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

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Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman headline NBCSN Olympic Games Week on Saturday, part of seven hours of gymnastics programming.

From 8-11:30 p.m. ET, the London 2012 Games are featured. It starts with the team final, where the Fierce Five became the second U.S. women’s gymnastics team to earn an Olympic title.

Douglas, Raisman, Jordyn WieberMcKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross crushed Russia by 5.066 points to take gold, making good on the pre-Games attention that included a Sports Illustrated cover.

Two nights later, Douglas became the third straight American to win the all-around, the most prestigious title in gymnastics. Douglas, a Virginia native, lived with an Iowa host family to train under Liang Chow, who had coached Shawn Johnson to all-around silver in 2008.

Douglas’ year was magical. She went from seventh at the 2011 U.S. Championships to sneak onto the 2011 World team, then broke out as an unofficial competitor at the 2012 American Cup, posting a score that would have beaten Raisman and Wieber.

Raisman had an agonizing Olympic all-around, one that spurred her to come back for the Rio Games. She tied for bronze but was relegated to fourth on a tiebreaker with Russian Aliya Mustafina.

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

Later Saturday, Raisman returns for the Rio Olympic all-around (11:30 p.m.). Simone Biles ran away with the title, while Raisman distanced Mustafina for silver, a satisfying completion to her four-year journey that included two and a half years away from competition.

Raisman is not going for the Tokyo Games. Biles returned in 2018 and extended an undefeated streak that dates to 2013, winning the last two world all-around titles to become the most decorated male or female gymnast in worlds history. Biles is expected to retire after Tokyo.

Finally, at 1:30 a.m., is the 2004 Olympic women’s team final. The U.S. had high hopes after winning the 2003 World title in Los Angeles. But Romania had the best day. The U.S. took silver, at the time its best finish at an Olympics that it did not host.

That U.S. team was led by Carly Patterson, who two nights later won the all-around over Russian Svetlana Khorkina.

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Saturday, April 25

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
8 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2012 Team Final Stream Link
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2012 All-Around Final Stream Link
11:30 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2016 All-Around Final Stream Link
1:30 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2004 Team Final Stream Link

 

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

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Watch Simone Biles cap one of the most dominant Olympics for a gymnast as part of NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week programming on Sunday.

In Rio Olympic apparatus finals, Biles earned her third and fourth gold medals of the Games. In a Return to Rio broadcast at 2 p.m. ET, Biles’ triumphs on floor exercise and vault are featured.

Biles became the first female gymnast to earn four golds at an Olympics since 1984. The U.S. gymnastics team racked up nine overall medals in men’s and women’s apparatus finals.

LIVE STREAM: NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Sunday, 2 p.m. ET

Biles dominated just as she had the all-around the previous week. She won the vault by .713 of a point, the largest margin of any Olympic men’s or women’s apparatus final since the Code of Points debuted after the 2004 Athens Games. She won the floor exercise by .466, the largest margin in that event’s Olympic history, with 2012 Olympic champion Aly Raisman taking silver.

In other finals, Laurie Hernandez earned silver on the balance beam won by the Netherlands’ Sanne Wevers. Biles took bronze after nearly falling off the beam.

For Hernandez, it marked the end of a breakout Games. Though she was left out of all-around qualifying, the youngest team member became a social-media sensation with her floor exercise wink in the team final. Hernandez, in her first year as a senior gymnast, left Rio with two medals and went on to win “Dancing with the Stars.”

For Biles, it was part of her motivation to come back for another Olympics in Tokyo.

Also in Rio, American Madison Kocian took silver on the uneven bars. Kocian, who outdueled Ashton Locklear to make the Olympic team as the bars specialist, came back from a fractured left tibia six months before the Games and a partial shoulder dislocation at the Olympic Trials.

In men’s finals, Danell Leyva earned silver medals on parallel bars and high bar to finish his gymnastics career. Alex Naddour earned a pommel horse bronze by one tenth of a point.

Later Sunday, Olympic Games Week continues with Olympic films from the 1964 Tokyo Games (10:30 p.m. ET) and the 2012 London Games (1 a.m.).

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Sunday, April 19

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
2 p.m. Return to Rio Gymnastics: Individual Event Finals STREAM LINK
10:30 p.m. Olympic Films Tokyo 1964 STREAM LINK
1 a.m. Olympic Films London 2012 STREAM LINK

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

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Gabby DouglasAly Raisman and the Fierce Five gymnastics team headline NBCSN Olympic Games Week programming on Thursday.

NBCSN’s Olympic Games Week, featuring more than 100 hours of Olympic programming through April 26, shifts to Return to London coverage of the 2012 Games. All coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Eight hours of coverage Thursday includes gymnastics — women’s team final (7 p.m. ET), women’s individual finals (9 p.m.), men’s all-around (11 p.m.) — and diving — men’s finals (12 a.m.) and women’s finals (1 a.m.) — plus the women’s water polo final at 2 a.m.

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

In the women’s gymnastics team final, Douglas, Raisman, Jordyn WieberMcKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross became the second U.S. women’s team to win an Olympic title after the Magnificent Seven from 1996.

Some had dubbed them the Fab Five before the event, but the quintet preferred a more original moniker — the Fierce Five — coined by Maroney.

Two nights later, Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win an Olympic all-around title.

Douglas completed a remarkable year. Ten months earlier, she missed the world championships all-around final as the third-highest-scoring American in qualifying and was used on one of four events in the team final. She was the only American to go on all four events in the Olympic team final.

The following week, Maroney earned a vault silver medal (and, perhaps more memorably, looked unimpressed on the medal stand). Raisman, the team captain, earned two more medals — bronze on the balance beam and gold on floor exercise.

In the men’s all-around, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura completed a perfect Olympic cycle, adding gold to his three world all-around titles. American Danell Leyva rallied from 11th place after four rotations to post the highest scores of the night on parallel bars and high bar, snatching the bronze medal.

In diving, the U.S. earned its first Olympic medals since the 2000 Sydney Games. All three synchronized teams made the podium in events won by the dominant Chinese. Then, on the penultimate day of the Games, David Boudia performed the highest-scoring dive of the platform final on his sixth and final dive to take gold by a scant 1.80 points. Boudia had qualified last out of 18 divers out of the preliminaries.

The women’s water polo final pitted the U.S. against Spain. In the first three editions of Olympic women’s water polo, a favored U.S. team was relegated to silver or bronze in 2000, 2004 and 2008. This time, the Americans again appeared vulnerable, tying Spain in group play and needing overtime to get past Australia in the semifinals. They passed the final test, however, taking a 7-2 lead through three quarters and prevailing 8-5.

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NBCSN Olympic Games Week — Thursday, April 16

Time (ET) Program Events Live Stream
7 p.m. Return to London Women’s Gymnastics Team Final STREAM LINK
9 p.m. Return to London Women’s Gymnastics Individual Finals STREAM LINK
11 p.m. Return to London Men’s Gymnastics All-Around STREAM LINK
12 a.m. Return to London Men’s Diving STREAM LINK
1 a.m. Return to London Women’s Diving STREAM LINK
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Water Polo Final STREAM LINK