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VICE Sports Olympic Morning Preview: August 11, 2016

Stop by every morning for our rundown of each day's top events and the Olympic hopefuls to watch for.
August 11, 2016, 1:55pm
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Good morning, America. Throughout the Olympics, we'll be providing you with morning previews about the action in Rio, with a focus athletes from the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Here's what to watch for today, August 10th, 2016.

Before we get started today, I need to apologize to any readers from Mexico. Yesterday, I wrote that the diving duo Jahir Ocampo and Rommel Pacheco were Canadian. They're not! They're Mexican.

The following events will all see medals awarded today:

Today's big draw is the gymnastics' women's individual all-around. Alexandra Raisman and Simone Biles will represent the U.S.A. Isabela Onyshko and Elsabeth Black represent Canada.

In women's individual archery, Mexico's Alejandra Valencia (pictured) already won her first round match.

In the river we'll see metals awarded in the men's canoe double and the women's kayak. Devin McEwan and Casey Eichfeld make up the U.S.A.'s canoe team. The U.S.A.'s Ashley Nee is the lone North American kayaker.

Today sees the opening of the track cycling events in the velodrome. The Team Sprint finals will take place later today, but no North American teams qualified.

The fencing women's team Épée event concludes today. The U.S. team is made up of Katharine Holmes, and sisters Courtney and Kelley Hurley. Courtney and Kelley won bronze in the 2012 Olympic team event.

As I write, Canadian Kyle Reyes is fighting the Netherlands' Henk Grol in men's 100 kg judo tournament. Later, the U.S.A.'s Kayla Harrison will compete in the women's 78 kg judo tournament.

Shooting features the women's 50 meter rifle event. U.S.A.'s Virginia Thrasher (pictured below), who already won gold in the 10 meter air rifle event, and Sarah Scherer will compete. Yarimar Mercado Martinez represents Puerto Rico.

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The rowing events are kind of a mess due to repeated rescheduling due to wind, but the Men's Quadruple Sculls is definitely happening (it's running right now), although no North American teams are competing.

Men's rugby sevens action begins with the last round of group play. The U.S. is already out of medal contention, but the team is still worth watching. Its match today will feature Carlin Isles, "the fastest man in rugby," who remains one of the sport's most exciting players.

The pool is home to the final of the men's and women's 200 meter breaststroke. Canada's Kierra Smith will be in the women's event. Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy represent the U.S. men.

Lastly, Table Tennis will see medals for the men's singles. No North Americans are participating.