Olympic Swimming Schedule – in Your Time Zone!

One of the coolest features (of many) on the 2012 London Olympics website is the sport-by-sport schedule, and specifically it’s “My time” feature.

This will tell you, for each day of the Olympics, what time the events begin by shifting the time scale at the top of the schedule. For swimming, it even gets as specific as race-by-race.

For those in the United States, prelims will begin each day at 5 AM Eastern Time (ouch), and finals kicking off at 2:30 PM Eastern Time (New York City). For those on the East Coast of Australia, prelims will start at 7 PM, and finals will start at 4:30 AM (ouch again) the next morning.

In the US, all of the swimming will be aired live online at NBCOlympics.com, and then finals taped-delay on NBC’s broadcast station at 7 PM Central Time (with different locales airing on differenct schedules – check here for local listings).

Finals action kicks off on Saturday, July 28th and runs through Saturday, August 4th (local time).

Check out the screenshot below for how to use the “My time” tool, and go here to try it out!

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What do the H and SF mean at the end of the swim event?

This is the first time I’ve EVER wanted swimming to be on tape delay. I’m usually at work till 6 or so. Do they also tape delay the entire thing to show it during primetime?

Got the same problem.. Work Till 5 here.. and I will miss most good races.. and I won´t even be able to see 50 100 and 200 free men

I got lucky…swimming and athletics are around my BREAK in my work…(i work from home).

In tape-delayed Olympic broadcasts in the past, they’ve spliced most of the day’s big events together (IE swimming and gymnastics in week 1), along with all the fluff (athlete background pieces, Mary Carillo travelling around the UK, etc). So you turn on NBC and watch a television show that is “The Olympics,” and not merely “the swim meet at the Olympics.” They will show every final, but maybe not every semi. They will show all the medal ceremonies where an American wins, but beyond that no guarantees. Obviously watching the live internet broadcast in the afternoon is preferable if you can get away with it.

My DVR will be used a lot during the Olympics. Which is great, that way I can replay my favorite races and skip commercials.


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