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On Tuesday, all the buzz gave way to reality: Michael Phelps won his 19th medal, making him the most decorated Olympian in history. And in another major moment for the U.S.A., the “Fab Five” scooped up gold in a dominant showing in the women’s gymnastics team finals, the first time Americans have had the honor since 1996. (Did you cry when the girls saw their score posted, or was that just us?) That brings us to day five.
So let’s get to it: Here’s what to catch tonight!
Tennis, all day until 3 p.m. ET, Bravo
Mixed doubles tennis has not made an appearance in the Olympics for 88 years, and it’s back. Watch men’s and women’s singles plus the start of the revived mixed doubles play throughout the day today.
Fencing, 3:30 p.m. ET, MSNBC
American flagbearer Mariel Zagunis will try to win her third straight gold medal in women’s individual sabre. She’s the favorite to take the prize over Ukrainian Olga Kharlan and Russia’s Sophia Velikaia. Folks have started to pay more attention to the sport because of the American’s success.
Men’s Synchronized Diving, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
The American pair of Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais are after medals tonight, though China’s Qin Kai and new partner Luo Yutong are the favorites to win the gold.
Men’s Gymnastics, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Japan’s Kohei Uchimura is the standout competitor after winning the silver in Beijing. Americans John Orozco and Danell Leyva will also look for medals, though they had a tough day at team finals Monday; they were the favorites, but finished fifth.
Beach Volleyball, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Who can get enough of Team USA? Catch a match as part of primetime coverage tonight.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.