The London Olympics are technically already underway with men’s and women’s soccer matches on Wednesday and Thursday, but the official start of the games will be celebrated Friday with the Opening Ceremonies.
During the next two weeks, 15 former Kentucky high school or college students will compete in the games beginning with Paul Laurence Dunbar alum Lee Kiefer opening her attempt at a fencing medal and WKU alum Claire Donahue opening her attempt at a swimming medal on Saturday.
NBC will live stream all 302 events from the London Olympics online here. The NBC family of networks will also carry some events live while showing others on tape delay during primetime coverage.
Kiefer, an 18-year-old Lexingtonian, was picked to earn a fencing bronze medal in women’s foil by Sports Illustrated. She will look to follow through on that prediction Saturday beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST. Women’s foil is organized in a 64-person tournament with the medal rounds beginning at 2:10 p.m. EST. MSNBC will have early-round coverage of the tournament from 9-9:30 a.m. and will televise the final at 4:30 p.m. Kiefer will return to action for the U. S. team in women’s team foil on Aug. 2, beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST.
For more on Keifer, you can read her interview with KyForward before traveling to London here.
Donahue will be the first Kentucky swimmer to see action in London when she takes the water in the 100-meter butterfly preliminary heats at 5:34 a.m. EST on Saturday. The semifinals of the event are scheduled for 2:40 p.m. The women’s 100-meter butterfly final is scheduled for 2:30 p.m on Sunday.
UofL swimmer Joao De Lucca will compete in the 4×100-meter relay for Brazil on July 29. Preliminary heats begin at 6:53 a.m. EST. The final in the event is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EST.
UofL swimmer Eszter Povazsay will compete in the women’s 100-meter backstroke for Hungary on July 29. Preliminary heats begin at 5:40 a.m. EST, and the semifinals are scheduled for 2:48 p.m. EST. The event final is scheduled for 2:40 p.m. EST on July 30.
Povazsay will also compete in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay on Aug. 3. Preliminary heats are scheduled for 6:35 a.m. EST, and the event finals is scheduled for 3:07 p.m. EST on Aug. 4.
UofL swimmer Carlos Almeida will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on July 28 for Portugal.
UofL swimmer Pedro Oliveira will also compete for Portugal in the pool in the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke. Preliminary heats for the 200-meter butterfly are scheduled for 5:21 a.m. EST on July 30, and the semifinals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST on the same day. The event final is scheduled for 2:47 p.m. EST on July 31.
Oliveira will return to the pool on Aug. 1 for the preliminary heats of the 200-meter backstroke at 5:21 a.m. EST. Semifinals for the event are scheduled for 2:47 p.m. EST on the same day, and the event final is scheduled for 2:46 p.m. on Aug. 1.
Saint Xavier High School alum Clark Burckle will be the the final Kentucky swimmer to see action when he takes the water for the U. S. team in the 200-meter breaststroke on July 31. Burckle will compete in the preliminary heats at 5:40 a.m. EST. The event’s semifinals are scheduled for 3:17 p.m. EST on the same day, and the final is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.
UofL swimming coach Arthur Albiero will help coach Portugal’s team at the London games.
Former UK basketball player Anthony Davis and the U. S. men’s national team begin their quest for a gold medal on July 29 with a preliminary-round game versus France at 9:30 a.m. EST. The U. S. will continue preliminary-round play against Tunisia on July 31 at 5:15 p.m. EST, Nigeria at 5:15 p.m. EST on Aug. 2, Lithuania at 9:30 a.m. EST on Aug. 4 and Argentina at 5:15 p.m. EST on Aug. 6. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for Aug. 8, semifinal games are scheduled for Aug. 10 and the medal-round games are scheduled for Aug. 12.
Former UofL star Angel McCoughtry will play for the U. S. women’s team in its pursuit of gold beginning on July 29 against Croatia at 11:45 a.m. The U. S. team will continue preliminary round action with games against Angola at 5:15 p.m. EST on July 30, Turkey at 5:15 p.m. EST on Aug. 1, Czech Republic at 5:15 p.m. EST on Aug. 3 and China on 11:45 a.m. EST on Aug. 5. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for Aug. 7, semifinal games are scheduled for Aug. 9 and medal round-games are scheduled for Aug. 11.
All the U.S. preliminary-round games, with the exception of the U. S. women’s July 30 game versus Angola, will be televised live on either NBC or the NBC Sports Network.
Track and Field
Lexington native Tyson Gay will look to regain his title as fastest man in the world in the 100-meter dash beginning on Aug. 4. Gay, who boasts the second fasted time in the event’s history at 9.78 seconds, missed most of 2011 with a hip injury and will look to reach his first Olympic final. Preliminaries in the 100-meter dash are scheduled for 5 a.m. EST on Aug. 4, and the first round of racing is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on the same day. The 100-meter semifinals are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EST on Aug. 5, and the final is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. EST on the same day.
Former UK track star Jenna Martin will represent Canada in the 400-meter dash on Aug. 3. First-round races are scheduled for 7 a.m. EST. The semifinals of the race are scheduled for 3:05 p.m. EST on Aug. 4, and the final is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. EST on Aug. 5.
Former Wildcats Rondel Sorrillo and Mikel Thomas will race for Trinidad and Tobago. Sorillo will compete in the 100-meter dash against Gay as well as the 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. Thomas will compete in the 110-meter hurdles.
The 200-meter dash first round is scheduled for 6:50 a.m. EST on Aug. 7. The event’s semifinals are scheduled for 3:10 p.m. EST on Aug. 8, and the final is scheduled for 3:55 p.m. EST on Aug. 9. Round one of the men’s 4×100-meter relay is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EST on Aug. 10, and the final is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST on Aug. 11. Round one of the 110-meter hurdles is scheduled for 5:10 a.m. on Aug. 7. The semifinals are scheduled for 2:15 p.m. EST on Aug. 8, and the final is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. EST on the same day.
Former WKU track standout Gavin Smellie will compete for Canada against Sorrillo and the Trinidad and Tobago team in the 4×100-meter relay.
Kentucky’s only representative in the “field” events is WKU alum Raigo Toompuu, who will compete for Estonia in the shot put on Aug. 3. The qualification round is scheduled for 5 a.m. EST, and the final is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.
UK track and field coach Edrick Floreal will coach the men’s jumps and combined events for Team USA.
Louisville native Dotsie Bausch will compete in the team pursuit competition for the U. S. track cycling team. Women’s team pursuit opens on Aug. 3 at 11:56 p.m. EST with the qualify round. Teams will race in the first round at 11:11 a.m. EST on Aug. 4, and those who qualify will race in the final at 12:42 p.m. EST on the same day.
Lindsey Wilson College sophomore Danny Caluag will represent the Philippines in BMX competition. Caluag is the only active collegiate cyclist competing in the London games. Men’s BMX opens with the seeding run at 10:40 a.m. EST on Aug. 8. Quarterfinal rounds are scheduled for 10 a.m. EST on Aug. 9. The semifinals are scheduled for 10:08 a.m. EST on Aug. 10, and the final is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. EST on the same day.