Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 1 (Saturday July 28)

Ryder Hesjedal has a chance to win Canada’s first medal in the men’s road race.

The Olympics are finally here. Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.




Rowing: Preliminary Heats (live; 4:00am)
Women’s Basketball: Canada v. Russia (live; 6:15am)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Xue/Zhang (CHN) v. Vasina/Vozakova (RUS)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Brink/Reckermann (GER) v. Prokopiev/Semenov (RUS)
Women’s Soccer: Canada v. South Africa (live; 9:45am)
Weightlifting: Women’s 48kg Final (live)
Judo: Men’s 60kg & Women’s 48kg Finals


Cycling: Men’s Road Race (live; 4:45am)
Men’s Beach Volleyball:  Garcia Thompson/Grotowski (GBR) v. Binstock/Reader (CAN) (live; 11:30am)


Gymnastics: Men’s qualification (live; 6:00am)
Women’s Soccer: Japan v. Sweden (live; 8:20am)
Boxing: Men’s 56kg & 75kg round of 32 (live; 9:20am)
Gymnastics:  Men’s qualification (live; 10:30am)


Rowing: Preliminary Heats (live; 6:00am)


Cycling: Men’s Road Race (live; 5:00am)
Swimming: Preliminary Heats (11:00am and 1:30pm)
Women’s Basketball: United States v. Croatia (live; 11:45am)
Rowing: Preliminary Heats (2:30pm)
Women’s Volleyball: United States v. Korea (live; 3:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball:  Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) v. Chiya/Goldschmit (RSA) (live; 5:00pm)


Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams (USA) v. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) (12:30pm)
Swimming: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:30pm)
Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer (SUI) v. Alejandro Falla (COL) (4:15pm)


Women’s Soccer: United States v. Colombia (live; 12:20pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Juliana/Larissa (BRA) v.  Rigobert/Li Yuk Lo (2:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Ricardo/Cunha (BRA) v. Skarlund/Spinnangr (live; 3:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball:  Kolocová/Sluková (CZE) v.  Schwaiger/Schwaiger (AUT) (live; 4:00pm)


Boxing: Men’s 75kg round of 32 (1:00pm)
Gymnastics: Men’s qualification (live; 3:00pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Along with taking Canadians through the best of Day 1 events – including swimming, gymnastics, rowing, and cycling – OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV host Brian Williams is joined in studio by Rowing Prime Time Studio Analyst Marnie McBean and also gives viewers an in-depth look at cyclist Ryder Hesjedal.

TSN2 PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Host Darren Dutchyshen kicks off four hours of highlights including a look at tennis superstars Roger Federer and Serena Williams, Canadian swimming sensation Ryan Cochrane, American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, as well as beach volleyball, women’s weightlifting, men’s cycling and more.


Coverage features a look at Canada’s women’s soccer team following its match against the Republic of South Africa. Sportsnet also heads to the pool as Michael Phelps’ chase for Olympic Games history begins, while Canada’s men’s eights hit the water for the first day of rowing heats.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-10:00pm)

Cycling: Men’s Road Race

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

The first night of Swimming finals includes the men’s and women’s 400m IM events. Primetime coverage also includes Men’s team Gymnastics qualification and early-round Beach Volleyball match featuring two-time gold medal winners Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings of Team USA.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:30am-1:30am ET/PT)

Gymnastics competition with men’s teams from Spain, Russia and Romania among others, plus Weighlifting’s first gold medalist is crowned in the women’s 48kg class.


LONDRES 2012 à V

Basketball femmes: Chine c. République tchèque (en direct; 4:00am)
Aviron:  Séries (en direct; 5:10am)
Cyclisme:  Course en Ligne (en direct; 9:20am)
Volleyball de plage hommes: Garcia Thompson/Grotowski (GBR) v. Binstock/Reader (CAN) (en direct; 11:30am)
Boxe:  Hommes 56kg Ronde des 32 (1:20pm)
Gymnastique:  Hommes Qualifications (en direct; 3:00pm)
Boxe: Hommes 75kg Ronde des 32 (en direct; 5:10pm)


Volleyball de plage: Xue/Zhang (CHN) c. Vasina/Vozakova (RUS) (en direct; 4:00am)
Natation: Séries (en direct; 5:00am)
Soccer femmes: Canada c.  Afrique du Sud (en direct; 9:45am)
Soccer femmes:  États-Unis c. Colombie (en direct; 12:00pm)
Natation: Demi-Finale/Finale (en direct; 2:30pm)
Volleyball femmes: Brésil c. Turquie (en direct; 5:00pm)


Tennis: Hommes, femmes 1re ronde (en direct; 6:30am)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée reviews the top highlights from the first day of competition from London 2012



Archery: Men’s Team Event (live; 10:00am) [Urdu]


Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm)


Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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2012 Olympic Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling TV Schedules

Three days until the Olympics begin (well one for soccer fans), three more TV schedules to share. I’ve combined these three combat sports (judo, taekwondo and wrestling) into one post. Canada has many medal opportunities in these sports, including a few athletes defending a medal from Beijing.

While Canada is strong in wrestling and taekwondo, our athletes’ chances of winning in judo are very slim. Canada has, however, qualified 8 judokas  for the London Olympics.

Canada has qualified three athletes in taekwondo. Karine Sergerie won a silver medal in Beijing in the 67kg class. She has also won four World Championship medals, including a gold in 2007. Sébastien Michaud won bronze medals at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships. He competes in the men’s -80kg event.

There are two defending Canadian medallists in women’s wrestling. Carol Huynh won Canada’s first gold medal in Beijing on day 7. She also has four World Championship medals. She competes in the 48kg class. Tonya Verbeek has won medals at the last two Olympics, a silver in Athens and a bronze in Beijing. She competes in the 55kg class and has three World Championship medals, including a silver from Istanbul last year. Martine Dugrenier is a three time World Champion in the 67kg class. Since there is no 67kg event at the Olympics, she has had to move down in weight to compete in the 63kg field. She lost a bronze medal fight in Beijing.

I have highlighted the five events in red. These are Canada’s best medal chances in the sports of taekwondo and wrestling.

Bryan Mudryk will call judo and taekwondo for CTV, while Paul Romanuk will call wrestling. Frazer Will is their judo analyst and Christine Nordhagen is their wrestling analyst.

Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Saturday 7/28, 1:15-1:30pm on CTV – Men’s 60kg Final
Monday 7/30, 7:00-8:30am on SN – Men’s 73kg & Women’s 57kg Preliminaries
Monday 7/30, 10:00am-12:50pm on SN – Men’s 73kg & Women’s 57kg Finals*
Thursday 8/2, 11:00am-12:30pm on CTV – Men’s 100kg & Women’s 78jg Finals*

*These include semifinals and bronze medal matches. The gold medal matches begin live at 12:00pm both days.

Wednesday 8/8, 1:30-3:00pm on OLN – Men’s 58kg & Women’s 48kg Quarters/semis
Wednesday 8/8, 6:00-6:55pm on SN – Men’s 58kg & Women’s 48kg Finals
Friday 8/10, 7:00-9:00am on TSNWomen’s 67kg & Men’s -80kg Preliminaries
Friday 8/10, 11:45am-2:00pm on TSNWomen’s 67kg & Men’s -80kg Quarters/semis
Friday 8/10, 4:15pm-7:00pm on TSNWomen’s 67kg & Men’s -80kg Finals*

*Gold medal matches begin at 6:15pm.

Wednesday 8/8, 9:40-11:45am on TSNWomen’s 48kg & Women’s 63kg Preliminaries
Wednesday 8/8, 2:00-4:15pm on SNWomen’s 48kg & Women’s 63kg Finals
Thursday 8/9, 9:00-11:00am on SNWomen’s 55kg & Women’s 72kg Preliminaries
Friday 8/10, 9:00-11:45am on TSN – Men’s 55kg & Men’s 74kg Preliminaries
Friday 8/10, 2:00-4:15pm on TSN – Men’s 55kg & Men’s 74kg Finals
Saturday 8/11, 9:00-11:45am on SN – Men’s 60kg, Men’s 84kg & Men’s 120kg Preliminaries
Saturday 8/11, 3:00-4:15pm on SN – Men’s 60kg, Men’s 84kg & Men’s 120kg Finals
Sunday 8/12, 9:00-11:00am on SN – Men’s 66 & Men’s 96kg Finals

2012 Olympic Canoe/Kayak Sprint Schedule

Canada has qualified seven boats in canoe/kayak flatwater for the 2012 Olympics. The team is headlined by three-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden, who will compete in the K-1 1000m. He won bronze in that event at Athens 2004. His primary event, the 500m, is no longer an Olympic discipline. He won gold in 2004 and silver in 2008 in the 500m. van Koeverden has now shifted his focus to the 1000m though, where he won a gold medal at the World Championships last year. He is Canada’s only serious medal contender at the 2012 Olympic in canoeing.

Rob Faulds and Larry Cain will call canoe sprint on CTV during the 2012 Olympics. The competition will take place the second week of The Games after rowing has concluded. CTV, TSN or Sportsnet will show coverage everyday during the six days of competition. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Monday 8/6, 5:00-6:00am on CTV and 6:00-8:00am on SN
5:30am: Men’s K1 1000m Heats
5:54am: Men’s C1 1000m Heats
6:18am: Men’s K2 1000m Heats
6:39am: Women’s K4 500m Heats
6:58am: Men’s K1 1000m Semifinals
7:14am: Men’s C1 1000m Semifinals
7:30am: Men’s K2 1000m Semifinals
7:51am: Women’s K4 500m Semifinals

Tuesday 8/7, 8:00-9:00am on SN
Men’s K4 1000m Semifinals
Men’s C2 1000m Semifinals
Women’s K1 500m Semifinals
Women’s K2 500m Semifinals

Wednesday 8/8, 5:00-7:00am on CTV
5:30am: Men’s K1 1000m Final
5:48am: Men’s C1 1000m Final
6:16am: Men’s K2 1000m Final
6:44am: Women’s K4 500m Final

Thursday 8/9, 5:00-6:00am on CTV and 7:00-8:45am TSN
5:30am: Men’s C2 1000m Final
5:48am: Men’s K4 1000m Final
Women’s K1 500m Final
Women’s K2 500m Final

Friday 8/10, 5:00-8:00am on CTV
5:30am: Men’s K1 200m Heats
5:51am: Men’s C1 200m Heats
6:12am: Women’s K1 200m Heats
6:33am: Men’s K2 200m Heats
7:02am: Men’s K1 200m Semifinals
7:16am: Men’s C1 200m Semifinals
7:30am: Women’s K1 200m Semifinals
7:44am: Men’s K2 200m Semifinals

Saturday 8/11, 5:00-7:00am on CTV
5:30am: Men’s K1 200m Final
5:47am: Men’s C1 200m Final
6:14am: Women’s K1 200m Final
6:41am: Men’s K2 200m Final

2012 Olympic Handball TV Schedule

Handball is a sport that usually doesn’t make it to Canadian TV at all during the Olympics (or any other time for that matter). However, Sportsnet will show three men’s matches and OLN will show the women’s final in Beijing.

Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Men’s Tournament
Wednesday 8/8, 7:00-9:00am – Quarterfinal #1 – SN
Sunday 8/12, 7:30-9:00am – Bronze Medal Game – SN
Sunday 8/12, 11:00am-1:30pm – Gold Medal Game – SN

Women’s Tournament
Saturday 8/11, 6:00-8:00pm – Gold Medal Game – OLN

2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball TV Schedule

Beach volleyball fans won’t have any trouble finding matches on TV during the Summer Olympics in London. The Canadian Consortium (CTV, SN, TSN and OLN) is showing more than 30 hours of live coverage combined between the men’s and women’s events. NBC is showing an additional 10 hours of live action. Many of the important women’s matches featuring Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will air on tape delay in primetime on NBC. Walsh and May are set to play all three of their group stage matches at 7:00pm Atlantic, with taped coverage on NBC.

Canada has qualified a team in both the men’s and women’s events. Josh Binstock and Martin Reader will compete in the men’s event, while Annie Martin and Marie-Andrée Lessard have qualified for the women’s tournament. Binstock and Reader are in a tough group that includes the third best team in the world (Ricardo and Pedro). The Canadian men do have an outside chance of advancing past the group stage though. The Canadian women will also compete for a spot in the last 16. They are ranked fairly close to both the Russians and Brits in the world rankings. The Italian team of Cicolari and Menegatti are favourites to win the group.

RJ Broadhead and 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Mark Heese are CTV’s Olympic beach volleyball commentators. NBC’s commentators are Chris Marlowe and Kevin Wong. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Men’s Round Robin
Saturday 7/28, 12:30-1:20pm on TSN –  Garcia Thompson/Grotowski (GBR) vs. Binstock/Reader (CAN)
Saturday 7/28, 4:00-4:50pm on TSN – Cunha/Santos (BRA) vs. Skarlund/Spinnangr (NOR)
Saturday 7/28, 6:00-7:00pm on NBC – Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) vs. Chiya/Goldschmidt (RSA)
Sunday 7/29, 6:00-7:00pm on NBC – Dalhausser/Rogers (USA) vs. Asahi/Shiratori (JPN)
Monday 7/30, 7:00-8:00am on TSN – Skarlund/Spinnangr (NOR) vs. Binstock/Reader (CAN)
Monday 7/30, 1:30-2:45pm on TSN – Garcia Thompson/Grotowski (GBR) vs. Pedro/Ricardo (BRA)
Monday 7/30, 5:00-6:00pm on NBC – Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) vs. Fijałek/Prudel (POL)
Tuesday 7/31, 5:00-6:00pm on NBC – Dalhausser/Rogers (USA) vs. Gavira/Herrera (ESP)
Tuesday 7/31, 6:00-7:00pm on CTV – Lupo/Nicolai (ITA) vs. Doppler/Horst (AUT)
Wednesday 8/1, 7:00-8:30am on SN – Wu/Xu (CHN) vs. Prokopiev/Semenov (RUS)
Wednesday 8/1, 12:30-1:30pm on NBC/TSN – Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) vs. Samoilovs/Sorokins (LAT)
Wednesday 8/1, 1:30-2:20pm on TSN – Garcia Thompson/Grotowski (GBR) vs. Skarlund/Spinnangr (NOR)
Wednesday 8/1, 4:00-4:50pm on SN – Cunha/Santos (BRA) vs. Binstock/Reader (CAN)
Thursday 8/2, 7:00-8:00am on SN – Emmanuel/Cerutti (BRA) vs. Lupo/Nicolai (ITA)

Women’s Round Robin
Saturday 7/28, 5:00-6:00pm on TSN – Kuhn/Zumkehr (SUI) vs. Arvaniti/Tsiartsiani (GRE)
Sunday 7/29, 12:30-1:30pm on TSN – Goller/Ludwig (GER) vs. Bawden/Palmer (AUS)
Sunday 7/29, 1:30-2:20pm on TSN – Dampney/Mullin (GBR) vs. Lessard/Martin (CAN)
Sunday 7/29, 4:00-5:00pm on TSN – Antonelli/Antunes (BRA) vs. Meppelink/van Gestel (NED)
Sunday 7/29, 5:00-6:00pm on NBC – Kessey/Ross (USA) vs. Gallay/Zonta (ARG)
Monday 7/30, 8:00-9:00am on TSN –  Xue/Zhang (CHN) vs. Kuhn – Zumkehr (SUI)
Monday 7/30, 11:30am-12:45pm on NBC – Juliana/Larissa (BRA) vs. Holtwick/Semmler (GER)
Thursday 8/2, 8:00-8:50am on SN – Cicolari/Menegatti (ITA) vs. Lessard/Martin (CAN)
Thursday 8/2, 12:30-1:30pm on NBC – Kessey/Ross (USA) vs. Baquerizo/Fernández (ESP)
Thursday 8/2, 1:30-2:20pm on TSN – Antonelli/Antunes (BRA) vs. Bawden/Palmer (AUS)
Thursday 8/2, 2:30-3:20pm on TSN – Dampney/Mullin (GBR) vs. Khomyakova/Ukolova (RUS)

Men’s & Women’s Playoffs
Friday 8/3, 9:00-10:00am on TSN – Round of 16
Friday 8/3, 1:00-2:00pm on NBC – Round of 16
Friday 8/3, 2:00-3:00pm on TSN/NBC – Round of 16
Friday 8/3, 5:00-6:00pm on TSN – Round of 16
Saturday 8/4, 6:00-7:00pm on NBC – Round of 16
Sunday 8/5, 2:00-2:50pm on TSN – Women’s Quarterfinal
Sunday 8/5, 6:00-7:00pm on CTV/NBC – Women’s Quarterfinal
Sunday 8/5, 7:00-7:50pm on OLN – Women’s Quarterfinal
Monday 8/6, 2:00-4:00pm on TSN – Men’s Quarterfinals
Monday 8/6, 6:00-7:00pm on CTV – Men’s Quarterfinal
Tuesday 8/7, 1:05-2:45pm on CTV – Men’s & Women’s Semifinals
Tuesday 8/7, 5:00-6:00pm on NBC – Men’s Semifinal #2
Tuesday 8/7, 6:00-7:00pm on CTV – Women’s Semifinal #2
Wednesday 8/8, 3:00-4:00pm on TSN/NBC – Women’s Bronze Medal Game
Wednesday 8/8, 5:00-6:00pm on TSN – Women’s Gold Medal Game
Thursday 8/9, 3:00-4:00pm on TSN/NBC – Men’s Bronze Medal Game
Thursday 8/9, 5:00-5:50pm on SN – Men’s Gold Medal Game

2012 Olympic Synchronised Swimming TV Schedule

Canada is the current Pan-American champion in both the duet and team synchronised swimming disciplines. The Canadian team also just missed a medal in Beijing, finishing fourth. Canada also had fourth place finishes at the 2011 World Championships in both the duet and team events. Needless to say Canada is a medal threat in both synchronised swimming events at the 2012 Olympic Games. The best-known Canadian synchronised swimming is Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon. She has won three World Championship bronze medals.

Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Monday 8/6, 1:00-2:00pm on TSN – Duets Qualification
Tuesday 8/7, 11:00am-12:30pm on SN – Duets Final
Thursday 8/9, 1:30-2:30pm on SN – Teams Technical Routine
Friday 8/10, 11:00am-12:30pm on SN – Teams Free Routine Final

2012 Olympic Hockey TV Schedule

With all of the (field) hockey on Canadian television during the London Olympics you’d think CTV executives are confused about which hockey sport is part of the Summer Olympic program. Despite Canada not qualifying in the men’s or women’s events, the Canadian broadcast consortium will show 16 hockey matches from the Games. Many others will air in Punjabi on OMNI (see the daily Olympic schedules for updates on OMNI’s schedule). The favourites in the men’s tournament include Germany (2008 Olympic gold medallists), Australia (2010 World Champions), the Netherlands, and Great Britain. The women’s favourites include the Netherlands (2008 Olympic gold medallists) and Argentina (2010 World Champions).

Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Men’s Tournament
Monday 7/30, 9:45-11:15am – Spain vs. Pakistan – TSN
Monday 7/30, 3:00-4:30pm – Great Britain vs. Argentina – TSN
Wednesday 8/1, 3:00-4:30pm – Pakistan vs. Argentina – SN
Thursday 8/9, 12:30-2:30pm – Semifinal #1 – OLN
Saturday 8/11, 11:30am-1:30pm – Bronze Medal Game – OLN
Saturday 8/11, 4:00-6:00pm – Gold Medal Game – OLN

Women’s Tournament
Thursday 8/2, 9:00-10:00am – United States vs. Australia – SN
Monday 8/6, 8:30-10:00am – New Zealand vs. Germany – SN
Monday 8/6, 9:45-11:15am – Japan vs. China – OLN
Monday 8/6, 12:00-1:30pm – Korea vs. Belgium – OLN
Monday 8/6, 3:00-4:30pm – Great Britain vs. Netherlands – OLN
Monday 8/6, 5:15-6:45pm – Argentina vs. Australia – OLN
Wednesday 8/8, 11:30am-1:30pm – Semifinal #1 – OLN
Wednesday 8/8, 6:00-8:00pm – Semifinal #2 – OLN
Friday 8/10, 11:30am-1:30pm – Bronze Medal Game – OLN
Friday 8/10, 4:00-6:30pm – Gold Medal Game – OLN