Opening Ceremonies London 2012 Schedule: Where to Watch on TV and Online

The wait is almost over!

With the London 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicking off Friday, people across the globe are getting fired up to cheer for their respective countries as they compete for the gold. With headlines ranging from the Phelps-Lochte rivalry to Saudi Arabia sending its first woman, this year's Olympics should not disappoint.

All of the major programming that is listed below will be on NBC. However, the NBC family of networks (Bravo, NBC Sports, MSNBC, and CNBC) will also be showing events throughout the day (check out TVGuide.com for specifics). Finally, in addition to television, NBC will also be using the website NBCOlympics.com and a smartphone app in order to be able to stream every event live for the first time ever.

Below are the specifics on where and when to watch major Olympic on NBC during week one (Friday, July 27 to Saturday, August 4):

Friday, July 27 – 7:30 p.m. EDT

Opening Ceremony

Saturday, July 28 – 5:00 a.m. EDT

Candace Parker (left), Diana Taurasi (right), and the rest of the U.S. women's basketball team will face off against Croatia.

Final, Men’s Cycling (Road Race)

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Basketball

Preliminaries, Beach Volleyball

Saturday, July 28 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are expected to face off in the men's 400m IM final on Saturday night.

Final, Men’s 400m Individual Medley

Final, Men’s 400m Freestyle

Final, Women’s 400m Individual Medley

Final, Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Qualification, Men’s Gymnastics (Team Competition)

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball

Sunday, July 29 – 12:30 a.m. EDT

Final, Women’s 48kg Weightlifting

Sunday, July 29 – 7:00 a.m. EDT

Volleyball players Todd Rogers (left) and Phil Dalhausser (right), who will play Sunday morning, will try to defend their gold from Beijing.

Finals, Women’s Cycling (Road Race)

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Water Polo

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Beach Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball

Qualification, Women’s Gymnastics (Team Competition)

Sunday, July 29 – 7:00 p.m. EDT

The U.S. women's gymnastics team, led by standouts Gabby Douglas (far left) and Jordyn Wieber (second from right), will try to improve on their silver in 2008.

Final, Women’s 100m Butterfly

Final, Women’s 400m Freestyle

Final, Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Final, Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Final, Women’s Synchronized Diving (Springboard)

Qualification, Women’s Gymnastics

Monday, July 30 – 12:35 a.m. EDT

Preliminaries, Men’s Canoeing (Slalom)

Preliminaries, Women’s Canoeing (Slalom)

Preliminaries, Men’s Kayaking

Monday, July 30 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

After a feature in ESPN The Magazine's "The Body Issue," the U.S. women's team is looking for redemption against the Brazilians, who stole the gold in Beijing.

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Water Polo

Preliminaries, Beach Volleyball

Qualification, Men’s Swimming

Qualification, Women’s Swimming

Qualification, Men’s Rowing

Qualification, Women’s Rowing

Qualification, Men’s Canoeing

Qualification, Women’s Canoeing

Monday, July 30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

After a disappointing bronze medal in Beijing, the U.S. men's gymnastics team is looking to bounce back as they compete for the team gold medal.

Final, Men’s Gymnastics (Team Competition)

Final, Men’s 200m Freestyle

Final, Men’s 100m Backstroke

Final, Women’s 100m Backstroke

Final, Women’s 100m Breaststroke

Final, Men’s Synchronized Diving (Platform)

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, July 31 – 12:35 a.m. EDT

Semifinal, Women’s 200m Individual Medley

Preliminaries, Men’s Two-Man Canoe

Preliminaries, Women’s Two-Man Canoe

Preliminaries, Women’s Kayaking

Tuesday, July 31 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

Captain Tony Azevedo (right) and the rest of the U.S. men's water polo team will try to win against Romania on Tuesday on the road to improving to a gold medal from their silver in Beijing.

Final, Men’s Canoeing (C-1 Whitewater)

Semifinal, Men’s Rowing

Semifinal, Women’s Rowing

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Water Polo

Preliminaries, U.S. Beach Volleyball

Qualification, Men’s Swimming

Qualification, Women’s Swimming

Tuesday, July 31 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

American swimmers Allison Schmitt (left) and Missy Franklin (right) will most likely go head to head in the 200m freestyle; Schmitt edged out Franklin at Olympic trials.

Final, Women’s Gymnastics (Team Competition)

Final, Men’s 200m Butterfly

Final, Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Final, Women’s 200m Freestyle

Final, Women’s 200m Individual Medley

Final, Women’s Synchronized Diving (Platform)

Wednesday, August 1 – 12:35 a.m. EDT

2009 Beach Volleyball World Champions Jen Kessy (left) and April Ross (right) will compete in a preliminary match against the Netherlands for the United States.

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball

Semifinal, Men’s Swimming

Semifinal, Men’s Swimming

Wednesday, August 1 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

The U.S. women's water polo team will go head-to-head with the Spanish, trying to improve to a gold from their silver in Beijing.

Final, Men’s Rowing

Final, Women’s Rowing

Final, Men’s Kayaking (K-1 Whitewater)

Final, Men’s Cycling (Individual Time Trial)

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Water Polo

Preliminaries, Men’s Beach Volleyball

Preliminaries, Women’s Beach Volleyball

Qualification, Men’s Swimming

Qualification, Women’s Swimming

Wednesday, August 1 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Will Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh go back-to-back gold? They will compete on Wednesday in a preliminary match.

Final, Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Final, Men’s 100m Freestyle

Final, Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Final, Women’s 200m Butterfly

Final, Men’s Gymnastics (All-Around)

Final, Men’s Synchronized Diving (Springboard)

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball

Thursday, August 2 – 12:35 a.m. EDT

Semifinal, Women’s Swimming

Preliminaries, Women’s Cycling (Road Time Trial)

Thursday, August 2 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

Richard Lambourne and the rest of the U.S. men's volleyball team look for a little déjà vu as they play Brazil, the team they beat in the finals in Beijing.

Final, Men’s Cycling (Team Sprint)

Final, Women’s Cycling (Team Sprint)

Final, Men’s Canoeing (C-2 Whitewater)

Final, Men’s Rowing

Final, Women’s Rowing

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Water Polo

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball

Qualification, Men’s Swimming

Qualification, Women’s Swimming

Thursday, August 2 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Tyler Clary, arguably the third best American swimmer behind Phelps and Lochte, is looking to make a name for himself as he competes in the 200m backstroke alongside Lochte.

Final, Women’s Gymnastics (Individual All-Around)

Final, Men’s 200m Backstroke

Final, Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Final, Women’s 200m Breaststroke

Final, Women’s 100m Freestyle

Final, Women’s Rowing (Eights)

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Beach Volleyball

Friday, August 3 – 12:35 a.m. EDT

Will China, led by world number one Wang Hao, sweep the gold, silver, and bronze, or will somebody break into this dynasty?

Final, Women’s Kayaking (K-1 Whitewater)

Final, Men’s Table Tennis (Singles)

Friday, August 3 – 10:00 a.m. EDT

Final, Men’s Rowing

Final, Women’s Rowing

Qualification, Men’s Athletics

Qualification, Women’s Athletics

Qualification, Men’s Swimming

Qualification, Women’s Swimming

Preliminaries, Men’s Beach Volleyball

Preliminaries, Women’s Beach Volleyball

Friday, August 3 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Will American swimmer Cullen Jones be able to dethrone reigning gold medalist and Olympic record holder César Cielo in the 50m freestyle?

Final, Men’s 100m Butterfly

Final, Men’s 50m Freestyle

Final, Women’s 200m Backstroke

Final, Women’s 800m Freestyle

Final, Men’s Athletics (Shot-Put)

Final, Men’s Gymnastics (Trampoline)

Preliminaries, U.S. Women’s Volleyball

Qualification, Women’s Diving (Springboard)

Saturday, August 4 – 12:35 a.m. EDT

Will home field advantage play a role for Briton Jessica Ennis, or will she have no luck in this year's heptathlon?

Final, Women’s Cycling (Keirin)

Final, Men’s Cycling (Team Pursuit)

Final, Women’s Heptathlon (Day 1 of 2)

Saturday, August 4 – 9:00 a.m. EDT

If Serena rides her momentum from Wimbledon into the Olympics to win the gold medal, she will be the first player in history to have all four Grand Slams, and both the singles and doubles gold medal.

Final, Women’s Tennis (Singles)

Final, Women’s Gymnastics (Trampoline)

Final, Men’s Rowing

Final, Women’s Rowing

Final, Men’s Cycling (Track)

Final, Women’s Cycling (Track)

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Volleyball

Preliminaries, U.S. Men’s Water Polo

Preliminaries, Men’s Beach Volleyball

Preliminaries, Women’s Beach Volleyball

Qualification, Men’s Athletics

Saturday, August 4 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

American sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix will most likely go head to head in the 100m dash.

Final, Women’s Athletics (100m)

Final, Women’s Heptathlon (Day 2 of 2)

Final, Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay

Final, Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay

Final, Women’s 50m Freestyle

Final, Men’s 1500m Freestyle

Semifinal, Women’s Diving (Springboard)

Qualification, Men’s Athletics (Long Jump)

Preliminaries, Beach Volleyball

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