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Officially, the Olympics start on Friday July 23 and end on Sunday August 8 – and for all wheelchair athletes, the biggest thrill is tuning in to watch the excitement.
For an American audience, NBC continues to have a lock on everything Olympic. The events will be broadcast on numerous NBC properties including NBC, USA, CNBC and Golf Channel, as well as on Peacock (NBC’s streaming platform), the NBC Sports app and on NBCOlympics.com.
For the first time ever, NBC will be broadcasting the Opening Ceremony live in the morning at 7:00 a.m. EDT (and 4:00 a.m. PDT!) For you early risers. But for people who want to settle in for a bit of pageantry later today, NBC will rebroadcast the event on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EDT, then again for the third time overnight, so there is almost no chance that you will miss anything. (The network will broadcast the closing ceremony on August 8 at 7:00 a.m. EDT.)
But! There are actually Olympic games that take place before the official opening ceremony, including softball and football. So if you’re a fan of double-sided coverage, set up your schedule now; the first is softball Tuesday night at 7:55 p.m. EDT.
For the full ones, NBC offers a full schedule of broadcast times for every sport, from archery to wrestling. The Tokyo Games feature the debuts of five new sports – skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, karate, and 3×3 basketball – so there’s even more to choose from. The network also has a reminder of particularly high profile events, listed day by day. (We’ve also created our own top 10 list.)
All this assuming, of course, that the Olympics still go as planned. Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee chief Toshiro Muto told a press conference on Tuesday that he was not ruling out the possibility of the Games being canceled as more and more athletes were tested. positive for COVID-19 and major sponsors have dropped plans to attend the opening ceremony.