The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Kicks Off Tonight!

Its finally here! The summer games of 2012 start tonight, 7:30pm EDT with the opening ceremonies taking place in London, England. The official opening of the Games will be conducted by Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Paul McCartney will open with a musical performance.

As usual, Americans are favored in many categories, but there are by no means “clear winners” in this nail-biting competition.

Here’s a schedule of events for tonight and tomorrow, so you don’t miss a thing!

Friday, July 27

7:30 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. (NBC): Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, July 28

4:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M. (NBC Sports Network): beach volleyball (qualifying round)

4:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M. (NBC Specialty – basketball): women’s basketball (Group A: CHN vs. CZE)

5:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (NBC): cycling (men’s road race) ***MEDAL EVENT***

6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. (NBCS-BK): women’s basketball (Group B: CAN vs. RUS)

6:00 A.M. – 6:45 A.M. (NBCSN): shooting (women’s 10m air rifle) ***MEDAL EVENT***

6:45 A.M. – 8:15 A.M. (NBCSN): women’s volleyball (CHN vs. SRB)

7:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. (MSNBC): women’s soccer (Group F: JPN vs. SWE)

8:15 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. (NBCSN): beach volleyball (qualifying round)

8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (CNBC): boxing (men’s bantamweight and middleweight)

9:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. (MSNBC): women’s fencing (individual foil)

9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (MSNBC): women’s soccer (Group F: CAN vs. RSA)

9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (NBCSN): women’s soccer (Group E: NZL vs. BRA)

9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (NBCS-BK): women’s basketball (Group A: TUR vs. ANG)

11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. (NBC): swimming (qualifying heats)

11:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (NBCSN): archery (men’s team)

11:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. (MSNBC): badminton

11:45 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. (NBC): women’s basketball (Group A: USA vs. CRO)

12:00 P.M. – 1:45 P.M. (NBCSN): women’s soccer (Group G: USA vs. COL)

12:15 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. (MSNBC) women’s soccer (Group E: GBR vs. CMR)

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. (NBC): swimming (qualifying heats)

1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. (NBCSN): equestrian (event dressage)

2:00 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. (MSNBC): table tennis

2:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. (NBC): rowing (qualifying heats)

2:45 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. (NBCSN): women’s soccer (Group G: FRA vs. PRK)

2:45 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. (MSNBC): women’s handball (DEN vs. SWE)

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. (NBC): women’s volleyball (USA vs. KOR)

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. (NBCS-BK): women’s basketball (Group B: BRA vs. FRA)

3:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. (MSNBC): women’s fencing (individual foil final) ***MEDAL EVENT***

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. (MSNBC): beach volleyball (qualifying round)

4:30 P.M. – 5:45 P.M. (NBCSN): women’s handball (NOR vs. FRA)

5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (NBC): beach volleyball (qualifying round)

5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (NBCS-BK): women’s basketball (Group B: GBR vs. AUS)

5:45 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (NBCSN): archery (men’s team final) ***MEDAL EVENT***

8:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M. (NBC): Olympics Prime time (swimming, men’s gymnastics, beach volleyball) ***MEDAL EVENT***

Photo: olympicgamesonline.org

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