Wednesday at the Olympics: Badgers' James twins take aim at a rowing medal

Wednesday at the Olympics: Badgers' James twins take aim at a rowing medal

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Misty May-Treanor, right, and Kerri Walsh, left, of U.S. celebrate winning a point against Australia in their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

A lookahead at the major storylines, athletes with Madison-area or University of Wisconsin connections, and TV listings for Wednesday's events at the London Olympics.

Wednesday

Storylines

Don’t miss: America's Danell Leyva is back in the spotlight as he competes for the men’s gymnastics all-around final. The man to beat is Kohei Uchimura of Japan, the three-time world champion, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Games. Leyva’s U.S. teammate, John Orozco, is also a medal contender.

Other highlights: The telegenic beach volleyball players will get plenty of airtime, as they play on a makeshift beach near Buckingham Palace. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings — afflicted by pinkeye — try to three-peat. The U.S. women’s volleyball team has a tough match against China, and the U.S. women’s basketball team plays Turkey. Track cycling is sure to get a lot of coverage in England with British star Chris “The Real McCoy’’ Hoy in action.

Local connections

The James Gang — 6-foot-5 fraternal twins Ross and Grant from DeKalb, Ill. — powers the U.S. men's eight in the "A" final at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday against favored Germany and others after winning their heat in preliminaries on July 28. The former University of Wisconsin athletes were part of the Badgers' IRA national championship team in 2008. 

Also, promising American cyclist Taylor Phinney gets another shot at a medal in Wednesday's 1 p.m. time trial. The 22-year-old son of Madison native and former Olympic speedskater and cyclist Connie Carpenter-Phinney finished fourth in Saturday's road race. This one plays more to his strengths.

Viewing schedule

The Olympics will air on several NBC-affiliated cable channels and all Olympic events will be live streamed online.

WMTV, Ch. 15

Swimming, qualifying heats; beach volleyball, qualifying round (live); men’s volleyball, U.S. vs. Germany (10:45 a.m., live); men’s water polo, U.S. vs. Romania (1:40 p.m., live); men’s canoeing, whitewater, C-1 gold-medal final (live); rowing semifinals, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Women’s gymnastics, team gold-medal final; swimming, gold-medal finals: men’s 200m butterfly, men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, women’s 200m freestyle and women’s 200m individual medley; women’s diving, platform synchronized gold-medal final, 7-11 p.m.

Swimming semifinals; beach volleyball, qualifying round, 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK

Women’s soccer, U.S. vs. North Korea (11:15 a.m., live); men’s basketball, U.S. vs. Tunisia (4:15 p.m., live; also on 1070 AM), France vs. Argentina (2 p.m., live); Equestrian, team jumping gold-medal final (live); individual jumping final (live); beach volleyball, qualifying round (live); men’s water polo, qualifying round (live); boxing, elimination bouts (live); men’s shooting, skeet gold-medal final, 3 a.m.-7 p.m.

BRAVO

Tennis, singles early rounds and doubles quarterfinals, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

CNBC

Boxing, elimination bouts, 4-7 p.m.

MSNBC

Women’s field hockey, U.S. vs. Argentina (1 p.m., live); men’s basketball, qualifying round (live); women’s soccer, qualifying round (live); weightlifting, gold-medal finals; women’s table tennis semifinal; men’s handball, qualifying round; badminton, qualifying round, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL

Men’s basketball, qualifying round: Australia vs. Spain (5:15 a.m., live), Britain vs. Brazil (10:45 a.m., live), France vs. Argentina (2 p.m., live), Tunisia vs. U.S. (4:15 p.m., live), 3 a.m.-6 p.m.

NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL

Women’s soccer, qualifying round, Canada vs. Sweden (8:30 a.m., live), U.S. vs. North Korea (11:15 a.m., live), Britain vs. Brazil (1:45 p.m., live), Japan vs. South Africa, France vs. Columbia, New Zealand vs. Cameroon, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

TELEMUNDO

Swimming, qualifying heats; beach volleyball, qualifying round; men’s volleyball, qualifying round; men’s basketball, qualifying round; boxing, elimination bouts; tennis, qualifying rounds, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Women’s gymnastics, team gold-medal final; swimming, gold-medal finals; women’s diving, platform synchronized gold-medal final, 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Tracking area Olympians

July 28

Grant and Ross James, 24, rowing: The 6-foot-5 fraternal twins from DeKalb, Ill., part of the Badgers' IRA national championship team in 2008, helped the U.S. men's eight win its heat and earn an automatic berth to the "A" final at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. Read the story

July 29

Kristin Hedstrom, 26, rowing: An All-American for the Badgers and part of national championship teams in 2006 and '08, Hedstrom finished third in her heat — one spot out of an automatic berth in the semifinals — and will have to advance through the July 31 repechage. Read the story

July 31

Hedstrom and partner Julie Nichols won their second-chance repechage on Tuesday, advancing them to the Thursday’s semifinals of the women’s lightweight double sculls. Thursday's semifinals are set for 4:30 a.m. and the finals for 4 a.m. on Aug. 4. Read the story.

Aug. 1

The James brothers row for a medal in the "A" final against favored Germany and other boats who advance through repechage.

Aug. 2

Hedstrom and Nichols compete in the semifinals of the women's lightweight double sculls at 4:30 a.m. for the chance to advance to the finals at 4 a.m. on Aug. 4.

Aug. 3

Michael McPhail, 30, shooting: A Darlington native and staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga., McPhail won the U.S. trials in the 50-meter rifle prone and will compete in the qualification round at 3 a.m., with the finals to follow at 6 a.m.

Evan Jager, 23, track: The U.S. trials champion in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Jager -- who spent one All-American season at UW before turning pro to work with former Badgers cross country coach Jerry Schumacher at Nike in Oregon -- will compete in preliminaries at 7 a.m. The final is at 3:25 p.m. Aug. 5.

Aug. 4

Mohammed Ahmed, 21, track: A seven-time All-American in cross country and track who is the first active UW athlete to qualify for the Olympics since 1996, Ahmed will represent Canada in the men's 10,000 at 3:15 p.m. Ahmed was born in Somalia before moving to St. Catharines, Ontario, when he was 11. He set a UW and Big Ten record by posting a time of 27 minutes, 34.64 seconds in April.

Matt Tegenkamp, 30, track: The former Badgers runner, a native of Lee's Summit, Mo., finished 13th in the 5,000 at the Beijing Olympics four years ago and will represent the U.S. in the 10,000 this time around.

Gwen Jorgensen, 26, triathlon: The former UW swimmer and runner, who has made a meteoric rise in her 2-1/2 years in the sport, will compete in the finals at 3 a.m.

Aug. 5

Egle Staisiunate, 23, track: The former UW athlete, who holds the program record in the 100 hurdles, is competing in the 400 hurdles for Lithuania. The prelims are at 1 p.m, with the semifinals at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 6 and the final at 2:45 p.m. Aug. 8.

Aug. 6

Hillary Stellingwerf, 31, track: A native of London, Ontario, who ran at UW from 2000-04, Stellingwerff (nee Edmonson) is competing for Canada in the 1,500 meters, with the prelims at 5:45 a.m. The semifinals are at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 8; finals at 2:55 p.m. Aug. 10.

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