What to Watch: Rio Olympics Day 1

What to Watch: Day 1

Kerri Walsh Jennings Beach Volleyball Team USA posing with ball

The Games start early when the men’s cycling road race begins at 8:30 am ET, with Team USA’s Taylor Phinney trying to better his fourth-place finish from London as he furiously pedals through the streets of Rio.

Day 1 also features the debut of the new-look U.S. men’s basketball team, led by NBA all-stars Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony at 6:00 pm ET.

Closing the first day of competition at 11:00 pm ET, another new team begins their Olympics under the stars on Copacabana Beach. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross play Australians Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird in beach volleyball.

For a complete rundown of all the day’s events in Rio visit the streaming schedule page for NBCOlympics.com. Watch every event of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games live on NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports App and connected set-top boxes.


6:00 pm ET
Men’s Basketball: China vs. United States

A revamped United States team led by Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony take on China in the first game for both teams. Anthony is looking to become the most decorated men’s basketball player in U.S. history. China, led by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, is looking to improve on its 12th place finish in London.

Beach Volleyball

3:30 pm ET
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Gibb/Patterson (USA) vs. Jefferson/Cherif (QAT)

Two-time Olympian Jake Gibb returns to the Games for Team USA in search of his first medal with new partner Casey Patterson, as they open up against Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse of Qatar.

11:00 pm ET
Women’s Beach Volleyball: Walsh Jennings/Ross (USA) vs. Artacho Del Solar/Laird (AUS)

With a recently repaired shoulder Kerri Walsh Jennings walks onto the Copacabana sand with partner April Ross with her eyes set on winning Olympic gold medal number four. Walsh Jennings and Ross open their Rio campaign against first time Olympians, Australia’s Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird.


8:30 am ET
Men’s Cycling: Road race

After finishing fourth at the 2012 London Olympics, U.S. cyclist Taylor Phinney looks to break onto the podium in the men’s road race in Rio.


1:30 pm ET
Men’s Gymnastics: Team final qualifying

The U.S men’s gymnastics team—Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton, Alex Naddour, Chris Brooks and Danell Leyva—look to qualify for the team, all-around and event finals on their first day of competition in Rio.


12:00 pm ET
Women’s Rugby: United States vs. Fiji

This will be the first Olympic match ever for the U.S. women’s rugby sevens team. They open their Rio campaign against Fiji.


4:00 pm ET
Women’s Soccer: United States vs. France

Looking to repeat their golden performances from the three-previous Olympic Games, the U.S. women’s soccer team plays their second group stage match of the Rio tournament against France.

9:00pm ET
Women’s Soccer: Brazil vs. Sweden

The Brazil women face their toughest test of the group stage as they take on Sweden in front of the home crowd.


9:00 pm ET
Swimming: Day 1 Evening Session

Men’s 400m individual medley final
Women’s 400m individual medley final
Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final

In the first night in the pool, the U.S. team hopes to keep the gold streak (since Atlanta ’96) alive in the men’s 400m individual medley, plus Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, arguably the most talented swimmer in the world without an Olympic medal, arrives in Rio focused on capturing her first Olympic title in the women’s 400m individual medley.

Water Polo

12:00 pm ET
Men’s Water Polo: United States vs. Croatia

Life comes full circle for Rio-born Tony Azevedo as he leads the U.S. men’s water polo team against Croatia in his fifth Olympic Games.

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