August 06, 2004 05:00 PM

Will Michael Phelps breaststroke his way to Olympic gold? PEOPLE readies for the start of the 2004 games and takes a peek what else is happening in the coming week:

SATURDAY, AUG. 7: After a four-year hiatus away from the concert stage, Faith Hill is back. The Grammy-winning singer heads to Whistler, British Columbia for a performance at the Blackcomb Ski Resort, and the Stepford Wives actress will then follow that up with a four-night stand at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (until Aug. 14). The singer’s live dates are a warm-up for her sixth studio album, her first since 2002’s Cry, which will be released this fall.

SUNDAY, AUG. 8: Her bruises and lip should be healed by the time Paris Hilton heads to the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles with her Simple Life 2 partner-in-crime Nicole Richie to host the Teen Choice Awards. The celebutantes will get the party started at the sixth annual event, which gives teen fans a chance to vote on their faves in film, TV, music, comedy, fashion and sports. Lindsay Lohan (and beau Wilmer Valderrama), Chad Michael Murray, Ashlee Simpson and a host of musical acts – including Usher, American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo and Blink-182 – will also be on hand to celebrate. The Teen Choice Awards air on FOX on Aug. 11.

THURSDAY, AUG. 12: Norah Jones, an arena rocker? Okay, maybe there won’t be pyrotechnics or backup dancers, but the sweet-voiced Jones and her Handsome Band are getting ready to hit amphitheaters and arenas around the country, with a 55-city tour of the U.S. and Canada kicking off in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry and wrapping up Nov. 14 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

FRIDAY, AUG. 13: Let the games begin: The Olympics will return to their birthplace in Athens, Greece when the XXVIII Olympiad gets underway. Angelina Jolie will help fire things up as one of the final torchbearers before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the newly constructed Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony will last three hours, but organizers are tight-lipped about what to expect. If you couldn’t swing a ticket to Greece to watch Michael Phelps compete for eight gold medals (and try to break Mark Spitz’s record seven gold-medal wins in the 1972 Olympics), no problem. NBC will air the ceremony and begin airing the Games on Aug. 14, while sister network Bravo will air 188 hours of Olympics coverage in blocks (from 5 a.m. to noon, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and midnight to 1 a.m.).

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