When I was a little girl, I used to sit in front of the television every two years and watch the Olympic Games. I had a marble composition book where I would record the events, who participated, scores/ times, and of course who won the gold. My favorite team was, of course, U.S.A., and to this day I still record events and feel more patriotic when the Games roll around. My dream was to grow up and become an Olympic reporter and speak with all the athletes following their events and attend all the competitions I wanted to with my press pass.
The Opening Ceremonies will take place on August 8, 2008 (8.8.08) and introduces all the athletes, the Olympic flame is ignited which officially opens the games. (7:30 p.m. eastern time on NBC).
(n.b. All times following are eastern time)
Day 1 of Competition: Saturday August 9, 08
What to Watch:
10 a.m. - 12 noon The U.S. women's volleyball team sets out to win their first medal since 1992; the gals face Japan in preliminary play.
1:30- 2:30 p.m. Beach volleyball begin with out two best hopes for gold being the team of Phil Dahlausser and Todd Rogers for the men and the team of Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh for the women.
3:30- 4:30 p.m. and 5:30- 6 p.m. qualifying heats in swimming including the men's 400m IM
8- 12 midnight qualifying rounds in men's gymnastics and beach volleyball, swimming finals in the men's and women's 400m IM (Americans Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff hold world records in this event), men's 400m free, and women's 4x100m free relay
Day 2 of Competition: Sunday August 10, 08
What to Watch:
10- 12 noon the new "Dream Team" begins a journey that they hope will end in gold; they play Yao Ming and China today in a preliminary round.
3:30- 6 p.m. preliminary heats in swimming, women's 100m back and 400m free and men's 200m free, 100m back, and 4x100m free relay
7- 12 midnight Expect to see Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, and Katie Hoff in the water cube tonight. The women gymnasts begin team qualifying rounds tonight. Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin lead the way for the U.S.A.