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.

MORE: Full Olympic Games Week TV, live stream schedule

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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

World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”

Ilia Malinin wins U.S. Figure Skating Championships despite quadruple Axel miss

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One year ago, Ilia Malinin came to the U.S. Championships as, largely, a 17-year-old unknown. He finished second to Nathan Chen in 2022 and was left off the three-man Olympic team due to his inexperience, a committee decision that lit a fire in him.

After the biggest year of change in U.S. figure skating in three decades, Malinin came to this week’s nationals in San Jose, California, as the headliner across all disciplines.

Though he fell on his quadruple Axel and doubled two other planned quads in Sunday’s free skate (the most ambitious program in history), he succeeded the absent Chen as national champion.

Malinin, the world’s second-ranked male singles skater, still landed two clean quads in Friday’s short program and three more Sunday. He totaled 287.74 points and prevailed by 10.43 over two-time Olympian Jason Brown, a bridge between the Chen and Malinin eras.

“This wasn’t the skate that I wanted,” said Malinin, who was bidding to become the second man to land six quads in one program after Chen. The Virginia chalked up the flaws at least partially to putting more recent practice time into his short program, which he skated clean on Friday after errors in previous competitions.

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Brown, a 28-year-old competing for the first time since placing sixth at the Olympics, became the oldest male singles skater to finish in the top three at nationals since Jeremy Abbott won the last of his four titles in 2014. As usual, he didn’t attempt a quad but had the highest artistic score by 9.41 points.

Brown’s seven total top-three finishes at nationals tie him with Chen, Michael WeissBrian Boitano, David Jenkins and Dick Button for the second-most in men’s singles since World War II, trailing only Todd Eldredge‘s and Hayes Jenkins‘ eight.

“I’m not saying it’s super old, but I can’t train the way I used to,” Brown said after Friday’s short program. “What Ilia is doing and the way he is pushing the sport is outstanding and incredible to watch. I cannot keep up.”

Andrew Torgashev took bronze, winning the free skate with one quad and all clean jumps. Torgashev, who competed at nationals for the first time since placing fifth in 2020 at age 18, will likely round out the three-man world team.

Japan’s Shoma Uno will likely be the favorite at worlds. He won last year’s world title, when Malinin admittedly cracked under pressure in the free skate after a fourth-place short program and ended up ninth.

That was before Malinin became the first person to land a quad Axel in competition. That was before Malinin became the story of the figure skating world this fall. That was before Malinin took over the American throne from Chen, who is studying at Yale and not expected to return to competition.

Malinin’s next step is to grab another label that Chen long held: best in the world. To do that, he must be better than he was on Sunday.

“You always learn from your experiences, and there’s always still the rest of the season to come,” he said. “I just have to be prepared and prepare a little bit extra so that doesn’t happen again.”

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