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Olympic Thursday: What to Watch For

It's a rest day for soccer with the finale of the group stages in soccer having just played out for the Men and Women's tournaments. Sounder at Heart has your Rio Olympics Day 6 Open Thread featuring Badminton's opening day and a very good USA Women's Field Hockey team

Day 6, now it gets real. Badminton has joined the Rio party.
Day 6, now it gets real. Badminton has joined the Rio party.
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We here at Sounder at Heart are giving you a daily Olympic open thread. And since we are a soccer site, it naturally focuses on soccer. Well today is a rest day for the soccer tournament as the group stage came to an end with the Women on Tuesday and the Men on Wednesday, thus today we will have a shorter offering for you.

The USWNT play Sweden tomorrow at 9 AM in what is quickly becoming known as #SundhageBowl.  Sweden is managed by the defending Olympic Champion Manager, Pia Sundhage.  Sundhage of course managed the USWNT to the Gold Medal in London 2012.  Much more on that game tomorrow, but for now here is your daily what to watch for:

Other Notable Olympic Broadcast Today:

Men's Golf Round 1
Golf returns to the Olympics after a 112 year absence with all day coverage of the first round of the 72 hole stroke play event.
3:30 AM - Noon, Golf Network

Table Tennis Semi-Finals and Badminton Opening Rounds
7:30 AM - 10 AM, USA Network

Badminton opening rounds and Team Handball (Men's BRA v GER)
Noon - 2:10 PM, USA Network

Cycling (Track), Beach Volleyball, Field Hockey (Men's ESP v BEL)
Track cycling joins the Rio Olympics as the road portion has completed and more Badminton!
2 PM - 5 PM, MSNBC

Field Hockey (Women's USA v IND)
3:30 PM, NBCSN

NBC Primetime features the Women's Gymnastic Individual All-Around where USA's Simone Biles qualified first and is the heavy favorite to become the USA's fourth overall champion.  Aly Raisman qualified second overall and will feature heavily in medal contention.  In swimming Michael Phelps goes for a four peat in the Men's 200M Individual Medley against his longtime rival Ryan Lochte

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