Air Date: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-12:00 AM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES 2008"
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Track & Field & Women's Platform Diving Gold Medal Finals in Primetime

BEIJING � August 21, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Thursday begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and features live coverage of the men's beach volleyball gold medal final where USA's Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser take on Brazil (Marcio Araujo/Fabio Luiz). In track & field, the 400m gold medal final is highlighted by USA's Jeremy Wariner who looks to defend his 2004 Olympic gold medal in the event. In the men's 110m hurdles gold medal final representing the USA are David Oliver and David Payne. In the women's 200m, 2007 World Champion Allyson Felix looks to take gold from defending 2004 Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell- Brown of Jamaica. Also in track & field, men's triple jump gold medal finals and day one of the decathlon featuring 2004 Olympic silver medalist Brian Clay. In the women's platform diving gold medal final, USA's Laura Wilkinson, 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the event, looks to take gold for the second and last time as she's announced her retirement after these Games.

Wednesday's coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME: Equestrian's individual jumping gold medal final and women's water polo bronze or gold medal matches highlights Wednesday in daytime. Also, track & field's decathlon and rhythmic gymnastics competition along with a special softball gold medal final report.

NBC LATENIGHT: Live in latenight is a men's volleyball semifinal match. Also, track & field's women's javelin gold medal final and men's beach volleyball bronze medal match.

CABLE: Live on USA Network are two of the most highly anticipated USA women's gold medal finals with softball's last appearance in an Olympic Games and USA women's soccer taking on Brazil, led by arguably the best female player in the world, Marta. Live on MSNBC, two women's basketball semifinal games between USA and Russia and China and Australia. Also live, the women's soccer bronze medal game with Germany taking on Japan and women's water polo with Australia vs. Hungary.



10:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m. Track & Field - Decathlon Gymnastics � Rhythmic Competition Women's Water Polo � Gold or Bronze Medal Match Equestrian � Individual Jumping Gold Medal Final Softball � Gold Medal Game Report

8:00 p.m. � Midnight Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's 400m, 110m Hurdles, Triple Jump Women's 200m Decathlon Day 1 Women's Diving � Platform Gold Medal Final Men's Beach Volleyball � Gold Medal Match (LIVE)

12:35 a.m. � 2:00 a.m Men's Volleyball � Semifinal (LIVE) Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Women's Javelin Throw Men's Beach Volleyball � Bronze Medal Match


Midnight - 2:00 a.m. Women's Track & Field � 20k Walk

5:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m. Wrestling � Freestyle 84kg, 96kg, 120kg Gold Medal Finals


2:00 a.m. � Noon Women's Soccer � Gold Medal Match (LIVE) Softball � Gold Medal Game (LIVE) Women's Beach Volleyball � Bronze Medal Match China vs. Brazil Men's Swimming � Marathon Canoeing � Semifinals Women's Table Tennis � Quarterfinal Men's Table Tennis


5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m. Women's Basketball � Semifinal USA vs. Russia (LIVE Semifinal China vs. Australia (LIVE) Women's Soccer � Bronze Medal Match Germany vs. Japan (LIVE) Women's Water Polo � Bronze Medal Match Australia vs. Hungary (LIVE) Wrestling � Freestyle 84kg, 96kg, 120kg Competition Women's Handball � Semifinals Norway vs. Korea Women's Volleyball � Semifinal China vs. Brazil Men's Field Hockey � Semifinal Netherlands vs. Germany


6:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m. Gymnastics on Oxygen Gala


2:00 a.m. � 6:00 a.m. Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Women's Diving � Platform Competition and Semifinal

8:00 a.m. � 11:00 a.m.

Women's Soccer � Gold Medal Match (LIVE) Women's Beach Volleyball � Gold Medal Match

Midnight � 1:00 a.m. TBA


24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage


6:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m. Women's Final 6:00 a.m. � 7:45 a.m. Bronze Medal (LIVE) 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Gold Medal (LIVE) 11:40 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Medal Ceremony (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. � 6:00 p.m. Cycle repeats


8:00 a.m. � 8:00 p.m. Women's Semifinals 8:00 a.m. � 9:45 a.m. Game #1 (LIVE) 10:15 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Game #2 (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. � 4:00 p.m. Game Re-airs 4:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m Game Re-airs


Baseball � Semifinal Men's & Women's Field Hockey Men's Modern Pentathlon � Swimming, Riding & Running Women's Modern Pentathlon � Shooting & Fencing Sailing � Gold Medal Finals Men's Taekwondo � 68kg Gold Medal Finals, 80kg Competition Women's Taekwondo � 57kg Gold Medal Finals, 67kg Competition Women's Basketball � Semifinals Canoeing � Flatwater Semifinals Women's Handball � Competition & Semifinals Men's Handball Equestrian � Individual Jumping Gold Medal Final Women's Soccer � Gold & Bronze Medal Games Softball � Gold Medal Game Men's & Women's Table Tennis � Singles Competition & Semifinals Men's Wrestling � Freestyle 84kg, 96kg, 120kg Water Polo


� Defending Olympic gold medalist and two-time reigning world champion Jeremy Wariner � whose agent and mentor is the only man to repeat as Olympic 400m champion Michael Johnson � has been dominant in his signature event, the 400m, though fellow American LaShawn Merritt topped Wariner at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Led by Wariner, the USA swept the medals in Athens and at the 2007 World Championships, and a repeat sweep with Wariner and Merritt at the fore in Beijing is possible.

� Four years ago, teen sensation Allyson Felix was a rising star and won the 200m silver in her Olympic debut. Last year at the World Championships, she dominated the field and is the favorite for gold in Beijing. Also watch for Jamaican sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown, the defending Olympic champion in the 200m.

� While expecting a showdown with Athens gold medalist Liu Xiang in his home country, instead world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba will contend with a pair of Americans, David Oliver and David Payne, in a bid for his first Olympic medal. Also in contention for an upset is 2005 World champion Ladji Doucoure of France.

� Who's the "World's Greatest Athlete?" It just may be reigning Olympic and world champion Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, who will face a strong challenge from his good friend and Athens silver medalist Bryan Clay in Day 1 of the two-day decathlon competition.

� Laura Wilkinson is used to being the underdog. In Sydney she came back from eighth place in the final round to win an unexpected gold medal, competing with broken bones in her foot. Then after a fifth-place finish in Athens, Wilkinson came back to win a world championship one year later. Now, at age 30, she plays the underdog again, this time behind two Chinese teens half her age: Wang Xin, the 2007 world champion, and Chen Ruolin, 2008 World Cup champion.


� Gold is at stake in women's water polo for the third time in Olympic history, and Team USA, led by Brenda Villa, could be looking to add one to its collection after winning silver in 2000 and bronze in 2004.


� If you like volleyball, this show is for you. Indoors, you'll find live semifinal action. On the sand, it's the men's bronze medal match in beach volleyball.


� This could be a golden day for Team USA in women's team sports live on USA. First, the USA Softball Team is expected to play for its fourth � and perhaps final � Olympic gold medal (softball has been removed from the Olympic program beginning in 2012). Also, the USA Women's Soccer Team, led by a new generation of stars is looking to repeat as Olympic champion, as they take on Marta and Team Brazil.


� The USA Women's Basketball Team has won three straight Olympic gold medals, and Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Lisa Leslie & Co. and today will take on Russia in the semifinal, live on MSNBC.


� Gold medals are on the line as the big men take the mat in Freestyle Wrestling's 84kg, 96kg and 120kg Finals. Daniel Cormier, in the 96kg class, is one of Team USA's top hopes, and New Jersey's Steve Mocco makes his Olympic debut in the 120kg class, representing a family of athletes.


� An encore presentation of the gymnastics Champions Gala, featuring the men's and women's stars of the Beijing gymnastics competition one last time as they perform routines set to their favorite music.

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