Olympics: What to Watch This Weekend -- Tune In to NBC!

Here's our quickie guide to the weekend's can't-miss Summer Olympic events

U.S.A!. U.S.A!. On Thursday, Gabby Douglas -- also known as the "Flying Squirrel" -- grabbed gold in women's individual all-around gymnastics. And swimmer Michael Phelps, already the most decorated Olympian ever, scored his 20th medal -- another gold. And that brings us to the second weekend of competition, so let’s get to it.

Here’s what to watch!

Swimming, Friday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Tonight, Phelps will go for his 21st medal in the 100m butterfly, an event he’s won at the last two Olympics. Sadly, swimming will conclude on Saturday during primetime, with four finals, including the men’s and women’s medley relays. Also tonight, watch American Missy Franklin go for gold in the women's field.

Men’s Volleyball, Saturday, 11:45 a.m. ET, NBC
Defending champs Team U.S.A. will take on Russia in a matchup key to the quarterfinal standings. Coming into the event, the U.S. beat Brazil and Russia beat Tunisia in straight sets.

Track & Field, Saturday, 4:15 p.m. ET, NBC
Catch the men’s 10,000m final, which will be shown live on NBC Saturday. Then on Sunday, watch Kenyans Edna Kiplagat and Mary Keitany go for gold in the women's marathon, which will be live beginning at 6 a.m. Track & Field culminates with the sport’s showcase event, the men’s 100m dash, shown in primetime beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Beach Volleyball, Sunday, 7 p.m. ET, NBC
Beach volleyball elimination-round matches take place throughout the day, including live events showing at 1 p.m. on Sunday on MSNBC, 2 p.m. on NBC sports, and marquee programming during primetime on Sunday.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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