**CORRECTION: TRACK & FIELD GOLD MEDAL FINALS FRIDAY IN PRIMETIME ON NBC
Men's Platform Diving Semifinals Live
**Please note correction to the spelling of Shalane Flanagan's name in first graph and in NBC Late Night Highlights the medal round of the women's volleyball game.**
BEIJING � August 22, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Friday begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and features track & field gold medal finals in the men's pole vault, women's long jump and 500m, men's and women's 4x100m relay and the final day of the decathlon concluding with the1500m. Highlighting the track coverage in the decathlon 1500m is the USA's 2004 silver medalist American Bryan Clay who leads after day 1. For the first time since the inclusion of the women's 5000m, the USA has three women in the final with Beijing Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher and Jen Rhines. In the women's long jump gold medal final, representing the USA are Brittney Reese, Funmi Jimoh and Grace Upshaw. Live in primetime, is the men's platform diving semifinal. 2008 World Cup bronze medalist David Boudia and his partner Thomas Finchum, who took fifth in synchronized diving this Olympics, will compete against each other during the individual competition. This event is the most vulnerable for China, however they are seven for seven in diving gold medals and representing them in this event is 20-year-old Zhou Luxin.
Friday's coverage continues with the following:
Live in daytime is the highly anticipated USA men's basketball semifinal where Kobe, Lebron and the "Redeem Team" take on Argentina to advance to the gold medal final. Also, the women's table tennis gold medal final, the final day of the decathlon and rhythmic gymnastics competition.
Live in latenight is the women's volleyball bronze medal match where China will take on Cuba. Also in latenight, men's table tennis semifinals and synchronized swimming competition.
Live on CNBC are semifinals in boxing and baseball as Korea takes on Japan. On USA Network, live men's basketball with the semifinal between Spain and Lithuania and the men's water polo semifinal between Hungary and Montenegro. Also on USA, canoeing gold medal finals. Live on MSNBC is the men's soccer bronze medal game between Brazil and Belgium. Also, USA baseball takes on Cuba.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 � DAY 14
NBC and NBC HD
10:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m.
Track & Field � Decathlon, Final Day
Men's Basketball � Semifinal USA vs. Argentina (LIVE)
Gymnastics � Rhythmic Competition
Women's Table Tennis � Gold Medal Final
8:00 p.m. � Midnight
Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals
Men's 4x100m Relay, Pole Vault
Women's 4x100m Relay, Long Jump, 5000m
Men's Diving � Platform Semifinal (LIVE)
12:35 a.m. � 2:00 a.m.
Women's Volleyball � Bronze Medal Match (LIVE)
Men's Table Tennis � Singles Semifinals
Synchronized Swimming � Team Competition
CNBC and CNBC HD
Midnight � 4:00 a.m.
Boxing � Semifinals (51kg, 57kg, 64kg, 75kg, 91kg)(LIVE)
Baseball � Semifinal (LIVE)
5:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.
Boxing � Semifinals (48kg, 54kg, 60kg, 69kg, 81kg, +91kg)
USA and USA HD
2:00 a.m. � Noon
Men's Basketball � Semifinal Spain vs. Lituania (LIVE)
Men's Water Polo � Semifinal Hungary vs. Montenegro (LIVE)
Men's Track & Field � 50k Walk
Men's Table Tennis - Quarterfinals
Canoeing � Gold Medal Finals
5:00 a.m. � 5:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer � Bronze Medal Match Brazil vs. Belgium (LIVE)
Baseball � Semifinal USA vs. Cuba
Men's Volleyball � Semifinal Brazil vs. Italy
Women's Field Hockey � Bronze Medal Game Germany vs. Argentina
Women's Modern Pentathlon
Women's Table Tennis � Singles Semifinals
Men's Handball � Semifinal France vs. Croatia
6:00 p.m. � 8:00 p.m.
Women's Field Hockey � Gold Medal Game
2:00 a.m. � 6:00 a.m.
Women's Diving � Platform Gold Medal Final
Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals
Men's Beach Volleyball � Gold Medal Match
6:55 a.m. � 10:00 a.m.
Men's Soccer � Bronze Medal Match (LIVE)
Men's Basketball � Semifinal (LIVE)
11:00 p.m. � 2:00 a.m.
Men's Soccer � Gold Medal Match (LIVE)
24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL
7:00 a.m. � 7:00 p.m.
Men's Bronze Medal and Women's Final Encore
7:00 a.m. � 8:45 a.m. Men's Bronze Medal (LIVE)
9:00 a.m. � 10:45 a.m. Women's Bronze Medal
10:45 a.m. � 12:30 a.m. Women's Gold Medal Final
12:30 a.m. � 1:00 p.m. Women's Medal Ceremony
1:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m. Match Re-airs
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL
8:00 a.m. � 8:00 p.m.
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
NBCOlympics.com - LIVE STREAMING BROADBAND COVERAGE:
Baseball � Semifinal & Bronze Medal Game
Women's Field Hockey � Gold Medal Game
Men's Field Hockey
Women's Modern Pentathlon � Swimming, Riding & Running
Men's Taekwondo � 80kg Gold Medal Finals, +80kg Competition
Women's Taekwondo � 67kg Gold Medal Finals, +67kg Competition
Men's Basketball � Semifinals
Canoeing � Flatwater Gold Medal Finals
Women's Mountain Bike
Men's Handball � Competition & Semifinals
Women's Handball � Competition & Bronze Medal Game
Men's Soccer � Bronze & Gold Medal Matches
Men's Table Tennis � Quarterfinals
Women's Table Tennis � Singles Bronze & Gold Medal Matches
NBC PRIMETIME HIGHLIGHTS:
� The world's top two decathletes, the Czech Republic's Roman Sebrle and America's Bryan Clay, who finished 1-2 in Athens, may be competing head-to-head once more to determine who is the "World's Greatest Athlete" as the decathlon concludes with five events on Day 2. Gold medals are also at stake in the women's 5000m, the women's long jump, and the men's pole vault.
� The final diving competition of the Beijing Olympics, the men's 10m platform, is perhaps the most wide open. As usual, China is expected to field two strong contenders, but this event has been a relative weak spot for the host country in recent years. American teens and training partners David Boudia (who performs among the most difficult sets of dives in the world) and Thomas Finchum give Team USA two legitimate contenders. Russia's Gleb Gelperin is the reigning world champion. And look for emerging British sensation Tom Daley, competing in his first Olympics at age 14.
NBC DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS:
� Four years ago in Athens, the unthinkable happened: Team USA failed to advance to the men's basketball final, falling to eventual champion Argentina and it's pay back time as they meet again. In today's live semifinal, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant look to lead the "Redeem Team" back to the gold medal game.
NBC LATENIGHT HIGHLIGHTS:
� Grace and beauty are on display as the world's top synchronized swimming teams compete for a berth in the gold medal final. Russia, which dominated the 2007 World Championships, has won the last two Olympic gold medals and should win a third straight in Beijing.
� Catch live team sport action in men's basketball, featuring a semifinal showdown between two of the world's best teams, Spain and Lithuania.
� Olympic gold is on the line in the longest Track & Field event at the Games: the Men's 50km Walk.
� The women's competition in modern pentathlon features American Sheila Taormina, who will be competing in her fourth Olympics in her third different sport (she was a swimming relay gold medalist in 1996 and competed in triathlon in 2000 and 2004).
� Team sport competitions near their conclusion with medals at stake in men's soccer and women's field hockey plus semifinal action in baseball, men's volleyball and men's handball.
� Catch live coverage of boxing semifinals in multiple weight classes.
� Watch as Olympic gold is determined in women's field hockey gold medal game.