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VICE Sports Olympic Morning Preview: August 9, 2016

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August 9, 2016, 1:04pm
Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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 9th, 2016.

The following events will all see medals awarded today:

The big one is the women's team gymnastics final. Can team USA's Simone Biles, the world's best gymnast, lead her country to glory?

The other big one is swimming, which will feature hella finals today. We've got the Men's 200m Butterfly (USA's Michael Phelps), the women's 200m freestyle (USA's Kathleen Ledecky), 200m women's medley (Canada's Sydney Pickrem, USA's Melanie Margalis and USA's Madeline Dirado). The Men's 4x200m medley relay is also today. An American team is in it, but the finals will be preceded by preliminary rounds.

The 25m Women's Pistol shooting tournament features American Enkelejda Shehaj Bekurti (pictured) who represented Albania in her last Olympic outing, at the Atlanta Games 20 years ago. Canada's Lynda Kiejko, winner of the 2015 PanAm games in both 10 meter and 25 meter events, will also compete.

Today also features the semifinals and final rounds of the individual canoe slalom. American Casey Eichfeld will be trying to better his semifinal finish in yesterday's two-person canoe slalom event. Eichfeld took 14th in the single canoe event at the London Games.

In the pool, the women will be competing in the final of the 10 meter synchronized diving. Amelia Cozad and Jessica Parratto will be representing the United States, while Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion form the Canadian duo. They will have to beat the Chinese pair featuring Ruolin Chen, "the country's only athlete to win the gold at the Olympic Games, world championship and world cup. She is a two-time Olympic champion in the 10m individual and the 10m synchronised." Good luck with that!

On horseback, you can catch the equestrian individual and team jumping finals. Both the U.S. and Canada have riders in Brazil.

In fencing, the men's épée tournament is on (épées are the medium-sized swords). Jason Pryor will be representing the U.S.A. 2-time Pan American fencing championship medalist Maxime Brinck-Croteau represents Canada.

A photo of today's épée action. China's Yunlong Jiao defeated Brazil's Guilherme Melaragno in the round of 16. Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

The Judo tournament will feature Travis Stevens of the United States and Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada. Both judokas are pretty legit. Valois-Fortier won bronze in 2012 while Stevens lost lost to eventual gold medalist Ole Bischof in both 2008 and 2012. But his 2012 defeat came in the semifinals.

Finally, in weightlifting, Mexico's Eva Alicia Gurrola Ortiz will compete in the women's 63kg event. Her compatriot Bredni Roque Mendoza will compete in the men's 69kg event.