U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials TV, live stream schedule

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The U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, the final meet to determine the team for Tokyo, airs live starting Thursday on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel, NBCOlympics.com and Peacock.

In addition to TV coverage, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will have a supplemental stream for each competition session, featuring a multi-view of all apparatuses in use (two per rotation for women, three for men).

Men and women each have two days of competition — alternating through Sunday, starting with the men — in St. Louis. The Olympic Opening Ceremony is in one month.

For the men, the all-around champion clinches an Olympic spot. Runner-up does, too, provided he finishes in the top three on three of the six apparatuses. The rest of the roster is chosen by a committee, filling out the team event squad of four, plus a fifth gymnast for individual events only.

The top two women in the all-around clinch Olympic spots. The other two team event gymnasts, plus a fifth gymnast for individual events only, are chosen by a committee. Jade Carey already clinched her own spot — individual events only — as a sixth gymnast. If Carey competes in the all-around in St. Louis, and finishes in the top two, she can accept a team event spot.

The fields are led by Simone Biles, likely competing domestically for the last time. Biles is undefeated in all-around competition for eight years.

Suni Lee and Jordan Chiles were second and third at the U.S. Championships three weeks ago, setting them up well as favorites to make the Olympic team.

Several gymnasts are in the running for the last spots, including past world championships team members Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner and Riley McCusker and junior stars in recent years Kayla DiCello, Emma Malabuyo and Leanne Wong.

For the men, Sam Mikulak is the lone returning Olympian. He has said he will retire later this year. Other U.S. all-around champions in the field include Yul Moldauer and Brody Malone.

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2021 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials Broadcast Schedule

All TV coverage also streams on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Day Event Platform Time
Thurs., June 24 Men Day 1 NBCSN/Peacock 6:30 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Apparatus Streams NBCOlympics.com/app 6:30 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Fri., June 25 Women Day 1 Olympic Channel 7:30 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Apparatus Streams NBCOlympics.com/app 7:30 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Women Day 1 NBC 8 p.m. ET/PT (LIVE ET)
Sat., June 26 Men Day 2 Olympic Channel/Peacock 3 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Apparatus Streams NBCOlympics.com/app 3 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Men Day 2 NBC 4 p.m. ET (LIVE)
Sun., June 27 Women Day 2 NBC 8 p.m. ET/PT (LIVE ET)
Apparatus Streams NBCOlympics.com/app 8 p.m. ET (LIVE)

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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