We head into Day 3 of the 2012 Summer Oympics and, as with the first two days, the best looking action will be in the swimming pool. Day 1 had the hyped first head-to-head for gold between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Day 2 gave us the mens 4×100 freestyle relay, which is always one of the more marquee events of any Summer Games. Today? The Americans bring out a heavyweight lineup with Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni and Matthew Grevers all racing for golds. Unless you subbed in Phelps in one of his specialty events, you couldnt get a bigger, more star studded lineup than whose racing for gold today for Team USA. Phelps is swimming today in the 200 butterfly semifinals as is Allison Schmitt, silver medalist yesterday in the 400 freestyle, along with Australian babe Stephanie Rice in the semifinals of the Womens 200 IM. Those semifinal heats for Phelps, Schmitt and Rice bookend the 10-race meet later today, with the four gold medal races going off in a row in between. The meet gets under way at 2:30 pm EST with the first championship race, the mens 200 free, being swum at approximately 2:43.
That begs the question, how to watch today’s affairs. On Saturday, I was Joe Olympics and pretty much watched wall-to-wall live coverage on four channels and my laptop all day long. This included watching the swimming finals live on the laptop as it played out in the middle of the day. Yesterday, I reminded myself it was summer and after Team USA basketball routed France in the morning, I spent time out of doors doing summer things. By the time I called it a day, I had loads of Beach Volleyball, Boxing and various other events on DVR and when NBC’s primetive coverage began, I somehow, and without really trying or setting out to do so, didnt know the results of any of the diving, gymnastics and swimming they were showing on tape delay. Bottomline: Both days were a flat out blast and it was cool that one day I could sink into everything live, while the next day use the magic of DVR to push most of my Olympic viewing into the evening hours.
Today, I am at the office, at my desk, staring at a computer all day. It will be a major pain in the arse to get into no spoiler mode for a lot of things. So to honor NBC’s decision to make every single event available live on line, I will have the laptop fired up and in chronological order watch diving, gymnastics and swimming and the six total gold medals doled out in those venues today:
Diving, Mens Synchronized 10M Platform……This begins at 10 am with eight duos diving for gold. Each tandem gets five dives. China’s Lin Yue and Qui Bo are heavy favorites. You can bet them to win Gold at 5Dimes for the steep price of -350, while getting the field at +290. Tops among those field entrants, however, are the British duo of Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield. They might need the dives of their lives to steal gold from China and add to our 21.5 gold medal prop bet for Team Great Britian, but we’ve seen home field advantage do crazier things in the sports world. Americans David Boudia and Nick McCrory are also in the field and could factor into the medals.
Mens Gymnastic, Team All Around Final, 11:30 am.….The best mens gymnastics team in the world is crowned this afternoon. I really cant wait to watch this event live, unencumbered and in its entirety online rather than the canned, tape delay footage on NBC tonight. Prediction: I will like it so much, that I do that with all the gymnastics this week. Among the myriad of storylines, the exciting one is Team USA trying to make history and win their first ever Team Gold in a non-boycotted Olympiad. This event is anybody’s ball game. The Chinese won the World Championships last summer, besting Japan and Team USA who finished second and third. All three will be in the thick of it tonight along with a rousing unit from Team Great Britian who will be inspired by the crowd. If they compete like they did in qualifications on Saturday, they will be a factor. An improving Russian team and a rebuilding German outfit also cant be discarded. I cant find any odds for the event, but observers still feel China and Japan as the teams to beat. However, neither looked good on Saturday, and I could see the medals falling in any order involving 5-6 countries.
I’ll have a post later breaking down the odds and races for gold medals in the pool. The diving is about to start, so lets call it a post right here.
Robbie Renwick GB, Ryan Lochte USA +265 vs -325, Park Tae-Hwan SK, Sun Yang China +115 vs -135, Yannick Agnel France +210 vs -250, Paul Biedermann Germ, Danila Izotov Russia, Thomas Fraser-Holmes Aussie
Rebecca Soni, Breeja Larsen, Ruta Meilutyte
Missy Franklin won her heat with ease, but Australian Emily Seeborn blew her time a way in the final heat and qualified with the top time .71 seconds faster than the presumtive American star. They will be next to each other. Upset if somebody other than these win.