7 to Watch: Rio 2016 Olympics Day 6 Highlights

NBC 7 looks over the massive schedule of events from the 2016 Rio Olympics for Thursday, August 11 and brings you seven moments to watch:


Temecula native Sarah Hammer will take the cycling track at 12:19 p.m. PT at the Rio Olympic Velodrome for qualifying races in the women’s team pursuit.

Team USA won the World Championships in March for the United States’ first ever pursuit title, male or female. Led Hammer, the U.S. bested Team Canada in the finals; they could sneak their way on to the podium in Rio.

Teammate Jennifer Valente, a San Diego native, will also compete in the women’s team pursuit. The track cycling Olympian is a graduate of Southern California’s Fusion Academy High School.

How to Watch: See the cycling live stream beginning at noon PT here.


Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will race against each other for the final time in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday, ending a 13-year rivalry that has been one of the greatest in swimming history. They are the top two all-time performers in the event.

Katie Ledecky set a new Olympic record in her 800m freestyle heat. The final is Friday night.

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Simone Biles lived up to all the expectations, winning gold in the individual all-around — her second gold medal at the Rio Olympics, the fourth straight for the United States. Her teammate Aly Raisman took silver.

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Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


The crowd will be against them when the U.S. men’s volleyball team takes on host Brazil men's volleyball tournament. The team will be looking to rebound after a stunning opening match upset against Canada and close loss against Italy on Tuesday.

"It was an unfortunate way to start the tournament," USA captain David Lee said following the Canada loss. "We didn't find a level of consistency that we could sustain throughout the match.”

San Diegans have been following Lee's Olympic journey. He is from Alpine and his folks still live here.

The U.S. is in last place in Pool A, and needs to find success in their next two matches to advance to the quarterfinals.

How to Watch: Catch the event live online at 6:30 p.m. PT.

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Erik Shoji #22 and Aaron Russell of the United States in action during the Men's Preliminary Pool A match between the United States and Canada on Day 2 of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games at Maracanzinho on Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

US Judoka Kayla Harrison is Golden Again

Kayla Harrison became the first American to defend an Olympic judo title when she forced France's Audrey Tcheumeo to tap out in the final of 78-kg competition Thursday.

Harrison tore her MCL five months before the London Olympics. Although she was able to come back and win gold, she had to undergo reconstructive surgery in 2013 and was sidelined for about a year. Harrison has since come back and regained her status as world No. 1 in her weight class.

"I felt like I still had something left," Harrison said of her decision to compete at another Olympics. "I felt like there was still something deep inside of me that wanted to prove that not only was I the best that the United States had ever seen, but one of the best that the judo world had ever seen.”

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Kayla Harrison of USA looks on during the women's -78kg final fight as part of the World Judo Masters Guadalajara 2016 at Adolfo Lopez Mateos Sports Centre on May 29, 2016, in Gudalajara, Mexico.


Team USA’s women’s field hockey team looks to maintain momentum after two surprising wins against Argentina and Australia. Next up is India in Pool B of the women's field hockey tournament.

"It's not the underdog, it's not whatever, it's just us, united as strong and resilient and gritty," Michelle Vittese said.

How to Watch: Catch the event live online at 3:30 p.m. PT.

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The USA's Michelle Vittese hits the ball during the women's field hockey USA vs Japan match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 10, 2016.


The United States women were in complete control right from the start of against an over-matched China, improving to 36-2 in 2016 water polo contests.

Results here.

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Anna Espar Llaquet of Spain and Courtney Mathewson of the United States contest the ball during the Preliminary Round, Group B Womens Waterpolo match between Spain and the USA on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on Aug. 9, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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