Rio Olympics TV schedule: What to watch Saturday

The US team has already won the first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics, don't miss the rest of the highlights in the first full day of the games.

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New Zealand's Huriana Manuel, left, breaks away from Kenya's Janet Owino, to score a try during the women's rugby sevens match between New Zealand and Kenya at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.

Following Friday night’s opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, featuring the classic Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Olympic caldron, Saturday marks the first full day of competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics games.

Day 1 kicked off with the men’s cycling road race and US men’s water polo vs. Croatia.  Already in the 10m air rifle competition Ginny Thrasher, an American shooter, won first gold medal of the Rio Olympics for the US team.

Here are a few of the events to catch on NBC-TV Saturday featuring United States teams and athletes. All times are in Eastern Time and many events are also available live streaming online.

Swimming: The US men's and women's 400m individual medley, women's 100m butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay, men's 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke. The heats will air on NBC at 12 p.m. and the finals are broadcast at 9 p,m. First time Olympian Maya DiRado will be making her debut in the 400m individual medley, one of three swimming events she will compete in over the next two weeks including 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke.

Gymnastics: You’ll have to wait until later in the week to see Simone Biles, who has been described as the best artistic gymnast in history, make her Olympic debut. However, the men’s qualification rounds are airing throughout Saturday on NBC at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. American athletes Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks will be competing in all six events throughout the course of the Olympics in attempt to get the men’s team back on the podium.

Beach Volleyball & Volleyball: The men’s preliminary beach volleyball match airs at 3:30 p.m. as Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson take on Qatar's Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse, who are the first ever beach volleyball team from Qatar to make it to the Olympics. The women’s duo also start Saturday with Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross competing against Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird. Additionally, the US women’s volleyball team will be playing Puerto Rico. The match airs on NBC at 4 p.m.

Soccer: This is the second day for women’s soccer and the US team is facing France at 4 p.m. on NBC. Notable US players include goalkeeper and two-time gold medalist Hope Solo in her third Olympic games, and Alex Morgan, who performed exceptionally well in the 2012 London Olympics.

Basketball: The United States men’s basketball team will face China at 6 p.m. The game will feature four-time Olympian and three-time gold-medal winner Carmelo Anthony (of the New York Knicks) in what is expected to be his last Olympic games. DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers and Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors are both making their first Olympic appearance at the 2016 games.

Rugby: This marks the return of rugby to the Olympic games. The US men’s team is up against Colombia at 3 p.m. This is the first Olympics since 1924 that rugby has been a featured event. While the United States won back in 1924, Fiji is favored to win the gold in 2016. The US women’s team will be playing Fiji at 12 p.m. 

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