Olympics 2012: What to Watch Wednesday

Staff Writer
Highlights from Tuesday'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!

Today's gold medal match in women's beach volleyball will feature two U.S. teams. April Ross and Jennifer Kessy shocked the top-seeded Brazilian team in the semifinals. The two are excited not only by the prospect of a guaranteed silver medal or better, but also by the chance to prove that they're not just the "other" American team behind two-time Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

Gymnast Aly Raisman picked up the slack for teammates Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber in the women's apparatus finals, picking up bronze in the balance beam (after a successful appeal by her personal coach, Mihai Brestyan, elevated her score from fourth) and a gold in the floor exercise. All-around champion Douglas has faltered in the individual apparatus finals, finishing last in the uneven bars Monday and seventh in the balance beam. Reigning world champ Wieber, who's suspected of having a stress fracture, finished seventh in the floor exercise.

Aly Raisman competes in the balance beam.
Aly Raisman competes in the balance beam. (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Russian Ivan Ukhov lost his competition singlet (read: track shirt) before his fifth jump in the men's high jump final. The wild-haired Ukhov improvised, donning a ratty shirt he found on the ground, and cleared the 2.33 meter height on his first attempt. At least he wasn't drunk this time. He would go on to win gold with a best jump of 2.38 meters (7' 8"). American Erik Kynard took silver, and three athletes tied for bronze (all will receive medals).

Despite the hype, Lolo Jones didn't make the medal cut in the women's 100m hurdles, finishing fourth in 12.58. In fact, Australia's Sally Pearson blazed an Olympic record (12.35) as she edged out Jones's teammates Dawn Harper (12.37), a two-time gold medalist, and Kellie Wells (12.48).

German diver Stephan Feck had this embarassing dive in the 3m springboard preliminaries, and was widely compared to a child by the online peanut gallery.

German "Feck"s up 3m springboard dive.
Feck on the way to a landing that hurt his pride and, we suspect, his back.

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi, who was briefly disqualified from competition for walking off the track during Monday's 800m heats, won the men's 1500m final with a time of 3:34.08. Dark horse American competitor Leo Manzano surged in the home stretch to take silver.

South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, who took gold in the men's 100m breaststroke, admitted to the Sydney Morning Herald that he'd CHEATED, taking extra dolphin kicks during his underwater pullouts (rules allow for only one kick). ''If you're not doing it, you're falling behind," he said by way of justification.

Britain's BrownleesAlistair and younger brother Jonathan—performed about as expected in the men's triathlon, taking gold and bronze, respectively.

Canoe & Kayak—Various Finals (12:45-1:15pm, NBC)
Four gold medals will be contested at the drag races of paddlesports, flatwater paddling. Check out the men’s K-1 1000m, K-2 1000m and C-1 1000m, and the women’s K-4 500m.

Beach Volleyball—Women's Final (8-11:05pm, NBC)
Two American pairs square off in the gold medal match (see above).

Track & Field—Women's 200m Final (8-11:05pm, NBC)
A star-studded field will compete in today's final, including 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price of Jamaica, American hopefuls Allyson Felix (who has the best-ever time—21.69—of the bunch) and Sanya Richards-Ross, 100m silver medalist Carmelita Jeter, also from Team USA and Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown.