6 to Watch: Swimming First Medals, Skateboarding Debut, Simone Biles and More

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The Olympic Games in Tokyo are officially underway.

Day 2 will see first medals in swimming, USA Olympic gymnastics star Simone Biles will compete in the qualifying round, and Team USA will take on France in men’s basketball.

And don’t miss American surfers Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks as they take on the first surfing competition in Tokyo.

Here are our 6 things to watch on Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics:

1. Swimming awards its first medals

This evening beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET, the first medals will be awarded in swimming with finals in four events: men’s 400m individual medley (IM), men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 400m IM and women’s 4x100m relay.

The men’s 400m IM final will feature a pair of Americans in Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland. Two Americans, Kieran Smith and Jake Mitchell also reached the men’s 400m freestyle final. 

Emma Weyant dominated the women’s 400m IM heats and is in line to take home gold in the event.

Simone Manuel could be added to the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay despite not qualifying in the 100m individual race or competing in the heat. The Australians are favored to defend their title in the relay, but the Americans will contend for a medal.

Americans Torri Huske and Claire Curzan will also be competing in the women’s 100m butterfly semifinals.

Watch live in NBC’s Tokyo Olympics primetime coverage on NBC 6, or stream live here at 8 p.m. ET.

Caeleb Dressel (left) and Simone Manuel (right)

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Caeleb Dressel (left) and Simone Manuel (right) of Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Omaha, Neb.

2. Simone Biles’ quest for more gold begins early Sunday morning

Simone Biles and the rest of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team will compete in the qualifying round at 2:10 a.m. ET on Sunday, as they begin their quest for a third straight team gold. Although Team USA’s place in the finals is all but secured, the qualification will also determine which athletes make the finals of the individual events. 

Since only two athletes from each country can move on to the finals, some of the Americans will be on the outside looking in no matter how well they perform. Biles is a lock for the vault, where she is expected to debut the Yurchenko double pike, but both Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner are talented vaulters hoping to be the one to join Biles in the final.

Watch the Subdivision 2 qualifications live here. Team USA’s qualification will also be shown on NBC on Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET.

Simone Biles does a stance

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Simone Biles, of the United State, trains on the floor exercise during an artistic gymnastics practice session at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

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3. Team USA takes on France in men’s basketball on Sunday morning

All eyes are on Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard as they lead Team USA into the men’s basketball competition at the Tokyo Olympics beginning Sunday morning.

Team USA has dominated the competition in its Olympic history, winning 15 gold medals since 1936. However, Gregg Popovich’s team experienced a shaky start in their exhibition matches, falling to Nigeria and Australia. The team bounced back with exhibition wins over Argentina and Spain and enters Olympic competition with some momentum.

The team of NBA stars will begin Group A play against France, which features a couple of notable NBA players as well. Three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum of the Los Angeles Clippers and Evan Fournier of the Boston Celtics will try to bring France its first Olympic men’s basketball medal since 2000.

Watch the game live at 8 a.m. ET here. It will also be shown on NBC’s afternoon coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.

United States' Bam Adebayo, from left, Keldon Johnson, and Jayson Tatum, walk on the court

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United States’ Bam Adebayo, from left, Keldon Johnson, and Jayson Tatum, walk on the court during a men’s basketball practice at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Saitama, Japan, Thursday, July 22, 2021.

4. American surfers Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks go for gold

Weather permitting, the first surfing competition in the Olympics will begin at 6 p.m. ET with the first group of heats for the men. The first women’s heats will be at 9:20 p.m. ET.

Carissa Moore is the gold medal favorite for the women, and 19-year-old Caroline Marks could also contend for a medal. Expectations are lower for the American men, with both Kolohe Andino and John John Florence coming off injury.

Watch the men live here and the women live here.

Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks

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Kolohe Andino (left), Carissa Moore (center) and Caroline Marks (right) ride waves during training at the Tokyo Olympics at Tsurigasaki beach in Ichinomiya, Japan.

5. Nyjah Huston looks to make history in skateboarding

Skateboarding makes its Olympic debut at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight, with American star Nyjah Huston looking to win gold in the men’s street event.

Huston is a four-time world champion with golds at the World Skateboarding Championships in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He also has 18 X Games medals with 16 coming in the street event. He is the highest-paid skateboarder in the world and will now look to shine in the inaugural Olympic skateboarding competition.

Huston is the favorite in the event, with Americans Jake Ilardi and Jagger Eaton also competing for the men.

Mariah Duran, Alexis Sablone and Alana Smith will represent the U.S. in the women’s street event.

Watch the street heats live here and the finals beginning at 11:25 p.m. ET here . The finals will also be shown on NBC at midnight ET Sunday.

Nyjah Huston skateboarding

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

In this June 6, 2021 photo, Nyjah Huston, of the United States, competes in a Street Skateboarding World Championships final, a qualifying event for Tokyo Olympic Games, in Rome. Skating is one of four debut Olympic sports, along with karate, surfing and sport climbing.

6. The youngest Olympians competing at the Tokyo Olympics

A new generation of young athletes is prepared to make a splash in Tokyo. 

While many would believe that age and experience play a factor in who ultimately wins gold, some Olympians have defied the odds in recent years to reach the podium before they’ve even reached college. 

Here are some of the youngest athletes competing in the upcoming Tokyo Games.

Erriyon Knighton

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Erriyon Knighton reacts after placing third in the Men’s 200 Meter Final during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon.

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