The 2012 Olympic Games Start In One Hour, Not Two Days

Abby Wambach (center) and other members of the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team train in Glasgow. The Americans will begin the Olympics with a match against France in Scotland Wednesday. i i

Abby Wambach (center) and other members of the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team train in Glasgow. The Americans will begin the Olympics with a match against France in Scotland Wednesday. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Abby Wambach (center) and other members of the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team train in Glasgow. The Americans will begin the Olympics with a match against France in Scotland Wednesday.

Abby Wambach (center) and other members of the U.S. women's Olympic soccer team train in Glasgow. The Americans will begin the Olympics with a match against France in Scotland Wednesday.

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

By now, you've likely heard that the Olympics Opening Ceremony will be held Friday. But the 2012 competitions actually start Wednesday, with women's soccer. That's when the American team plays France at noon, EDT.

The first Olympic match, between host Britain and New Zealand, begins at 11 a.m. EDT.

At noon, the Americans, led by forward Abby Wambach and midfielder Megan Rapinoe, will begin their quest for a third consecutive gold medal. The team also has an emerging star in striker Alex Morgan. Their first obstacle will be forward Louisa Necib and defender Sonia Bompastor of France, which lost to the U.S. women in last year's World Cup.

Men's soccer takes its turn Thursday, with 8 matches.

We'll be following the games here at The Torch. If you'd like to watch online, go to NBC's daily summary of events, which lists viewing options from TV to streaming video. Or you can try the YouTube Olympics Channel, which promises "live streaming" of games.

If you're wondering why "games" are taking place before the "Games" are officially open, it's a question of timing. Organizers felt that the elaborately plotted soccer tournament needed the extra days to get things rolling.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.