals in Track & Field.


�Tonight, Track & Field Gold Medal Finals feature the men's hammer throw and women's triple jump and steeplechase.


�The world's top tennis stars look to add Olympic hardware to their Grand Slam collections in the men's singles and women's doubles finals.


�In what could be the final Olympics ever for softball (the sport is being removed from the Olympic program after Beijing), the USA Softball Team has one clear mission: claim a fourth straight Olympic gold. The current challenge is a matchup against the Netherlands.


�During the course of a normal 2�-hour workout, USA weightlifter Cheryl Haworth lifts as much as 25 tons � the equivalent of an F-15 fighter jet or five African elephants. Tonight, she doesn't need to lift any airplanes or circus animals � she simply has to hoist more than anyone else in the super heavyweight class in the hopes of adding another Olympic medal to her 2000 Olympic bronze.

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