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Olympics: Tim Daggett picks 13 men's gymnastics routines you don't want to miss in London

Ask Tim Daggett, who’s calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, for his favorite men’s gymnastics memory, and even before he mentions himself  clinching the gold medal for the U.S. team in 1984 with a perfect 10 on high bar, he talks about Trent Dimas’ high bar gold from 1992. “He was very good on high bar, but the U.S.A. at that point in time didn’t win medals, never mind gold medals. The gymnast before Trent went, there was a score discrepancy, and Trent’s waiting to go — he’s literally up on the podium chalking up and pacing — and this conference went on for absolute ever. Every five seconds, the anxiety and tension of waiting for them to tell you to go gets worse and worse. And his was minutes. Finally, he gets the greenlight to go, and when that greenlight goes on, you’ve got 30 seconds to mount the high bar. A lot of times, that in itself really rattles gymnasts. But he does the routine of his lifetime and sticks. It was unbelievable.”

With the men’s competition getting underway Saturday (check NBCOlympics.com for the live stream schedule, and watch NBC’s primetime coverage that night), we asked Daggett to pick routines you don’t want to miss in London. And after you’ve checked out the most promising men’s events, click over for his picks of 10 women’s gymnastics routines you don’t want to miss. READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Rowdy Gaines' Five races you don't want to miss in London

Tonight, the London Games  open (NBC, 7:30 p.m. ET), and tomorrow, the swimming competition begins. We asked three-time 1984 gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to pick the five races you don’t want to miss. The times listed are when the finals will be streaming live on NBCOlympics.com before airing on NBC in primetime.

1. Men’s 400m IM (Sat., July 28, 2:30 p.m. ET): It’s the very first final on the very first day of competition, and it’s the two best swimmers on the planet — Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte — in the decathlon of swimming. It’s one of only two races that they’ll be swimming against each other. Everybody’s pointing at the 200 IM final on Aug. 2, but the 400 IM is the one I’m looking forward to because it will set the tone for the rest of the Olympics for both of these guys. If you’re gonna push me over a cliff… I think Ryan has the edge in the 400 IM and Michael has the edge in the 200 IM.


Olympics: How gymnastics analyst Tim Daggett preps to call the Games

The London Games officially commence Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC), and the gymnastics competition gets under way Saturday with the men’s team qualification (check NBCOlympics.com for the live stream schedule, and watch NBC’s primetime coverage that night). Before he headed abroad, we asked Tim Daggett, a member of the gold-medal winning ’84 U.S. Men’s gymnastics team who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to tell us five ways he prepares.  READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Rowdy Gaines' 5 Greatest Things You Won't See on TV

While we await the opening of the London Games on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC), and the start of the swimming competition on Saturday (check the live stream and TV schedules on NBCOlympics.com), we asked three-time 1984 gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to tell us the five greatest things we won’t see on TV.

1. The warmup pool. There’s hugs and kisses and cheers and tears. Even an occasional fist fight will happen back in the warmup pool. It happened in ’84 when I was competing in L.A. I just saw a fist fight start between two guys from two different countries. Even though there are cameras, people feel like they’re away from the peering eyes, so they’re not on guard as much. Sometimes you’ll see a coach get in an athlete’s face, which she or he wouldn’t do out in the competition pool. READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Rowdy Gaines' Five times I was on the edge of my seat

After the Olympic cauldron is lit Friday night to open the London Games (NBC, 7:30 p.m. ET), we won’t have to wait long for the first Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte showdown — they’ll go head-to-head in the first swimming final, the Men’s 400m IM, in which Lochte defeated Phelps at the U.S. trials, on Saturday (watch live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com or during NBC’s primetime coverage that night). As a walkup, we asked three-time 1984 gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to name five times he’s been on the edge of his seat. Read (and watch!) his picks below, then add yours. READ FULL STORY

Emmy noms announced Thursday: What surprise would make you happiest?

Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow at 8:40 a.m. ET on Emmys.com, read aloud by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman. (UPDATE: Due to weather and travel delays, Offerman will not make it to L.A. for the announcement. Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel will join Washington.) Leading up to the deadline for ballots to be returned, EW.com spoke with some of the actors and showrunners on our wish list in our Emmy Watch series. But which surprise would make you happiest? READ FULL STORY

Olympic Village sex: Top 10 quotes from ESPN The Magazine's investigative report


We’re sure you always read ESPN The Magazine‘s annual Body Issue, on newsstands today, for the articles.* But this year, you really might. There’s a juicy feature by Sam Alipour on life in the Olympic Village titled “Will you still medal in the morning?” It’s not news that there tends to be a lot of sex happening when you put the world’s top athletes together with a need to blow off steam. That’s why the village clinic will have a reported 100,000 condoms on hand. But it’s always fun to read about. The Top 10 quotes from the feature, which you should read in its entirety here (there’s so much more!): READ FULL STORY

U.S. Olympic Trials: Sunday's highlights (someone did the Dougie!)


Tonight marks the last night of the swimming trials. While as TV viewers, we were hoping NBC’s coverage would include the special 100M runoff between sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, who tied for third in that track and field final, that now appears to be off. Still worth watching tonight: 45-year-old swimmer Dara Torres tries to make her fifth Olympic team in the 50M Freestyle.

NBC had four hours of Olympic trials coverage Sunday night with swimming, track and field, and women’s gymnastics. The highlights: READ FULL STORY

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Things Learned on Night 4 (other than Bob Costas makes it better)

Did everyone get as excited as I did seeing Bob Costas show up for the fourth night of the swimming trials? It wasn’t so much that I needed to see him interview Ryan Lochte, a conversation that started slow but had a strong finish. It was that it made me excited for the opening ceremony in London, which I assume he’ll once again call with Matt Lauer. I look forward to the trivia they’ll drop: In 2008, I learned that at the 1936 games, Haiti and Liechtenstein realized they had the same flag, and in 2010, I learned that in 1964, a group of Mongolian cross-country skiers showed up unexpectedly at the Innsbruck Olympics but were allowed to compete anyway. Fill, gentlemen! Fill!

In the meantime, here are a few things I picked up during Night 4 (not from Bob, unless noted): READ FULL STORY

U.S. Olympic trials: Gymnasts take Abbey Road to London -- EXCLUSIVE PIC

While the U.S. Olympic swimming trials continue tonight in prime time with another Lochte-Phelps showdown in the 200m freestyle final (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), the gymnastics competition kicks off tomorrow. Below, we’ve got an exclusive image of hopefuls John Orozco, Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, and two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton on their (Abbey) Road to London. READ FULL STORY

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