Canada Canada at the Tokyo Olympics: Who’s competing Friday night, Saturday morning
Miranda Ayim, Nathan Hirayama will be Canada’s flag-bearers for Tokyo Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics is the first time two athletes march with the Canadian flag at a summer Games Opening Ceremony, the Canadian Olympic Committee said while announcing flagbearers.The Canadian Olympic Committee announced the decision on Monday as the clock ticks down to the start of the Olympics, which were delayed last year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian athletes will be busy competing in several events at theSaturday, which marks the first full day of competition after
For Canadian fans, events will begin Friday evening and continue overnight into Saturday.
Here's when you can see Canada compete in several sports (all times Eastern). Events with multiple showings for Canada will be marked with starting times.
Tokyo Olympics Viewership Way Down From 2016, But Streaming Up For NBC
The primetime ratings for the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Olympics aren’t modeling the Games’ time-honored motto. They’re not being delivered faster, and they certainly aren’t stronger or higher. NBC said today its overall coverage of the opening night ceremonies from Tokyo drew 17 million viewers for its combined broadcast and streaming, based on preliminary figures. The company did not break out broadcast numbers separately. However, other news sources indicated the fast affiliate ratings at 10.4.
Volleyball - 8 p.m. ET
The preliminary round of men's indoor volleyball will see Canada face off against Italy at 8 p.m. ET.
Rowing - 8:50 p.m. ET
Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens will compete in the first heat of the women's pair rowing event just before 9 p.m. ET. They'll be facing off against pairs from the United States, Romania, Italy and Greece.
At 9:40 p.m. ET, Kai Langerfeld and Conlin McCabe will take on Belarus, Croatia and Denmark in the third heat of the men's pairs event.
Jill Moffatt and Jennifer Casson will compete against Guatemala, Tunisia, Netherlands, Vietnam and Japan in the second heat of women's lightweight double sculls at 10 p.m. ET.
Olympics schedule 2021: Day-by-day TV coverage to watch Tokyo Games on NBC channels, stream online
Here's what's happening at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics today as well as a TV schedule to watch every event in the United States and Canada.During the 2016 Rio Olympics, the United States broadcast 6,755 hours of Olympic action. Canada itself produced over 2,000 hours. Each country could set new Summer Games-highs in 2021.
The third heat of men's lightweight double sculls will see Patrick Keane and Maxwell Lattimer face off with pairs from Norway, Spain, Chile, Algeria and Belgium at 10:40 p.m. ET.
Canada will then take on Great Britain, China, Netherlands and Poland in the first heat of women's four rowing at 10:50 p.m. ET.
In the men's four at 11:20 p.m. ET, Canada will face Great Britain, Switzerland, Poland and Italy in the second heat.
Softball - 9 p.m. ET
Canada's softball team will face off against Australia in the third round of round-robin play at 9 p.m. ET.
The Canadians are going into the match with a 1-1 record, having shutout Mexico on Wednesday only to lose 1-0 to the United States on Thursday. The team is heavily favoured to score a medal, however.
Cycling - 10 p.m. ET
Canadians Guillaume Boivin, Hugo Houle and Michael Woods will vie for medals in the 234-kilometre men's road race along the Fuji International Speedway.
Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?
TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to assess the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by dozens of parties with their own interests. There's the International Olympic Committee. The 11,000 athletes. The Japanese organizing committee. The Japanese public. The absent fans. And how about the sponsors? Or the Japanese government and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. There is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Governor Yuriko Koike, who has higher political aspirations. The Tokyo medical community.
The mountainous course is expected to take the cyclists a majority of the day to complete, meaning it will likely be Saturday morning before the winners cross the finish line.
Tennis - 10 p.m. ET
Gabriela Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman will take on Brazil in the first round of women's doubles tennis at 10 p.m. ET.
At the same time, Canada's Leylah Fernandez will compete against Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in women's singles.
Video: Canadian men's basketball team's improbable journey to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games (cbc.ca)
Table Tennis - 10:15 p.m. ET
Canada's Eugene Zhen Wang and Mo Zhang face China in mixed doubles table tennis at 10:15 p.m. ET Friday.
At 6:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Jeremy Hazin will take on Slovenia's Bojan Tokic in men's singles.
Taekwondo - 10:10 p.m. ET
Yvette Yong will take on Vietnam's Thi Kim Tuyen Truong in the women's flyweight event. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals and semifinals later in the day.
Olympic viewing guide: Why Simone Biles didn't 'quit', and Penny swims for another record
Here's what to watch Wednesday night and Thursday morning, including Penny Oleksiak's attempt to make more Canadian history and some context to help understand why Simone Biles isn't competing in the women's all-around final.Canada's two best medal chances on Day 6 are also in women's events. We'll get to those in a minute, along with some other interesting news you need to know.
Medal events will be held starting at 7 a.m. ET Saturday.
Beach Volleyball - 11 p.m. ET
Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes will be representing Canada in women's beach volleyball against the Netherlands at 11 p.m. ET.
At 7 a.m. ET Saturday, Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson will face China in Canada's second game of the day.
Boxing - 12:54 a.m. ET
Wyatt Sanford will take on Merven Clair from the African country of Mauritius in the men's welterweight event shortly before 1 a.m. ET Saturday.
Water Polo - 2:20 a.m. ET
Canada's women's team faces Australia in its first water polo match of the Olympics at 2:20 a.m. ET Saturday.
Soccer - 3:30 a.m. ET
After drawing 1-1 against Japan on Wednesday, Canada will face Chile in its second match of the Olympics at 3:30 a.m. ET Saturday.
Badminton - 5 a.m. ET
Canada's first day of badminton begins at 5 a.m. ET Saturday, when Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura compete in men's doubles against Indonesia.
Starting at 5:40 a.m. ET Saturday, Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu take on Thailand in mixed doubles.
Also at 5:40 a.m. ET, Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai will face the Netherlands in women's doubles.
Field Hockey - 6 a.m. ET
Canada's men's team takes on Germany in its first Olympics match, starting at 6 a.m. ET Saturday.
Tokyo Olympics Ratings Highs and Lows So Far – And How They Stack Up to 2016 Rio Games
After a year's delay due to the pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics got off to a rocky start on NBC last Friday with an opening ceremony that was down 35% in total viewers compared to the 2016 kickoff to the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, an all-time low in viewership. One week later, we have six nights of Nielsen data that give a better idea of overall interest in NBC's Tokyo Olympics coverage. We also know which night took the gold and which didn'tOne week later, we have six nights of Nielsen data that give a better idea of overall interest in NBC's Tokyo Olympics coverage. We also know which night took the gold and which didn't even medal — and how they stack up to Rio's comparable evenings.
Swimming - 6:30 a.m. ET
Several Canadians will be hitting the pools in Tokyo Saturday morning Eastern time, which will finish off the day in competition.
At 3:30 a.m. ET, Katherine Savard and Maggie MacNeil will compete in the third heat of the women's 100-metre butterfly.
Tessa Cieplucha and Sydney Pickrem will both be in the second heat of the women's 400-metre individual medley event, which kicks off at 7:12 a.m. ET.
In the men's 100-metre breastroke, Gabe Mastromatteo will swim in the third heat at 7:30 a.m. ET.
Finally at 7:45 a.m. ET, Canada will face off against Russia, Japan, Netherlands, Australia, China, Germany and the Czech Republic in the women's four-person 100-metre freestyle relay.
Other notable events (not featuring Canada)
Japan's Naomi Osaka will return to the spotlight with her first tennis match of the Games -- a singles match against China's Saisai Zheng -- which starts at 10 p.m. ET Friday. Osaka, a home crowd favourite, dropped out of Wimbledon and other major tournaments earlier this year to take a mental health break.
Men and women will be competing for medals in 10-metre air pistol shooting, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.
The first medals for fencing will also be handed out Saturday morning in men's and women's epee and sabre bouts. Competition begins at 8 p.m. ET Friday.
Medals in mixed team archery will be handed out Saturday following elimination rounds that begin at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday.
Judo events for men's 60 kg and women's 48 kg begin at 10 p.m. ET Friday, with medals to be handed out Saturday morning.
Three-on-three basketball for men and women kicks off at 9:15 p.m. Friday, with four sessions lasting into Saturday.
Men's handball gets underway at 8 p.m. ET with six preliminary round games.
The heavily-favoured United States faces New Zealand in women's soccer starting at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday.
Chasing Gold: Katie Ledecky leaves Tokyo with four medals, Team USA headed for podium in baseball .
Ledecky may be done for this Olympics — she finished with four medals — but the 24-year-old plans on being back for Paris 2024.The 24-year-old completed a three-peat of the 800-meter freestyle when she won gold with a time of 8:12.57. It was her last race in Tokyo.