Swimming, gymnastics, and softball: Huge moments to watch at the Tokyo Games

Swimmers dive in for their men's 200-meter freestyle semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (Martin Meissner, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Since it’s blazing hot in Houston, might we suggest staying inside tonight and watching what promises to be another exciting night at the Tokyo Olympics. Or if you don’t mind the heat, you can head down to Discovery Green for the largest Olympics Watch Party in Houston. Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley is there tonight and tomorrow. Other members of the KPRC 2 and Houston Life teams will be there throughout the week!

Okay - now that we’ve plugged our party, here is what’s happening in primetime.

Swimming is LIVE on KPRC 2 starting at 7 p.m. You’ll see medals awarded in the men’s 200m freestyle, women’s 100m backstroke, men’s 100m backstroke and women’s 100m breaststroke. The names you’ll hear the most are Ryan Murphy, who is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and Lily King, who has two golds of her own. Regan Smith is making her Olympic debut in the women’s 100m backstroke and is a favorite to earn some hardware.

Also in primetime tonight -- the men’s gymnastics team final featuring 2021 U.S. all-around champion Brody Malone and three-time Olympian Sam Mikulak. That competition is not live, so if you’ve somehow managed to avoid finding out how the Team USA men did and are waiting to watch this evening, DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK. If you already know or want to find out, click away. :-)

The Team USA women’s gymnastics team is landing the most headlines of these Games. That’s of course because the team features Spring’s own Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast in history! When the women compete EARLY tomorrow morning, there will be a crowd cheering Biles and fellow Olympian Jordan Chiles on at World Champions Centre. That’s where Biles & Chiles train. KPRC’s Cathy Hernandez will be with the excited crowd live in our morning news Tuesday! Along with Chiles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum are also making their Olympic debuts. The women’s competition will air on KPRC 2 in primetime Tuesday night.

The women who have been flawless on many occasions had some unusual falters in the opening round of competition. On social media, Biles admitted she was feeling the pressure. Our KPRC 2 team in Tokyo quickly responded along with people around the world to voice support. No matter what happens, Biles will remain the greatest gymnast to ever compete.



Team USA softball is 7 innings away from a gold medal! To win they’ll have to beat Japan early Tuesday morning (Houston time). The two teams played each other Sunday night, so Tuesday’s showdown was either a demonstration in dominance by the Americans OR a revenge for the Japanese team. Both squads are filled with outstanding players, but of course we’re rooting for the U.S. led by pitchers Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott - who both have ties to the Houston area. Team USA wants to bring home a fourth softball gold medal.

CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH: Kelsey Stewart walk-off homer keeps U.S. perfect in softball, hands Japan first loss at the Games

(Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)

Other team sports ahead -- the U.S. women’s basketball team opens play against Nigeria at 11:40 p.m. Houston time. They’re hoping to come home from Tokyo with a seventh consecutive gold medal.

And the U.S. women’s soccer team plays its final group stage match at 3 a.m. against Australia. A win or even a draw will secure the American soccer team a spot in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, the U.S. men’s basketball team won’t get a shot to shake off their first Olympic loss until late tomorrow night when they play Iran.

For a complete list of events & results anytime, head to Click2Houston.com/Olympics.

Here’s a look ahead to events airing on KPRC 2 on Tuesday

*Programming schedule is subject to change.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Ross/Klineman (U.S.) vs. Baquerizo/Fernandez (Spain)

Swimming – Qualifying Heats

3x3 Basketball – Quarterfinal

Diving – Women’s Synchronized Platform Final

Slalom Canoeing – Women’s Final

Cycling – Women’s Mountain Bike

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Gymnastics – Women’s Team Final

Swimming – Finals (LIVE)

Women’s 200m Freestyle

Men’s 200m Butterfly

Women’s 200m Individual Medley

Women’s 1500m Freestyle

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

11:35 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Wednesday)

Cycling – Women’s Team Trial

Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Hungary (LIVE)