Everything You Need To Know To Watch The 2016 Olympics In Rio De Janeiro
It’s that time again, when everyone pretends that they’ve been keeping up with gymnastics and fencing for the past four years but don’t really know how to watch the Olympics or where to find the events. And who can blame anyone for not knowing what events are airing when? The Olympics are running, it seems, 24 hours a day, broadcast from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. You probably won’t be able to see anything else on the TV at the local bar, so brace yourself. Like always, all of the events can be found on NBC, who will be doing TV coverage nonstop and a live stream at NBCOlympics.com, without an authentication, and the NBC Sports app. You don’t have to miss a minute of anything.
Even though the opening ceremony isn’t until Friday, soccer has already begun because it takes a while to knock out enough teams to make the finals interesting — it’s like a mini World Cup before the official games begin, which is really a bonus (if you are a geek like myself.) The U.S. Women’s soccer team is probably one of the most badass groups of women in the entire world. The first game is actually Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and then the next will be Saturday. If they win, they’ll go onto the knockout stage and play the week after. The team is poised to take the gold (so take that men’s soccer).
There are some other must-see events, too.
The Fierce Five are back — with just two of the OG members. Gabbie Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez will be household names soon, as they’re the most decorated women’s gymnastics team in years. Also, they’re crazy diverse (Hernandez is the first Puerto Rican woman to make the team). They start their events Sunday, Aug. 7 early in the morning, but it’s bound to be repeat all day long. Their finals will be Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte seem to be Team USA’s golden boys. Phelps is carrying the American flag during the opening ceremony, and Lochte is already making waves (see what I did there?) with a new look for the Summer Games. Lochte’s first event, the individual medley, is Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. ET. Phelps’ first event is Monday at noon ET in the 200 meter butterfly. But other men’s swimming events will be happening in the evening Saturday, Aug. 6, too.
Just because Phelps and Lochte are famous doesn’t mean women’s swimming isn’t hardcore — it really is. The first women’s swim events start Saturday, Aug. 6 in the afternoon, so you can sleep in and watch during brunch.
Track & Field
Track and field teams don’t get started until the tail end of the games, with events beginning Aug. 12 in the afternoon. But after that, it’s all sprints and shot put.
It is complete BS that the women’s Olympic basketball games are all in the morning — USA’s first game is Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. ET. Guess when the men’s first game is? Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. This is me shaking my fist at the patriarchy.
It cracks me up that this is an Olympic sport, because I associate it mainly with Beverly Hills: 90210 (the original, obviously). Both the men’s and women’s U.S. teams have games in the afternoon Sunday, Aug. 7.
That’s only a taste of all the sports and events happening at the Olympics this year. If you want archery, table tennis, diving, golf, sailing, or any other sport’s schedule, you and Google are on your own (or you can check here).