Weekend “It” List: Must-Watch London Games

It’s finally here! Okay, well, the games coverage officially started on Wednesday (when the U.S. women’s soccer team beat France), but I’m talking about the big kickoff – and all the top events to follow. This weekend, make a date with your TV and keep tabs on the following sports.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Starting July 28 at 3PM ET
Is there anything more exciting than witnessing the incredible duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh compete? I’m going to go with no – and I will be (loudly) cheering them on from my couch as they take on Brazil in the U.S. team’s first game.

Men’s Swimming – Starting July 28 at 8PM ET
I certainly don’t hate the eye candy that comes with men’s swimming, but these guys are good – really good. I’m waiting for Ryan Lochte to give Michael Phelps a run (er, swim?) for his money in the 200m freestyle, and of course, the 4×100 freestyle relay is sure to be a can’t-miss moment.

Women’s Gymnastics – Starting July 29 at 7PM ET
To me, this is the epitome of the summer games. And staring at people do flips, spins, and vaults has me seriously inspired (although not the least bit motivated to try said tricks on my own). Keep an eye out for Jordyn Wieber, who’s one of the favorites on the U.S. team. Her closest competition? Fellow teammate, Gabby Douglas.

Track & Field – Starting August 3 at 4:30PM ET
There is no way I will ever be able to run this fast. Ever. So watching these men and women is pretty remarkable. And while the golds typically go to Jamaican and Kenyan runners, I’m holding out hope that Tyson Gay will hustle his way to gold-medal glory, now that he’s injury-free.

Closing Ceremonies – Starting August 12 at 7PM ET
Let’s be serious. I really want to see this because the Spice Girls are performing. THE SPICE GIRLS! Maybe it’s because I’m partial to the boy/girl-band mania that was the ’90s, but there’s no way I’m missing this reunion (even if I’m only watching from my living room).

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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July 27, 2012