2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships TV, live stream schedule

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Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak each eye their record sixth national all-around titles at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, live on NBC Sports this weekend.

Biles, undefeated in all-around competitions for six years, and Mikulak, a two-time Olympian, headline the fields in Kansas City, where gymnasts are competing to prove their worth for spots on October’s world championships teams.

The five-member men’s and women’s world teams will be chosen following September selection camps.

Biles enters nationals looking unbeatable and en route to tying Clara Schroth Lomady‘s record six women’s titles from the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s. Biles won her tune-up event, last month’s U.S. Classic, by 2.1 points, her largest margin of victory of her four titles in that competition.

Last year, after taking 2017 off from competition, she swept U.S. Classic, U.S. Championships and world championships all-around titles, winning her fourth world title by her largest margin yet despite two falls and a kidney stone.

The other podium favorites include 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker, who was runner-up at the U.S. Classic.

For the second straight year, Mikulak is the lone Olympian in the men’s competition. His gap over the field is smaller than Biles’, with 2017 U.S. all-around champion Yul Moldauer the top challenger.

Last year, Mikulak joined Blaine Wilson as the only men to win five U.S. all-around titles in the post-AAU era. Then he broke through with his first individual world championships medal, a high bar bronze, after coming back from Achilles tears in 2015 and 2017.

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Day Time (ET) Network Competition
Thursday 7:30-10 p.m. Streaming | STREAM LINK Men Day 1
8-10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Friday 8-10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK Women Day 1
Saturday 7:30-10 p.m. Streaming | STREAM LINK Men Day 2
8-10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 8-10 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK Women Day 2

Justin Schoenefeld gets U.S.’ first men’s aerials World Cup win in 4 years

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Justin Schoenefeld ended a four-year U.S. men’s aerials drought with his first World Cup win Saturday in Belarus.

Schoenfeld, 21, hit a double full-full-full in the super final to beat a field that included world champion Maxim Burov of Russia. Burov was fourth, one spot behind another American, Chris Lillis. Full results are here.

“I’m pretty speechless right now,” Schoenefeld said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “I’m just shocked. It just all came so quick, all of a sudden the two finals were over, and I was on top of the podium. I probably landed two of my training jumps yesterday, but I managed to land all of my comp jumps down to my feet.”

Schoenefeld’s best previous World Cup finish was fourth, in Belarus last season.

Lillis earned the U.S.’ last World Cup men’s aerials victory on Feb. 20, 2016, also in Belarus. The four-year gap between wins marked the longest for the U.S. men since aerials was added as an Olympic medal sport in 1994.

Schoenefeld also became the first American of either gender to win a World Cup aerials event in two years, since Kiley McKinnon on Jan. 6, 2018. That gap was the longest for the U.S. since 2005.

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Kaillie Humphries wins bobsled world title in first season for U.S.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries won a bobsled world title in her first season since switching allegiance from Canada to the U.S., ending recent German dominance.

Humphries, with brakewoman Lauren Gibbs, edged German junior world champ Kim Kalicki by .37 of a second combining times from four runs between Friday and Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.

“I love this track. It’s very challenging, one of the hardest in the world,” Humphries said, according to U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton. “It demands a lot of focus, a lot of respect every minute you’re on that track. So to be able to win here, I know the Germans and the spectators, everybody, have worked so hard and this week, no exceptions. I’m proud of all of the girls.”

Canadian Christine de Bruin took bronze for a second straight year. Full results are here.

Humphries, who married a former U.S. bobsledder, was released by Canada in September after filing verbal abuse and harassment claims against a coach, saying she no longer felt safe with the program. As a Canadian, Humphries won 2010 and 2014 Olympic titles, plus 2012 and 2013 World titles.

Humphries joined German Sandra Kiriasis as the only female drivers to win three world titles. She is already the only female driver with multiple Olympic titles.

German Mariama Jamanka, the reigning Olympic champion and defending world champion, finished fourth in Altenberg.

Triple U.S. Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor didn’t compete as she sits out the season due to pregnancy. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs teamed for silver in PyeongChang.

The world championships continue Sunday with the conclusion of the two-man competition. German Francesco Friedrich, eyeing his sixth straight world title, leads after the first two of four runs.

A full TV and live stream schedule is here.

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