Day one of the competition ended in Tokyo without Team USA securing a medal.
According to NBC Olympics, that’s the first time that’s happened on the first day of play since 1972. You can be sure that zero on the medal count board won’t last much longer as more events get underway Saturday night in Houston/Sunday morning in Tokyo.
It’s not a medal round for Team USA women’s gymnastics, but they will get to begin competing tonight.
Of course, we’ve got our eye on Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles. Biles is a proven legend in her sports. Chiles trains alongside her at World Champions Centre in Spring.
Many across the Houston area, including Team KPRC, are pulling for her to make a name for herself at these Games too. The ladies will be in action at 1:10 a.m. Houston time.
Biles has a chance to tie or break the all-time record for medals won by a U.S. woman. That record number is SEVEN. She already has five from the Rio Games in 2016.
Team USA women will compete in floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. If you’ll be asleep when it happens live, you’ll be able to watch in primetime Sunday evening on KPRC 2.
The Team USA women’s 4x100 free relay swimmers did well enough to advance to the finals in that event.
Now the question is floating around in the social media universe about whether or not Simone Manuel might end up in the water to compete for a medal this evening.
Relay teams can change from prelims to finals, and the NBC Olympics commentators suggested it was possible she could be added to the relay team tonight.
Our KPRC team in Tokyo has their ears to the ground to see what they can find out ahead of the evening event. Manuel qualified to come to Tokyo in the 50m individual freestyle event taking place on July 30 and 31.
In addition to the women’s 4x100m free relay, medals will be awarded tonight in men’s 400m freestyle & men’s and women’s 400m individual medley.
You’ll be able to watch those events live on KPRC 2 this evening. Also on the programming schedule tonight on KPRC 2: beach volleyball, men’s gymnastics, and skateboarding.
The men’s skateboarding street final will be live on KPRC 2 at 11:00 p.m. after our late news. American Nyjah Huston could win a medal in this brand new Olympic sport. In addition to skateboarding, surfing, karate, and sport climbing round out the four new Olympic sports in Tokyo.
USA softball is out to keep their perfect Olympic streak alive this evening. They play Australia at 8 p.m. The game will be shown on CNBC.
Team USA basketball featuring Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, and Draymond Green play their first game against France Sunday at 7 a.m. Houston time.
The game will be replayed on KPRC 2 tomorrow at 3 p.m. This squad is out to secure a fourth consecutive Team USA gold medal in basketball.
Before you scroll down to see more Olympic action coming our way tomorrow, a reminder KPRC’s team on the ground in Tokyo is sharing their experiences in a blog on Click2Houston.com as well as on social media.
Be sure to follow Christine Noël, Rose-Ann Aragon and Keith Garvin.
Keith ran into NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and has been enjoying the grocery options in Tokyo. He also didn’t shy from doing a Facebook Live focused on his hotel room toilet.
He’s revealing ALL about his time in Tokyo. :-)
Here’s a look ahead to events airing on KPRC on Sunday
7 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CT
Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE)
Women’s 3x3 Basketball – the U.S. vs. Russian Olympic Committee (LIVE)
Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Bourne (U.S.) vs. Carambula/Rossi (Italy) (LIVE)
Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Japan
Rowing – Qualifying Heats & Repechages
Cycling – Women’s Road Race
11:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Canoe Slalom – Qualifying
Skateboarding – Men’s Street Final
Surfing Day 1 Report
Swimming – Qualifying Heats
Diving – Women’s Synchronized Springboard Final
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
KPRC 2 News & NBC Nightly News
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Swimming – Finals (LIVE)
Women’s 100m Butterfly
Men’s 100m Breaststroke
Women’s 400m Freestyle
Men’s 4x100 Freestyle Relay
Gymnastics – Women’s Team Competition