The U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics team will be finalized this weekend, and the women’s team will move one meet away from being announced.
The U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics trials and the women’s P&G Championships are in St. Louis, aired on NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports App, from Thursday through Sunday.
Start with the men, who compete Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online) and Saturday (8 p.m. ET online; 9 p.m. on NBC). The five-member U.S. Olympic team will be announced on Sunday.
At least three of the five members, perhaps all five, will be chosen by a committee based primarily off results from the P&G Championships three weeks ago and the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday and Saturday.
A gymnast can clinch an automatic Olympic berth by finishing in the top two in the all-around and the top three in three of the six events in combined standings after four days of competition at the P&G Championships and Olympic Trials. Nobody currently meets that criteria at the halfway point after the P&G Championships.
However, Sam Mikulak is a heavy favorite to make his second Olympic team, as he won his fourth straight U.S. all-around title three weeks ago. Chris Brooks and London Olympian Jacob Dalton are also in strong position, having placed second and third in the all-around behind Mikulak at the P&G Championships.
The two best U.S. gymnasts from 2012, Danell Leyva and John Orozco, are in danger of missing the Olympic team after struggling at the P&G Championships.
The U.S. women compete in their P&G Championships in St. Louis on Friday and Sunday (both 8:30 p.m. ET online, 9 p.m. ET on NBC). No woman will earn an Olympic spot this weekend, but they can bolster their bids.
The five-woman Olympic team will be named July 10, following the two-day U.S. Olympic women’s trials in San Jose, Calif. The Olympic Trials all-around winner automatically qualifies for the Olympic team, while a committee selects the other four.
In St. Louis, the favorite will be three-time reigning U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles, who has not lost an all-around competition since 2013. She’ll be challenged by Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, who took silver behind Biles at the 2015 World Championships.
Three-time 2012 Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is also a favorite to make the Olympic team. Maggie Nichols, the only American to compete on all four events in the 2015 Worlds team final, is expected to return from arthroscopic knee surgery to compete for the first time since March 5.
|Thursday||8:30-11 p.m.||Online||Men Day 1|
|8:30-11 p.m.||NBCSN||Men Day 1|
|Friday||8:30-11 p.m.||Online||Women Day 1|
|9-11 p.m.||NBC||Women Day 1|
|Saturday||8-11 p.m.||Online||Men Day 2|
|9-11 p.m.||NBC||Men Day 2|
|Sunday||8:30-11 p.m.||Online||Women Day 2|
|9-11 p.m.||NBC||Women Day 2|
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