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

On Thursday, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt became the first man to win the 100 and 200 meters in consecutive games. Also grabbing gold was the U.S. women’s soccer team, which beat Japan to avenge its loss in the World Cup final last year. The U.S.A.’s Ashton Eaton won the decathlon, and 17-year-old American Claressa Shields scooped up middleweight gold in boxing. And that brings us to the final weekend of competition.

Here’s what to watch during the home stretch!

BMX, 8 p.m. ET, NBC, Friday
After cringe-inducing crashes marked Thursday’s prelims, the remaining group will go at it again for the final tonight. Connor Fields won his quarterfinal race and could win the second cycling gold of this games for Team U.S.A.; Kristin Armstrong won the road time trial.

Track & Field, 8 p.m. ET, NBC, Friday
The U.S. men have won the men’s 4x400m relay in every games since 1976 (with the exception of the boycotted 1980 event). They’re looking for their eighth gold in a row, but it may evade them because of injury.

Women’s Basketball, 4 p.m. ET, NBC Saturday
The U.S. women look to wrap up these games with their fifth straight Olympic gold medal. They’ll face France, marking the first time the opponent won’t be Australia; the U.S. beat them in the semis on Thursday.

Men’s Platform Diving, 8 p.m. ET, NBC Saturday
Catch the men’s platform diving final during primetime on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball, 10 a.m. ET, NBC, Sunday
Hoops fans can catch the action of the gold-medal game live over brunch on Sunday morning.

Closing Ceremony, 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sunday
The 2012 London Olympic games wrap up with the pageantry of the Closing Ceremony from Olympic Stadium. Like the Opening Ceremony, details are mostly under wraps, but expect a lot of song and dance: The event is titled "A Symphony of British Music," and its being touted as "the greatest after-party in the world." Look for expected performances from the Spice Girls and Adele.

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

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