Boxing, Volleyball, Track & field and more.
I’m Rachel and I’ve Got the details on all of tonight’s primetime Olympic coverage in
this edition of Olympics Buzz. You’ve seen her in commercials for Cover
Girl and McDonalds, now see Marlen Esparza sell the judges on her punching power as she
and fellow American Claressa Shields enter the ring for semifinal bouts in the Olympic
debut of women’s boxing. It’s also a big night for girls who play
in the sand for a living. First is the women’s long jump, where four-time world-champion
Brittney Reese of the U.S. goes for her first Olympic gold, which would certainly crown
her as “Great Brittney.” Then it’s off to London’s makeshift beach for the first-ever
All-American women’s-volleyball showdown between two-time golden girls Misty May-Treanor
and Kerry Walsh Jennings and giant-killers Jen Kessy and April Ross.
On the track, Sanya Richards-Ross looks to add 200-meter gold to her win in the 400 meters,
but she’ll have to contend with two tough Jamaicans, as well as Carmelita Jeter and
the Queen of the furlong, Allyson Felix. Team USA can also add to its hurdling legacy in
the men’s sprint, with Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson, and in the women’s 400,
where world champ LaShinda Demus is favored. A short bike ride from the Olympic Stadium
is the BMX course, where we get our first look at a stoked U.S. squad led by Connor
Fields and Alise Post. Finally, U.S. men’s team quarterfinals are
on tap in water polo, volleyball and basketball, with LeBron, and Kobe facing feisty Australia
in their first elimination game. Log onto nbcolympics.com for live coverage
as well as on-demand replays…and for daily Olympic updates, keep it locked on Sidereel.