Tuesday begins a new day at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and there is plenty of action involving local athletes to tell you about.
First, to basketball. The preliminary competition continues as former George Mason guard Tony Skinn leads Nigeria against Lithuania in Group A play (9:30 a.m.) Skinn played 20 minutes and scored 7 points in Sunday's 60-56 win over Tunisia. Then, Wizards big man Nene leads Brazil as they try to go 2-0 in pool play against Great Britain (11:45 a.m.). Kevin Seraphin and France then face Argentina (3 p.m.) before Kevin Durant and the U.S. men's basketball team face Tunisia (5:15 p.m.) to cap off the day on court.
The big event of the day (and night) is the women's team gymnastics final, and Virginia Beach's Gabby Douglas will be take her turn on the vault, the uneven bars, the floor, and the balance beam as the favored Americans seek gold. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.
In other team sports action, Reid Priddy and the U.S. men's volleyball team face Germany (11:45 a.m.) after Sunday's straight-sets win over Serbia. Also, U.S. women's field hockey -- which features locals Caroline Nichols, Shannon Taylor, and Claire Laubach, as well as former Maryland Terrapins Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith-Puzo -- will look for its first win of pool play as it faces Argentina (2 p.m.). Finally, Peter Hudnut and the men's water polo team face Romania in their second game of pool play (2:40 p.m.)
In rowing, congratulations are in order to Natalie Dell and the quadruple scullers, who finished 2nd in Monday's repechage event and are in Wednesday's gold medal race. D.C.-born Sarah Trowbridge will have a repechage race of her own to row Tuesday as she and Margot Shumway try to make the gold medal race in the women's double scull (4:50 a.m.)
The sailing competition includes Annapolis-born Farrah Hall, who will run in the RS-X races, which get underway Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and continue over the next week.
Nataly Arias and the Colombian women's soccer team wraps up Group G play Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. with a match against France at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England. Colombia will be trying to avoid suffering losses in all three of their group games after previously falling to North Korea and the United States.
And, of course, there's swimming. Michael Phelps cruised into the finals of the 200m butterfly as he seeks his first individual medal of these games (2:49 p.m.). Phelps is also in the relay pool for the 4 x 200m freestyle relay (heats at 6:02 a.m., final at 3:47 p.m.), as is Matthew McLean of Sterling, Virginia.
The equestrian three-day eventing competition wraps up Tuesday in Greenwich, England beginning at 5:30 a.m. Entering the final day, Gordonsville, Virginia's Will Coleman is in 46th place (The U.S. is 5th in the team standings).
Finally, spare a thought for Darnestown, Maryland's Caroline Queen, who missed out on the semifinals of the women's K1 whitewater event by 7.42 points. It might be dispiriting to travel all the way to the Olympics for one event and make only two runs, but we hope she enjoyed the experience.
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