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NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week: What to watch on Tuesday

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Nastia LiukinShawn Johnson and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team headline NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week with eight hours of Beijing 2008 programming on Tuesday.

Action begins with the women’s gymnastics team final (7 p.m. ET), where the Americans took silver behind the host Chinese.

That’s followed by Liukin and Johnson producing the first U.S. one-two in an Olympic all-around (8:30). Johnson came to Beijing as reigning world, U.S. and Olympic Trials champion, but Liukin turned in a near-flawless day to prevail by six tenths of a point.

Liukin and Johnson will watch it together for the first time, sharing the experience live on their Instagram pages.

LIVE STREAM: NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Tuesday, 7 p.m.-3 a.m. ET

It marked the end of an at times difficult Olympic cycle for Liukin, who was featured in an Adidas commercial during the 2004 Olympics, when she was too young to compete.

In 2005, she was defeated for the world all-around title by Chellsie Memmel by .001. In 2006, she suffered an ankle injury before worlds, where she was restricted to the uneven bars before surgery later that year. In 2007, she fell off the balance beam in the world all-around final and took fourth.

Everything came together on Aug. 15, 2008, a date her father and coach, Valeri, likely had circled when Liukin watched on a restaurant TV as training partner Carly Patterson took gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

Later in Beijing, Liukin and Johnson earned five combined medals in individual apparatus finals, with Johnson getting her gold on the balance beam.

Later Tuesday, Usain Bolt‘s breakthrough golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m are featured (10:30). NBC Olympics analyst Ato Boldon will do a live Twitter Q&A during the show.

Bolt broke world records in all three events, though the 4x100m was later stripped due to teammate Nesta Carter‘s doping.

Bolt lowered his own world record in the 100m from 9.72 to 9.69 seconds, despite celebrating before the finish and with his left shoe untied. He contested the event for the first time at a global championship. In the 200m, he broke Michael Johnson‘s world record from the 1996 Atlanta Games, clocking 19.30 (without an early celebration).

At 2 a.m., the women’s soccer gold-medal game between the U.S. and Brazil. Carli Lloyd scored the first of her six career Olympic or World Cup Final goals. Her 96th-minute tally, paired with the back line and goalie Hope Solo‘s impenetrable defense, gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory.

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Tuesday, April 21

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
7 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Gymnastics Team Final Stream Link
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Gymnastics All-Around Stream Link
10:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Usain Bolt Stream Link
11 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Soccer Final Stream Link
2 a.m. Return to Beijing Usain Bolt Stream Link
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories Stream Link

Figure skating Grand Prix Series will be held as ‘domestic’ competitions

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Figure skating’s Grand Prix Series will go ahead as scheduled this fall, with modifications due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Skating Union decided Monday.

Each of the series’ six tops around the globe will be “a domestic run event,” limited to skaters of the event’s host country, who regularly train in the host country and from a respective geographical area. The number of disciplines and skaters at each event are to be worked out.

The Grand Prix Series, held annually since 1995, is a six-event fall season, qualifying the top six skaters and teams per discipline to December’s Grand Prix Final. The annual stops are in the U.S., Canada, China, France, Russia and Japan, leading up to the Final, which is held at a different site each year.

The Final is the second-biggest annual competition after the world championships, which are typically in late March. The Final is still scheduled for Beijing, though whether or when it can be held will be discussed.

The series begins in late October with Skate America, which debuted in 1979 and has been held every year since 1988 as the biggest annual international competition in the U.S. Skate America’s site is Las Vegas, just as it was in 2019.

Skaters typically compete twice on the Grand Prix Series (three times if they qualify for the Final), then at national championships in late December or January. The January 2021 U.S. Championships are scheduled for San Jose, Calif. The March 2021 World Championships are set for Stockholm.

In July, the ISU canceled the Junior Grand Prix Series for skaters mostly ages 13 to 18, including two-time U.S. champion Alysa Liu. Other early season senior international competitions scheduled for September were also canceled or postponed.

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Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach sentenced in case tied to Larry Nassar

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university doctor Larry Nassar.

Kathie Klages, 65, was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. She also was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Klages testified at trial, and in a tearful statement Tuesday, that she did not remember being told about abuse. She said she had been seeing a therapist to try to remember the conversations and apologized to victims if they occurred.

“Even when I don’t express it to others, I struggle with what I’ve been accused of and what my role in this tragedy may have been,” she said in court.

Two women testified in November 2018 that in 1997 they told Klages that Nassar had sexually abused them and spoke Tuesday in court ahead of the sentencing. One of the women, Larissa Boyce, testified that Klages held up a piece of paper in front of the then-16-year-old and said if she filed a report there could be serious consequences for Boyce.

“I am standing here representing my 16-year-old self who was silenced and humiliated 23 years ago and unfortunately, all of the hundreds of girls that were abused after me,” Boyce said.

If the case had not involved Nassar, her lawyer has said, Klages would never have been found guilty. Nearly 200 letters were submitted to the judge on Klages’ behalf, her lawyer, Mary Chartier, said in a court filing ahead of the hearing. She noted that Klages sent her granddaughter, daughter and son to Nassar for health care.

“Mrs. Klages was one of thousands of people, including the police and the parents who were present in the room during treatments, who were fooled by a master manipulator with a singular design,” Chartier said.

It’s “shameful” to say that Klages could have prevented the scandal, Chartier said.

“Numerous people were told about the procedure — nurses, athletic trainers at other schools, psychologists, doctors and a high school counselor — and they did nothing,” Chartier said, quoting investigation reports. “Most notably, police and prosecutors were aware of the procedures, and they did nothing. To ignore this and claim that Mrs. Klages could have stopped the devastation wrought by Mr. Nassar is just plain false.”

Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to 40 to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse to hundreds of athletes.

Klages is the second person other than Nassar to be convicted of charges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. The misdemeanor carried up to a 2-year prison sentence, while the felony carried up to a 4-year prison sentence.

Nassar’s boss at Michigan State, ex-College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel, was sentenced to jail for crimes including neglecting a duty to enforce protocols on Nassar after a patient complained about sexual contact in 2014.

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