Pulse: Chatter: Sports: Games Plan
Forte: 100m and 200m breaststroke
Why to watch: The world record-breaker and three-time Olympic medalist will likely see (almost) as much podium time as water wonder Michael Phelps. Plus: abs.
Sport: Field hockey
Hometown: West Chester
Forte: Everything. Barber holds both captain and Athlete of the Year titles.
Why to watch: The team — largely (and oddly) PA-based — didn’t qualify the past two Olympics. Now they’re finally there — and they’re hungry.
Forte: He shoots. And scores. A lot.
Why to watch: The Lakers superstar and league MVP will be the team’s go-to guard for cleaning up the ’04 Olympic squad’s bronze bomb.
Forte: Sick foot skills and rocket shots
Why to watch: This Rutgers midfield standout-turned-national team starter will likely net some key goals in defending the team’s ’04 gold.
Forte: Her 50m 3-position rifle
Why to watch: Finally. Shooting stats Philly can actually brag about.
*NBC will air 1,200 hours of live coverage, but for more obscure sports (i.e., shooting), you’ll want to check Nbcolympics.com.
And: Beijing is 12 hours ahead of Philly, so you may be able to catch some Games — live — with breakfast.