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Best events to watch on Monday’s Olympics slate

We take a look at Monday’s events on the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics schedule

USA Rugby 7 team’s Joseph Schroeder and Mataiaysi Leuta vie with Chile Rugby 7 team’s Nicolas Navarrete during the Madrid Rugby 7s International Tournament at the Complutense University stadium in Madrid on February 27, 2021. Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images

The best part of the Olympics is the events coming fast and furious, and today is no exception as live events happen Sunday evening heading into Monday on the east coast of America.

The gymnastics Men’s Team Final is the biggest event of the evening, with the United States having a decent shot to take home a medal in the team all-around competition starting at 6:00 a.m. ET. The USA is the fourth-choice at DraftKings Sportsbook for gold at +1000, and are +200 to win a medal of any kind.

There are six events in men’s gymnastics; floor exercise, vault, pommel horse, parallel bars, rings and high bar. The top three scores for each team will count towards the team score, which is based on both difficulty of the routine, as well as execution.

The biggest test for USA Volleyball might be tonight as well, as the ROC team led by legend Maxim Mikhailov faces the Americans in pool play. Mikhailov is considered by many to be the best “right side” or “opposite” of all time, and was the flag bearer for the unnamed Russian team during the opening ceremonies, and is a four-time Olympian with a bronze medal from Beijing in 2008 and a gold in London in 2012.

Also tonight is the Men’s Canoe Slalom semifinal and final, with American Zachary Lokken going for gold in the event that requires both strength and balance on the water. The 2019 Pan Am gold medalist will run 12th in the 15-team semifinal heat looking to advance to the finals that begin at 2:45 a.m. ET.

And if you haven’t watched Rugby Sevens before, you’re in for a treat. Team USA plays Kenya at 10:30 p.m., and Ireland at 5:30 a.m. The sport is played on a full-sized rugby field, but instead of 15 players there are just seven, and games consist of just two 10-minute halves. It makes for a much faster version of the game, with plenty of athleticism and quick ball-movement. Forward passes are illegal, so finding holes in the defense to run through is usually the best way to score a “try.”