The Rio Summer Olympics start Friday, when the best of the best will compete on the world stage.
Rarely does a host country have a smooth ride when preparing for the Games, but Rio seems to have had more than its fair share of issues, not the least of which is the presence of the Zika virus.
Although some athletes have pulled out, the majority from 37 countries are still heading to Brazil’s tourist capital and on Friday, the Opening Ceremony will officially start the 2016 Olympics.
The Cayman Islands has five competitors hoping to win a medal in their sports.
NBC has the rights to the Games, and with only two hours time difference between Rio and Cayman, we are in the perfect position to watch everything at civilized times.
Here’s a daily look at potentially intriguing events (all times Central):
Friday, Aug. 5 — Opening Ceremony
The Olympics will open at the famed Maracanã. The Opening Ceremony will be highlighted by the Parade of Nations and cauldron lighting, the final torch bearer always a closely guarded secret.
Saturday, Aug. 6 — Day 1
Gymnastics: Men’s qualification. Historically, the top eight nations qualify for the team final, the top 24 gymnasts competing on all six events make the all-around final (maximum two per country) and the top eight per event make each of the six apparatus finals (maximum two per country).
Swimming (8 p.m.): Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
Sunday, Aug. 7 — Day 2
Gymnastics: Women’s qualification. Same as the men, it has historically been the top eight nations, top 24 all-around gymnasts and top eight per the four apparatuses.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The men’s 4x100m freestyle relay has traditionally been a marquee event. Several teams could factor into the medals, including reigning Olympic champion France, World champion Australia, the U.S. and host nation Brazil.
Monday, Aug. 8 — Day 3
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Men’s team final. China won the last two Olympics and the last six World Championships.
Fencing (2 p.m.): Women’s saber medal rounds.
Rugby (3:30 p.m.): Women’s medal matches. The first rugby medals since 1924 will be awarded, though this is the first time rugby sevens has been part of the Olympics.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The 100m backstroke finals and men’s 200m free final.
Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Day 4
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Women’s team final. Expect the usual contenders to be in the medal mix — Russia, China, Romania. The U.S. won Gold in London in 2012 for the Team all-around final and the Individual all-around final.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The women’s 200m free final and 4x200m free relay.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Day 5
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Men’s all-around final. Japan’s Kohei Uchimura could become the first man in 44 years to repeat.
Swimming (8 p.m.): Men’s 100m free final; women’s 4x200m free relay.
Thursday, Aug. 11 — Day 6
Judo (1:30 p.m.): Women’s 78kg medal rounds.
Gymnastics (2 p.m.): Women’s all-around final.
Rugby (3:30 p.m.): Men’s medal matches. Watch out for Fiji, which has never won an Olympic medal in any sport but is ranked second in this season’s World Series.
Swimming (8 p.m.): It could be a busy night for Ryan Lochte with the 200m back and 200m IM finals.
Friday, Aug. 12 — Day 7
Swimming (8 p.m.): 100m butterfly final.
Saturday, Aug. 13 — Day 8
Tennis: Women’s singles medal matches. Will Serena Williams be standing on the podium?
Rowing (6:50 a.m.): Women’s eight. The U.S. won gold at the last two Olympics and the 2014 World Championships.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The world’s fastest woman will be crowned in the 100m final (9:35). Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in 2008 and 2012.
Swimming (8 p.m.): The competition concludes with the shortest and longest events (women’s 50m free, men’s 1500m free) and both medley relays.
Sunday, Aug. 14 — Day 9
Tennis: Men’s singles final.
Golf (5:30 a.m.): Men’s final round. The first Olympic golf medals since 1904 will be awarded at the conclusion of the 72-hole stroke-play tournament.
Gymnastics (noon): Apparatus finals include women’s vault, where McKayla Maroney‘s silver medal-winning facial expression went viral in 2012.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The world’s fastest man will be crowned in the 100m final (8:25). Usain Bolt could try to become the first Olympic men’s runner to win the same individual event three straight times.
Monday, Aug. 15 — Day 10
Gymnastics (noon): Apparatus finals include men’s still rings, which may include Brazil’s top gymnastics medal hope.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The men’s 800m final (8:25) and women’s 400m final (8:45).
Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Day 11
Gymnastics (noon): The artistic gymnastics competition concludes with three apparatus finals, including women’s floor exercise.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): In the women’s 1500m (8:30), reigning Diamond League champ Jenny Simpson could break a 44-year U.S. gold-medal drought in track events longer than 400m. The 110m hurdles goes 15 minutes later. Men’s high jump (6:30).
Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Day 12
Track and Field (6 p.m.): Americans Brittney Reese and Allyson Felix are reigning Olympic champions in the long jump (7:15) and 200m (8:30). The 100m hurdles (8:55) could include the last two Olympic champions — Australian Sally Pearson and American Dawn Harper-Nelson.
Beach Volleyball (8 p.m.): Women’s medal matches. The Copacabana Beach venue will be rocking if a Brazilian pair reaches the final.
Thursday, Aug. 18 — Day 13
Track and Field (5 p.m.): Bolt expects the 200m final (8:30) to be the last individual race of his Olympic career. The world’s greatest athlete will be crowned after the decathlon 1500m (7:45).
Beach Volleyball (8 p.m.): Men’s medal matches. Several teams are in the medal picture at this point, including 2008 Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal of the U.S. and any pair put forth by Brazil.
Soccer (3:30 p.m.): Women’s final.
Track and Field (6 p.m.): Bolt expects the 4x100m final (8:35) to be the last race of his Olympic career. His goal in Rio is sweep the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, which he did in 2008 and 2012. The women’s 4x100m (8:15) could be closer.
Saturday, Aug. 20 — Day 15
Golf (5:30 a.m.): Women’s final round.
Triathlon (9 a.m.): Women’s race.
Basketball (1:30 p.m.): Women’s final.
Diving (2:30 p.m.): Men’s platform final. The sport’s marquee event is the last of eight in the Olympic diving program.
Soccer (3:30 p.m.): Men’s final. Will Brazil, perhaps led by Neymar, make it to the gold-medal game at the Maracanã with a shot at winning its first Olympic men’s soccer title?
Track and Field (6 p.m.): The last night of competition includes the 4x400m relays, men’s 1500m (7 p.m.) and women’s 800m (7:15).
Volleyball (8:15 p.m.): Women’s final. Brazil defeated the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals. But the Americans, now with Karch Kiraly coaching, swept Brazil in the 2014 World Championships semifinals en route to gold.
Sunday, Aug. 21 — Day 16
Track and Field (7:30 a.m.): The men’s marathon takes to the Rio streets. Kenya is traditionally strong, but Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich pulled off the upset at London 2012.
Volleyball (11:15 a.m.): Men’s final. This is one of the most coveted gold medals for the host nation. Brazil won gold in 2004 and silver in 2008 (behind the U.S.) and 2012.
Boxing (noon): Women’s middleweight final. Claressa Shields has not lost since she became the first U.S. Olympic women’s boxing champion at London 2012.
Basketball (1:45 p.m.): Men’s final.
Closing Ceremony: The Olympic cauldron will be extinguished at the Maracanã and anticipation will grow for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Cayman Islands has its hopes pinned on five elite athletes competing in Track and Field, Swimming and Sailing.
These are the scheduled dates for each:
Geoffrey Butler (Swimming – 400m Freestyle): Aug. 6
Lara Butler (Swimming – 100m Backstroke): Aug. 7
Florence Allan (Sailing – Women’s Laser Radial): Aug. 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13
Kemar Hyman (Athletics – 100m): Aug. 13 (prelims), Aug. 14 (semis and final)
Ronald Forbes (Athletics – 110m Hurdles): Aug. 15 (prelims), Aug. 16 (semis and final)