Olympics 2012: What to Watch Tuesday

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

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!

Alex Morgan scored a last-minute goal on Canada to deliver Team USA to the gold medal women's soccer match against Japan. It was a nail-biter all the way, though, with the Americans trailing three separate times. An obscure penalty call late in regulation against Canadian goalkeeper Erin Mcleod—holding the ball for more than six seconds—set up a scoring chance forthe U.S., which they converted to tie the game. Then, in the 123rd minute, Morgan got her game-winning header. The U.S. faces Japan on Thursday in a rematch of the 2011 World Championships, which Japan won on penalty kicks.

Morgan's game-winning goal against Team Canada.
Morgan's (kneeling) game-winning goal against Team Canada. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)

Pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr (USA) upset two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia), vaulting 4.75 meters (15' 7") to take gold. Cuba's Yarisley Silva jumped the same height—but with more misses—which was good enough for silver. The Russian took bronze.

Suhr on her way to a gold medal upset.
Suhr on her way to a gold medal upset over two-time Olympic champ Isinbayeva. (AP)

Lolo Jones qualified for today's semifinal of the 100m hurdles, running 12.68 seconds to lead the Amerian women. Her time was second only to Australia's Sally Pearson.

Jones cruises to first in her heat.
Jones cruises to first place in her heat of the 100m hurdles. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

A fatigued Gabby Douglas finished last in the final of the women's uneven bars. The mistake that sunk her routine was a stall on a handstand. "I made a little mistake, but I'm human and when you get towards the end of the Olympics you get drained and tired," she told reporters. "No matter how much rest you get, you wake up and your body is so tired. You train everyday and still compete every other day. You go back in the gym, and it's very hard and your body's stiff." Still, Douglas is expected to medal in today's balance beam final.

Grenada's Kirani James took gold in the men's 400m, outpacing the field with a time of 43.94 seconds. Not only was it Grenada's first ever Olympic medal, but it was also the first time since 1984 that the U.S. didn't take gold (Team USA swept the last two Olympics). No Americans even qualified for last night's final.

Team USA's Michael Tinsley took silver in the men's 400m hurdles, running a personal best 47.91 seconds.

*Triathlon—Men's Final (6:30-8:30am, NBC Sports Network) *This is NOT on broadcast.
British brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are both favorites in this race. Check out this analysis by The Active Times partner Competitor.

Water Polo—Women's Semifinal (10:30-11:45am, NBC)
The U.S. women, silver medal winners in Beijing, square off against Australia, who took bronze in the last Olympics. The Americans beat Spain 9-6 to advance Sunday, while the Aussies took down China in a penalty shoot-out, 20-18.

Beach Volleyball—Women's Semifinal (4-5pm, NBC)
The American duo of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross face 2011 world champions Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva of Brazil in their bid to make the gold medal final.

Franca and Felisberta Da Silva compete early in the London Games.
Larissa França and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva stand in the way of Kessy/Ross. (Ryan Pierse/Getty)

Beach Volleyball—Women's Semifinal (8pm-12am, NBC)
Two-time gold medal champs Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings take on China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi as they look to repeat their past two Olympic performances.

Gymnastics—Apparatus Finals (8pm-12am, NBC)
There are plenty of solid chances for Team USA to medal tonight, including Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman in the balance beam, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman in the floor exercise and Danell Leyva and Jonathon Horton in the parallel bars.

Track & Field—Women's 100m Hurdles (8pm-12am, NBC)
Assuming she makes it through today's semifinal to the finals, Jones will have to overtake Australia's Sally Pearson—who qualified more than a second faster than her—and the specter of her disappointing performance in the finals of the Beijing Olympics.

Track & Field—Men's High Jump (8pm-12am, NBC)
Jesse Williams is the top-ranked of three Americans in the final, with a personal best jump of 2.37 meters. Check out this fascinating read in Esquire about high jumping and the limits of human physiology (Cliff Notes version: In high jump, we seem to have reached the limits of the human body).

Track & Field—Men's 1500m (8pm-12am, NBC)
There are five or six solid contenders for this race, including Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi, who was briefly disqualified for not trying in yesterday's 800m heats. After qualifying for the 1500m final on Sunday (in a time of 3:42.24), he wanted to focus his energies on this race. But his national team neglected to withdraw him from Monday's 800m heats, and he walked off of the track after half a lap. He was banned from further Olympics competition for not making "a bona fide effort". He was reinstated when a medical officer provided the IAAF eveidence showing that Makhloufi was nursing a knee injury. Other contenders include Kenyans Silas Kiplagat and Asbel Kiprock and American Matt Centrowitz.