Basketball medal events: August 11 and 12
Rhythmic Gymnastics was introduced in the 1984 Olympic Games. Women compete in the all-around individual event and the group exercises competition. A maximum of 24 gymnasts can compete in the individual competitions. The group events consist of 12 groups comprised of 6 gymnasts.
Men’s and women’s trampoline made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney games. There will be 16 men and 16 women competing in the individual events.
Gymnastics medal events: July 30-August 2, August 5-7
Rhythmic gymnastics medal events: August 11 and 12
Trampoline medal events: August 3 and 4
Men and women compete separately in the triathlon, which consists of a single race where athletes swim 1500m, cycle 40km, and run 10,000m.
Track & field medal events: August 3-12
Triathlon medal events: August 4 and 7
Volleyball at the Olympic Games also consists of men’s and women’s tournaments, each made up of 12 teams. Each team consists of 12 players, with 6 players on the floor at once, rotating positions.
Beach volleyball medal events: August 8 and 9
Volleyball medal events: August 11 and 12
Men’s and women’s aquatic sports consist of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo.
The swimming program comprises 32 pool events, as well as a 10k open water marathon.
The diving program consists of 8 events: 4 individual and 4 team events.
Synchronized swimming is made up of a duet and a team event, both including a technical and a free routine.
Water polo in the 2012 Olympic Games will feature 8 women’s teams and 12 men’s teams.
Swimming medal events: July 28-August 4, August 9 and 10
Diving medal events: July 29-August 1; August 5, 7, 9, and 11
Synchronized swimming medal events: August 7 and 10
Water polo medal events: August 9 and 12
- Dressage, originally developed as a method of training horses for war, deals with the horse’s ability to respond to the rider’s commands.
- Based on foxhunting traditions, the jumping event requires the horse and the rider to clear obstacles on a course in a specified time.
- Eventing tests horsemanship, combining dressage, cross-country, and jumping events.
Equestrian medal events: July 31, August 6-9
Boxing medal events: August 9, 11, and 12
Cycling medal events: July 28 and 29, August 1-7, August 10-12
- Foil is the most common fencing weapon. A point is scored by pushing a button on the end of the shaft to create an electric circuit.
- The sabre fencing weapon uses fast attacks, where a point can be scored with the edge of the blade.
- Épée is a heavier sword with a stiffer blade and a larger bell guard. The entire body area is a valid target.
Fencing medal events: July 28-August 5
Table tennis made its medaling Olympic debut at the 1988 Seoul Games. Table tennis includes women’s and men’s singles and team events. The doubles event was replaced with the men’s and women’s team events for the Beijing Games.
Tennis medal events: August 4 and 5
Table tennis medal events: August 1 and 2, August 7 and 8
Soccer medal events: August 9 and 11
Weightlifting medal events: July 28-August 1, August 3-7
Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art that uses the hands and feet to defeat an opponent. In the Olympic Games, competitions consist of single elimination tournaments, and will award 8 sets of medals in the 4 men’s and 4 women’s weight classes.
Judo medal events: July 28-August 3
Taekwondo medal events: August 8-11
Wrestling medal events: August 5-12
The canoeing and kayaking events consist of flatwater and whitewater slalom events. There are 12 flatwater events and 4 slalom events; women compete only in kayaking events.
The sailing program includes 11 events; men compete in 7 and women compete in 4. Crew sizes range from single-handed to three-person boats. All events are sailed in fleet racing format, allowing teams to drop their worst score.
Rowing medal events: August 1-4
Conoeing/kayaking medal events: July 31-August 2; August 8, 9, and 11
Sailing medal events: August 5-11
Other Olympic events include archery, badminton, field hockey, handball, modern pentathlon, and shooting.
Archery medal events: July 28 and 29, August 2 and 3
Badminton medal events: August 3-5
Field hockey medal events: August 10 and 11
Handball medal events: August 11 and 12
Modern pentathlon events: August 11 and 12
Shooting medal events: July 28-August 6
<!–2012 event dates: July 27- August 12