Air Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-12:00 AM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES 2008"
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Men's Marathon Live in Primetime

BEIJING � August 23, 2008 � NBC's primetime coverage of the Beijing Olympics Saturday begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. in all other time zones and features track & field gold medal finals in the men's 800m, 5000m and 4x400 relay and women's 1,500m, high jump and 4x400 relay and live coverage of the men's marathon. Live in primetime is the men's marathon where rising American star Ryan Hall looks to continue Team USA's distance running revival. Hall followed a strong marathon debut in 2007 with the fastest ever marathon time by an American-born runner at the 2008 London Marathon. In the men's and women's 4x400m relay, both USA teams advanced to the final with the women's team posting the fastest time. The men's 5000m features reigning world champion Bernard Lagat of the USA who will look for his first medal of the Games after failing to qualify for the 1500m final. In the women's high jump, Chaunte Howard will represent the USA in the gold medal final, but will be challenged by 2007 world champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia who is on a 34-meet winning streak going into the Olympic final. Also in primetime is the men's platform diving gold medal final.

Saturday's coverage continues with the following:

NBC DAYTIME: Live in daytime is the women's basketball gold medal final where the USA takes on Australia for the third straight time. In women's volleyball, Team USA takes on Brazil in the gold medal match. Also in daytime, synchronized swimming, flatwater canoeing, rhythmic gymnastics and boxing gold medal finals.

NBC LATENIGHT: The game Team USA has been waiting for since Athens is live in late night. Team USA in men's basketball in the gold medal game vs.Spain. Kobe, Lebron and the "Redeem Team" have crushed the opposition all tournament long and have this final game to win before accomplishing their goal. Also in latenight, boxing, men's table tennis and men's javelin gold medal finals.

CABLE: Live on CNBC, Nigeria takes on Argentina in the men's soccer gold medal final. USA Network is packed with team gold medal finals. In baseball, Cuba takes on South Korea live and in the bronze medal game it's USA vs. Japan. In women's handball, Norway takes on Russia and in men's field hockey it's Germany vs. Spain. In the men's water polo semifinal, Team USA looks to defeat Serbia to advance to the gold medal final.



10:00 a.m. � 6:00 p.m. Women's Basketball � Gold Medal Game USA vs. Australia (LIVE) Women's Volleyball � Gold Medal Match USA vs. Brazil Synchronized Swimming � Team Gold Medal Final Canoeing � Gold Medal Finals Gymnastics � Rhythmic Individual Gold Medal Final Boxing � Gold Medal Finals

7:30 p.m. � Midnight Men's Track & Field � Marathon (LIVE) Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's 800m, 5000m, 4x400 Relay Women's 1500m, 4x400 Relay, High Jump Men's Diving � Platform Gold Medal Final

**Pacific Coast Primetime begins at 6:30pm PT**

12:30 a.m. � 5:00 a.m. Men's Basketball � Gold Medal Game USA vs. Spain (LIVE) Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's Javelin Throw Boxing � Gold Medal Finals Men's Table Tennis � Singles Gold Medal Match Men's Mountain Bike


Midnight � 2:00 a.m. Men's Soccer � Gold Medal Game Nigeria vs. Argentina (LIVE)


2:00 a.m. � 10:00 a.m. Baseball � Gold Medal Game Cuba vs. South Korea (LIVE) Bronze Medal Game USA vs. Japan Men's Water Polo � Semifinal USA vs. Serbia Women's Handball � Gold Medal Game Norway vs. Russia Bronze Medal Game South Korea vs. Hungary Men's Field Hockey � Gold Medal Game Germany vs. Spain Men's Table Tennis � Singles Semifinal


8:00 a.m. � 10:00 a.m.

**Please note there will be no coverage on MSNBC**


6:00 a.m. � 2:00 p.m. Baseball � Gold Medal Game (LIVE) Track & Field � Gold Medal Finals Men's Diving � Platform Semifinal Boxing � Gold Medal Finals

6:00 p.m. � 7:30 p.m. Men's Volleyball - Semifinal

Midnight � 1:00 a.m. TBA


24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage


Midnight � Noon Men's Final 12:00 a.m. � 1:45 a.m. Men's Gold Medal Final (LIVE) 2:40 a.m. � 3:00 a.m. Medal Ceremony (LIVE) 3:00 a.m. � 5:30 a.m. Match Re-airs 5:30 a.m. � 8:00 a.m. Match Re-airs 8:00 a.m. � 10:30 a.m. Match Re-airs 10:30 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. Men's Gold Medal Final (re-air)


7:30 a.m. � 7:30 p.m. Women's Final 7:30 a.m. � 9:15 a.m. Bronze Medal Game (LIVE) 10:00 a.m. � 11:45 a.m. Gold Medal Final (LIVE) 12:00 p.m. � 4:00 p.m. Medal Ceremony (LIVE) 12:30 p.m. � 5:30 p.m. Game Re-airs 5:30 p.m. � 7:30 p.m. Gold Medal Final Re-air


Baseball � Gold Medal Final Men's Field Hockey � Gold Medal Final Men's Taekwondo - +80kg Gold Medal Final Women's Taekwondo - +67kg Gold Medal Final Women's Basketball � Gold & Bronze Medal Games Men's Basketball � Bronze Medal Game Canoeing � Flatwater Gold Medal Finals Men's Mountain Bike Women's Handball � Gold & Bronze Medal Games Men's Handball � Classification & Bronze Medal Games Men's Soccer � Gold Medal Match Men's Table Tennis � Singles Gold & Bronze Medal Matches Water Polo


Live coverage of the classic Olympic event, the Men's Marathon, as rising American star Ryan Hall of Big Bear Lake, California, looks to continue Team USA's distance running revival. Hall followed a strong marathon debut in 2007 with the fastest ever marathon time by an American-born runner at the 2008 London Marathon.

The competition on the track concludes, featuring gold medal finals in the men's and women's 4x400m Relays. On the men's side, Jeremy Wariner should lead a USA quartet that is among the biggest favorites in the entire Olympics, and American record holder Sanya Richards should pace the Team USA women.

At the 2007 World Championships, Kenyan-born American Bernard Lagat completed an impressive double, winning gold in the 1500m and 5000m. Today Lagat races for Olympic gold in the 5000m. Also watch for gold medal finals in the men's 800m, the women's 1500m, the men's javelin throw and the women's high jump.

The diving competition concludes with the gold medal final in the men's 10m platform. China is expected to field two strong contenders, and Russia's Gleb Galperin is the reigning world champion, but in this wide-open event a trio of teenagers has a chance to challenge the favorites: Americans David Boudia (who performs among the most difficult sets of dives in the world) and Thomas Finchum, who train together in Indianapolis, and emerging British sensation Tom Daley, competing in his first Olympics at age 14.


It's gold medals galore on NBC: In live women's basketball, Team USA aims for its fourth consecutive gold, three of which were against Australia (with Lisa Leslie a standout on all four teams); plus finals in women's volleyball, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming's team event, five boxing weight classes, and flatwater canoeing.


Stay up late for special live coverage of the Men's Basketball Gold Medal Game. Will this edition of Team USA � featuring megastars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant � earn the nickname "Redeem Team" by capturing Olympic gold for the first time in eight years?


Team sport gold medal games abound, with gold at stake in baseball, women's handball and men's field hockey.


Four years ago, Argentina won the men's soccer gold, igniting celebrations in the streets of Buenos Aires. The defending champions, now led by rising star Lionel Messi, will look to repeat in today's live gold medal match against Nigeria.

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