Groveland-raised sharpshooter Sagen Maddalena took part in the televised opening ceremony for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad early Friday, and her mother in Groveland said, “We saw Sagen three times this morning. Of course, I had tears!”

Maddalena, 27, is scheduled to compete for Team USA Women's 50-meter Smallbore Rifle Team in events that are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, July 30. Her mom says she will be in competition with 38 other women in the 50m rifle three-positions event. They’ll shoot from kneeling, prone and standing, and the top eight finishers will go to the 50m rifle woman’s three-positions medaling final, which is scheduled to begin that same night at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 31.

Sagen’s mom, Susan Maddalena, said she and Sagen’s dad are not sure whether their daughter’s preliminary competition that starts at 8 p.m. July 30 will be aired live, because it is not the medal competition. They know from experience they will be able to keep track of their daughter’s targets and her scoring live. They hope the medal final, beginning at 12:01 a.m. July 31, will be broadcast live, but they have not confirmed that yet.

“We’re still trying to figure it out,” Susan Maddalena said. “We don’t know yet if it’s going to be live.”

Friday’s opening ceremony was televised live from the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo beginning at 3:55 a.m. Friday Pacific Time. Tokyo time is 16 hours ahead of California.

“We streamed it on YouTube TV,” Randy Maddalena, Sagen’s dad, said Friday. “It was on NBCSN.”

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.net or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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