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2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships broadcast schedule

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The U.S. Gymnastics Championships, headlined by Simone Biles‘ pursuit of a record-breaking fifth national all-around title, airs live on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA this week.

All network coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

The nation’s best gymnasts gather in Boston for four total days of senior competition, starting Thursday with the first men’s day. The favorites include two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and defending U.S. champion Yul Moldauer.

On Friday, Biles begins the second meet of her comeback after two years off, looking to break her tie for most U.S. women’s all-around titles. She is undefeated in senior national all-around competitions and hasn’t lost an all-around anywhere in more than five years.

Biles extended that streak two weeks ago by winning her first meet since the Rio Games with the world’s highest all-around score since the 2016 Olympics. She managed that despite falling off the uneven bars.

Scores will accumulate over two days — eight total routines — to crown national champions. Biles’ challengers include 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd and 2017 U.S. all-around champion Ragan Smith.

After nationals, the top U.S. men and women will perform in fall selection camps to finalize the rosters (five men, five women) for the world championships in Doha in October.

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Day Time (ET) Network Competition
Thursday 7:30-10 p.m. NBC Sports App | STREAM LINK Men Day 1
8-10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Friday 8-10 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK Women Day 1
Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK Men Day 2
4:30-6 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8-10 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK Women Day 2

Federica Brignone passes Mikaela Shiffrin for World Cup overall lead

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Italian Federica Brignone passed an absent Mikaela Shiffrin for the World Cup overall standings lead by winning a combined in Switzerland on Sunday.

Brignone prevailed by .92 of a second adding times from super-G and slalom runs in Crans-Montana. Full results are here.

Brignone moved 73 points ahead of Shiffrin in the overall through 29 of 40 scheduled races. A race winner receives 100 points on a descending scale through the 30th-place finisher. The season runs through March 22.

Shiffrin, the three-time reigning World Cup overall champion, has not competed since the unexpected death of her father on Feb. 2. She has not announced if or when she will return this season.

Brignone, 29, is having a career season with five wins and 10 podiums across four disciplines.

Brignone’s best previous World Cup overall standings finish was fifth. She earned giant slalom medals at the 2018 Olympics (bronze) and 2011 World Championships (silver).

She could become Italy’s first female World Cup overall champion. The last Italian male winner was Alberto Tomba in 1995.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves to La Thuile, Italy, for a super-G and a combined next Saturday and Sunday.

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Jade Carey on brink of becoming first gymnast to qualify for U.S. Olympic team

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The U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials aren’t until late June, but Jade Carey is in position to qualify for the Tokyo Games in March.

Carey, seeking an individual Olympic gymnastics spot outside of the team competition, earned the maximum points in a World Cup series that is one path to Olympic qualification.

Carey has three wins each on floor exercise and vault with two World Cups left in March. Carey will mathematically clinch an Olympic spot if no other gymnasts win three times on one of the apparatuses to force a tiebreaker.

So far, no other gymnast has two wins on floor. One gymnast has two wins on vault. A gymnast’s top three finishes across the eight-stop series count in Olympic qualifying. If Carey finishes atop the floor or vault standings, she goes to the Olympics.

Carey picked up those third wins on floor and vault at the sixth World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend.

The one downside to qualifying this route: Carey would not be able to compete in the team competition at the Olympics. Those four spots will be determined at and after June’s trials in St. Louis, with Simone Biles likely grabbing one of them.

“I knew I would be giving up being on the team,” Carey said in October of going the World Cup route, “but I think, for me, it made sense to just go for it.”

Carey is a world medalist on vault and floor, but she doesn’t have the all-around credentials of Biles and some other U.S. gymnasts.

Olympic team event roster sizes were cut from five to four for Tokyo, putting a greater onus on all-around prowess given a team must put three gymnasts on each apparatus in the Olympic final.

The U.S. is the deepest country in women’s gymnastics, so the only truly safe pick to make the four-woman Olympic team event roster is Biles.

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