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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 9

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With the world watching, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian hope to win the second-consecutive Olympic team final gold medal for the United States in Rio on Day 4 of the Games.

In soccer, the U.S. women have one more obstacle in group play as they go head-to-head with Columbia.

MORE: FULL Day 4 streaming schedule

Over on the beach, Brazil’s Larissa and Talita will have home field advantage against the U.S.’ Olympic first-timers Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat.
What to Watch: Day 4, Aug. 9

8 a.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Rowing: Quarterfinals and semifinals

Women’s rowing single sculls quarterfinals

Returning for her second Olympic games, Cambridge, Massachusetts, single sculler Gevvie Stone looks to improve upon her seventh place finish from London.

Noon EDT – WATCH LIVE Canoe/Kayak: C1 final

Team USA’s Casey Eichfeld tries to mount the podium in an event historically dominated by European competitors. The last time a U.S. canoe athlete won a medal in C1 was at the 1972 Munich Olympics. James McEwan, father of Eichfeld’s C2 partner Devin, won bronze.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Women’s Diving: Synchronized 10m platform final

After being introduced at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the women’s synchronized 10m platform diving competition has been owned by the Chinese. The U.S. team of Amy Cozad and Jessica Parratto hopes to hang with the world’s best in Rio.

3 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Women’s Gymnastics: Team final

The most anticipated gymnastics event of the Olympics pits the rest of the world vs. the American women, who have been on a unbroken winning streak since they won gold four years ago in London.]

With three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympians Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, and new stars Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, the U.S. is heavily favored to repeat as Olympic champions.

5 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Men’s Rugby: United States vs. Brazil

The U.S. brings a men’s rugby roster to Rio featuring a former track sprinter (Carlin Isles), an NFL safety (Nate Ebner) and a UK expat captain (Madison Hughes).

6 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Women’s Soccer: United States vs. Colombia

The U.S. women close out their preliminary round matches against a Colombia team that’s had more success on the international stage since the 2012 Olympics, but will still need to have the ball bounce in their favor if they hope to advance past the group phase in Rio.

9 p.m. EDT ET – WATCH LIVE Swimming: Day 4 Evening Session

Don’t miss:

Men’s 100m freestyle semifinal

Women’s 200m freestyle final

Men’s 200m butterfly final

Men’s 4x200m freestyle final

Katie Ledecky attempts to extend her reign in the 200m freestyle with an Olympic win, while Michael Phelps tries to reclaim his from South African Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly, after le Clos left Phelps stunned in London.

10 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Mexico

Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena vs. Virgen/Ontiveros

Ten years after splitting up, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena reunited to form the top U.S. men’s beach volleyball team. Entering the Olympic tournament as the third seed, the U.S. men hope to beat Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros.

11 p.m. EDT – WATCH LIVE Women’s Beach Volleyball: Brazil vs. United States

Under the lights on Copacabana beach and against the top ranked Brazilians, Olympic rookies Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat will be tested when they face off against Rio favorites, Larissa and Talita.

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