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How to watch the Olympics

Catch your favorite sports and our local athletes

Posted: July 20, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2012 6:00 a.m.
The SCV’s Alysia Montano wins the 800-meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She will compete in the 800 in London. The SCV’s Alysia Montano wins the 800-meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She will compete in the 800 in London.
The SCV’s Alysia Montano wins the 800-meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She will compete in the 800 in London.
Allyson Felix Allyson Felix
Allyson Felix
Alysia Montano Alysia Montano
Alysia Montano
Anthony Ervin Anthony Ervin
Anthony Ervin
David Smith David Smith
David Smith

Take heart my friends, the television doldrums are about to be energized. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin on Friday, July 27 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 12. And, as most of us won’t be making a trip to London, where the games are being held, the real Olympics for us revolves around the televised events brought to us by NBC.

Whatever your favorite sports are and whoever your favorite athletes are, you can probably catch ’em on TV if you plan things well. But SCV residents should know that four local athletes will be competing: Allyson Felix in the women’s 100- and 200-meter runs and 4x100 relay, Canyon High graduate Alysia Montano in the women’s 800-meter run, Hart High graduate Anthony Ervin in men’s 50-meter freestyle swimming, and Saugus High graduate David Smith in men’s volleyball.

Below, we offer you the dates and times for those events. And, while there simply isn’t room for the entire Olympic viewing schedule, we tell you how to find what you want. But you might have to record some events if you ever intend to sleep.

So, go USA! And, go SCV!

A variety of television networks will broadcast events from the Summer Olympics, with NBC offering more than 272 hours, over 17 days, and NBC Sports Network with more than 292 hours. Following that will be MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo. The two NBC Universal specialty channels devoted to soccer and basketball will offer 770 hours of coverage — and NBC Universal will have 173 hours of Spanish-language Olympic coverage on Telemundo. Additionally, all 302 events from all 32 sports will be streamed live online and via a special Live Extra app for smartphones and tablets.

Basically, your Olympic viewing plan should begin at There you can find out all about the online offerings as well as the major broadcasts.

To see when a specific event will take place, get started by clicking “Results & Schedules” or “Select a Sport” and go from there. Once you know when your event is taking place (be sure you select “Local Time” and not “London Time”), click “TV Listings” to select your network. Click NBC 4 Los Angeles and you will get a listing of everything that is offered there, by day and time. You can search by sport as well. The specific channel you receive these broadcasts on will, of course, depend on your television provider.

Let’s just say you want to catch some gymnastics:
(1) Go to
(2) Click the “TV Listings” tab
(3) Click the “TV Schedule by Sport” tab.
(4) Scroll down to the “Gymnastics” section and click “See all Gymnastics on TV.” (For some reason I had to do this twice.)
(5) Find the event you want to watch or record, such as “Gymnastics crowns its women’s all-around champ” on Friday, Aug. 3, at 1:35 a.m. — and in this case, you’d better set a recording.
Note: If your desired event isn’t televised, you can find its date and time and catch it streaming live on the web. Click “Select a Sport,” and then, at that sport, click “Event Schedule.” Here you could find the women’s uneven bars final at 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 6. And you can set up email alerts so you won’t forget to watch or record.
So ... that’s how to find what you want … but here are the “musts” for SCV residents:

Go get ’em Allyson!
You probably couldn’t have missed the controversy over the photo-finish of the finals in the women’s 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials. But when all was said and done, the SCV’s own Allyson Felix was declared the third place finisher in the 100, which allowed her to compete in that event at the Olympics. In addition, she won the 200-meter trials, so she will also compete in the 200 in London. (She is a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200.) Allyson should also compete in the 4x100 relay.

The women’s 100 preliminaries will be held Friday, Aug. 3 at 2:40 a.m. Round one will be held the same day at 11:05 a.m. The semifinals will be on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11:35 a.m., and the finals the same day at 1:55 p.m.
The women’s 200 round one will be Monday, Aug. 6 at 11:20 p.m., the semifinals on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 12:25 p.m. , and the final on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m.

The women’s 4x100 relay round one will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 12:20 p.m. and the finals on Friday, Aug. 10 at 12:40 p.m.

Everyone loves Alysia!
With her trademark flower behind her ear and her lion-like intensity striking fear in the hearts of the competition, Canyon High graduate Alysia Montano (formerly Johnson) is also one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Expect great things from her in the women’s 800-meter run in London, as she won that event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Round one of the women’s 800 will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 3:35 a.m., the semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and the finals on Saturday, Aug. 11 at noon.

Always Anthony!
Hart High graduate Anthony Ervin won two medals in the 2000 Summer Olympics — gold in men’s 50-meter freestyle swimming and silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Well, he’s back in both in London.

The first heats in the 50 freestyle will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 2 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The final will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 at 12:09 p.m. Qualification for the 4x100 freestyle relay will be on Sunday, July 29 at 4:05 a.m., and the final the same day at 12:54 p.m.

Do it David!
Saugus High graduate David Smith will compete in the Olympics with the U.S. men’s volleyball team as a middle blocker. This is his first Olympiad. The men’s volleyball team from the USA will compete in Group B, with their first televised match against Serbia on Sunday, July 29 at 8:45 a.m.; their second on Tuesday, July 31 at 8:45 a.m. against Germany; their third against Brazil on Thursday, Aug. 2 at noon; their fourth on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 8:45 a.m. against Russia; and their fifth on Monday, Aug. 6 at noon against Tunisia. What they do after that is all up to them.



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