Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 12 (Wednesday, August 8)

2011 World Champion, and 3-time Olympic medallist, Adam vam Koeverden completes in the men’s K1 1000m final. He was the top qualifier on Monday.

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

Canoeing: Finals (live; 4:30am)
Equestrian: Individual Jumping final (live; 7:00am)
Wrestling: Women’s 48kg last 16/quarters/semis (live)

TSN MORNING

Athletics: Qualifying rounds (live; 6:00am)
Wresting: Women’s 48kg last 16/quarters/semis (live; 8:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Australia v. Serbia (live; 10:50am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Men’s Handball: Iceland v. Hungary (live; 6:00am)
Boxing: Women’s semifinals (live; 8:30am)
Men’s Basketball: Russia v. Lithuania (live; 9:00am)
Men’s Basketball: France v. Spain (live; 11:15am)

OLN DAYTIME

Men’s Volleyball: Brazil v. Argentina (live; 9:00am)
Men’s Hockey: Australia v. Germany (10:30am)
Diving: Women’s 10m preliminaries (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Hockey: Great Britain v. Netherlands (5:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Equestrian: Individual Jumping final (live; 10:00am)
Athletics: Qualifying rounds
Volleyball: United States v. Italy (live; 11:00am)
Canoeing: Finals (12:45pm)
Beach Volleyball: Xue/Zhang (CHN) v. Juliana/Larissa (BRA) (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. United States (live; 3:00pm)
Cycling: Men’s BMX qualifying
Athletics: Men’s Decathlon 400m (live; 4:30pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Italy (live; 11:10am)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 1:00pm)
Men’s Volleyball: Bulgaria v. Germany (live; 5:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Men’s Water Polo: Spain v. Montenegro (12:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Xue/Zhang (CHN) v. Juliana/Larissa (BRA) (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Volleyball: Poland v. Russia (live; 3:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: May/Walsh (USA) v. Kessy/Ross (USA) (live; 4:00pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Wrestling: Women’s 48kg medal round (live; 1:00pm)
Men’s Basketball: Brazil v. Argentina (live; 3:00pm)

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

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 12 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four-hour show recaps the canoe/kayak sprint final results from earlier in the day with a look at Mark Oldershaw and Adam van Koeverden, who is also featured in The Experts segment alongside DAILY PLANET host Dan Riskin. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also recaps the performances of Beijing 2008 gold medallist Carol Huynh in women’s freestyle wrestling and Eric Lamaze and Ian Millar in the individual jumping final, as well as athletics results.

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

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 12 highlights and recaps, including the men’s basketball quarter-final game featuring Australia taking on the USA’s Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant, as well as the women’s beach volleyball gold medal match-up.

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (10:30pm-2:30am ET)

Host Brad Fay takes a look at Canada’s medal chances from Day 12, including Adam van Koeverden in the men’s K-1 1000m final and Mark Oldershaw in the men’s C-1 1000m final. Sportsnet also has full coverage of Carol Huynh’s attempt to defend her Olympic Games title in women’s freestyle wrestling, including a look at her special relationship with her hometown of Hazelton, BC in Difference Makers with Rick Hansen. All this, plus recaps of the quarter-final action in men’s volleyball, basketball and water polo.

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

Equestrian: Individual Jumping final

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

Gold is determined on the beach (women’s final) and track (men’s 110m hurdles). Plus, women’s platform Diving.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Qualifying rounds in the men’s javelin and women’s BMX Cycling.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – séries

Saut à la perche (hommes), lancer du marteau (femmmes), décathlon 100m (hommes), 5000m (hommes), décathlon saut en longueur (hommes), 800m (femmes), décathlon lancer du poids (hommes) (en direct, 5h00)
Basketball – Hommes (en direct, 9h00)
Lutte (femmes) – finale Nage libre (48kg), (63kg) (en direct, 13h00)
Plongeon (femmes) – Haut 10m préliminaires (en direct, 14h00)
Boxe (hommes) – quarte de finale Super-léger (64kg), mi-lourd (81kg) (en direct, 16h50)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Canöe-kayak course en ligne (hommes, femmes) – finale
K1 1000m (hommes), C1 1000m (hommes), K2 1000m (hommes), K4 500m (femmes) (en direct, 4h30)
Boxe (femmes) – demi-finale Mouche (51kg), léger (60kg), moyen (75kg) (en direct, 8h30)
Volleyball (hommes) – quart de finale (en direct, 10h00)
Water-polo (hommes) – quart de finale (en direct, 12h30)
Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale/finale Lancer du javelot (hommes), 110m haies (hommes), 1500m (femmes), saut en longueur (femmes), 200m (hommes), 400m haies (femmes), 200m (femmes), Décathlon 400m (hommes) (en direct, 14h00)
Volleyball de plage (femmes) – médaille d’or (en direct, 16h20)
Basketball (hommes) – quarte de finale (en direct, 17h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Lutte (femmes) (48kg) et (63kg) (en direct, 8h00)

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 presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Boxing: Women’s semifinals (live; 8:30am) – Bangla
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 1:00pm) – Tamil

OMNI.1

Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Table Tennis: Men’s Team Final (live; 10:30am) – Mandarin
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Table Tennis: Men’s Team Final (live; 10:30am) – Mandarin
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Table Tennis: Men’s Team Final (live; 10:30am) – Mandarin
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

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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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 11 (Tuesday, August 7)

2000 Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield competes in the men’s triathlon.

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

Diving: Men’s 3m semifinal (live; 5:00am)
Athletics: Qualifying rounds (live)
Triathlon: Men’s Race (live; 7:30am)
Gymnastics: Individual finals (live; 9:00am)

TSN MORNING

Triathlon: Men’s Race (live; 6:30am)
Women’s Basketball: United States v. Canada (live; 9:00am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Track Cycling: Women’s Omnium (live; 6:00am)
Canoeing: Semifinals (7:00am)
Women’s Volleyball: Japan v. China (live; 8:00am)
Synchronized Swimming: Duet final (live; 10:00am)

OLN DAYTIME

Equestrian: Dressage Grand Prix Special (live; 5:00am)
Women’s Volleyball: Russia v. Brazil (12:00pm)
Women’s Volleyball: United States v. Dominican Rep. (live; 2:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Athletics: Qualifying rounds
Women’s Water Polo: United States v. Australia (live; 10:30am)
Cycling: Finals (live; 11:30am)
Diving: Men’s 3m semifinal (1:15pm)
Women’s Volleyball: United States v. Dominican Rep. (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: May/Walsh (USA) v. Xue/Zhang (CHN) (live; 4:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Synchronized Swimming: Duet final
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: May/Walsh (USA) v. Xue/Zhang (CHN) (live; 4:00pm)
Boxing: Men’s 52kg & 69kg quarterfinals
Women’s Water Polo: Semifinal

TSN DAYTIME

Track Cycling: Finals (live; 11:00am)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Juliana/Larissa (BRA) v. Kessy/Ross (USA) (live; 1:00pm)
Men’s Soccer: Korea v. Brazil (live; 2:45pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Men’s Soccer: Mexico v. Japan (live; 12:00pm)
Diving: Men’s 3m final (live; 2:00pm)

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

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 11 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four-hour show reviews the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals and finals with a focus on Jessica Zelinka, Phylicia George, and Nikkita Holder, and features a Superbodies segment on a hurdler’s body with Dr. Greg Wells. The show also recaps Tara Whitten’s results in the second day of omnium competition, Simon Whitfield’s performance in men’s triathlon, and how Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon and Élise Marcotte’s fared in synchronized swimming.  OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also recaps the quarterfinal game between Canada and powerhouse United States in women’s basketball and other key events from the day

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

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 11 highlights, including recaps of men’s triathlon with a focus on Simon Whitfield, men’s 3m springboard final and Alexandre Despatie’s performance, Canada’s results in synchronized swimming, plus the women’s basketball quarterfinal match-up between Canada and the United States. The show also includes extended looks at men’s and women’s beach volleyball semifinals.

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

Brad Fay takes viewers to Olympic Stadium for a review of the men’s 200m heats, Usain Bolt’s second event of the Games and the 100m hurdles final where Canada may add more hardware to the country’s medal count. At the pool, Alexandre Despatie puts a shaky summer behind him in the 3m springboard diving finals. Capping off OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON SPORTSNET are special features including Difference Makers with Rick Hansen featuring Simon Whitfield; Superbodies with Dr. Greg Wells, who takes a look at the physically taxing triathlon; and The Experts showcasing women’s hockey Olympic Games gold medallists Tessa Bonhomme and Jennifer Botterill attempting synchronized swimming.

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

Men’s Soccer: Mexico v. Japan
Men’s Soccer: Korea v. Brazil

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

Individual event finals in men’s and women’s Gymnastics and Track & Field, plus a key women’s Beach Volleyball semifinal.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in men’s springboard Diving, and the men’s discus throw.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Canoe-Kayak, Athletisme et Triathlon (Hommes) (en direct, 4h00)
Gymnastique Artistique et Soccer (Hommes) (en direct, 9h00)
Athletisme, Volleyball de Plage (Femmes) et Soccer (Hommes) (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Plongeon (Hommes), Athletisme et Volleyball (Femmes) (en direct, 4h00)
Nage Synchronisee et Cyclisme sur Piste (en direct, 10h00)
Plongeon (Hommes), Boxe (Homme) et Haltérophilie (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Canöe-kayak (en direct, 4h30)
Basketball (femmes) Quart de finale (en direct, 9h00)
Waterpolo (femmes) Demi-finale (en direct, 10h45)

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 presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Weightlifting: Men’s +105kg qualifying (live; 10:30am)
Weightlifting: Men’s +105kg Final (live; 2:00pm)

OMNI.2

Men’s Hockey: Australia v. Pakistan (12:30pm) – Punjabi
Men’s Hockey: India v. Belgium (2:00pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Men’s Hockey: Australia v. Pakistan (12:30pm) – Punjabi
Men’s Hockey: India v. Belgium (2:00pm) – Punjabi

OMNI BC

Men’s Hockey: Australia v. Pakistan (12:30pm) – Punjabi
Men’s Hockey: India v. Belgium (2:00pm) – Punjabi

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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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 10 (Monday, August 6)

Canadian middleweight boxer Mary Spencer makes her Olympic debut in the quarterfinals.

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

Canoeing: Preliminary Heats (live; 4:30am)
Athletics: Qualifying Rounds (live; 5:00am)
Men’s Basketball: Australia v. Russia (7:00am)
Gymnastics: Individual Finals (live; 9:00am)

TSN MORNING

Men’s Volleyball: Russia v. Serbia (live; 6:30am)
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final (live; 9:00am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Canoeing: Semifinals (live; 5:00am)
Men’s Volleyball: Australia v. Poland (8:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Romania v. Serbia (live; 9:00am)
Boxing: Women’s quarterfinals (live; 10:30am)

OLN DAYTIME

Women’s Hockey: Japan v. China (live; 8:45am)
Women’s Hockey: Korea v. Belgium (live; 11:00am)
Women’s Hockey: Great Britain v. Netherlands (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Hockey: Argentina v. Australia (live; 4:15pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Athletics: Qualifying Rounds (10:00am, 1:15pm and 4;30pm)
Men’s Water Polo: United States v. Hungary (live; 10:30am)
Canoeing: Semifinals (11:30am and 1:45pm)
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final (12:00pm)
Synchronized Swimming: Duet Preliminary (12:45pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Pļaviņš/Šmēdiņš (LAT) v. Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Tunisia (live; 3:00pm)
Cycling: Women’S Sprint quarterfinals (4:15pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Track Cycling: Men’s Sprint Finals (live; 11:00am)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 1:45pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Brink/Reckermann (GER) v. Ricardo/Cunha (BRA) (live; 5:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Synchronized Swimming: Duet Preliminary (12:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Alison/Emmanuel (BRA) v. Fijałek/Prudel (POL) (live; 1:00pm)
Women’s Soccer:  Canada v. United States (live; 2:30pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Women’s Soccer: France v. Japan (live; 12:00pm)
Diving: Men’s 3m Preliminaries (live; 2:00pm)

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

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 10 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four hour show includes recaps of canoe/kayak and Adam van Koeverden, women’s boxing and Mary Spencer, cycling and Tara Whitten, women’s 100m hurdles with a focus on Jessica Zelinka, Phylicia George, and Nikkita Holder, plus Canada’s mixed team jumping results. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also features Soccer Prime Time Studio Analyst Kara Lang in studio to break down the semifinal showdown between Canada and the United States in women’s soccer along with reviews of gymnastics, diving, and synchronized swimming

TSN PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 10 highlights, including recaps of the women’s soccer semifinal match-up between Canada and the United States, Mary Spencer’s performance in women’s boxing, Tara Whitten’s results in the first day of omnium competition, along with looks at men’s beach volleyball and volleyball

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

Host Brad Fay features Mary Spencer in the latest installment of Upclose, as she begins her quest for history and gold in women’s boxing.  Also, the popular Superbodies feature returns, taking a closer look at the toll it takes on the human body to run a 100m race. Plus, a review of men’s basketball as the United States faces its toughest task yet against Argentina.

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

Beach Volleyball: Men’s Quarterfinals
Equestrian: Team Jumping Final

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

More apparatus finals in Gymnastics, plus the men’s 400m final in Track & Field coverage. Also, qualifying in men’s springboard Diving, a men’s Beach Volleyball quarterfinal and the men’s sprint final in track Cycling.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the women’s steeplechase and shot put, plus the women’s omnium – a new program in Olympic Cycling.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Canöe-kayak course en ligne (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale K1 1000m (hommes), C1 1000m (hommes), K2 1000m (hommes), K4 500m (femmes) (en direct, 4h30)
Basketball (hommes) Tunésie vs Lithuanie (en direct, 7h00)
Boxe (femmes) quart de finale (en direct, 8h30)
Nage synchronisée – duets routine libre (en direct, 10h00)
Plongeon (hommes) – tremplin 3m – Préliminaires (en direct, 16h45)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – ronde de qualification/séries Lancer du disque (hommes), 100m haies (femmes), lancer du poids (femmes), 800m (hommes), 1500m (femmes) (en direct, 5h00)
Volleyball (hommes) (RUS vs SRB) (en direct, 7h15)
Gymnastique artistique (hommes, femmes) – finale: Anneaux (hommes), barres asymétriques (femmes), saut de cheval (hommes) (en direct, 9h00)
Cyclisme sur piste (hommes, femmes) – quarte de finale/demi-finale/finale + Épreuve de vitesse (hommes), épreuve de vitesse en équipe (femmes), épreuves de vitesse (femmes) (en direct, 11h05)
Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale/finale: Saut à la perche (femmes), lancer du poids (femmes), 200m (femmes), 400m Haies (femmes), 400m Haies (hommes), 3000m Steeple (femmes), 400m (hommes) (en direct, 14h00)
Basketball (hommes) (ARG vs EU) (en direct, 16h40)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Basketball (hommes) (en direct, 9h30)

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 presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Gymnastics: Individual Finals (live; 9:00am) – Bangla

OMNI.1

Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Wrestling: Men’s Greco Roman Medal Rounds (live; 12:45pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Wrestling: Men’s Greco Roman Medal Rounds (live; 12:45pm) – Punjabi
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Wrestling: Men’s Greco Roman Medal Rounds (live; 12:45pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

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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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 9 (Sunday, August 5)

Ten-time Olympian Ian Millar will complete in team jumping for Canada.

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

Track Cycling: Men’s Omnium (live; 5:00am)
Athletics: Women’s Marathon (live; 6:00am)
Tennis: Roger Federer (SUI) v. Andy Murray (GBR) (live; 9:00am)

TSN MORNING

Women’s Volleyball: China v. Korea (live; 6:30am)
Gymnastics: Individual Finals (live; 9:00am)
Boxing: Women’s round of 16 (live)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Equestrian: Team Jumping round 1 (live; 6:00am)
Women’s Basketball: Canada v. Australia (live; 9:30am)

OLN DAYTIME

Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB) (live; 7:00am)
Women’s Volleyball: Italy v. Russia (live; 11:45am)
Women’s Volleyball: United States v. Turkey (live; 3:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Juliana/Larissa (BRA) v. Goller/Ludwig (GER) (live; 6:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Athletics: Women’s Marathon (live; 6:00am)
Tennis:  Roger Federer (SUI) v. Andy Murray (GBR) (live; 9:00am)
Women’s Basketball: China v. United States (live; 11:45am)
Equestrian: Team Jumping round 1 (live; 1:30pm)
Women’s Water Polo: United States v. Italy (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Volleyball: United States v. Turkey (live; 3:00pm)
Cycling: Final (4:30pm)
Beach Volleyball: Kolocová/Sluková v. Kessy/Ross (USA) (live; 5:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Track Cycling: Men’s Omnium (live; 12:00pm)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Kolocová/Sluková v. Kessy/Ross (USA) (live; 5:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Women’s Water Polo: Australia v. China (12:00pm)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Xue/Zhang (CHN) v. Schwaiger/Schwaiger (AUT) (live; 1:00pm)
Diving: Women’s 3m final (live; 2:00pm)
Weightlifting: Women’s +75kg (live; 3:30pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Women’s Basketball: China v. United States (live; 11:45am)
Women’s Beach Volleyball: May/Walsh (USA) v. Cicolari/Menegatti (ITA) (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Water Polo: Great Britain v. Spain (live; 3:20pm)

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

Host Brian Williams guides Canadians through four hours of Day 9 highlights, including a recap of the highly-anticipated showdown between Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in the men’s100m final. Additional recaps include the women’s 3m springboard final featuring newly minted bronze medallists Jennifer Abel and Émilie Heymans, Canada’s match-up against Australia in women’s basketball, as well as men’s boxing, synchronized swimming, equestrian, and cycling.

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

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes fans through Sunday’s recaps and highlights, including the men’s tennis final with Andy Murray and Roger Federer, men’s and women’s boxing, beach volleyball and equestrian, and a review of the world’s fastest man in the men’s100m final during an athletics round up. The four-hour show also features three-time Olympic medallist Karen Cockburn showing CFL great Milt Stegall how to tackle the trampoline in The Experts.

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

A full review of one of the most anticipated events of the London 2012 Games – the men’s 100m final featuring Usain Bolt and his fellow countryman and biggest threat, Yohan Blake. Plus, Sportsnet heads to the pool where divers Jennifer Abel and Émilie Heymans looked to add to their bronze medal in the 3m springboard final.

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

Athletics: Women’s Marathon

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

Track & Field’s centerpiece event — the men’s 100m dash, plus apparatus finals in Gymnastics, the women’s springboard final in Diving, and a Beach Volleyball matchup.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the men’s hammer throw and steeplechase, and qualifying in the high jump, plus the men’s singles final in Badminton.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Volleyball (Femmes) (en direct, 4h00)
Boxe (Femmes), Gymnastique Artistique, Basketball (Femmes) et Halterophilie (en direct, 8h30)
Volleyball de Plages (Femmes) et Athletisme (en direct, 13h30)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Basketball (femmes) et Athlétisme (en direct, 4h00)
Tennis (Hommes) (en direct, 9h00)
Cyclisme sur Piste (Hommes), Plongeon (Femmes), Boxe (Hommes) et Volleyball (Femmes) (en direct, 13h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Boxe (fenmmes) Poids Léger (60kg) Poids Moyen (75kg) (en direct, 9h30)

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 presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Badminton: Men’s Singles/Doubles Bronze (live; 4:00am) – Hindi
Badminton: Men’s Singles/Doubles Finals (live; 8:00am) – Hindi

OMNI.1

Portuguese Primetime (7:00-8:30pm)
Italian Primetime (8:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Badminton: Men’s Singles/Doubles Finals (live; 8:00am) – Cantonese

OMNI Alberta

Badminton: Men’s Singles/Doubles Finals (live; 8:00am) – Cantonese
Portuguese Primetime (7:00-8:30pm MT)
Italian Primetime (8:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Badminton: Men’s Singles/Doubles Finals (live; 8:00am) – Cantonese
Portuguese Primetime (7:00-8:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (8:30-10:00pm PT)

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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How Do CTV’s Commentators Stack Up to CBC’s?

It is really hard to judge how good, or bad, CTV’s Olympic coverage is in 2012. It all depends on the viewer. Some would say it is better than CBC’s, some would not. Some would say that it is a lot better than CTV’s 2010 coverage, but again, some wouldn’t. It mostly comes down to quantity vs. quality. There is no question that CTV had more coverage than CBC and TSN ever combined to show in the past. CTV alone is broadcasting 18 hours of coverage day, with 15 additional hours on both TSN and Sportsnet. In 2008 CBC and TSN combined for about 18 hours of coverage daily. Rarely were both broadcasting at the same time, giving viewers a choice of what they wanted to see. What does come into question about CTV’s broadcasts, though, is the quality.

It does seem that the “Canadian-ness” of CTV’s broadcasts is toned down in 2012. Maybe they listened to viewers. Maybe they realized that the US Men’s Basketball team, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are as popular in Canada as most of our own athletes. The opening montage, which featured only Canadian athletes in 2010, has been replaced by one with a sea of colours representing athletes from all over the world. Featured prominently are Bolt, Lebron James, Kerri Walsh and Misty May, Roger Federer, and Michael Phelps, alongside Canadian stars Jessica Zelinka, Dylan Armstrong, Christine Sinclair, Alexandre Despatie and Adam van Koeverdan.

In that sense, CTV’s coverage of the London Olympics is immeasurably better than their coverage of Vancouver. As a viewer, I feel like I’m watching the world coming together, instead of prominent Canadian athletes being cheered on against others.

One thing that hasn’t changed from CTV’s coverage in 2010 is the song in that opening montage (and every other montage). Believe is back and as annoying as ever. I actually like the instrumental version, but hearing the full version every time a Canadian wins a medal and at the close of every Primetime broadcast is grating. And the new version by The Tenors isn’t any better. I still cheer on the Canadian athletes, but I’ve learned to quickly change the channel after the event is done. Of course this will return in 2014 (more on that later).

The hosts of CTV’s broadcasts are great. Brian Williams is still the best Olympic host in Canada, maybe in all of the English-speaking world. He is not afraid to speak his mind, which, in my opinion, is important for a well-respected journalist. With CBC gaining Olympic rights back from 2014, this is likely Williams’ last Olympic Games. A few have complained about him (my favourite is that he reads from a script. Every host does). I’ve tuned in every night during the Olympics so far to watch CTV’s Primetime show.

The only CTV host who is close to as good as Williams is James Duthie. I was a bit concerned about his knowledge of summer sports. Turns out I was wrong. Right from the opening broadcast it was clear to me that he had prepared for London. He is witty, and actually funny, unlike, for example, Ron MacLean. His co-host Jennifer Hedger is mostly good as well. Maybe she isn’t the most exuberant of TSN’s SportsCentre hosts, but she is one of the most professional. Morning hosts Dave Randorf and Catriona Le May Doan are the worst of the bunch at CTV. Randorf is very knowledgeable. He is an Olympic veteran as a former Daytime and Primetime host for TSN. Le May Doan, on the other hand, is too close to the Canadian Olympic team. She feels like a Canadian cheerleader, not an Olympic co-host. Maybe CTV should have found another role for her in London.

None of TSN’s hosts have stood out to me. Kate Beirness constantly makes mistakes, although she does correct them. She is a young, talented broadcaster; however, maybe too inexperienced for such a large role. Michael Landsberg is a great interviewer, but not a great host. His joke about Mark Heese appearing on Off the Record didn’t come across as a joke at all. Made it look like he just wanted to promote that he hosts a sports talk show. Darren Dutchyshen at least hasn’t made an embarrassing error like he did in Vancouver. He is probably the best of TSN’s hosts, but isn’t as good as his primetime counterparts at CTV, Sportsnet and NBC.

Speaking of Sportsnet’s primetime host, Brad Fay is the stand out host of Olympic coverage for me. He is very knowledgeable on Olympic sports and could become the star host that Sportsnet has never had (ala Maclean at CBC and Duthie at TSN).

As for their commentators, most are unforgettable. Some in a bad way. Rod Smith (aquatics), Rob Faulds (rowing), Gord Miller (athletics) and RJ Broadhead (beach volleyball) are among the standouts. Smith’s cadence and booming voice are perfect for swimming’s biggest events. Faulds is an Olympic veteran, he was part of CTV’s 1992 coverage in Barcelona. And who knew Broadhead was so knowledgeable about beach volleyball?

Thank goodness I don’t watch much gymnastics, apparently. I haven’t read many good things about Rod Black. And his call of Rosie MacLennan’s first gold medal for Canada in London was one of the worst Olympic calls I have ever heard. After the scores for the Chinese gymnast came up, Black excitedly yelled “Jump for joy Canada!” Sure I was happy for MacLennan, but jump for joy? Everyone talks about Jamie Campbell’s medal calls seeming scripted, I wonder how long Black had worked on this one?

Maybe we just don’t have good amateur sports analysts in Canada. Or maybe too many of them are too close to our current athletes. Joanne Malar was unbearable on swimming, constantly shouting over Smith. She said Michael Phelps was swimming for Canada in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. Another shouter was rowing analyst Barney Williams. He surely jolted me out of bed while watching rowing at 6am. Again though, many times he seemed to cheer Canada to the finish line. Kyle Shewfelt, while excellent with his analysis, also seemed to get overly excited for Canadian medals. So did judo analyst Frazer Will, who repeated himself countless times during week 1.

The most surprising analyst for me is Mark Heese. He knows everything about beach volleyball and is able to make it easy to understand for casual viewers. Usually Canadian coverage messes up volleyball on the beach, but CTV’s coverage with Broadhead and Heese is just as good as their American counterparts at NBC. Heese also wasn’t a Canadian cheerleader.

Some viewers don’t like Blythe Hartley. I think she is actually able to explain diving a lot better than 2008 CBC analyst Anne Montminy. Again, like Heese, she stands out to me because she doesn’t overtly cheer for Canadian athletes on air. This even though her and Emelie Heymans were teammates for many years. It is rare that a recently retired athlete is able to put personal connections aside on television.

Maybe CBC deserves the credit, but Michael Smith and David Moorcroft are a fantastic pairing on athletics. There were CBC’s track analysts in Beijing. Moorcroft was able to provide an excellent British opinion this evening as the British team had an historic night, winning 3 gold medals at the Olympic Stadium. Smith, a former decathlete, gave insight into the heptathlon that many could not. Hearing Moorcroft made me realize that CTV could use a larger British presence on their coverage. They just happened to choose a Brit for the right event as day 8 athletics will go down as the signature moment of London 2012.

The two commentators that deserve the most attention are freelancers. One is in London, the other in Toronto. Both were TSN regulars some 20 years ago. Both get to call minor sports, sometimes on short notice. Paul Romanuk is CTV’s commentator for triathlon and weightlifting. He put Paula Findlay’s performance in the women’s triathlon in perfect context this morning. He is probably the most professional, unbiased commentator in Canada. Everyone else should look up to him. Jim van Horne got the call for Milos Raonic’s marathon match. He also called a women’s doubles badminton semifinal feature Canada. His knowledge of badminton was particularly surprising.

Both Romauk and van Horne had to work without analysts. Maybe it was too their benefit considering some of CTV’s other analysts detract from the broadcast. Romanuk on weightlifting and van Horne on badminton were the two standout commentators during the first week of CTV’s coverage, in my opinion.

There is one other thing that CTV got right. Using NBC coverage for tennis and basketball and BBC commentary for soccer. Using NBC for tennis gave CTV the ability to show whatever matches they want, without having commentators on-duty in a Toronto studio to call them in a moments’ notice. Basketball and soccer as best covered by the Americans and the Brits respectively.

The Olympics: Non-Political, Right? (Not)

Everyone talks about the IOC’s status as a political-neutral organization. The Olympics bring together the best athletes from around the world, regardless of whether they are from a Communist country, a Capitalist country, or even a country with gross human rights violations. The IOC even goes so far as to ban countries whose governments interfere with their sports programs. Afghanistan was banned from the 2000 Olympics because the Taliban-backed government refused to allow women to compete in sports. South Africa was banned during apartheid, from 1964 until 1992. Iraq was almost banned in 2008 for political interference.

Then there was that one time when politics sadly played too great of a role in the Olympics. The day was September 5, 1972. The time, early morning, around 4:30 in Munich. A 8-man Islamic terrorist group, associated with Black September, climbed over the fence into the athletes village. Two members of the Israeli delegation were killed. Nine more were taken hostage by the terrorists. All nine were later killed after a failed attempt by the Germans to save them.

The International Olympic Committee considers this a political act. That is the official reason why the eleven athletes were not mentioned during the Opening Ceremony last Friday, 40 years after they were killed. But, let’s take politics, religion, country and everything else out of it for a second. Eleven athletes were killed by armed terrorists. They didn’t die doing what they loved, as some sadly have during Olympic competition. They died because someone didn’t believe they should be allowed to do what they loved.

Brian Williams of CTV got himself in some hot water during the Opening Ceremony when he mentioned this 11 athletes as the current Israeli athletes marched into the Olympic Stadium. Here is what Williams said.

“As Israel prepares to enter, my position is well known. It is one that I have taken at previous Olympics. It is wrong that the IOC refuses to have a minute’s silence for Israeli athletes that were slaughtered in Munich.”

Many came to this blog to mention that Williams shouldn’t be allowed to share his political opinions during a sports broadcast. First, it wasn’t a political opinion. A political opinion would have been decrying Russia or China for voting against the UN in sanctions against the Assad government. All Williams said is athletes who died in Munich should be honoured. Which, if you can’t tell, I agree with.

I also agree with Williams’ ability to speak on the issue. He is the voice of Olympics broadcasting in Canada. His opinions should matter as much as anyone else’s on such issues. If there is one thing he has gained in his 35 years of Olympic broadcasting, it is the right to speak his mind when the IOC screws up (or at least he believes it has). Sure he overshadowed the Israeli athletes, maybe wrongly so. But I don’t think any of them would disagree with the ’72 athletes getting attention.

My only problem with Williams’ statement was the timing. Maybe it wasn’t the wrong time, but I’m not sure it was the right time either. Brian has four hours on Olympic Primetime every night. He also has a certain amount of control on what airs on that broadcast. I would have preferred for CTV to do a short 15-30 minute piece, augmented by Williams’ views on the IOC not recognizing the athletes, on what happened on that fateful day. It is something difficult to grasp for someone like me who wasn’t alive at the time.

It probably would have been more powerful than a quick mention during a mostly happy event, like the Opening Ceremony. The bit during the Opening Ceremony got my attention, and many other Canadians as well, apparently. The question is, did it have any kind of lasting effect.

It is also worth noting that Williams commended the IOC for pressuring Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia, into allowing their women to compete in the Olympics. Now here is where I draw a connection that I hope isn’t true. Saudi Arabia is one of many Arab countries that doesn’t recognize Israel as a country. They obviously wouldn’t want Israeli athletes to be honoured. The IOC was willing to bend over backwards so they could say that for the first time ever all countries competing in the Olympics are sending female athletes.

Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 8 (Saturday, August 4)

Karen Cockburn, Canada’s flagbearer at the Beijing Closing Ceremony, will attempt to win a medal in her fourth straight Olympics in women’s trampoline today. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

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

Triathlon: Women’s Race (live; 4:00am)
Men’s Basketball: Russia v. Spain (live; 6:15am)
Badminton: Women’s Doubles Bronze
Athletics: Men’s 100m Preliminaries
Gymnastics: Women’s Trampoline (live; 9:00am)

TSN MORNING

Rowing: Finals (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Soccer QF: Japan v. Honduras (live; 7:20am)
Diving: Women’s 3m Semifinal (live; 9:30am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Athletics: Qualifying Rounds (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Basketball: Lithuania v. United States (live; 9:30am)
Track Cycling: Women’s Team Pursuit (live; 11:00am)

OLN DAYTIME

Equestrian: Jumping qualifying (live; 5:30am)
Men’s Soccer QF: Mexico v. Senegal (live; 9:30am)
Athletics: Men’s 20km Race Walk (live; 12:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Tennis: Women’s Singles Final (live; 9:00am)
Gymnastics: Women’s Trampoline (11:00am)
Athletics: Preliminary Rounds (11:15am and 1:30pm)
Men’s Volleyball: United States v. Russia (live; 11:45am)
Cycling: Women’s Team Pursuit (2:00pm)
Men’s Water Polo: United States v. Serbia (live; 2:40pm)
Rowing: Finals (3:45pm)
Athletics: Men’s 10, 000m Final (live; 4:15pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Prokopiev/Semenov (RUS) v. Gibb/Rosenthal (USA) (live; 5:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Tennis: Women’s Singles Final (12:00pm)
Swimming: Finals (live; 2:30pm)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 3:30pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Men’s Soccer QF: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm)
Men’s Soccer QF: Great Britain v. Korea (live; 2:45pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 2:00pm)

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

Host Brian Williams gives Canadians a complete rundown of results from the jam packed Day 8. The four-hour show includes highlights and recaps of athletics, swimming, trampoline, tennis, equestrian, cycling, and diving events from earlier in the day. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also includes a review of key Canadian performances including Dylan Armstrong, Jessica Zelinka, Ryan Cochrane, the men’s 4x100m medley relay team, Karen Cockburn, the mixed jumping team, Paula Findlay, and more.

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

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes fans through four hours of recaps and highlights, including women’s triathlon and a look at Paula Findlay’s performance, men’s doubles tennis, beach volleyball, the results of Zach Bell and Tara Whitten in cycling and an athletics wrap up featuring Jessica Zelinka, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius, and more.

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

Host Brad Fay reviews Canada’s many medal opportunities from Day 8, including Ryan Cochrane in the men’s 1,500m freestyle, Karen Cockburn in the women’s individual trampoline, Canada’s women’s team pursuit in cycling, and Paula Findlay in the women’s triathlon. Sportsnet also has a full recap of the women’s singles final in tennis and an emotional Difference Makers with Rick Hansen segment on trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan’s relationship with her grandfather. All this, plus a look at Usain Bolt’s first day back on the track for the first round of the men’s 100m.

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

Men’s Soccer Quarterfinals

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

Swimming concludes with four finals, including the men’s and women’s medley relays. Plus the women’s 100m dash, the women’s springboard semifinal in Diving and Beach Volleyball.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the women’s discus, plus events in track Cycling.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Triathlon (Femmes), Aviron et Trampoline (en direct, 4h00)
Athletisme (en direct, 11h15)
Athletisme et Boxe (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Triathlon, Athletisme (Hommes) et Water-polo (en direct, 4h00)
Plongeon (Femmes) et Soccer (Hommes) (en direct, 9h30)
Couverture en direct de Natation, Halterophilie et Basketball (Hommes) (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Un rameur en couple finale (femmes), poids léger deux de couple finale (hommes), un rameur en couple finale (femmes), poids léger deux de couple finale (femmes), poids léger deux de couple finale (hommes), poids léger deux de couple finale (femmes) (en direct, 4h30)
Tennis, finale hommes et femmes (en direct, 9h00)

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 presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Badminton: Women’s Doubles Bronze (live; 4:00am) – Hindi
Badminton: Women’s Singles Bronze/Gold Finals (live; 8:30am) – Hindi

OMNI.1

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm) – Portuguese

OMNI.2

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

OMNI Alberta

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm) – Portuguese
Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Men’s Soccer: Brazil v. Honduras (live; 12:00pm) – Portuguese
Mandarin Primetime (7:00-8:30pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (8:30-10:00pm PT)

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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