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
Friday 8-10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK Women Day 1
Saturday 7:30-10 p.m. Streaming | STREAM LINK Men Day 2
Sunday 8-10 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK Women Day 2

David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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