What to watch: Olympics Day 6

by | August 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM | General, Olympics, Sports

By: Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics

Aly and Gabby aim for gold in the women’s all-around, Phelps and Lochte go head-to-head in the 200m IM, and Mitt Romney’s horse, Rafalca, makes her Olympic debut. Here’s what were watching on Day 6.

Women’s Gymnastics All-around –
With Jordyn Wieber out of the all-around, Russian Viktoria Komova and Gabby Douglas, who scored huge to help the U.S. win gold in the team final, are now the favorites in the all-around. Surprise entrant Aly Raisman should take the third spot on the podium, and could vault the field if the top two gymnasts falter.

200m IM Final – Michael Phelps swims for his 20th medal Thursday night when he faces friend and rival Ryan Lochte in their second head-to-head matchup of the Games. Phelps out-touched Lochte at Trials and with the 200m back he and his grill will be swimming beforehand, Phelps could make up for the 400m IM fourth place he earned on day one.

Equestrian Dressage – Rafalca, the horse owned by Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, and ridden by Jan Ebeling, makes his Olympic debut Thursday in equestrian dressage. Stephen Colbert will be watching with anticipation as his favorite new athlete aims for gold in the “Sport of the Summer” against American riders Steffen Peters and Tina Konyot.

Rowing: Women’s Eight –
Mary Whipple coxed the Americans to silver in Athens, gold in Beijing, and she looks to repeat with her strongest team yet in London. They’ve been the best group in the world for five years running, but the Brits and Canadians could make the podium, along with Romania, which has never missed out on a medal in this event.

Men’s Volleyball – The Americans, led by team captain Reid Priddy and star Clay Stanley, square-off against the Brazilians who they upset in the gold medal match back in Beijing. The American are underdogs again in an important matchup that will likely determine which of Group B’s last two unbeaten teams earns the knockout tourney’s top seed.

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