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Olympic Thursday: What to Watch For

After an intriguing two days of Soccer semi-finals, we have a rest day for soccer in Rio De Janeiro. Sounder at Heart has your Olympic Thursday Open Thread featuring a Water Polo matchup for the ages and the USA in Volleyball and Basketball Semi-Finals capped off by Usain Bolt in Prime Time

Tonight is the last individual Olympic race for Usain Bolt.
Tonight is the last individual Olympic race for Usain Bolt.
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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 semi-finals came to an end on Wednesday with the Gold Medal matches set. Germany plays Sweden on Friday in the women's final (Sounder at Heart Watch Party Alert!) and Brazil plays Germany on Saturday in the men's final.

We will have a soccer preview and a gamethread on both Friday and Saturday for the Gold Medal and Bronze Medal matches, but for now let's focus on our other daily feature.

Other Notable Olympic Broadcast Today:

Men's Water Polo Semi-Final: Montenegro v Croatia
Two water polo crazed countries that are Adriatic Sea neighbors play for massive stakes.  This is a game not to be missed.
NBCSN, 8:20 AM

Women's Volleyball Semi-Final: USA v Serbia
The USA is the number 1 ranked team in the world and are looking to make the Gold Medal match.
NBC, Noon

Women's Basketball Semi-Final: USA v France
The Seattle Storm feature two players on Team USA with Olympic stalwart Sue Bird being joined by #1 overall draft pick this year, Breanna Stewart.  Bird is two wins away from her fourth Olympic Gold Medal while Stewart is a new addition to Team USA and looking for her first Gold Medal.

NBC Primetime features Cascadia native Ashton Eaton looking to defend his gold medal from London in Day 2 of the Decathalon.  Usain Bolt runs his final individual Olympic event as he goes for his third consecutive gold medal in the 200M.  There will be a replay of the Women's Volleyball semi-finals and 10M Women's diving.

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