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.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

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

TSN MORNING

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

SPORTSNET MORNING

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)

OLN MORNING

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

NBC DAYTIME

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)

CTV DAYTIME

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)

TSN DAYTIME

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)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

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.

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

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.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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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)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

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)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

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
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

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

OMNI.2

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)

OMNI BC

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.

Judo
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.

Taekwondo
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.

Wrestling
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

2012 Olympic Athletics TV Schedule

Athletics is the main attraction of the second week of the 2012 Olympics in London. And the men’s 100m final, which is on Sunday August 5, is probably the most talked about event of the entire two weeks. For Canadians, the women’s 100m hurdles is also a top attraction. Defending Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep failed to qualify for the Games in a competitive final at the Canadian Trials in June. 2003 World Champion Perdita Felicien also failed to qualify after a false start. Canada’s representatives in London are Jessica Zelinka (11th fastest in the world in 2012), Phylicia George (16th fastest in 2012), and Nikita Holder (30th fastest). Zelinka is also a favourite in the heptathlon. She posted the fourth best score of 2012 at the Canadian Trials in Calgary.

Canada’s best medal chance among the men is Dylan Armstrong. He finished fourth in Beijing and won silver at the 2013 World Championships.

Gord Miller, Michael Smith and Dave Moorcroft will call athletics on CTV, reuniting 2/3s of CBC’s 2008 broadcast team. Donovan Bailey is CTV’s studio analyst. Lisa Bentley (marathons) and Roger Burrows (race walking) are the other analysts.

Athletics will begin on on Day 7 (August 3). The marathons will take place on day 9 and day 16. CTV, Sportsnet and TSN will provide complete live coverage of the track & field heats and finals, with most finals airing on CTV. Both marathons will also air on CTV/TSN and NBC, while OLN will show the race walks. 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.

Track & Field

Friday 8/3, 6:00-7:00am on CTV, 7:00-9:45am on SN and 3:00-6:00pm on CTV
6:00am: Men’s Shot Put (qualification)
6:05am: Women’s Heptathlon (100m hurdles)
6:40am: Women’s 100m (preliminaries)
7:15am: Men’s 400m Hurdles (round 1)
7:15am: Women’s Heptathlon (high jump)
8:00am: Women’s 400m (round 1)
3:00pm: Women’s Heptathlon (shot put)
3:05pm: Women’s 100m (round 1)
4:05pm: Men’s 1500m (round 1)
4:30pm: Men’s Shot Put Final
4:45pm: Women’s Heptathlon (200m)
5:25pm: Women’s 10, 000m

Saturday 8/4, 7:00-10:00am and 3:00-6:05pm on SN
7:40am: Women’s Heptathlon (javelin throw)
8:30am: Men’s 100m (round 1)
3:00pm: Men’s 400m Hurdles (semifinals)
3:35pm: Women’s 100m (semifinals)
4:05pm: Women’s 400m (semifinals)
4:35pm: Women’s Heptathlon Final (800m) – Also on CTV
5:15pm: Men’s 10, 000m Final
5:55pm: Women’s 100m Final – Also on CTV

Sunday 8/5, 3:05-6:00pm on CTV
3:05pm: Women’s 400m Hurdles (round 1)
3:45pm: Men’s 100m (semifinals)
4:15pm: Men’s 1500m (semifinals)
4:40pm: Men’s 400m (semifinals)
5:10pm: Women’s 400m Final
5:25pm: Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final
5:50pm: Men’s 100m Final

Monday 8/6, 6:00-8:15am and 2:45-6:00pm on CTV
6:05am: Women’s 100m Hurdles (round 1)
6:50am: Men’s 800m (round 1)
7:45am: Women’s 1500m (round 1)
3:20pm: Women’s 200m (round 1)
4:15pm: Women’s 400m Hurdles (semifinals)
4:45pm: Men’s 400m Hurdles Final
5:05pm: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final
5:30pm: Men’s 400m Final

Tuesday 8/7, 2:45-5:30pm on CTV
3:15pm: Women’s 100m Hurdles (semifinals)
3:55pm: Men’s 800m (semifinals)
4:25pm: Women’s 200m (semifinals)
5:00pm: Women’s 100m Hurdles Final
5:15pm: Men’s 1500m Final

Wednesday 8/8, 7:00-9:40am on TSN and 2:00-6:00pm on CTV
7:35am: Women’s 800m (round 1)
8:50am: Men’s Decathlon (shot put)
2:00pm: Men’s Decathlon (high jump)
3:15pm: Men’s 110m Hurdles (semifinals)
3:45pm: Women’s 1500m (semifinals)
4:10pm: Men’s 200m (semifinals)
4:45pm: Women’s 400m Hurdles  Final
5:00pm: Women’s 200m Final
5:15pm: Men’s 110m Hurdles Final
5:30pm: Men’s Decathlon (400m)

Thursday 8/9, 7:00-9:00am on SN and 2:00-7:00pm on CTV
7:35am: Men’s 4x400m Relay (round 1)
2:30pm: Men’s Decathlon (javelin throw)
3:30pm: Women’s 800m (semifinals)
4:00pm: Men’s 800m Final
4:20pm: Women’s 4x100m Relay (round 1)
4:55pm: Men’s 200m Final
5:20pm: Men’s Decathlon Final (1500m)

Friday 8/10, 3:00-5:00pm on CTV
3:10pm: Women’s 4x400m Relay (round 1)
3:45pm: Men’s 4x100m Relay (round 1)
4:05pm: Women’s 5000m Final
4:40pm: Women’s 4x100m Relay Final
4:55pm: Women’s 1500m Final
5:20pm: Men’s 4x400m Relay Final

Saturday 8/11, 3:00-5:30pm on CTV
3:30pm: Men’s 5000m Final
4:00pm: Women’s 800m Final
4:25pm: Women’s 4x400m Relay Final
5:00pm: Men’s 4x100m Relay Final

Marathons & Race Walking
Saturday 8/4, 1:00-2:30pm on OLN – Men’s 20km Race Walk
Sunday 8/5, 7:00-10:00am on CTV/NBC – Women’s Marathon
Saturday 8/11, 5:00-9:20am on OLN – Men’s 50km Race Walk
Saturday 8/11, 1:30-3:00pm on OLN – Women’s 20km Race Walk
Sunday 8/12, 7:00-9:30am on TSN/NBC – Men’s Marathon

2012 Olympic Triathlon TV Schedule

Triathlon is one of Canada’s best shots for both a medal in men’s and women’s competition of any sport. Simon Whitfield won the sport’s first gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He followed that up with a silver in 2008. At veteran at 37 years old, Whitfield will carry the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday. Then there is newcomer Paula Findlay in the women’s event. She has rose to stardom since the last Olympics.  She won a race on the Olympic course in 2010. Before a hip injury last year Findlay was the top women’s triathlete in the world. She is a strong favourite to reach the podium in the women’s event.

Paul Romanuk and Barry Shepley are CTV’s triathlon commentators. Unlike other sports, I doubt the triathlon TV schedule will 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 8/4, 5:00-8:30am – Women’s Race – CTV
Tuesday 8/7, 7:30-10:00am – Men’s Race – TSN (JIP on CTV at 8:45am)

2012 Olympic Water Polo TV Schedule

Canada hasn’t qualified a team in the sport of water polo. However, both the Canadian Consortium and NBC are showing lots of coverage of the sport in London. NBC is showing 12 matches live as part of their Daytime coverage. TSN, Sportsnet and OLN will combine to show an additional 13 matches. The favourities in the men’s tournament include the three 2008 Olympic medallists Hungary, USA and Serbia, who are all playing in the same group. Italy is also considered a favourite after winning the 2011 World Championship. Favourites in the women’s tournament include the 2011 World Champion Greece, China, Italy, USA, and Spain.

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
Sunday 7/29, 3:40-4:40pm – United States vs. Montenegro – NBC
Tuesday 7/31, 8:15-9:20am – Spain vs. Croatia – TSN
Tuesday 7/31, 2:15-3:30pm – Serbia vs. Great Britain – SN
Tuesday 7/31, 3:30-5:00pm – United States vs. Romania – NBC
Thursday 8/2, 10:00am-12:00pm – Serbia vs. Montenegro – SN
Thursday 8/2, 2:30-3:30pm – United States vs. Great Britain – NBC
Saturday 8/4, 3:45-4:45pm – United States vs. Serbia – NBC
Monday 8/6, 10:00-11:20am – Romania vs. Serbia – SN
Monday 8/6, 11:30am-12:30pm – United States vs. Hungary – NBC
Wednesday 8/8, 11:50am-1:10pm – Quarterfinal #2 – TSN
Wednesday 8/8, 1:15-2:35pm – Quarterfinal #3 – TSN
Wednesday 8/8, 4:00-5:00pm – Quarterfinal #4 – NBC
Friday 8/10, 11:45am-12:45pm – Semifinal #1 – NBC
Sunday 8/12, 10:30-11:50am – Bronze Medal Game – OLN
Sunday 8/12, 11:50am-1:10pm – Gold Medal Game – TSN

Women’s Tournament
Monday 7/30, 2:30-3:45pm – Great Britain vs. Russia – SN
Monday 7/30, 3:40-4:40pm – United States vs. Hungary – NBC
Wednesday 8/1, 2:15-3:30pm – United States vs. Spain – NBC
Wednesday 8/1, 4:30-6:00pm – Great Britain vs. Australia – SN
Friday 8/3, 3:30-4:45pm – United States vs. China – NBC
Sunday 8/5, 1:00-2:00pm – Quarterfinal – TSN
Sunday 8/4, 3:00-4:00pm – Quarterfinal #3 – NBC
Sunday 8/5, 4:15-5:35pm – Quarterfinal #4 – SN
Tuesday 8/7, 11:30am-12:30pm – Semifinal #1 – NBC
Thursday 8/9, 2:30-4:00pm – Bronze Medal Game – OLN
Thursday 8/9, 4:00-5:50pm – Gold Medal Game – OLN, NBC

2012 Olympic Volleyball Schedule

Volleyball is one of the most popular Summer Olympic team sports; especially in Europe and South America. Canada hasn’t qualified a volleyball team for London; however the Broadcast Consortium is showing both men’s and women’s games throughout the tournament. NBC will also carry a number of American matches. The favourites on the men’s side include the defending Olympic Champions USA, 2012 World League champions Poland, and 2010 World champions Brazil. Also in the mix are Russia, Cuba, Italy and Serbia. The favourites in the women’s tournament include Brazil (2008 Olympic champions), and USA (2012 Grand Prix winners). Some other contenders are China, Italy and Japan.

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
Sunday 7/29, 12:45-2:30pm – United States vs. Serbia – NBC
Tuesday 7/31, 7:30-9:00am – Poland vs. Bulgaria – SN
Tuesday 7/31, 12:30-2:15pm – United States vs. Germany – SN, NBC
Thursday 8/2, 4:00-5:30pm – Brazil vs. United States – SN, NBC
Saturday 8/4, 12:45-2:30pm – United States vs. Russia – NBC
Monday 8/6, 7:30-9:00am – Russia vs. Serbia – TSN
Monday 8/6, 4:00-5:30pm – United States vs. Tunisia – NBC
Wednesday 8/8, 10:00-11:30am – Quarterfinal #1 – OLN
Wednesday 8/8, 12:10-1:30pm – Quarterfinal #2 – CTV
Wednesday 8/8, 4:00-5:00pm – Quarterfinals #3 – TSN
Wednesday 8/8, 6:00-7:00pm – Quarterfinal #4 – CTV
Friday 8/10, 1:30-3:00pm – Semifinal #1 – SN
Sunday 8/12, 5:30-7:00am – Bronze Medal Match – SN
Sunday 8/12, 9:00-11:15am – Gold Medal Match – CTV

Women’s
Saturday 7/28, 4:00-6:00pm – United States vs. Korea – NBC
Monday 7/30, 12:50-2:30pm – United States vs. Brazil – SN, NBC
Wednesday 8/1, 4:00-5:45pm – United States vs. China – NBC
Wednesday 8/1, 5:35-7:00pm – Brazil vs. Korea – CTV
Sunday 8/5, 7:30-9:00am – China vs. Korea – TSN
Sunday 8/5, 12:45-2:15pm – Italy vs. Russia – OLN
Sunday 8/5, 3:00-4:30pm – United States vs. Turkey – OLNNBC
Tuesday 8/7, 9:00-10:30am – Quarterfinal #1 – SN
Tuesday 8/7, 12:00-1:30pm – Quarterfinal #2 – OLN
Tuesday 8/7, 3:00-4:30pm – Quarterfinal #3 – OLN, NBC
Thursday 8/9, 11:00am-12:30pm – Semifinal #1 – CTV, NBC
Saturday 8/11, 7:30-9:00am – Bronze Medal Match – SN
Saturday 8/11, 2:30-4:00pm – Gold Medal Match – TSN

2012 Olympic Diving TV Schedule

Diving is always a sport where Canada is a favourite to win multiple medals. London is no different for Canada’s elite divers. Alexandre Despatie is the two-time reigning Olympic silver medallist in the men’s 3m springboard. Despite a head injury earlier this summer, he is looking to improve to gold. Despatie and partner Reuben Ross are also contenders in the men’s 3m synchronized event.

On the women’s side Emilie Heymans is back for another Olympics. She won silver on the 10m platform in Beijing; however, she has shifted her focus to the springboard since then. She won a silver medal in springboard at the 2009 Worlds. Canada has another medal contender in the 3m springboard in 2011 World bronze medallist Jennifer Abel. Heymans and Abel will also compete together in the 3m synchronized, an event they won a silver medal in at the 2011 Worlds.

Canada also has an outside chance at a medal in the women’s 10m synchronized. Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion were thought of as the next Canadian diving superstars after they combined for a World bronze medal in Montreal 2005 at ages 16 and 18 respectively. In the years since they haven’t won much, but they are paired together again in London.

I have highlighted these events in red in the broadcast schedule.

Rod Smith will call Olympic diving on CTV alongside 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Blythe Hartley. This is Hartley’s first appearance as a TV analyst since retiring after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Diving will take place throughout much of the 16 days of competition. The Canadian Broadcast Consortium will air live coverage of all the finals, as well as the preliminary and semifinal rounds. 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.

Sunday 7/29, 11:00am-1:30pm – Women’s 3m Synchronized FinalCTV
Monday 7/30, 11:00am-12:30pm – Men’s 10m Synchronized Final – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 11:00am-12:30pm – Women’s 10m Synchronized FinalCTV
Wednesday 8/1, 11:00am-12:30pm – Men’s 3m Synchronized FinalCTV
Friday 8/3, 10:30am-1:30pm – Women’s 3m Springboard PreliminariesOLN
Saturday 8/4, 10:30am-12:30pm – Women’s 3m Springboard SemifinalTSN
Sunday 8/5, 3:05-4:50pm – Women’s 3m Springboard FinalTSN
Monday 8/6, 3:00-6:30pm – Men’s 3m Springboard PreliminariesSN
Tuesday 8/7, 5:00-8:45am – Men’s 3m Springboard SemifinalCTV
Tuesday 8/7, 3:00-5:00pm – Men’s 3m Springboard FinalTSN
Wednesday 8/8, 3:00-6:00pm – Women’s 10m Platform Preliminaries – OLN
Thursday 8/9, 6:00-8:00am – Women’s 10m Platform Semifinal – CTV
Thursday 8/9, 3:00-4:30pm – Women’s 10m Platform Final – SN
Friday 8/10, 5:45-6:45pm – Men’s 10m Platform Preliminaries – SN
Saturday 8/11, 6:00-8:00am – Men’s 10m Platform Semifinal – TSN
Saturday 8/11, 4:30-6:15pm – Men’s 10m Platform Final – TSN

2012 Olympic Canoe/Kayak Slalom Schedule

Canoe/Kayak slalom (or as it was previously known “whitewater canoeing”) is another of my personal favourite Summer Olympic sports. It is rarely on Canadian TV outside of the Olympics (although Sportsnet did show the World Championships last year). Two canoeists (or kayakers) race down a whitewater course consisting of up-river and down-river gates. It is a bit like snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom.

The face of canoe slalom in Canada for the past 15 years was David Ford. He won a World Championship in 1999. He followed that with a silver at the Worlds in 2003. He also competed in 5 Olympics (Beijing, Athens, Sydney, Atlanta and Barcelona).  At 45 years of age he attempted to qualify for his fifth, but failed. He was beaten in the Canadian trials in March by Michael Tayler. Ford is 25 years older than Tayler.

Tayler is Canada’s lone competitor in this sport. He is competing in the men’s single kayak event. He isn’t considered a medal threat.

While Ford isn’t competing in London, he is there as an analyst for CTV. Vic Rauter will join him in the broadcast booth doing play-by-play. 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.

Sunday 7/29, 9:30am-1:40pm – Men’s C1 & K1 Heats – OLN
Monday 7/30, 1:40-5:30pm – Men’s C2 & Women’s K1 Heats – OLN
Tuesday 7/31, 9:30-11:30am – Men’s C1 Final – TSN
Wednesday 8/1, 8:30-10:15am – Men’s K1 Semifinals – SN
Wednesday 8/1, 11:15am-12:10pm – Men’s K1 Final – OLN
Thursday 8/2, 9:30am-1:00pm – Men’s C2 & Women’s K1 Finals – TSN

2012 Olympic Tennis TV Schedule

The 2012 Olympic tennis tournament has a bit more lustre than those at past Olympics. The host ground is the All-England Club in Wimbledon. For those who failed that that very venue just two weeks ago (Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova etc.) it is a second chance. For the two greatest players of the past 10 years (Roger Federer and Serena Williams), it is a rare chance to win two major events in one season at the most famous tennis club in the world.

Canada has a few medal hopefuls in tennis. The best chance for a medal likely comes in mixed doubles, which is making its Olympic debut. Daniel Nestor will play with a to-be-confirmed partner. Nestor is the top ranked doubles player in the world. He is also a contender in men’s doubles, where he is paired with Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian duo are considered somewhat of a wildcard considering Nestor doesn’t have another top Canadian doubles player to play with. He did win the 2000 Olympic gold medal in similar circumstances though.

Milos Raonic is widely regarded as one of the best young tennis players in the world. Most analysts agree it is only a matter of time before he wins a major event. It would be quite a surprise if he breaks through for that win at the Olympics though. Tennis is a sport that can lend itself to Olympic surprises though. Who would have thought the podium in 2004 would be Nicolas Massu, Mardy Fish and Fernando Gonzalez? It was a major breakthrough for Gonzalez, while Massu fell back into obscurity. Fish would also go back under the radar until breaking into the world’s elite last season.

As a result of a higher profile of Olympic tennis from Wimbledon, coverage on the Canadian Broadcast Consortium has also increased over how much tennis CBC has showed at past Olympics. Tennis will take place over the first eight days of the Games. CTV, TSN or Sportsnet will show coverage every day. NBC will also broadcast the singles finals. 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, 5:15-7:00pm – Early Round Highlights – CTV
Sunday 7/29, 8:40-10:45am – Early Rounds: Day 2 – SN
Monday 7/30, 9:00-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 3 – CTV
Monday 7/30, 5:15-7:00pm – Early Round Highlights – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 9:00-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 4 – CTV
Tuesday 7/31, 11:45am-3:30pm – Early Rounds: Day 4 – OLN
Wednesday 8/1, 9:10-11:00am – Early Rounds: Day 5 – CTV
Wednesday 8/1, 5:00-6:00pm – Early Round Highlights – SN
Thursday 8/2, 9:00-11:00am – Men’s or Women’s Quarterfinal – CTV
Friday 8/3, 10:00am-12:50pm – Men’s & Women’s Semifinals – TSN
Saturday 8/4, 10:00am-12:00pm – Women’s Singles Final – NBC
Saturday 8/4, 1:00-3:30pm – Men’s Doubles Final – CTV
Sunday 8/5, 8:00-10:00am – Men’s Singles Bronze Match – OLN
Sunday 8/5, 10:00am-1:00pm – Men’s Singles Final – TSN, NBC

2012 Olympic Boxing TV Schedule

Boxing is always one of my favourite Olympic events. It is a true amateur event in a sport dominated by professionals. You get to see the best up-and-coming boxers from around the world, plus the very best from Cuba who fight as amateurs for their entire career. Even as someone who has grown tired of pro boxing, the Olympic boxing tournament still gets me excited every four years. Too add to the intrigue, women’s boxing makes its Olympic debut in London. Canada’s Mary Spencer is considered to be one of the top women’s fighters in the world in the middleweight division.

Jim Van Horne, Russ Anber and Kara Ro will call Olympic boxing on CTV. Van Horne is pulling double-duty, also calling show jumping. Anber is an Olympic broadcasting veteran serving as the boxing analyst for CBC/TSN during past Olympics.

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, 10:20-11:30am on SN – Men’s 56kg/Men’s 75kg (round of 32)
Sunday 7/29, 2:15-4:00pm on SN – Men’s 60kg/Men’s 69kg (round of 32)
Monday 7/30, 11:15am-12:00pm and 4:30-6:00pm on TSN – Men’s 52kg (round of 32)
Thursday 8/2, 3:00-4:00pm on SN – Men’s 60kg/Men’s 75kg (round of 16)
Sunday 8/5, 11:30am-12:30pm on CTVWomen’s 75kg (round of 16)
Monday 8/6, 11:30am-12:30pm on SNWomen’s 75kg (quarterfinals)

Wednesday 8/8, 9:30-11:00am on SN – Women’s 51kg, Women’s 60kg, Women’s 75kg (semifnals)
9:30am: Women’s Flyweight
10:00am: Women’s Lightweight
10:30am: Women’s Middleweight

Thursday 8/9, 12:30-2:00pm on CTV – Women’s 51kg, Women’s 60kg, Women’s 75kg (Finals)
12:30pm: Women’s Flyweight
1:00pm: Women’s Lightweight
1:30pm: Women’s Middleweight

Friday 8/10, 9:30am-12:00pm on CTV – Men’s 52kg, Men’s 56kg, Men’s 64kg, Men’s 75kg, Men’s 91kg (semifinals)
9:30am: Men’s Light Flyweight
10:00am: Men’s Bantamweight
10:30am: Men’s Welterweight
11:00am: Men’s Middleweight
11:30am: Men’s Heavyweight

Saturday 8/11, 6:15-7:00pm on CTV – Men’s Heavyweight Final

Sunday 8/12, 1:30-3:00pm on CTV – Men’s 52kg, Men’s 60kg, Men’s 69kg, Men’s 81kg, Men’s +91kg Finals