We are now less than a week out from the start of the 2012 London Olympics, and I absolutely cannot wait! London is 5 hours (ET) ahead of us so be sure to keep that in mind as you watch the events. These Games will be broadcasted on NBC networks, but you and I both know how much attention the equestrian events will get…not much. But there’s good news! I have compiled a list of how you can keep up with the equestrian events.
For the complete list of scheduled times, you can go here and sign up for alerts. The unfortunate thing is the equestrian events all start early in the morning (which will be a little hard for me as I am NOT a morning person ha!). Once you know the schedule, you can find out what channel is broadcasting as long as you already have cable. Go here to get the tv listings. You will be prompted to verify your cable/satellite info then you can view by day or sport in your time zone and on your local NBC network station.
Here’s what I have (these are in Central time):
Saturday, July 28:
NBC Sports – Equestrian12:45PM – 1:45PM
In individual dressage, Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands seeks gold in a fourth straight Games. Germany has been incredibly dominant in team dressage, having won gold in each of the last five Olympics.
Sunday, July 29:
NBC Sports – Equestrian1:15PM – 2:00PM
More from Eventing Dressage.
Monday, July 30:
NBC Sports – Equestrian 7:15AM – 11:45AM Live
Coverage of Eventing, Cross Country joined in progress.
Tuesday, July 31:
NBC Sports – Equestrian 5:00AM – 7:15AM Live
Eventing – the Team Jumping final joined in progress.
Equestrian 8:15AM – 9:30AM Live
Eventing – the Individual Jumping final.
Thursday, August 2:
MSNBC – Equestrian12:30PM – 1:30PM
Friday, August 3:
NBC Sports – MSNBC – Equestrian11:30AM – 12:30PM
Saturday, August 4:
Equestrian2:30PM – 3:30PM
Sunday, August 5:
NBC – Equestrian12:30PM – 1:00PM
Round one of the team jumping final to take place at Greenwich Park.
Monday, August 6:
NBC – Equestrian11:00AM – 11:45AM
Second-round action of the team jumping finals to be joined in progress.
Tuesday, August 7:
NBC Sports – Equestrian9:45AM – 10:30AM Live
The team dressage final joined live in progress.
Wednesday, August 8:
NBC – Equestrian9:00AM – 9:30AM Live (ET/CT)
The individual jumping final in Equestrian.
Thursday, August 9:
MSNBC – Equestrian8:00AM – 10:00AM Live
The Individual Dressage final.
Much to my relief there will be live streaming of all the Olympic events! So that means we still have the chance to watch all the equestrian coverage that we want. However, you still have to have cable to be able to access this feature but it’s free. You can also sign up for alerts. Day one starts live streaming at 4:55amET/3:55CT so the time change is going to be a little difficult. I have read where you are supposed to be able to replay events if you miss them. Since this is the first time there will be live streaming of the Olympics, here’s crossing our fingers everything goes as planned! You should also be able to download NBC Olympic apps for tablets and smartphones to livestream as well.
Definitely don’t forget to head over to USDF and follow their blog, “The London Eye”, for behind-the-scenes coverage. They will also be sending out real time updates via their Facebook page and Twitter (@JenniferOBryant).
Stay tuned! I am planning some more things in honor of Olympic week!