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Canada's women basketball team members jump in the air in front of the Olympic rings at the London 2012 Olympic Games village in Stratford, east London July 24, 2012. (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS)
Canada's women basketball team members jump in the air in front of the Olympic rings at the London 2012 Olympic Games village in Stratford, east London July 24, 2012. (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS)

London 2012

A viewers guide to London 2012 Add to ...

Canadian flag-bearer Simon Whitfield races for his third Olympic medal. Does he still have it at 37?

Diving: Men’s three-metre springboard

Two-time Olympic silver medalist, Alexandre Despatie of Canada should be there for the semi-finals and final of his signature event.

Cycling: Women’s omnium

Two-time world champion Tara Whitten of Canada goes for gold she attempts to show why she has dominated the multiple-race track event.

Athletics: Women’s 100-metres hurdles

A trio of Canadians, Nikkita Holder, Jessica Zelinka and Phylicia George, could all potentially make the final.

AUGUST 8

Kayak: Men’s K1 1,000-metres

Trying to capture the gold medal that eluded him in 2008, Adam van Koeverden of Canada should challenge for his fourth Olympic medal.

Equestrian: Individual jumping

Canadian star Eric Lamaze, a double medalist in Beijing in 2008, attempts to defend his gold medal aboard Derly Chin de Muze, the horse replacing the late Hickstead.

Wrestling: Women’s 48 kilograms

Beijing gold medalist Carol Huynh of Canada takes part with an eye on a return to the podium.

Canoe: Men’s C1 1,000-metres

Fifth at the worlds a year ago, paddler Mark Oldershaw of Canada wants to go one step further and make the podium.

AUGUST 9

Athletics: Men’s 200-metres

The explosive Usain Bolt looks to defend his Olympic title in the event, perhaps against fellow Jamaican speedster Yohan Blake.

Boxing: Women’s 75 kilograms

Canadian Mary Spencer, the three-time world champion and Olympic wild-card entry, could be slugging it out in the final.

Wrestling: Women’s 55 kilograms

Tonya Verbeek of Canada competes in the class in which she claimed a silver medal in Beijing.

Soccer: Women

The United States has won three of the four women’s soccer tournaments at the Olympics, settling for silver in 2000. It is the favourite once again, as both the bronze- and gold-medal games take place.

AUGUST 10

Cycling: Men’s BMX

Tory Nyhaug of Canada is determined to compete despite a bad crash that cost him his spleen in May. Before his accident, he had made the final of three World Cup races.

Synchronized Swimming: Team final

It could be a Canada-Russia battle. The Russians have dominated the sport since its inception, while Canada’s last Olympic medal in the team event, a bronze, came in 2000.

Wrestling: Men’s freestyle

Canadians Matt Gentry (74 kilograms), and David Tremblay (55 kg) take to the mats in search of glory.

AUGUST 11

Cycling: Women’s mountain bike

Catharine Pendrel of Canada gave up horses and dressage for mountain bikes. It’s turned out to be a wise choice. The 2011 cross-country world champion has been building off her fourth-place finish in Beijing, and is considered a favourite in London.

Athletics: Men’s 4x100-metres relay final

All eyes will be on the track where the Jamaicans are the defending champions and Usain Bolt is keen for another victory pose.

Basketball: Women’s final

The female version of the U.S. Dream Team is aims to win its fifth consecutive gold medal.

Diving: Men’s 10-metre tower

Britain’s Tom Daley goes for gold in his favoured event. This is the medal all of England expects him to win, but the Chinese will be tough to beat.

Wrestling: Men’s freestyle

Arjan Bhullar of Canada grapples in the 120-kilogram class. Bhullar won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

AUGUST 12

Basketball: Men’s final

Does the U.S. team earn lasting fame or nagging infamy? The men’s gold- and bronze-medal games will determine how the 2012 Dream Team is remembered.

Athletics: Men’s marathon

The race once again features the mighty Kenyans against the relentless Ethiopians. One of the prerace favourites is Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai, who won 2011 London marathon in record time.

Closing ceremony

The event signal the end of the show … and on to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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