This Friday evening, the Olympic Torch will be lit on Rio 2016. With more than 10,000 athletes, from 206 countries, competing for 17 days across 306 events, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of sport available on our screens. While we have plenty of customers interested in catching the Bolt vs Gatlin in the 100m, or excited by the prospect of Murray vs Djokovic in the tennis, the likes of Synchronised Swimming and Equestrian don’t quite so easily lend themselves to the electric atmosphere of pub viewing. So to help you separate the wheat from the chaff and ensure you make the most of these Olympics, here’s a list of the must show events this year:
Friday 5 August: Opening Ceremony
All eyes will be on Rio come midnight on Friday, with the opening showpiece promising to show off the very brightest and best of Brazilian culture. In 2012, the opening ceremony was by far and away the most searched for event on MatchPint, with more than 15,000 searches.
MatchPint Event: Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, BBC1 00:00
Saturday 6 August: Froome goes for Gold
Fresh from his exploits in the Tour de France, Chris Froome and pals go for gold in the Men’s Road Race. Wheels away at 13:30 GMT with a likely finish time of 18:00.
MatchPint Event: Cycling, 13:30 BBC1
Wednesday 10 August: Froome goes for Gold (again)
4 years ago, Froomey won bronze behind a certain Sir Bradley Wiggins in the London 2012 Time Trial. Can he go two better and claim gold ahead of the fancied Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and Germany’s Tony Martin?
MatchPint Event: Cycling, 12:30 BBCi
Thursday 11 August: 7s Heaven
2016 marks the entry of Rugby 7s to the Olympics. Quick, unpredictable, and shattering for the players, this should be a great event to watch. While the GB team look good, they’ll have to play out of their skin to quash the ultimate flair-merchants – Fiji – come finals day. Expect the final to take place mid-evening.
MatchPint Event: Rugby, 15:00 BBCi
Saturday 13 August: Super Saturday, 4 years on!
The middle Saturday of London 2012 proved to be a glorious triumph for Team GB with Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, and – perhaps more surprisingly – Greg Rutherford all claiming gold during a wonderous hour-long spell in the Olympic Stadium. Four years later and they’re at it again. 3 finals, 1 night (albeit more like an early Sunday morning – expect the action between midnight and 02:00)
MatchPint Event: Athletics, BBCi 13:30
Sunday 14 August: Bolt vs Gatlin, Murray vs Djokovic (we hope!)
The big one flies off at 02:25 on Monday morning, so if your customers want a glimpse of the fastest men in town, they’ll be playing it fast and loose with their Monday work plans. Slightly more palatable, we reckon, is the Men’s Tennis Final which could well feature Andy Murray in defence of his 2012 gold. That should be kicking off at around 16:00
MatchPint Events: Athletics, BBCi 13:30 and Tennis, BBCi 16:00
Monday 15 August: Cavendish and Trott go for Gold
We’re pretty keen on the cycling vibes here (glory hunters, all of us) so we couldn’t go without something on the track. Mark Cavendish is seemingly the only British pedal pusher of his generation not to win an Olympic medal and he’ll be desparate to put that right when the final event of the Omnium goes off at 21:23. Laura Trott, arguably GB’s most talented cyclist regardless of gender, goes for gold at the same time on Tuesday.
MatchPint Event: Cycling, BBC1 14:00 (both days)
Saturday 20 August: A Nation Expects
The final full day of action promises to be an absolute humdinger, with the host nation hoping for gold in the Men’s football final @ 21:30. Meanwhile, Mo Farah may be gunning for a second Gold at 01:30, and the smiling assassin Nicola Adams will hope to create history all over again in the Women’s Boxing Finals @ 18:00.
MatchPint Events: Football BBCi 17:00, Athletics BBCi 00:30, Boxing, BBCi 15:00
Of course there is so much more to show: swimming, diving, gymnastics, archery... you name it, it'll be there. Beware flooding your customers with information, though. Our advice is to tell customers you're showing the Olympics and have them on every day. Then pick out 5 events that stand out, and shout as loud as you can about those. Make your pub THE place to catch those game-making moments - they don't come around too often!
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