Gymnastics · Rio 2016 · Swimming

Day 5: Is it Live or Is it DVR’d?

11:34 PM EDT

Men’s Gymnastics

It’s almost like NBC’s coverage of the happenings are on my schedule. NBC commentators are just now talking about Ukraine taking all zeros during the team competition. And they don’t have any answers–the Ukrainian in the all-around apparently apologized to Switzerland, the team behind them in the standings, and thought his teammates were being unsportsmanlike. But no real answers, something like two days later (unless you’re SBNation). Or am I watching this bit on tape too?

11:21 PM EDT


I don’t quite understand the rules where you can have a four-person team qualify for the finals in a relay event, and then switch the team around for the finals. I’m talking about Missy Franklin being dropped from tonight’s relay…..although Fansided’s reporting that she’d still get a medal because she contributed to the win. Is that right? Can someone sharpshoot this for me?

[I would, but I’m packing for a trip and desperately trying to finish Monday’s coverage]

9:22 PM EDT


“Kazakhstan! Lane 8! Balandin! We weren’t even talking about him!”

Oh, NBC. The world is not surprised that you weren’t.

Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan is the latest upset in the swimming pool, winning Kazakhstan’s first swimming medal in fine style as he picked up the gold in a tightly contested 200m breaststroke.

It was a great race–I mean, it’s cool to see swimmers (and by that I mean Americans and Katinka Hosszu) blow people out of the water, but it’s also quite excellent to see tightly contested races.

The excitement’s in the pool tonight.

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