Gymnast Simone Biles is always a must-see, but there are dozens of other Team USA athletes who will pique your interest at the 2020 Summer Olympics. This list includes both returning and first-time Olympians.
Olympic competition began on Wednesday and will end on August 8.
NBC, USA, CNBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel, Peacock, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will air the 339 events live and provide re-airs in prime time. Olympics.com also will produce a daily podcast, which features the athletes, throughout the Summer Games.
The array of events, viewing options and 13-hour time difference between Japan and Eastern Daylight Time will make it tricky to know when to watch.
Here are five must-watch athletes from Team USA and a list of others you should find time to tune in for:
Five athletes to watch
Biles is widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time. The four-time gold medalist hopes to make more history in Tokyo, where she is the overwhelming favourite in nearly all of her events. At a recent practise, Biles demonstrated her Yurchenko double pike multi-flip, a move never performed by a woman at the Summer Games.
When to watch: The women’s team final will begin at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday at 6:50 a.m. on Peacock; women’s all-around final. Women’s vault final at 4:55 a.m. Thursday on Peacock. Women’s floor final at 5 a.m. on August 1 on Peacock. At 4:48 a.m. on August 2 on Peacock and women’s balance beam final, EDT 3rd of August on Peacock
Osterman, 38, came out of retirement to compete for Team USA in the postponed 2020 Olympics. At the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece, she won a gold medal with Team USA. Osterman was a member of the runner-up team at the Beijing Summer Games in 2008.
She and fellow ace pitcher Monica Abbott combined to throw a one-hit shutout to help the United States open the Summer Games with a win over Italy on Wednesday. Abbott led Team USA to another victory over Canada on Thursday.
The United States had won gold in three of the previous four Summer Games. They are heavy favourites to win another gold medal at the Olympics, which will be the first Summer Games to include softball since 2008.
When to watch: Opening round vs. Australia at 9 p.m. Saturday on CNBC; Opening round vs. Japan at 9 p.m. Sunday on USA; Bronze Medal Game at midnight Tuesday on CNBC; Gold Medal Game at 7 a.m. Monday on NBCSN
Huston, 26, is well-known on the skateboarding circuit. He also is a favorite to win gold in Tokyo as the sport makes its Summer Games debut. Huston sits at No. 1 in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings. He is a 12-time X Games gold medalist.
When to watch: Men’s street preliminaries from 7:30 to 9:58 p.m. Saturday on USA; Men’s street final at 11:25 p.m. Saturday on USA
If Felix performs well at the 2020 Summer Olympics, she will be able to tie an Olympic legend. This month, the nine-time Olympic medalist will compete in her fifth Olympic Games. If she wins a medal in Tokyo, she will have tied Carl Lewis’ record for the most Olympic medals won by an American track athlete.
Felix, 35, qualified for the 400-meter race for women. She will also compete in the 4×400-meter mixed relay and the women’s 4×400-meter relay.
When to watch: The 4x400m mixed relay final will take place at 8:35 a.m. Women’s 400m final at 8:35 a.m. on July 31 on Peacock. Women’s 4x400m relay final at 8:30 a.m. on August 6 on Peacock. 7th of August on Peacock
Gabriel Medina and Italo Ferreira of Brazil are the favourites to win gold in men’s surfing. On the women’s side, American Carissa Moore is one of the favourites.
Moore, a 28-year-old Honolulu native, is the World Surf League’s top female surfer and has four World Surf League titles to her name. She joins Caroline Marks as Team USA’s primary women’s surfers in the sport’s Olympic debut.
Tsurigasaki Beach, about 90 minutes south-east of Tokyo, will host the surfing competition. Each wave surfer hits will be graded on a scale of 0 to 10. The competition’s times and dates are subject to change based on weather and water conditions.
When to watch (networks TBD): Women’s first-round heats from 9:20 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday; Women’s second-round heats at 2 and 2:40 a.m. Sunday; Women’s third-round heats from 6 to 10:12 p.m. Sunday; Women’s quarterfinals from 8:24 to 10:12 p.m. Tuesday; Women’s semifinals at midnight and 12:36 a.m. Tuesday; Women’s bronze medal match at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Women’s gold medal match at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday
Others to watch
Swimming: Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel, Simone Manuel
Gymnasts: Sunisa Lee, Brody Malone
Basketball: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard
Women’s soccer: Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz, Christen Press
Baseball: Todd Frazier, Scott Kazmir, Edwin Jackson
Softball: Monica Abbott, Amanda Chidester
Track and field: Noah Lyles, Trayvon Bromell, Gabby Thomas, Keni Harrison
Golf: Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda
Surfing: John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Carolina Marks
Karate: Sakura Kokumai
Skateboarding: Heimana Reynolds