American Casey Eichfeld will race in the Olympic C-1 heats Sunday morning

By Andy Kravetz

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Watch the full replay of Tuesday’s men’s C-1 semifinals and Gold Medal Finals

Watch the full replay of Monday’s men’s C-2 and Women’s K-1 heats

Watch the full replay of Sunday’s men’s C-1 and K-1 heats

Wednesday: Men’s K-1 semis and Gold Medal Finals
Racing starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/5:30 a.m. Pacific.

Thursday: Men’s C-2 and Women’s K-1 semis and Gold Medal Finals
Racing starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/5:30 a.m. Pacific.

SPRINT FANS: Flatwater heats start Monday, Aug. 6.; finals start Wednesday, Aug 8.

Remember the bad old days of Olympic television, struggling to stay awake through hours of soft-focus "up close and personal" profiles, waiting for a few seconds of the canoeing and kayaking events that might, or might not, make air? Those days are over.

Now American canoe/kayak fans can watch every paddle stroke—and every minute of every other sport, no matter how obscure—on their computer, smartphone or tablet, in real time. The only caveat is that you need a cable subscription to access the goods. Here's how:

Punch into your browser. Click the big red “click here and get ready” button, and follow the prompts. To see the streaming video, you'll need to give some information showing that you have cable (I just gave my email).

The slalom racing starts Sunday, with men's K1 and C1 heats at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, 5:30 a.m. Pacific. I wasn't sure I'd be able to figure the system out that early on a Sunday morning, so I signed up and watched some rowing prelims as a test. It worked like a charm. Sure, I had to sit through a commercial at the beginning and the feed dragged occasionally, but I didn't miss a moment of the action. What was really cool was I could watch rowing while my wife watched swimming. Two events, same time, same room. No fighting.

If you miss the early morning wake-up call, never fear. Click “Online Listings” on the toolbar at the top of the page, then click the date of the event on the calendar bar. Scroll down to Canoe/Kayak and click “Watch Replay.” To avoid spoilers, set a bookmark straight to (The home page splashes big headlines with results–while researching this story I accidentally found out that Lochte took gold and Phelps missed the podium. Now I don’t have to waste valuable time watching swimming.)

You can still watch on your television, of course. Bravo, MSNBC, NBC, Telemundo and the NBC Sports Network will all have Olympic programming. To find the schedule in your area, go to TV Listings on the Web site, put in your zip code and each channel (with the appropriate number) will pop up with their coverage and times. Took all of two minutes to find what was playing in my area and when.

Want a specific sport? There's an option in the TV schedule for each sport. Canoe and Kayak will first air on NBC television on Sunday, July 29, at 11:35 p.m., with a few highlights from the C1 and K1 slalom heats. That's about 18 hours after the fact, which sounds a lot like the bad old days of Olympic TV. Fortunately, we don't have to wait that long anymore.