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WATCH LIVE: Simone Biles eyes more history at U.S. Gymnastics Championships

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Simone Biles goes for a record-tying sixth U.S. women’s all-around title, live on NBC and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app on Sunday night.

Biles carries a 1.75-point lead from the first night of competition Friday, where she debuted a new floor exercise pass and a balance beam dismount that should be named after her come October’s world championships.

Biles is looking to match Clara Schroth Lomady‘s record six women’s titles from the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s. Biles, on a six-year win streak, won her tune-up event, last month’s U.S. Classic, by 2.1 points, her largest margin of victory of her four titles in that competition.

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Gymnasts are competing to impress selectors for the five-woman team for worlds in Stuttgart, Germany. The roster will be named after a September selection camp, but strong showings this weekend could go a long way.

Sunisa Lee, bidding for her first world team, was the surprise in second place after Friday’s session. Riley McCusker, the runner-up to Biles at the U.S. Classic, and Morgan Hurd, the 2017 World all-around champion during Biles’ post-Rio year off, were in fourth and eighth place, respectively.

The U.S. women won all six Olympic or world team titles dating to 2011, the longest dynasty since the Soviet Union teams of the 1970s.

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WATCH LIVE: Simone Biles starts U.S. Gymnastics Championships

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Simone Biles begins her quest for a record-tying sixth U.S. all-around title, live on NBC Sports on Friday night.

Biles is the massive favorite at the two-day U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, where athletes are vying for national titles and to impress selectors for the five-woman team for October’s world championships.

NBCSN airs first-day coverage from 8-10 p.m. ET. Subscribers can also stream it on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

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Biles, undefeated in all-around competitions for six years, took one year off after earning four golds in Rio and came back more dominant than ever. She swept all the golds at last year’s nationals and then won her fourth world all-around title by her biggest margin yet despite two falls and a kidney stone.

On Friday and Sunday, she will compete to tie the U.S. women’s record of six all-around titles held by  Clara Schroth Lomady, who competed in the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s.

The closest challengers to Biles are 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker, who was second to Biles at the U.S. Classic tune-up meet last month.

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Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak each eye their record sixth national all-around titles at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, live on NBC Sports this weekend.

Biles, undefeated in all-around competitions for six years, and Mikulak, a two-time Olympian, headline the fields in Kansas City, where gymnasts are competing to prove their worth for spots on October’s world championships teams.

The five-member men’s and women’s world teams will be chosen following September selection camps.

Biles enters nationals looking unbeatable and en route to tying Clara Schroth Lomady‘s record six women’s titles from the AAU era in the 1940s and ’50s. Biles won her tune-up event, last month’s U.S. Classic, by 2.1 points, her largest margin of victory of her four titles in that competition.

Last year, after taking 2017 off from competition, she swept U.S. Classic, U.S. Championships and world championships all-around titles, winning her fourth world title by her largest margin yet despite two falls and a kidney stone.

The other podium favorites include 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker, who was runner-up at the U.S. Classic.

For the second straight year, Mikulak is the lone Olympian in the men’s competition. His gap over the field is smaller than Biles’, with 2017 U.S. all-around champion Yul Moldauer the top challenger.

Last year, Mikulak joined Blaine Wilson as the only men to win five U.S. all-around titles in the post-AAU era. Then he broke through with his first individual world championships medal, a high bar bronze, after coming back from Achilles tears in 2015 and 2017.

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