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Olympics Viewing Guide

Here's a look at the top events from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and when to tune in.

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London formally get started with opening ceremonies on Friday.

Most events will be broadcast live on television or online, and NBCOlympics.com has a fairly helpful TV schedule. London2012.com is also helpful in finding what events are taking place when. (Remember, London is five hours ahead of Maryland, so adjust accordingly.)

If you’re looking for places in Annapolis to gather to watch the games, local spots  and  have televisions and will be open for viewing.  located at 37 West St. will have Olympic food and drink specials while the games are playing on all of their televisions.

Because of the time change, NBC’s prime time coverage will be largely repackaged coverage from the earlier in the day. (With Bob Costas!) But NBC’s cable networks and website will have live coverage.

Opening Ceremonies – NBC has made a point of saying that every event will be shown live on one platform or another, but the opening ceremonies will be the exception. We’ll see them on NBC a few hours after they actually happened, so they can be on in prime time here. Tune in to NBC at 7 p.m.

Basketball – There’s men’s and women’s basketball on every day. The biggest game to check out is probably the men’s gold medal game, to be played on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The women’s gold medal game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.

Track and Field –Everyone wants to see if sprinter Usain Bolt will win another gold medal in the 100 meters. American Tyson Gay will try his best to beat the world record holder. If he makes the final, he’ll run at 9:50 p.m. in London on Sunday, Aug. 5. That’s 4:50 p.m. here, which will make nice viewing for a Sunday afternoon.

Lolo Jones will try to overcome a disappointing fall in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she returns to action in the 100m hurdles. The final in that event is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Matthew Centrowitz of Arnold . The final for that race will be broadcast here on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 4:15 p.m.

Windsurfing – If you want to follow , action in windsurfing begins July 31 at 9 a.m. ET and continues the medal race on Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. ET.

Swimming – Baltimore’s Michael Phelps is the main attraction, but there are other Americans competing, including Ryan Lochte and a host of great female swimmers. Events start this Saturday morning and run all the way to Saturday, Aug. 4. There are gold medal races every day, so check the schedule.

Soccer –The American women actually played their first game, against France, on Wednesday. Action on the pitch continues to the gold medal game on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 2:45 p.m. ET. The American men did not qualify for London, but the men’s gold medal game is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.

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