When it comes to tuning into the Olympics, the tape delays, live streams and real-time social media updates can make casual viewing a little overwhelming.
We're here to help, at least for watching Oak Park's very own Ellis Coleman compete in the Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling competition. Here's how:
First, know that all of Coleman's matches take place on Monday, Aug. 6. The preliminary matches will be televised at 10:15 a.m. on MSNBC. The final rounds will also be broadcast at 1:30 p.m. on MSNBC.
You can also stream those matches live as they happen on the web by visiting NBC's Olympics website. Here's a direct link to the Wrestling page, which includes a schedule and a nifty "alert" function that sends you an e-mail reminder 30 minutes before the start of the live webcast. The preliminary matches begin at 7 a.m. and the finals matches begin at 11:45 a.m.
Coleman will have to win three straight matches just to get to the finals, and if he loses in one of the preliminary rounds, it will have to be to a finalist in order for him to get a spot in the "repechage," or consolation, rounds for a chance to earn the Bronze medal.
He'll have the support of all of us watching at home, for sure. And there will also be a few dozen Coleman supporters, including friends, family and OPRF wrestling coach Mike Powell, watching from the stands.
Earlier this week, Powell told Patch that the 20-year-old Coleman is getting on the right frame of mind for the competition.
"Currently, he is starting to taper his workouts and cut weight (he pulls a ton of weight). His mindset is strong. We speak regularly about keeping perspective, being grateful for his opportunities, focusing on what is in his control and leaving the rest to higher powers," Powell said.
• The Olympics on NBC: Team USA wrestling page (includes link to Coleman profile page)