Olympics Schedule for Tuesday: Michael Phelps Going for Record-Breaking Medal, U.S. Men’s Basketball, U.S. Women’s Soccer


July 31, 2012

The United States is tied with China for first place in the Summer Olympics medal count with 17 medals, thanks in large part to the efforts of swimmers Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers on Tuesday.

Franklin took home her first gold medal in Monday's 100-meter backstroke in an impressive victory. The 17-year-old won the event only 14 minutes after competing in the semifinal heat of the 200-meter freestyle. The young Olympian has captured the attention of fans around the world and looks to have the talent to take home many more gold medals.

On the men's side of the pool, Grevers and teammate Nick Thoman added to the United States' medal count in the men's 100-meter backstroke. The pair dominated the event, with Grevers taking home gold and Thoman finishing second for the silver medal. It was not all smiles for Team USA, however, as Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle, finishing fourth.

On Day Five of the Olympics, the U.S. is looking to make history. Swimmer Michael Phelps is only one medal away from tying the record for the most medals by a single Olympic athlete. He can break that record Tuesday as he competes in both the men's 200-meter fly and men's 4×200-meter free relay.

10:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network Men's Boxing
Jamel Herring
, the captain of Team USA boxing, squares off against Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov in an elimination bout of the men's light welterweight class.

12:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network — Women's Soccer
Team USA (2-0-0) looks to continue its success against North Korea (1-1-0).

2:30 p.m., NBC — Men's Water Polo
The U.S. is fresh off an 8-7 victory over Montenegro on Sunday and looks to continue its push for gold against Romania, which is coming off a 13-4 win over Great Britain.

5:15 p.m., NBC Sports Network — Men's Basketball
LeBron James
and Team USA match up against Tunisia in what should be a blowout victory for the U.S.

8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., NBC — Swimming, Women's Gymnastics
Phelps will be looking to make Olympic history as the most decorated athlete ever, going for his record-tying 18th medal in the men's 200-meter fly and his record-breaking 19th medal in the 4×200-meter relay.

The American squad for women's gymnastics will also take the floor Tuesday, looking to overcome Jordyn Wieber's exclusion from individual all-around competition.

Check out the complete schedule of events here.

Thumbnail photo via Facebook/MichaelPhelps

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