Two of America’s biggest stars will make their Tokyo Games debut on Sunday
TOKYO — Two US star Olympians headline Sunday’s events at the Tokyo Games as both Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky begin their quest to rewrite the record book.
The US men’s basketball team begins play, while surfing makes its Olympic debut and female skateboarders see their first action. Here are some things to see. (Eastern all the time):
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky came to Tokyo in an attempt to break the all-time record of eight gold medals won by an American woman. The first of her five scheduled events is the women’s 400m freestyle.
Although Ledecky is considered the best female distance swimmer in the world, she is expected to face a tough competition from Australia’s Ariane Titmus. Ledecky has won a total of six medals in her first two Olympics and won her first gold medal at the 2012 London Games when she was just 15 years old.
In the men’s competition, two-time Olympic gold medalist Celeb Dressel is expected to be part of the 4x100m freestyle relay. Dressel is considered Michael Phelps’ successor and won a record eight medals at the 2019 World Meet. Other swimming medals will be awarded in the women’s 100m butterfly and the men’s 100m breaststroke. Live coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
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Simone Biles makes her debut for Team USA when women’s gymnastics qualifying begins. Biles already has four Olympic gold medals and is chasing Shannon Miller’s record of seven medals won by an American woman.
Sunissa Lee, who defeated Biles in the all-around during the second night of the Olympic Trials, and teammate Jordan Chillies, will challenge each other for the Americans’ second place in the all-round final. Grace McCallum dropped out of the four-woman US team, while Mykayla Skinner and Jade Carey would compete individually.
The Americans are heavily backed to win their third consecutive Olympic title and qualifying will be streamed at 2:10 pm on Peacock
Team USA will have its full 12-man roster when it starts the game against France.
Newly crowned champions Chris Middleton and Jew Holiday from the Milwaukee Bucks and runner-up Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns arrived in Tokyo a day before the Americans began their fourth consecutive gold hunt.
Team USA is headlined by Kevin Durant, Jason Tatum, Drummond Green and Booker. The first game goes live on Peacock at 8 a.m. and later airs repeats on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.
Surfing is one of four new sports added to the Tokyo Games, which are due to start on Sunday, but will depend on weather conditions.
Surfing made its way into the sport through nearly 25 years of lobbying by the International Surfing Association. But the effort actually dates back to the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm when five-time swimming medalist Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian icon considered a modern surfing pioneer, first pushed it to become an Olympic sport.
Carissa Moore of the United States is the defending world champion and the competition will be broadcast on USA Network during coverage starting from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Insomnia has a full slate of contests from skateboarding women’s finals as NBC’s coverage moves to 2 p.m.
The US women’s water polo team faces China at 1 p.m. on the USA Network, which will also air 3-on-3 basketball and Canada vs. Germany women’s beach volleyball.
Late night coverage on CNBC runs until 2 p.m. and includes men’s rugby qualifying, an elimination round of archery and a men’s basketball game between Argentina and Slovenia.
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