Rio Olympic competition heats up in primetime on NBC on Day 1 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, featuring Kerri Walsh Jennings and new partner April Ross of the United States making their Olympic beach volleyball debut against Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird of Australia. Coverage also features the men’s gymnastics team competition, followed by gold medal finals in swimming. Watch Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and NBCOlympics.com, as well as in the NBC Sports app.
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Walsh Jennings is a three-time defending Olymipc beach volleyball gold medalist, but with longtime partner Misty May-Treanor retired, she begins a new chapter of her career with Ross, the London silver medalist who finished as a runner-up to her new partner four years ago. The American beach veterans, whose partnership was forged in the immediate aftermath of the 2012 final, will be challenged in their first match by upstart 23-year-old Australians Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird.
Gymnastics begins Saturday in Rio with men's qualifications, and the United States men have their eyes on securing their spots in both the team final and individual finals, including the all-around. Sam Mikulak returns for his second Olympic Games, leading a veteran U.S. team that also returns Jake Dalton and Danell Leyva from a group that finished fifth in London. Also in action will be Japanese star Kohei Uchimura, the six-time world all-around champion and 2012 gold medalist.
The Olympic Aquatic Stadium is open for business with the first night of swimming finals in Rio, and chief among those finals will be the men's and women's 400m individual medleys, along with the women's 4x100m freestyle relay. Katie Ledecky is likely to join the U.S. team in the final as the U.S. does battle with a strong Australian team. Maya DiRado and Chase Kalisz have their eyes set on gold in the women's and men's 400m IMs, as does Conor Dwyer in the 400m freestyle final.