The 2021 Summer Olympics got started Wednesday morning in Tokyo, but the Opening Ceremony did not “officially” open the event until Friday evening. We’ve had primarily softball and soccer thus far, but we’re getting into more individual events heading into the first weekend. And Saturday, July 23rd brings the first medal events of the 32nd Olympiad.
NBC Sports Network, USA, and the Olympic Channel will have Saturday’s television coverage. If you are not in front of a television, NBCOlympics.com will live stream the match if you have a cable subscription. If you don’t have one, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the match. You can also watch on the NBC Sports mobile app and Peacock TV will be offering broad coverage as well.
Saturday is the first truly busy day of the Tokyo Olympics schedule. We’ve had two or three sports underway here and there, but Saturday brings us 23 different sports offering a mix of qualifying events and medal events. The first medals will be handed out in mixed team archery, the men’s cycling road race, women’s epee and men’s sabre in fencing, women’s 48kg & men’s 60kg in judo, the men’s air pistol final in shooting, men’s and women’s 49kg and 58kg in Tae Kwon Do, and women’s 49kg in weightlifting.
In the non-medal side of things, the United States returns to action in women’s soccer and women’s 3-on-3 basketball. The latter is a new sport this year.