The U.S. women’s gymnastics team goes for a sixth straight Olympic or world title, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA on Tuesday morning.
Simone Biles, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker are overwhelming favorites in Doha, qualifying nearly nine points ahead of second-place Russia. The margin between Russia and eighth-place Germany was half that.
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The U.S. has won every Olympic and world title dating to 2011, the longest run of dominance in the event since the Soviet Union swept every gold from 1968-78.
Biles, competing with a kidney stone named the “Doha Pearl,” has been a part of the last three championship teams. She will tie Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman for the most U.S. Olympic or world team titles with a win Tuesday.
Worlds continue Wednesday with the men’s all-around, followed by Biles and Hurd in Thursday’s all-around and apparatus finals Friday and Saturday.
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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.