Finally, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games have entered our lives and soon we will all be armchair judges in its many different sports from golf to beach volleyball. Of course, one of the biggest events has always been the swimming competitions. When Michael Phelps burst onto the Olympic scene in 2000, the entire world took notice. To ensure you don't miss any more achievements or star-turns, you'll need to know the 2016 Olympics men's swimming schedule. Trust me, it's an event that you surely don't want to miss. (And for the equally exciting women's swimming schedule, click here.)
There is an extremely detailed schedule on the official Olympics website that you can check out to see every sports full list of events, but I've also put together an overview of the swimming events to watch out for. From Aug. 6 all the way to Aug. 16 (with the exception of two off days on Aug. 14 and 15), there are medal competitions for swimming. That's part of the appeal of this particular event because it's always fairly dramatic and each race is pretty important. Everyone will be waiting to see if Michael Phelps will bring another gold in for Team USA and add to his record of 18 gold medals.
Here's a breakdown of the days you can see the male swimmers compete for more medals, along with some specific athletes to watch. Note: All times listed are ET.
Saturday, Aug. 6
Beginning at 12 p.m., you can catch the 400m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke. Later that night, you can see the 400m freestyle final and 100m breaststroke semis starting at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 7
This is a busy day, so get comfortable. Starting at 12 p.m., you can see the 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, and 4x100m freestyle relay. At night, starting at 9 p.m., you can catch the 200m freestyle semis, 100m breaststroke final, 100m backstroke semis, and 4x100m freestyle relay final.
Monday, Aug. 8
At 12 p.m., Michael Phelps will make his individual debut in the 200m butterfly preliminaries and then later (at 9 p.m.) in the semifinals of the 200m butterfly. There's also the 200m freestyle final, 100m backstroke final beginning in the 9 p.m. block as well.
Tuesday, Aug. 9
Be sure to check out the 100m freestyle where Nathan Adrian will be defending his title starting at 12 p.m. Around the same time, make sure you see the 200m breaststroke and 4x200m freestyle relay. At around 9 p.m., check out the 100m freestyle semis and the 200m butterfly final, when Michael Phelps will likely be trying even harder to come out on top after his 2012 silver medal performance. After that comes the 200m breaststroke semis and finally, the 4x200m freestyle relay finals.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Check out the 200m backstroke and the 200m IM where Ryan Lochte will go for gold at this year's Games. Stick around until 9 p.m., when you can catch the 200m breaststroke final, 200m backstroke semis, and 100m freestyle final where gold is up for grabs, as well as the 200m IM semis.
Thursday, Aug. 11
At 12 p.m., you can see the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly and at 9 p.m. there are the 50m freestyle semis, 200m backstroke final, 200m IM final, and the 100m butterfly semis. This should feature the last 200m IM swim between Phelps and Lochte.
Friday, Aug. 12
At noon, catch the 1500m freestyle, then you have a few hours to kill before the 100m butterfly final and 50m freestyle final at 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13
This swimming day won't start until 9 p.m, when the 1500m freestyle final airs. Make sure you catch Michael Phelps' last event in the 4x100m medley relay.
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Get up early this day, because at 8 a.m. you can catch the men's open water 10k race.
You have a lot of swimming to see in the next two weeks, so grab your favorite TV-watching snacks and keep this schedule handy.