The 2016 Olympics Track & Field Schedule Puts 6 Incredible Athletes In The Spotlight
Raise your hand if you're super excited for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Like pretty much everyone else in the world, I can't wait to tune in for my favorite events. With a jam-packed schedule, it quickly gets hard to keep track of when each event will air — and we all want to tune in or set our DVRs for certain competitions. One of the most dynamic Olympics sports is track and field. It includes more events than I can even keep track of, so there will a huge number of events on TV and streaming online. So, what is the 2016 Olympics track & field schedule? According to NBC's official schedule, track & field competitions will air during the last 10 days of the Games — and there's a medal event every day from Aug. 12 through Aug. 21.
America won a whopping 28 medals in track & field in 2012, with Russia coming in second place with 17 medals — and, with our amazing roster, I wouldn't be surprised if 2016 will be another victorious year for America. There are a wide variety of events within track & field — and multiple competitions will air each day. Check out NBC's official schedule to see when each event will be streaming online or airing on TV. The NBC schedule also conveniently allows you to click the "watch stream" option next to each event because not everything will air on TV. You can also set up reminders for specific events so you won't have to keep checking — there are a ton of events every single day and it's pretty difficult to keep track of when exactly they'll be airing or streaming.
NBC's official schedule is the best way to see an extremely detailed breakdown of when specific events will be streaming online or airing on TV — but to give you an idea of when to tune in, here's what you should know.
Friday, Aug. 12 will feature the women's heptathlon, the women's shot put finals, and the men's 20k race walking finals.
On Saturday, Aug. 13 you can watch some of the men's and women's 100m races, the men's 10,000m final, and the men's long jump final.
Tune in on Sunday, Aug. 14 for the women's marathon final and men's and women's 100m and 400m races.
Monday, Aug. 15 will feature the men's triple jump, the women's hammer throw, and the men's pole vault final.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16 you can watch men's hurdles, women's long jump, and the women's discus final.
The events on Wednesday, Aug. 17 include the men's decathlon, the women's long jump final, and the women's 200m final.
Thursday, Aug. 18 will feature the men's and women's 400m hurdles finals, the women's high jump, and the javelin throw.
On Friday, Aug. 19 you can watch the men's and women's race walking finals, the women's pole vault final, and the men's hammer throw final.
The lineup on Saturday, Aug. 20 includes finals in the following events: women's high jump, men's javelin, men's 1,500m, women's 800m, men's 5,000m, and men's and women's 4x400m.
The track and field competitions wrap up on Sunday, Aug. 21 with the men's marathon final.
So, whether your jam is sprints, pole vaults, the heptathlon, or relays, here's a guide of who you should definitely keep an eye on — from the newcomers to the reigning champions.
1. Ashton Eaton
Eaton, a 28-year-old from Oregon was named the "world's great athlete" after snagging decathlon gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. As if that's not impressive enough, he also holds the indoor heptathlon world record and earned heptathlon gold medals at the 2012, 2014, and 2016 World Indoor Championships. Eaton recently appeared on the August 2016 cover of Vogue and was photographed by Mario Testino for the article. Not too shabby.
2. Allyson Felix
Felix is another Olympic champion who will head to Rio to continue her winning streak. She'll run in the 400m and 4x400m competitions, but she won't have the opportunity defend her Olympic gold medal in the 200m event — Felix missed the team by .01 seconds during the trials. Rio will be Felix's fourth time at the Olympics — she won silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 games before taking home the gold in 2012. She's also earned silver and gold medals in relay events, so Felix is a major asset to this team. She also hopes to be an inspiration to young girls, regardless of their passions and goals. Felix recently told PEOPLE, "[w]hen younger girls see me I want them to think that they can do whatever they are passionate about."
3. Vashti Cunningham
Cunningham, 18, will compete in her first Olympics this year. She specializes in the high jump — after breaking the American high school record for both outdoor and indoor high jumping, Cunningham moved on to becoming the youngest woman to medal at world indoors. She's coached by her dad, Randall Cunningham, who was also a high jumper before joining the NFL.
4. Sydney McLaughlin
You probably haven't heard of Sydney McLaughlin, but that's all about to change — the 16-year-old junior at Union Catholic High in Scotch Plains, New Jersey will head to Rio to compete in the 400m hurdles. She's had a rough year due to a bout with mononucleosis and coping with her mom's recent heart attack. The fact that McLaughlin still managed to earn a spot on the Olympic team proves that she's a strong competitor regardless of what's going in her personal life and she won't let anything distract her when she gets out onto that Olympic field in Rio.
5. Jenn Suhr
In early July, Suhr won her 10th U.S. outdoor title at the Olympic trials. After winning the pole vault at the trials, she earned her third trip to the Olympics. Although she's arguably one of the best pole vaulters in the world, Suhr didn't become involved in the sport until her senior year in college — instead, she was a star player at Roberts Wesleyan during her college years and was the team's all-time leading basketball scorer when she graduated.
6. Will Claye
25-year-old Claye will be another familiar face at the Olympic games — in 2012, he became the first man since 1936 to medal in both the long jump and triple jump. He's best friends with his teammate, Christian Taylor — and, although their each other's main rivals, they hope to both medal in Rio and celebrate one another's victories.