Simone Biles headlines 2019 World Gymnastics Championships Week on Olympic Channel

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Simone Biles‘ latest record-shattering feats will be featured on the Olympic Channel as part of 2019 World Gymnastics Championships Week starting Monday night.

Olympic Channel will air one finals session per night from last October’s worlds in Stuttgart, Germany through Saturday. A marathon of all six finals sessions airs Sunday at 10 a.m.

All coverage — more than 30 hours total — will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

At her likely last world championships, Biles earned five gold medals out of six events. That brought her career total to 25 world medals — breaking Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo‘s record from the 1990s.

Biles led a U.S. team to a seventh straight Olympic or world team title dating to 2011, the longest reign for one nation in women’s gymnastics since Soviet teams in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. She then won the all-around by the largest margin under a 14-year-old scoring system.

She capped the week with titles on balance beam, floor exercise and vault, becoming the first gymnast to earn five golds at a single worlds since 1958.

She wasn’t the only standout of the week. The U.S. added medals from Jade Carey (vault silver) and Sunisa Lee (floor silver, uneven bars bronze).

Nikita Nagornyy led Russia to its first men’s team title since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Nagornyy then won the all-around and vault.

Olympic Channel will air 2019 World Championships Weeks for diving and beach volleyball the following two weeks.

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2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEK TV SCHEDULE

DAY TIME (ET) EVENT LIVE STREAM
Monday 8 p.m. Women’s Team Final STREAM LINK
Tuesday 8 p.m. Men’s Team Final STREAM LINK
Wednesday 8 p.m. Women’s All-Around STREAM LINK
Thursday 8 p.m. Men’s All-Around STREAM LINK
Friday 8 p.m. Apparatus Finals (Day 1) STREAM LINK
Saturday 8 p.m. Apparatus Finals (Day 2) STREAM LINK
Sunday 10 a.m. Women’s Team Final STREAM LINK
12 p.m. Men’s Team Final STREAM LINK
3 p.m. Women’s All-Around STREAM LINK
5 p.m. Men’s All-Around STREAM LINK
8 p.m. Apparatus Finals (Day 1) STREAM LINK
11 p.m. Apparatus Finals (Day 2) STREAM LINK

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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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.”