Air Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-12:00 AM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES 2008"
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BMX Makes Its Olympic Debut with Live Primetime Coverage

BEIJING � Aug. 18, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Tuesday begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with women's individual gold medal finals in balance beam and men's gymnastics individual gold medal finals in parallel bars and high bar and track gold medal finals. Primetime will also feature live coverage of BMX racing in its Olympic debut. USA Gymnastics' new dynamic duo, Beijing Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin and silver medalist Shawn Johnson will both compete in the balance beam gold medal final. Liukin is the 2007 and 2005 World champion in the event. Jonathan Horton will represent the USA on high bar where he finished fourth in the Men's All-Around final. For the first time ever BMX is an Olympic event and it's live in primetime. Team USA is very strong in BMX with a team comprised of the No.1 ranked BMX rider in the World Donnie Robinson, Three-time World champion Kyle Bennett and two-time World medalist Mike Day. In track & field, 2005 World silver medalist Sanya Richards finished first in the semifinals and could take home gold for the USA in the women's 400m. Olympic Trials sensation Lolo Jones is a strong gold medal contender for the USA in the women's 100m hurdles. Also in primetime, men's diving springboard gold medal final.

Tuesday's coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME: USA women's volleyball continues to dominate and is live in daytime in the quarterfinal against Italy, who they've upset once before this Olympics. Also, track & field qualifying and USA women's water polo semifinal against Australia.

NBC LATENIGHT: In latenight, men's beach volleyball semifinal, BMX men's quarterfinals and track & field gold medal finals in men's high jump and discus and women's 5000m heats.

CABLE: On USA Network, USA women's basketball led by Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi, take on South Korea in the quarterfinal live. Also on USA, China takes on China in women's beach volleyball and the winner of the match play in the final, that could feature reigning gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the final. A double shot of live men's soccer is on MSNBC with Nigeria vs. Belgium and Argentina vs. Brazil in the semifinals. Also, USA Baseball takes on Chinese Taipei. CNBC is all live on Tuesday with freestyle wrestling (55kg, 60kg) and singles table tennis.



10:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m. all time zones Women's Volleyball � Quarterfinal USA vs. Italy (LIVE) Track & Field Women's Water Polo � Semifinal USA vs. Australia

8:00 p.m. � Midnight ET/PT Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Women's 400m, 100m Hurdles Men's 1500m Gymnastics � Individual Event Gold Medal Finals Men's Parallel Bars, High Bar Women's Balance Beam Men's Diving � Springboard Gold Medal Final Men's Cycling � BMX Quarterfinal (LIVE)

12:35 a.m. � 2:00 a.m.ET/PT Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's High Jump, Discus Throw Women's 5000m Heats Men's Cycling � Men's BMX Quarterfinals Men's Beach Volleyball � Semifinal Rogers/Dalhausser (USA) vs. Geor/Gia (GEO)


Midnight � 2:00 a.m.ET Wrestling � Freestyle, 55kg, 60kg Competition (LIVE) Table Tennis � Singles, Zhuang (USA) vs. Toriola (NGR) (LIVE)

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Boxing � 48kg, 60kg, 81kg Quarterfinals


2:00 a.m. � Noon ET Women's Basketball � Quarterfinals USA vs. South Korea (LIVE) Canoeing (LIVE) Women's Handball � Quarterfinals Hungary vs. Romania Women's Beach Volleyball � Semifinal Tian/Wang (CHN) s. Xue/Zhang (CHN) Men's Triathlon Table Tennis � Singles, First Round Competition


5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m.ET Men's Soccer � Semifinals Nigeria vs. Belgium (LIVE) Semifinals Argentina vs. Brazil (LIVE) Wrestling � Freestyle, 55kg, 60kg Gold Medal Finals Weightlifting � Super Heavyweight Gold Medal Final (LIVE) Baseball � USA vs. Chinese Taipei Women's Volleyball � Quarterfinals China vs. Russia Quarterfinals Cuba vs. Serbia Women's Water Polo � Semifinal Netherlands vs. Hungary Men's Trampoline Gold Medal Final Cycling � Track Gold Medal Final


6:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Synchronized Swimming � Duet Competition Equestrian � Individual Dressage Gold Medal Final Gymnastics on Oxygen


2:00 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. ET Men's Soccer � Semifinal (LIVE) Gymnastics � Individual Events Gold Medal Finals Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's Diving � Springboard Semifinal Women's Beach Volleyball � Semifinal

8:30 a.m. � 11:00 a.m. Men's Soccer � Semifinal (LIVE)

Midnight � 1:00 a.m. TBA


24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage


2:30 a.m. � 2:30 p.m.ET Women's Quarterfinals Round 2:30 a.m. � 4:15 a.m. Game #1 (LIVE) 4:45 a.m. � 6:30 a.m. Game #2 (LIVE) 6:30 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. Game #1 or #2 re-air 8:00 a.m. � 9:45 a.m. Game #3 (LIVE) 10:15 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Game # 4 (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. � 1:45 p.m. USA Game re-air 1:45 p.m. � 2:30 p.m. Game of the Day-2nd half re-air


6:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m.ET Men's Semifinals 6:00 a.m. � 7:45 a.m. Match #1 (LIVE) 9:00 a.m. � 10:45 a.m. Match #2 (LIVE) 11:00 a.m. � 3 p.m. Match Re-airs 3:00 p.m. � 5:00 p.m. Match of the Day (re-air) 5:00 p.m. � 6:00 p.m. Second Match (second half re-air)


Baseball Men's Field Hockey Women's Field Hockey Sailing � Competition & Gold Medal Final Men's Taekwondo � 58kg Competition Women's Taekwondo � 49kg Competition Women's Basketball Canoeing � Flatwater Competition Cycling � Track Competition BMX Competition Equestrian � Individual Dressage Gold Medal Final Women's & Men's Handball Men's Soccer � Semifinals Men's & Women's Table Tennis � Singles Competition Men's Weightlifting - +105kg Men's Wrestling � Freestyle 55kg, 60kg Gold Medal Finals Freestyle 66kg, 74kg Softball � Semifinals Women's Swimming � Open Water Competition Water Polo


The women's balance beam final should be a showcase for America's top two gymnasts: Nastia Liukin, the reigning world champion on this event, and Shawn Johnson, the reigning world all-around champion.

Sanya Richards is one half of what could be the world's fastest couple � her fiance is cornerback Aaron Ross of the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Richards, the 2005 world silver medalist in the women's 400m, should contend for gold in her best event.

Olympic Trials sensation Lolo Jones declared herself as a gold medal contender in the women's 100m hurdles with her stunning times in Eugene. The first-time Olympian looks to win America's second straight gold in this event tonight.

The world's dominant diving power will have two of its stars on display in men's 3m springboard, as Qin Kai (the 2007 world champion) and He Chong (the 2008 World Cup champion) attempt to fend off Olympic silver medalist and 2005 world champion Alexandre Despatie of Canada. Troy Dumais is the top American contender.


The USA Women's Water Polo Team finished second in Sydney and third in Athens, but now has its sights on Olympic gold after winning the 2007 world championships. Team USA looks to advance to the gold medal match with a win in the semifinals against Australia.

Legendary Chinese coach (and former player) "Jenny" Lang Ping, whose popularity has been likened to that of Michael Jordan in the Olympic host nation, looks to lead the USA Women's Volleyball Team one step closer to medal contention in the quarterfinal round when they meet Italy.


In BMX, watch as competitors race through a treacherous course filled with turns, bumps and jumps as they try to advance toward the gold medal final. Though the event is unpredictable, Team USA has strong contenders in Kyle Bennett, Mike Day and Donny Robinson on the men's side


The USA Women's Basketball Team has dominated the Olympic stage (three straight gold medals and no Olympic losses since 1992), but was dethroned at the 2006 World Championship. The next step in the march towards gold: navigating through the women's quarterfinals against South Korea.


In freestyle wrestling's lightest weight class (55kg/121 lbs), watch for USA's Henry Cejudo, a 21-year-old phenom from Mexico City. Also this day: Freestyle 60kg. Also, two live men's soccer matches.


In equestrian's individual dressage final, watch for Japan's Hiroshi Hoketsu � the 67-year-old is making his second Olympic appearance, 44 years after first competing as a show jumper at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. Plus go inside gymnastics as that sport's competition concludes with event finals.

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