The Rio Summer Olympics are being held this month, when the best of the best will compete on the world stage. Athletes from 37 countries are heading to Brazil’s tourist capital and on Aug. 5, the Opening Ceremonies will officially start the 2016 Games.
FLORENCE ALLAN – Sailing (Women’s Laser Radial One Person Dinghy)
KEMAR HYMAN – 100m
RONALD FORBES – 110m Hurdles
LARA BUTLER – 100m Backstroke
GEOFFREY BUTLER – 1500m Backstroke
Here’s a daily look at potentially intriguing events (all times Central):
Friday, Aug. 5
Opening Ceremony: The Olympics will open at the famed Maracanã. The Opening Ceremony will be highlighted by the Parade of Nations and cauldron lighting, the final torch bearer always a closely guarded secret.
Saturday, Aug. 6 — Day 1
Gymnastics: Men’s qualification. Historically, the top eight nations qualify for the team final.
Swimming (8 p.m.): Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
Sunday, Aug. 7 — Day 2
Gymnastics: Women’s qualification.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The men’s 4x100m freestyle relay has traditionally been a marquee event. Several teams could factor into the medals, including reigning Olympic champion France, World champion Australia, the U.S. and host nation Brazil.
Monday, Aug. 8 — Day 3
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Men’s team final. China won the last two Olympics and the last six World Championships.
Fencing (2 p.m.): Women’s saber medal rounds.
Rugby (3:30 p.m.): Women’s medal matches. The first rugby medals since 1924 will be awarded, though this is the first time rugby sevens has been part of the Olympics.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The 100m backstroke finals and men’s 200m free final.
Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Day 4
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Women’s team final. The U.S. won gold in 2012, so watch for them as well as Russia, China and Romania.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The women’s 200m free final and 4x200m free relay.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Day 5
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Men’s all-around final. Japan’s Kohei Uchimura could become the first man in 44 years to repeat.
Swimming (8 p.m.): Men’s 100m free final; women’s 4x200m free relay.
Thursday, Aug. 11 — Day 6
Judo (1:30 p.m.): Women’s 78kg medal rounds.
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Women’s all-around final.
Rugby (3:30 p.m.): Men’s medal matches. Watch out for Fiji, which has never won an Olympic medal in any sport but is ranked second in this season’s World Series.
Swimming (8 p.m.): It could be a busy night for Ryan Lochte with the 200m back and 200m IM finals.
Friday, Aug. 12 — Day 7
Swimming (8 p.m.): 100m butterfly final.
Saturday, Aug. 13 — Day 8
Tennis: Women’s singles medal matches.
Rowing (6:50 a.m.): Women’s eight. The U.S. won gold at the last two Olympics and the 2014 World Championships.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The world’s fastest woman will be crowned in the 100m final (9:35). Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in 2008 and 2012.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The competition concludes with the shortest and longest events (women’s 50m free, men’s 1500m free) and both medley relays.
Sunday, Aug. 14 — Day 9
Tennis: Men’s singles final.
Golf (5:30 a.m.): Men’s final round. The first Olympic golf medals since 1904 will be awarded at the conclusion of the 72-hole stroke-play tournament.
Gymnastics (noon): Apparatus finals include women’s vault, where McKayla Maroney‘s silver medal-winning facial expression went viral in 2012.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The world’s fastest man will be crowned in the 100m final (8:25). Usain Bolt could try to become the first Olympic men’s runner to win the same individual event three straight times.
Monday, Aug. 15 — Day 10
Gymnastics (noon): Apparatus finals include men’s still rings, which may include Brazil’s top gymnastics medal hope.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The men’s 800m final (8:25) and women’s 400m final (8:45).
Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Day 11
Gymnastics (noon): The artistic gymnastics competition concludes with three apparatus finals, including women’s floor exercise.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): In the women’s 1500m (8:30), reigning Diamond League champ Jenny Simpson could break a 44-year U.S. gold-medal drought in track events longer than 400m.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Day 12
Track and Field (6 p.m.): Americans Brittney Reese and Allyson Felix are reigning Olympic champions in the long jump (7:15) and 200m (8:30).
Beach Volleyball (8 p.m.): Women’s medal matches. The Copacabana Beach venue will be rocking if a Brazilian pair reaches the final.
Thursday, Aug. 18 — Day 13
Track and Field (5 p.m.): Bolt expects the 200m final (8:30) to be the last individual race of his Olympic career. The world’s greatest athlete will be crowned after the decathlon 1500m (7:45).
Beach Volleyball (8 p.m.): Men’s medal matches.
Friday, Aug. 19 — Day 14
Soccer (3:30 p.m.): Women’s final.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): Bolt expects the 4x100m final (8:35) to be the last race of his Olympic career. His goal in Rio is sweep the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, which he did in 2008 and 2012.
Saturday, Aug. 20 — Day 15
Golf (5:30 a.m.): Women’s final round.
Triathlon (9 a.m.): Women’s race.
Basketball (1:30 p.m.): Women’s final.
Diving (2:30 p.m.): Men’s platform final. The sport’s marquee event is the last of eight in the Olympic diving program.
Soccer (3:30 p.m.): Men’s final. Will Brazil make it to the gold-medal game at the Maracanã with a shot at winning its first Olympic men’s soccer title?
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The last night of competition includes the 4x400m relays, men’s 1500m (7 p.m.) and women’s 800m (7:15).
Volleyball (8:15 p.m.): Women’s final. Brazil defeated the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals.
Sunday, Aug. 21 — Day 16
Track and Field (7:30 a.m.): The men’s marathon takes to the Rio streets. Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich pulled off the upset at London 2012.
Volleyball (11:15 a.m.): Men’s final. This is one of the most coveted gold medals for the host nation.
Boxing (noon): Women’s middleweight final. Claressa Shields has not lost since she became the first U.S. Olympic women’s boxing champion at London 2012.
Basketball (1:45 p.m.): Men’s final.
Closing Ceremony: The Olympic cauldron will be extinguished at the Maracanã.