Here’s your viewing highlights for Wednesday on the networks of NBC Universal:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
NBC and NBC HD
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. all time zones
Men's Volleyball – Quarterfinal (LIVE)
Women's Diving – Platform Competition
8:00 p.m. – Midnight ET/PT
Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals
Women's 400m Hurdles
Gymnastics - Gala
Women's Beach Volleyball – Gold Medal Match (LIVE)
Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)
12:35 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.ET/PT
Women's Volleyball – Semifinal (LIVE)
Women's Track & Field - Hammer Throw Gold Medal Final
Women's Diving – Platform Semifinal
CNBC and CNBC HD
Midnight – 2:00 a.m.ET
Softball – Semifinal
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.ET
Boxing – 51kg, 75kg Quarterfinals
USA and USA HD
2:00 a.m. – Noon ET
Men's Basketball – Four Quarterfinals (LIVE)
Men's Beach Volleyball - Semifinal
Canoeing – Semifinals (LIVE)
Women's Swimming – Marathon
Men's Water Polo - Quarterfinals
5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.ET
Softball – Bronze Medal Game (LIVE)
Men's Volleyball - Quarterfinals (LIVE)
Baseball – USA vs. Japan
Women's Field Hockey - Semifinal
Wrestling – Freestyle 66kg, 74kg Gold Medal Finals
Men's Handball - Quarterfinal
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.ET/PT
Synchronized Swimming – Duet Gold Medal Final
Gymnastics on Oxygen
2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.ET
Men's Basketball - Quarterfinal
Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals
Men's Diving- Springboard Competition
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.ET
Men's Beach Volleyball – Semifinal
Gymnastics – Individual Event Gold Medal Finals
Midnight – 1:00 a.m.ET
24-hour MSNBC & CNBC HD Simulcasts and Coverage
NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL
2:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.ET
Men's Quarterfinals Round
2:30 a.m. – 4:15 a.m. Game #1 (LIVE)
4:45 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Game #2 (LIVE)
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Game #1 or #2 re-air
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Game #3 (LIVE)
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Game #4 (LIVE)
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. USA Game Re-air
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Game of the Day – 2nd half re-air
NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL
6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.ET
"The Semifinals Encore"
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Women's Match #1
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Women's Match #2
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Men's Match #1
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Men's Match #2
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Match Re-airs
NBCOlympics.com - LIVE STREAMING BROADBAND COVERAGE:
Men's Field Hockey
Women's Field Hockey – Semifinals
Sailing – Competition & Gold Medal Finals
Men's Taekwondo – 58kg Gold Medal Finals, 68kg Competition
Women's Taekwondo – 49kg Gold Medal Finals, 51kg Competition
Men's Modern Pentathlon – Shooting, Fencing
Canoeing – Flatwater Semifinals
Softball – Bronze Medal Game
Swimming – Marathon Gold Medal Final
Men's & Women's Table Tennis – Singles Competition
Men's Wrestling – Freestyle 66kg, 74kg Gold Medal Finals
Freestyle 84kg, 96kg,120kg Competition
NBC PRIMETIME HIGHLIGHTS:
The 200m sprint could be a wide-open classic. Americans swept the medals four years ago in Athens, led by Shawn Crawford, who's back at the fore of another strong USA group that includes Florida State standout Walter Dix and former Arkansas Razorback Wallace Spearmon. But the favorite is Jamaican sensation Usain "Lightning" Bolt, who will attempting to complete a 100m-200m gold medal sweep.
Olympic Trials champion Tiffany Ross-Williams, who came up through the same Miami (Liberty City) track club as Bershawn "Batman" Jackson and is the mother of a young daughter, leads the way for the USA Team in the 400m hurdles.
Defending Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh could confirm their status as "Queens of the Beach" in the gold medal final where they take on China.
Think of it as the roller derby of bikes. BMX racing is one of the new events at the Olympics – an all-out, full-contact, eight-man race through a twisting course with plenty of jumps. Though the event is wildly unpredictable in nature, the American men have unmatched depth, featuring 2007 world champion Kyle Bennett, world medalist Mike Day, and 2007 USA champion Donny Robinson. On the women's side, Jill Kintner, who returned to BMX racing when it was added to the Olympic program, was the top American finisher at the 2007 World Championships and is a medal contender.
In the gymnastics Champions Gala, see the men's and women's stars of the Beijing gymnastics competition one last time as they perform routines set to their favorite music.
NBC DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS:
The USA Men's Volleyball Team finished fourth at last year's World Cup and is looking to climb to the medal podium in Beijing. Now it's time for the elimination round: the quarterfinals are today live.
Sydney Olympic champion Laura Wilkinson begins her pursuit of another Olympic medal in women's platform qualifying.
NBC LATENIGHT HIGHLIGHTS:
Live in volleyball, a place in the gold medal match is at stake in the women's semifinals. Team USA, led by veteran Logan Tom, could be aiming to advance to the final for the first time since 1984.
USA NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS:
It's a basketball fan's dream: eight teams matched up in four live quarterfinal games featuring NBA stars with the winners guaranteed a chance to play for a medal – a critical step for LeBron, Kobe and the "Redeem Team" as they try to win Olympic gold for the first time in eight years.
Marathon swimming events make their debut in Beijing with a taxing 10km (6.2 mile) race. The women's competition features one of these Olympics most compelling stories: South Africa's Natalie du Toit, whose leg was amputated following an accident, is the first athlete to qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics.
In one final key matchup before the medal round, the USA Baseball Team faces gold medal contender Japan.
Iowa's Doug Schwab and Missouri's Ben Askren, each making their Olympic debut in Beijing, hope to compete for medals in freestyle wrestling.
Style, grace and athleticism combine in synchronized swimming's Duet Final.
Now that the medals have all been awarded, get one more look back at all the drama of the gymnastics competition.
Boxing's quarterfinal round continues in two weight classes. American flyweight (51kg) Rau'shee Warren, who competed as a 17-year-old in Athens, is back for his second Olympics and is one of Team USA's top boxing hopes.
In a semifinal showdown, The USA Softball Team – led by three of the world's best pitchers in Cat Osterman, Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott – looks t o advance to the gold medal game for the fourth consecutive-and what may be the last-time.