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London 2012: What to watch, Sunday, July 29th

Don Landry
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Canada's Clara Hughes will complete her Olympic flip flop, going back to cycling. (Reuters)

Let's look ahead to the  must-see events of Day 2 of the Games Of The 30th Olympiad. Or is it Day 3, since the opening ceremony was on Friday? Wait. The ceremony ended after midnight in London, at which time the games were declared officially open. So, yeah, I suppose it's Day 2. However, competitions actually began on Wednesday which would make it Day 5. Know what? We're going to go ahead with this feature using just the date from now on.

Before I highlight a few things that you might want to have a gander at during "Day July 29th," a couple of thoughts from Saturday:

Canadian swimmer Scott Dickens finished 8th in an incredibly close semi-final in the men's 100m breaststroke. This after he set a Canadian record in the discipline, in a morning heat. He was clearly disappointed and it was easy to read his lips when, in close-up frame, he bellowed an exasperated F-bomb. In case you somehow missed it, CTV gave it to us again, in slow motion. If only swimmers were miked up, like curlers. We could have had a Heather Nedohin "S%*! - balls!" moment.

[Slideshow: Candid shots of Canadian athletes in London]

I learned something new in watching the Men's cycling road race. The word "Peloton." It's French for "platoon." Peloton refers to the big, main group of cyclists all bunched together. If you ever decide to play an Olympics drinking game and want to get hammered, I'd suggest you down one each time you hear that word. You'll be lit like the Olympic Cauldron in no time.

Looking ahead....

Coming up on Day July 29th, look for Canada's queen of skates and spokes to mark her return to the Summer Games. Clara Hughes, who won her first medal as a cyclist at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 before switching over to speed skating, and earning medals in 2002, 2006 and 2010, has her eye on a 7th Olympic medal. If she gets it, she'll break a tie with Cindy Klassen and become Canada's most decorated Olympian. The women's road race goes at 7am ET, on TSN. A bit early to be playing the "Pelotons" drinking game, ain't it? Solution: Don't go to sleep tonight and pretend it's still Saturday night.

As well, there's a strong belief that Canada will be hitting the podium after hitting the water, in the three metre synchro diving competition. Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel are considered near locks for this event. If they get to the podium, Heymans will become the first Olympian to earn diving medals in 4 consecutive Olympic Games. That mark will stand until Clara Hughes wins a diving medal in a fifth consecutive Olympics in 2032. Synchro diving is on TSN at 10am ET.

[Video: Will Julia Wilkinson's gold boots help her win an Olympic medal?]

If you love watching movable objects being pushed away by unstoppable forces, you could catch the U.S. men's basketball team as it does its best to break a sweat in a preliminary game against France. I believe the over/under on this is set at a figure that resembles the collective debt of every European Union country. I'll still bet the over. I am being a bit unfair. France does boast a roster with the second most NBA players on it. Second to... uh, yeah. Now watch Tony Parker have the game of a lifetime and singlehandedly lead the upset. You could do the modern thing and watch on an app, or live feed on some sort of smart contraption, but I think I'll just flip over to NBC. 9:30am ET.

There is more rowing on tap, too. In the wake (Ha! Rowing humour!) of the Canadian men's eights finishing last in their heat on Saturday, the Canadian women's eights will try to get all their oars in the water. 6am ET on TSN.

Want the whole Canadian broadcast consortium schedule? Click here.

More London Olympics content on Yahoo! Canada Sports:
Mary Spencer gets a break
Photos: Day one of Canada at the Olympics
Video: Despatie says he's lucky to be in London
Canada's women's eight rows strongly into Olympic final

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