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2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for Aug. 1


The proceedings in the Aquatic Center have been a little hit or miss for Team USA, but there are plenty more opportunities for medals as swimming continues to dominate the early schedule.

Today's Fab Five, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

1. Men's Swimming
Two events, two shots at gold for the U.S. men. Clark Burckle and Scott Weltz will contend with each other and a strong field in the 200m breaststroke final (2:30 pm Eastern in real time), while Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones are among the contenders in the always-thrilling 100m freestyle (3:20 Eastern).

2. Women's Swimming
Golden girls Dana Vollmer, Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin (right) will lead the U.S. 4x200m freestyle relay team in its quest for gold (4:04 Eastern), while Kathleen Hersey and Cammile Adams will contend in the 200m butterfly. 

3. Men's Gymnastics All-Around Finals
Redemption's the theme for the U.S. men after a bumbling showing in the team finals (11:30 Eastern in real time). Danell Leyva and John Orozco are the American combatants in what will be a rugged six-event rotation. Orozco in particular will have to rebound from a brutal showing in the team finals.

4. Men's Synchronized Springboard
Americans aren't normally known for conformity, but Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen will try to mirror one another all the way to the medal stand. Dumais (32) and Ipsen (19) are separated by 13 years but will try to be indistinguishable in this unique Olympic event (10 am Eastern real time).

5. Beach Volleyball
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh continue their quest for gold as they take on Austria (6 pm Eastern).

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