The 2016 Olympics Diving Schedule Will Fill Your Afternoons With Impressive Athletes

Some people dream of going to the Olympics. After years of blood, sweat, and tears, they hope to get to that big moment, when a gold medal is placed around your neck. Other people, like me, are more interested in sitting back, relaxing, and tuning into the Olympics when they hit NBC every two years. This year, the summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but you won't have to hop a plane to see your favorite summer events in action. NBC and its affiliate networks have all of the events you could possibly want to watch, including one of my personal favorites, diving. If you're also interested in seeing Olympians splash into the pool with waaaay more skill than your childhood cannonballs, you can plan your calendar accordingly, because NBC has already released a 2016 Olympics diving schedule.

The summer Olympics will be held from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21, but not every day has a diving event scheduled. According to the Olympics calendar, diving "medal" events will be held from Aug. 7 to Aug. 10, as well as Aug. 14, 16, 18, and 20. Here's what you can expect on each of the days, as well as what time to tune in.

Aug. 7

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According to the official Olympics website, you can watch the women's synchronized three meter springboard final at 2 p.m. ET. According to the page, the event is a very big deal for China competitor Wu Minxia, who could become the first diver to win five gold metals, should she place in the event.

Aug. 8

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On Aug. 8, it's the men's turn to compete for the first time in diving during the 2016 Rio Olympics. The schedule states that at 2 p.m. ET, you can watch the men's synchronized 10 meter platform final.

Aug. 9

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On this date, the women will hit the pool for the 10 meter, which begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Aug. 10

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The men will take the water again for the three meter springboard final, beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

Aug. 12

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The competition is heating up, so it's good that these women will be getting in the cool pool for the three meter springboard preliminary, which begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Aug. 13

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Down to the wire! The women's three meter springboard semifinal begins a little later on this day, at 3 p.m. ET.

Aug. 14

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The women's three meter springboard final begins at 3 p.m. ET and is significant because, according to the NBC Olympic page, Team USA's Kassidy Cook and Abby Johnston will go head to head with two of China's "powerhouse" divers, Shi Tingmao and He Zi.

Aug. 15

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The guys will hit the pool for the three meter springboard preliminary on this day, beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

Aug. 16

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Diving fans, get stoked: you have two events to watch today. The men's three meter springboard semifinal begins at 9 a.m. ET, and the final (a medal event) begins at 5 p.m. ET.

Aug. 17

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The woman's 10 meter platform preliminary begins on this date at 2 p.m. ET.

Aug. 18

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Another two-event day, this time, for the women's teams. The 10 meter springboard semifinal begins at 9 a.m. ET, and the final event begins at 3 p.m. ET.

Aug. 19

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It's the men's turn again. The 10 meter platform preliminary begins at 3 p.m. ET.

Aug. 20

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Double event for the dudes. The men's 10 meter platform semifinal begins at 10 a.m. ET. Later, the men's 10 meter platform final begins at 3 p.m. ET.

Is it too early to start the battle cry of "USA, USA, USA"? While I may like to stay dry on the edge of the pool, I can't wait to watch these divers take home some medals when the Rio Olympics start this August.