5 to Watch: First Medals in Swimming, 2 Olympic Sports Debut and the Gymnastics GOAT

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It's a time of firsts astatine the Tokyo Olympics, arsenic the archetypal medals successful swimming are handed retired and skateboarding and surfing marque their Olympics debuts (watch for Alana Smith who lives successful Fort Worth).

Plus, we look up astatine the Olympic enactment happening overnight and aboriginal Sunday, including the gymnastics GOAT and Team USA opening the quest for gold.

Swimming awards its archetypal medals

Claire Curzan (left) and Torri Huske (right) during each   of their respective U.S. Olympic Swim Trials successful  Omaha, Neb.

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Claire Curzan (left) and Torri Huske (right) during each of their respective U.S. Olympic Swim Trials successful Omaha, Neb.

This evening opening astatine 8:30 p.m. CT, the archetypal medals volition beryllium awarded successful swimming with finals successful 4 events: men’s 400m idiosyncratic medley (IM), men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 400m IM and women’s 4x100m relay.

The men’s 400m IM last volition diagnostic a brace of Americans successful Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland. Two Americans, Kieran Smith and Jake Mitchell besides reached the men’s 400m freestyle final. 

Emma Weyant dominated the women’s 400m IM heats and is successful enactment to instrumentality location golden successful the event.

Simone Manuel could beryllium added to the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay contempt not qualifying successful the 100m idiosyncratic contention oregon competing successful the heat. The Australians are favored to support their rubric successful the relay, but the Americans volition contend for a medal.

Americans Torri Huske and Claire Curzan volition besides beryllium competing successful the women’s 100m butterfly semifinals.

Watch unrecorded successful NBC’s primetime coverage, oregon stream it live.

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Nyjah Huston looks to marque past successful skateboarding

Nyjah Huston skateboarding

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In this June 6, 2021 photo, Nyjah Huston, of the United States, competes successful a Street Skateboarding World Championships final, a qualifying lawsuit for Tokyo Olympic Games, successful Rome. Skating is 1 of 4 debut Olympic sports, on with karate, surfing and athletics climbing.

Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut astatine 6:30 p.m. CT tonight, with American prima Nyjah Huston looking to triumph golden successful the men's thoroughfare event.

Huston is simply a four-time satellite champion with golds astatine the World Skateboarding Championships successful 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He besides has 18 X Games medals with 16 coming successful the thoroughfare event. He is the highest-paid skateboarder successful the satellite and volition present look to radiance successful the inaugural Olympic skateboarding competition.

Huston is the favourite successful the event, with Americans Jake Ilardi and Jagger Eaton besides competing for the men.

Mariah Duran, Alexis Sablone and Alana Smith volition correspond the U.S. successful the women’s thoroughfare event.

Watch the thoroughfare heats unrecorded online and the finals opening astatine 10:25 p.m. CT streaming here. The finals volition besides beryllium shown connected NBC astatine 11p.m. CT.

Simone Biles’ quest for much golden begins aboriginal Sunday morning

Simone Biles does a stance

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Simone Biles, of the United State, trains connected the level workout during an creator gymnastics signifier league astatine the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 22, 2021, successful Tokyo, Japan.

At 1:10 a.m. CT connected Sunday, Simone Biles and the remainder of the U.S. women’s gymnastic squad volition vie successful the qualifying circular arsenic they statesman their quest for a 3rd consecutive squad golden medal. Although Team USA’s spot successful the finals is each but secured, the qualification volition besides find which athletes marque the finals of the idiosyncratic events. 

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Since lone 2 athletes from each state tin determination connected to the finals, immoderate of the Americans volition beryllium connected the extracurricular looking successful nary substance however good they perform. Biles is simply a fastener for the vault, wherever she is expected to debut the Yurchenko treble pike, but some Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner are talented vaulters hoping to beryllium the ones to articulation Biles successful the final.

Watch the Subdivision 2 qualifications live online. Team USA’s qualification volition besides beryllium shown connected NBC connected Sunday nighttime astatine 6 p.m. CT.

Team USA takes connected France successful men’s hoops connected Sunday morning

United States' Bam Adebayo, from left, Keldon Johnson, and Jayson Tatum, locomotion  connected  the court

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United States' Bam Adebayo, from left, Keldon Johnson, and Jayson Tatum, locomotion connected the tribunal during a men's hoops signifier astatine the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, successful Saitama, Japan, Thursday, July 22, 2021.

All eyes are connected Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard arsenic they pb Team USA into the men’s hoops contention astatine the Tokyo Olympics opening Sunday morning.

Team USA has dominated the contention successful its Olympic history, winning 15 golden medals since 1936. However, Gregg Popovich’s squad experienced a shaky start successful their accumulation matches, falling to Nigeria and Australia. The squad bounced backmost with accumulation wins implicit Argentina and Spain and enters the Olympic contention with immoderate momentum.

The squad of NBA stars volition statesman Group A play against France, which features a mates of notable NBA players arsenic well. Three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum of the Los Angeles Clippers and Evan Fournier of the Boston Celtics volition effort to bring France its archetypal Olympic men’s hoops medal since 2000.

Watch the crippled unrecorded astatine 7 a.m. CT online. It volition besides beryllium shown connected NBC’s day sum opening astatine 12:30 p.m. CT.

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American surfers Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks spell for gold

Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks

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Kolohe Andino (left), Carissa Moore (center) and Caroline Marks (right) thrust waves during grooming astatine the Tokyo Olympics astatine Tsurigasaki formation successful Ichinomiya, Japan.

Weather permitting, the archetypal surfing contention successful the Olympics volition statesman astatine 5 p.m. CT with the archetypal radical of heats for the men. The archetypal women’s heats volition beryllium astatine 8:20 p.m. CT.

Carissa Moore is the golden medal favourite for the women, and 19-year-old Caroline Marks could besides contend for a medal. Expectations are little for the American men, with some Kolohe Andino and John John Florence coming disconnected an injury.

Watch the men unrecorded online and the women unrecorded online. You tin drawback highlights erstwhile NBC's Olympics sum begins astatine 7 a.m. CT Sunday.

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