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Local Athlete Viewing Guide: Day Two



    Local Athlete Viewing Guide: Day Two
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    BEIJING - AUGUST 10: Matt Grevers of the United States competes in the Men's 100m Backstroke Heat 4 held at the National Aquatics Center during day 2 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China. Matt Grevers of the United States finished the race in first place in a time of 53.41. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

    Team USA starts Day Two of the 2012 London Olympic Games with 5 medals around their athletes' necks. Two of those medals are courtesy of our local athletes.

    On the second day of the games local athletes representing the Midwest across the pond in Great Britain will continue their quest for a medal.

    Event: Swimming  at 12:30 p.m.-1p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
    Live Stream:Preliminary Heats begin at 4:00 a.m., Finals begin at 1:22 p.m.
    Locals to watch: Rachel Bootsma, Matt Grevers, Allison Schmitt
    Buzz: Team USA secured three medals in the pool yesterday and the quest continues. Ryan Lochte and Allison Schmitt are two of Saturday's medalists who return to the pool for another chance to medal. Lochte will swim in the Men's 200-meter freestyle race and Schmitt will compete in the Women's 400-meter freestyle.

    Bootsma may have missed the mark to compete in the Women's 100-meter backstroke at the Beijing Games, but London offers this Minnesota swimmer a chance at redemption. She beat out Natalie Coughlin, the 2008 gold medalist for this event, during the Olympic Trials in a shocking upset.

    After dominating during the Olympic Trials, Grevers competes in two events on the second day of his second Olympics. The Lake Forest native is searching for gold in the Men's 100-meter Backstroke and is the favorite to win. In Beijing, he lost the race to teammate Aaron Peirsol who set the world record for the event. But Peirsol retired last year after the Pan American games, leaving the door wide open for him. Grevers will also swim in the Men's 4x100-meter Freestyle Relay with teammates James Feigen, Ricky Berens and Jason Lezak.

    Event: Diving at 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
    Live Stream: Final begins at 8:55 a.m.
    Locals to watch: Kelci Bryant
    Buzz: Bryant is back for her second Olympics with a new partner in the Women's 3-meter Synchronized Driving. The Springfield-born athlete placed fourth in this event during the Beijing Games.  This time around, Bryant will dive alongside Abby Johnston in the hunt for Team USA's first diving medal at the London Games.

    Event: Rowing at 12:30 a.m. - 4:00 a.m., 2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Live Stream: Heats begin at 3:25 a.m.
    Locals to watch: Kristin Hedstrom
    Buzz: The rowing competition rolls on with Hedstrom competing in the Lightweight Double Skulls Rowing alongside her teammate Julie Nichols. Hedstrom is a Boston native who attended the University of Wisconsin.

    Event: Women's Gymnastics at 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Live Stream: Main Feed for Women's Qualification begins at 3:20 a.m.
    Locals to watch: Jordyn Weiber
    Buzz: Weiber and the U.S. women's gymnasts make their London debuts in qualification-round competition. The Michigan native has shown promising success after taking first at the 2011 Visa Championship.

    Event: Men's Basketball Preliminary Rounds at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Channel
    Live Stream: Begins at 8:20 a.m.
    Locals to watch: Anthony Davis, Andre Iguodala, Deron Williams, Kevin Love
    Buzz: It's the Olympic debut of the team LeBron James said could give the original Dream Team a run for their money. There are high expectations for Team USA to win its 14th gold medal and 17th overall in Men's Basketball. This year's team will face off against France in the preliminary round.

    Locals Davis,  Iguodala, Love will all be competing in their first Olympic Games. Williams made his Olympic debut during the Beijing Games.

    Event: Men's Volleyball at 10:45 a.m.
    Live Stream:Begins at 10:45 a.m.
    Locals to watch: Sean Rooney
    Buzz: In 2008 the U.S. went undefeated in Beijing, securing their first men's Volleyball gold in 20 years by upsetting Brazil. Rooney of Wheaton is one of five members from the that team returning for the London Games. Team USA has won three golds all-time in this event to tie the Soviet Union for the most and they are hoping these games will help them break the tie.

    Event: Women's Field Hockey at 3:14 on NBC Sports
    Live Stream: Begins at 3:15 p.m.
    Locals to watch: Kayla Bashore-Smedley
    Buzz: The Americans have vastly improved from an eighth-place finish in Beijing, entering London after winning gold at the 2011 Pan American Games. Bashore-Smedley is veteran on the team's roster. She was the first field hockey play from Indiana to be named on the U.S. National team when she qualified for the Beijing Games.