There are a lot of things that you should watch for this Olypics and they include the race for 8 golds with Phelps, Hoff's attempt to win all her events at age 19, Paul Hamm trying to defend his memorable comback win to capture the Olympic all-around gold, the China vs. USA medal count and much more:
August 9-There will be 7 golds handed out along with the other medals in swimming and track events. Phelps and Hoff will swim the 400M IM prelims and both are favored to win the gold. They both also set world records in this event at their most recent meet, in Omaha at the United States Olympic trials.
August 10th-More swimming again but this time Phelps swims the 400Meter relay prelim with 3 other United States teammates and gold medals will be awarded in Judo, Fencing, Kayaking and Cycling as well. With that, Hoff swims the 400M freestlye as well. Phelps will also swim the final in the 400M IM.
August 11th-Phelps and Hoff swim the 200M Free prelims where they are both favored to medal and archery, diving, weightlifting and shooting medals are also awarded. All sround singles are starting and Shawn Johnson vs Nastia Liukin are competing strongly.
August 12th-No new events as Phelps and Hoff get a day-long break as more medlas in diving, shotting, archery and kayaking get awarded. Also some long distance track and field prelims are being run/competed in today. Team gymnastics events are going underway and the semis for the men and the quarters for the women.
August 13th-Mens and Womens breaststroke finals in the 100 and 200M events and Phelps swims the 200M butterfly finals as well. Basketball is in full swing at this point and backstroke prelims have started. Judo and weightlifting medals also awarded and archery and kayaking medals have ended.
August 14th- More medals and prelims in the mens and womens 50M and 100M freestyle and the semifinals for long distance events such as 400, 800 and 1500M freestyle. Track primetime is just about to start as well overnight on the 14th. Last cycling medal, tennis double and more.
August 15th-another swarm of swimming medals are given out in backstroke, breaststoke and freestyle. But the big news is in track as it starts with the 100M and 200M dashes and hurdles along with high jump and pole vault prelims. Also the heptathalon events are being decided.
August 16th-long distance swimming finals and field events such as hammer throw and pole vault are underway and also more weightlifting, syn. swimming and judo events are being contested in as well.
August 17th- Most freestyle and medley relay finals are being contested along with the womens 50M and 1500M mens finals are today. This is also the last day of swimming in the Olypics for 2008. Open water events start on the 20th and 21st. Basketball is almost over as well and baseball and tennis rounds are being competed.
August 18th-more basketball, tennis and softball medal is awarded as well. Table tenns starts (fun, fun fun) and runs through the 23rd as well. Also volleyball in mens and womens and taekwondo medals are awarded.Discuc throws are being done, javelin medals are being awarded and 200M and 400M runs are underway along with the 110M hurdles. Gymnastics smaller events are being competed in and medals are being given out.
August 19th-Mens and womens 1500M, 5000M and 10,000M qualifier rounds for track (yikes!) and table tennis team semifinals are underway along with the quarterfinals for womens and mens singles tourneys. Most sports either starting or ending as far as the Olympics goes and its kid-of like a breaking point for them. Also uneven bars, pummel horse and other single competition medlas are being given out.
August 20th-Mens and womens track short distance semifinals and quarters for the long distance events such as the 1500M and the 5000M as well. Also handball, wrestling, rowing and sailing medals are being given out now. Also gymnastics finals for all of the single events end today.
August 21st-men and womens open water medals and competion will be competed in (10K) and table tennis team medals will be given out. Wrestling and weightlifting comclude today as well. Track and field finals are all throughout the day in hurdles and heptathalon events.
August 22nd-Field Hockey, boxing, table tennis, cycling, diving, triathalon, volleyball, water polo and trampoline evnts take the stand to give out their medals and this is the time where all the bigger events are breaking down by this point.
August 23rd-Table tennis singles finals and track and feild events also conclude as well as swimming open water events. More cycling, judo, wrestling and fencing medals are being given out and including the final baseball and softball medals for the Olypics for it leaves next year.
August 24th-Olympics wrap up and final medals in wrestling, judo, diving, syn. swimming, cycling, ping pong and many other smaller events are given out as the closing ceremony approaches.
August 25th-closing ceremony and we wait for 4 more years until we head to Paris in 2012.