Key dates: Aug. 8, medal event for 1,000-meter single race; Aug. 9, medal event for 1,000-meter double race; Aug. 11, medal event for 200-meter single race Venue: Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire Big story: The inaugural 200-meter race will pit nine paddlers in a 30-second battle that will reward spectators similarly to short, track-and-field-like sprints. Top U.S. prospects: Ryan Dolan, a 22-year-old from Hawaii, is making his Olympic debut. Others to watch: Tim Brabants of Britain is aiming for his fourth medal in three Games. Ivan Shtyl of Russia has performed well at World Championships but is seeking his first Olympic medal. Little-known fact: Brabants has taken time off from training to complete medical school.
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