Olympics Highlights Day 1: The First Evening Of Events

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The Olympics is finally beginning, and it couldn’t be a more highly anticipated event. It had to be delayed during the pandemic and some restrictions remain. The 2020 Olympics represent a triumph of international resilience that will no doubt resonate through each event and award ceremony.

However, they’re also games, and sports bettors throughout the United States are anxious to start betting on the Olympics. Every day, we’ll provide a daily list of events and expected highlights.

Because of the time zone difference, many of these events will take place late in the evening and early in the morning. The events listed for “today” also include events that don’t begin until the wee hours of Day 2.

However, we’ve included the extended list for two reasons. First, fitting a list that works in all four American time zones would leave important events off each day’s post. Second, it works with bettors’ calendars. If bettors place a bet on judo on Friday, that bet will be resolved and closed while bettors sleep. Since the last minute for bettors to place these wagers on these events is during the day, they’re included here. So, don’t get all worked up about this list not matching NBC’s nice clean calendar. We’re on betting time, not broadcasting or streaming time.

With all that in mind, here’s what bettors need to know about Day 1.

Olympics Day 1 List Of Events

After the opening ceremony in the morning, the Olympic Games will begin in the evening and early morning. The Olympics will open with some of the most popular and most-watched sports in the Olympic Games:

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Road Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

3×3 basketball leads off before the full basketball teams compete on Day 2. Many of the martial arts will play through and complete their competitions during the first week of the Games. Finally, volleyball of some variety is on each day of the Olympic Games. So, if bettors don’t immerse themselves in this first day of Olympic events, they will have several days to bet on sports from volleyball to fencing and equestrian events.

Expected United States Highlights

Simone Biles fans will have to wait another day to see her perform. Day 1’s gymnastics events begin with the men’s qualifying round that night. The men compete for most of Day 2 until the women’s qualifying gymnastics events begin that night. Brody Malone and Shane Wiskus are the two American men to watch on the men’s gymnastics team. Malone is the favored American to medal all-around while Wiskus has top-five score potential. The USA men’s gymnastics team will be worth watching for medals over the first week of the Olympic Games.

The USA women’s soccer team will be watched carefully throughout the Games, too. American soccer fans are still reeling from the women’s soccer team’s loss to Sweden. However, the USA women’s soccer team has plenty of time to bounce back and win the gold during the Olympic Games. It’ll just face fierce competition from Sweden’s women’s soccer team. The women’s soccer team faces off against New Zealand at 6:30 in the morning on Saturday. So, bettors who put money on that match will just be waking up when the result is either known or close to certain.

Expected International Highlights

Friday night will be a big night for tennis. The number-one ranked tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, is facing off against Bolivian tennis player, Hugo Dellien. It’ll be bettors’ first chance to see Djokovic in action during the Olympics. He’s expected to win easily, but his future challengers include a steady stream of the highest-ranking tennis players in the world. His odyssey during the Games will be worth bettors’ attention.

Friday night will also see the first medals awarded. The women’s 10m air rifle shooting event is holding its finals after the qualifying round finishes. While the United State’s Mary Tucker is favored to win the gold, two other shooters have just as good a chance of taking it. Eszter Meszaros from Hungary and Apurvi Chandela from India are the women to watch in Friday night’s shootout. Since there’s no returning Rio champion in the women’s air shot event, a new Olympic champion is guaranteed.

And this event will be on early enough that bettors will actually be able to watch it live.

Day 1 Olympic Summary

The opening ceremony will start the day off for American bettors. Olympic events will begin that evening and continue through the early morning. The 13-hour time difference makes live betting for some of these events tricky. (Only the truly dedicated will wake at 5:00 AM for live men’s swimming betting.) However, sportsbooks set odds well in advance of all these events, so bettors will be able to place their wagers throughout the day. They may not know how their bets turn out until that morning, but that’ll be one of the unique features of Olympic betting this year.

Day 1 will see many stars begin their Olympic competitions, and they’re sure to attract a lot of bettor money. But above all else, the Olympics will be a welcome settling into our new normal. Even with fewer spectators, the love of sport and international competition will shine through from coast to coast and pole to pole.

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Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior author and contributor for Gaming Today. He's a devout Broncos fan, for better or for worse, living in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado.

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