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2019 World Gymnastics Championships TV, live stream schedule

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Simone Biles and the U.S. gymnastics teams compete in the biggest international meet before the Tokyo Olympics, the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, starting this weekend, live on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

Biles, undefeated in all-arounds for six years, leads a U.S. women’s squad eyeing a seventh straight Olympic or world team title. Biles is similarly a huge favorite to earn her fifth world all-around title.

The Americans bring a surprising roster without a few of the regular names from the first two years of the Olympic cycle: 2017 World all-around champion Morgan HurdRiley McCusker and Ragan Smith.

Instead, Biles is joined by Jade CareySunisa LeeGrace McCallum and Kara Eaker.

The U.S. men are trying to end their longest team medal drought this millennium, none since 2014. They are once again led by six-time national all-around champion Sam Mikulak, who seeks a breakthrough world all-around medal as well.

The dominant men’s programs continue to be China, Russia and Japan, though the 2020 Olympic host will be without superstars Kohei Uchimura and Kenzo Shirai, who were not named to the team after being slowed by injuries.

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2019 World Gymnastics Championships Live TV, Stream Schedule

Day Time (ET) Network Event
Friday, Oct. 4 12 p.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
2 p.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
Saturday, Oct. 5 7:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
9:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Women’s Qualifying
2 p.m. STREAM LINK U.S. Women’s Qualifying
3 p.m.* Olympic Channel Women’s Qualifying
Sunday, Oct. 6 10:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Men’s Qualifying
Monday, Oct. 7 4 a.m. STREAM LINK U.S. Men’s Qualifying
4 a.m. Olympic Channel Men’s Qualifying
7 a.m. STREAM LINK Men’s Qualifying
10:30 a.m. STREAM LINK Men’s Qualifying
Tuesday, Oct. 8 8:30 a.m. NBCSN Women’s Team Final
Wednesday, Oct. 9 7:45 a.m. Olympic Channel Men’s Team Final
3 p.m.* NBCSN
Thursday, Oct. 10 10 a.m. NBCSN Women’s All-Around
Friday, Oct. 11 10 a.m. Olympic Channel Men’s All-Around
9:30 p.m.* NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 12 10 a.m. Olympic Channel Apparatus Finals
3 p.m.* NBC Recap Show
Sunday, Oct. 13 7 a.m. STREAM LINK Apparatus Finals
12 p.m.* Olympic Channel

*Delayed broadcast

Tommy Ford ends U.S. men’s World Cup drought at Beaver Creek

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Tommy Ford earned his first World Cup win at age 30 and ended the U.S. men’s longest victory and podium droughts in two decades.

Ford won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday, the last North American race on tour this season. He prevailed by eight tenths of a second combining times over two runs.

“It doesn’t beat doing it here. I’ve been working hard,” Ford said on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. “No secret, just kept it simple and really trusted what I was doing.”

Norwegians Henrik Kristoffersen and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen were second and third. American Ted Ligety, fourth after the opening run, finished 11th.

Full results are here.

Ford became the first U.S. man to win a World Cup since Travis Ganong took a downhill on Jan. 27, 2017. He also became the first U.S. male podium finisher since Ligety in January 2018. Both were the longest droughts for the program since the late 1990s.

Ford, a 2010 and 2018 Olympian who missed the 2014 Olympics due to a broken femur, had been working toward this moment.

He finished a World Cup career-high fourth at the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 27. Last season, the Oregon native and former Dartmouth student had a pair of fifths.

The men’s World Cup moves to Val d’Isere, France, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 30 seconds, takes back No. 1 ranking

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In her last race of the year, Katie Ledecky ensured she would finish 2019 as the world’s fastest 1500m freestyler.

Ledecky clocked 15:35.98 at the U.S. Open in Atlanta, winning the longest event on the Olympic pool program by 29.97 seconds. Typical for Ledecky, who owns the nine fastest times in history. This one came in at No. 8. Full meet results are here.

Ledecky scratched the 1500m free final at the summer world championships due to illness. Italian Simona Quadarella went on to win that title in 15:40.89, which was the world’s fastest time this year until Saturday night.

“I didn’t have time on my mind at all today. I just wanted to have a consistent swim,” Ledecky, undefeated in 1500m free finals for nine years, said on NBCSN. “That’s probably the best mile that I’ve had in a while.”

The women’s 1500m freestyle debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ledecky is expected to add that to her Rio Olympic individual lineup of 200m, 400m and 800m frees, assuming she is top two in each event at the June Olympic trials.

In other events Saturday, Erika Brown handed Simone Manuel a rare defeat in the 100m freestyle. Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, clocked 53.42 and lowered her personal best by .71 between prelims and the final. Brown moved from sixth to fourth in the U.S. rankings this year, upping her stock as a contender to make the Olympic 4x100m free relay pool via a top-six finish at trials.

Brown previously lowered her personal best in the 50m free on Thursday. She ranks third in the U.S. this year in that event.

Emily Escobedo dealt Lilly King a rare domestic defeat in the 200m breaststroke. Escobedo lowered her personal best by .87 and clocked 2:22.00, moving to seventh fastest in the world this year and remaining fourth among Americans.

In the men’s 200m breast, Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was beaten by Cody Miller, the Olympic 100m breast silver medalist. Both were slower than their best times this year.

The next significant swim meet is a Tyr Pro Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., from Jan. 16-19.

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