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

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The Magnificent Seven’s triumph in Atlanta reairs in primetime on Friday as part of seven hours of gymnastics on NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week.

The 1996 Olympic women’s gymnastics team final airs at 8 p.m. ET, a two-hour program of the nation’s first Olympic team title.

Shannon MillerDominique DawesKerri StrugDominique MoceanuAmy ChowAmanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps thrilled 32,000 fans at the Georgia Dome in one of the highlight events of the Centennial Games. MIller and Borden will go live on Instagram during Friday’s broadcast to relive the competition.

The U.S. had a substantial lead going into their last rotation on vault. Strug was last to go, but after three straight falls from her countrywomen.

Not knowing the standings, Strug injured her left ankle on her first vault landing. She performed her second vault, a Yurchenko 1 1/2, sticking the landing but aggravating the ankle injury. It turned out she tore two ankle ligaments. It also turned out that the U.S. would have taken gold even without her 9.712 score.

The group became the first U.S. women’s team to take Olympic gold. They made a Wheaties box and inspired countless children. One example: Aly Raisman, who was given a VHS tape of the event at age 8. She watched it on a daily basis.

LIVE STREAM: NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Friday, 8 p.m.-3 a.m. ET

Later Friday, Carly Patterson becomes the second U.S. woman to win the Olympic all-around after Mary Lou Retton in the 2004 Athens final (10 p.m. ET).

Patterson, who took silver to Svetlana Khorkina at the 2003 Worlds, overtook the Russian with clutch routines on balance beam and floor exercise, her last two events. It marked the final major competition for Patterson, who was diagnosed with bulging discs in her back and announced retirement in 2006.

Four years after Patterson, her training partner Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson went one-two in the Beijing Olympic all-around (12 a.m.).

In the 1988 Olympic all-around (2 a.m.), Soviet Yelena Shushunova scored a perfect 10 on her final vault to edge Romanian Daniela Silivaş by .025. Shushunova and Silivas each tallied seven 10s at those Games, matching Nadia Comaneci‘s record from the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The top American was Brandy Johnson in 10th place.

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Friday, April 24

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
8 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 1996 Team Final Stream Link
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2004 All-Around Final Stream Link
12 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2008 All-Around Final Stream Link
2 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 1988 All-Around Final Stream Link

 

South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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