Olympics 2012: What to Watch Saturday
Because the Olympics are too HUGE to watch them all...we're breaking down each day’s broadcast coverage to bring you an action-packed daily blueprint that is sure to capture the drama and pageantry, the inspiring successes and (hilarious, we hope) disappointments that make the Olympics so special. So grab the remote control, pull up an easy chair and let the games begin!
THE DAY 14 DOWNLOAD
American Jordan Burroughs made good on his Twitter promise to take gold in men's 74kg freestyle wrestling. He celebrated like crazy, hopping on the podium half an hour before the medal ceremony, climbed into the stands to hug his mom, and told reporters he was so determined to win gold that, even if Queen Elizabeth herself stepped into the mat, he probably would double-leg her. USA Wrestling plans to reward him with a $250,000 bonus check. Now that's gold you can put in the bank.
In men's basketball, Team USA beat Argentina 109-83 behind a third-quarter surge. They will play Spain—and the NBA's Gasol brothers—who beat Russia 67-59. Today's final will be a rematch of Beijing's gold medal game.
The Bahamas ran down Team USA in the anchor leg of the men's 4x400m to take gold. The Americans, who lost Manteo Mitchell when his leg broke halfway around the track in the semifinal, finished 0.3 seconds later to take silver.
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba may not be the greatest woman distance runner of all time, after all. She finished third in yesterday's 5000m final, behind teammate Meseret Defar and Kenyan Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot.
Carmelita Jeter anchored Team USA's world record-breaking run in the women's 4x100m relay, which shaved more than half a second off of East Germany's 27-year-old mark., 200-meter champion and Bianca Knight gave Jeter the strong lead-out she needed to make history.
NBC pulled its overly sexual Bodies in Motion video, which was supposed to celebrate women Olympians. Instead, it was a 2 minute, 18 second slo-mo montage of spanky-clad track athletes, beach volleyball players picking their wedgies and patting each other on the bum, and tennis players' skirts blowing up in the wind, all with a terrible 1980s porn-worthy jazz soundtrack. Here it is:
WHAT TO WATCH SATURDAY
*Soccer—Men's Final (10am-12pm, NBC Sports Network) *This is NOT on broadcast.
Team Mexico takes its Cinderella story all the way to the gold medal match, where it faces powerhouse Brazil.
Cycling—Women's Mountain Bike (12:45-1pm, 2-2:15pm, 2:45-3pm, NBC)
See the world's top women roll up and down London's manmade mountains. Among those racing are Americans Georgia Gould and Lea Davison.
Basketball—Women's Final (4-6pm, NBC)
Team USA faces France in its fifth straight gold medal game.
Track & Field—Men's 4x100m Final (8pm-12am, NBC)
Bolt is back, looking for his third gold medal in this Olympics. He'll have to overcome the American men, who set a national record in the qualifying heats, while edging out Bolt's Jamaican squad by .01 seconds.
Track & Field—Women's 4x400m Final (8pm-12am, NBC)
The American women are heavy favorites in this race, having won the past four Olympic games and qualified three seconds faster than their closest competition, Jamaica. 400m champ Sanya Richards-Ross is expected to be part of the squad.
Indoor Volleyball—Women's Final (8pm-12am, NBC)
In a rematch of the 2008 Olympics final, Team USA faces Brazil. Brazil beat the Americans then, but have shown signs of weakness in this tournament. They lost to the U.S. in the second match of this Olympics, and were swept by Korea.