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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

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.

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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 earn maximum points on one of the apparatuses to force a tiebreaker.

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.

So far, no other gymnast has two wins on floor. One other gymnast can get to the maximum points on vault with one win between the last two stops (and others with two).

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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