Olympics 2012: What to Watch Thursday

Highlights from Wednesday's action, plus what's worth watching today
Staff Writer

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!

WHAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY
American Nathan Adrian won the 100m freestyle by the smallest margin possible, edging out Aussie powerhouse James Magnussen by .01 seconds.

As expected (and predicted here yesterday), Bradley Wiggins won the men's time trial by a full 42 seconds over reigning world champ Tony Martin of Germany. Fellow Briton and Team Sky pro rider Chris Froome took bronze.

American Kristin Armstrong won her second women's time trial (again, predicted) in as many Olympics, beating runner-up Judith Arndt of Germany by 15 seconds over the 29km distance.

Nobody who I mentioned won a medal in the men's whitewater kayak championship. Instead, it was won by Italy's Daniele Molmenti.

Mariel Zagunis failed to repeat her gold-medal performance from Beijing in sabre fencing. In fact, nobody from the U.S. placed in the same event where they had swept the medals at the last Olympics.

Top-ranked archer Brady Ellison of the U.S. was knocked out of medal contention in a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Australian Taylor Worth.

Four badminton teams—two South Korean pairs, an Indonesian and a Chinese—were disqualified from competing in the next round of the Olympics for purposely trying to throw their last games to earn a more favorable draw in the quarterfinals "knockout" round.

The U.S. women's 4x200m freestyle relay team set an Olympic record on their way to gold, anchored by breakout swimmer Allison Schmitt, who caught and pulled away from the competition in her anchor leg.

WHAT TO WATCH THURSDAY
Canoe/Kayak—Men’s Whitewater, C-2 (10:15-10:45am, NBC)
Brothers Peter and Pavol Hochschorner, three-time consecutive Olympic champions from Slovakia and current world champions, are heavily favored to take this one. Americans Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer, whose fathers also trained together in C-2, hope to medal.

Men’s and Women’s Cycling Track Team Sprint Finals (12:45-1:20pm, NBC)

Gymnastics—Women's All-Around Finals (8pm-12am, NBC)
See how Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, riding high from their team gold, fare against top-seeded Russian Viktoria Komova in the contest for top overall gymnast.

Swimming—Men’s 200m IM Final (8pm-12am, NBC)
The second Phelps/Lochte showdown. Need we say more?

Swimming—Finals Galore (8pm-12am, NBC)
There's plenty of swimming to see tonight outside of Lochte-Phelps, including finals in the men’s 200m backstroke (Americans Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte are seeded 1-2, respectively), the women’s 200m breaststroke (American Rebecca Soni set a world record in the qualifying round, setting he up as the clear favorite) and women's 100m freestyle (look for Missy Franklin).

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