STEP BY STEP: For those who insist they've located the least essential, or least sport-y Olympic discipline, may I present -- via Kon Ichikawa's essential 1965 documentary Tokyo Olympiad -- 50 kilometer Olympic race-walking?
Open thread for whatever happens today. In terms of spoilers, I'd prefer that we stick to what NBC is broadcasting live, and be extremely cagey/cautious in discussing things which have happened but not yet been broadcast.
added, at 3:30pm, from a ferry crossing Cape Cod Bay: But we certainly ought to discuss NBC's decision not to show a major live sporting event in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, a time of day -- as I understand it -- when many Americans are already conditioned to watch live sporting events. Seriously. Show the swimming finals live, even if you want to limit broadcast to one of the cable outlets -- and then package it for the network in primetime. Argh.
added, Sunday afternoon: "Call Me, Lochte." Of course. (But does he look like a Shar-Pei?)