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How to watch 2018 World Gymnastics Championships

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NBC Sports and Olympic Channel combine to air daily live coverage of the World Gymnastics Championships from Doha starting with qualifying on Thursday.

Select qualifying sessions — including those for the U.S. men and women — will stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Olympic Channel airs daily live coverage of team, all-around and apparatus finals sessions at 9 a.m. starting next Monday, also streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

Simone Biles leads the U.S. contingent, seeking her record-breaking fourth all-around title after taking all of 2017 off. Of the records Biles can break in Doha, she will pass Vitaly Scherbo for the most golds in worlds history if she earns three (she earned four each in 2014 and 2015).

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The U.S. women’s team, which also includes 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd, is clearly favored to extend its reign dating to 2011 as best in the world.

The U.S. men eye their first team medal since 2014, led by two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and 2017 U.S. all-around champion Yul Moldauer.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, the record-holder with six world all-around titles, is reportedly not doing all six events in Doha due to an ankle injury.

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Day Time (ET) Network Event
Thursday, Oct. 25 2-4 a.m. STREAM LINK Men’s Qualifying
Friday, Oct. 26 2-4 a.m. STREAM LINK U.S. Men’s Qualifying
10 a.m.-12 p.m. STREAM LINK Men’s Qualifying
1-3 p.m. STREAM LINK Men’s Qualifying
Saturday, Oct. 27 4-5:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. STREAM LINK U.S. Women’s Qualifying
Sunday, Oct. 28 2-3:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
4-5:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
6:30-8 a.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
Monday, Oct. 29 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel Men’s Team Final
Tuesday, Oct. 30 9-11 a.m. Olympic Channel Women’s Team Final
Wednesday, Oct. 31 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel Men’s All-Around
Thursday, Nov. 1 9-11 a.m. Olympic Channel Women’s All-Around
8-10 p.m. NBCSN Women’s All-Around*
Friday, Nov. 2 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel Apparatus Finals
10 p.m.-12 a.m. NBCSN All-Around Finals*
Saturday, Nov. 3 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel Apparatus Finals
10 p.m.-12 a.m. NBCSN Apparatus Finals*
Sunday, Nov. 4 3-6 p.m. NBC Highlights*

*Delayed broadcast

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Figure Skating Championships pairs’, women’s short programs

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Alysa Liu begins defense of her national title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, live on NBC Sports on Thursday evening.

The women’s short program headlines the first day of senior competition in Greensboro, N.C.

Action starts with the pairs’ short program at 4:30 p.m. ET for NBC Sports Gold subscribers, with NBCSN broadcast coverage joining in at 5. The women start at 7:30 on Gold, with NBCSN TV coverage starting at 9.

LIVE STREAM: Pairs’ short program — Gold | NBCSN | Skate Order
LIVE STREAM: Women’s short program — Gold | NBCSN | Skate Order

Liu, who last year became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, seeks to become the first repeat women’s champion since Ashley Wagner in 2012 and 2013. She has the ability to land a triple Axel and a quadruple Lutz, jumps no other active U.S. woman has thrown in competition.

Liu is too young for senior international competition, meaning 2018 U.S. champion Bradie Tennell and two-time U.S. bronze medalist Mariah Bell are the favorites to earn the two world championships spots this weekend.

Pairs is harder to predict. The last four years produced four different champions, all of whom are in Greensboro competing for national medals and two world team spots.

Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc are defending champions and have the highest total score this season among U.S. pairs.

Key Skate Times
6:08 p.m. — Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Christopher Knierim
6:14 — Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier
6:34 — Ashley Cain-Gribble/Timothy LeDuc
6:41 — Tarah Kayne/Danny O’Shea
9:13 — Karen Chen
9:20 — Gracie Gold
9:33 — Bradie Tennell
10:29 — Alysa Liu
10:36 — Mariah Bell

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As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

Kitzbuehel hosts Hahnenkamm weekend; Mikaela Shiffrin speeds up; Alpine World Cup TV, live stream info

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The world’s most daring Alpine skiers descend the most famous annual race this weekend, while Mikaela Shiffrin tackles her own challenge, live on NBC Sports.

The men’s World Cup stops in Kitzbuehel, Austria, for the Hahnenkamm. The granddaddy is Saturday’s downhill, sandwiched between Friday’s super-G and Sunday’s slalom.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been among the celebrity attendees in the finish area. Lindsey Vonn will be on hand this weekend, inspecting the course.

The Streif downhill track is a two-minute, two-mile test of guts: a 3,000-foot drop at an average 65 miles per hour (and maxing out much faster than that). Crashes are commonplace. A helicopter is at the ready to airlift skiers to the nearest hospital.

“You go into the starting gate, and it’s intimidating,” said American Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who makes his Kitzbuehel downhill debut on Saturday. “You don’t really know how it’s going to go. You think it’s just going to be kind of chaos.”

Cochran-Siegle, whose uncle Bob Cochran was the first American to earn a World Cup podium in the race in 1973, used two words to describe the Streif: fun … and fear.

The only American to win the Hahnenkamm downhill was Daron Rahlves in 2003. The last podium finisher was Bode Miller in 2014. The best U.S. finish the last four years was 10th.

Bryce Bennett took confidence from finishing seventh at a World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, last Saturday. That’s the best U.S. downhill finish this season outside of the home snow of Beaver Creek, Colo.

“Team morale is good, and it’s been great all season long,” said Steven Nyman, who was fifth in 2015. “We’re looking for those top-tier performances. Bryce’s seventh is a good step forward. We all know we can ski well, and it’s cool as a team we’re pushing toward the top, but we’re not there yet.”

Over in Bansko, Bulgaria, Shiffrin is expected to race downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday. They would mark the slalom ace’s first downhills outside of Lake Louise and Cortina d’Ampezzo, which she’s contested a combined 10 times.

Shiffrin made the podium of her last super-G in St. Moritz and her last downhill in Lake Louise, both in December. She’s coming off surprising results in slaloms and giant slaloms, not having won in her last five starts overall.

Still, Shiffrin leads the World Cup overall standings by a substantial 199 points with a tour-leading four outright victories this season.

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Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 3:30 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. Men’s Super-G NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 3:30 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
5:30 a.m. Men’s Downhill NBC Sports Gold
9 a.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN
Sunday 3:30 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | NBC Sports Gold
4:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 1 NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. Men’s Slalom Run 2 NBC Sports Gold
12:30 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN
Monday 1 p.m.* Kitzbuehel Highlights NBCSN

*Delayed broadcast