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.

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

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