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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS, WRESTLING & ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT OLYMPIC SPORTS PROGRAMMING THIS WEEK ACROSS NBC SPORTS
Live TV Coverage of World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships Continues Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Live Coverage of UWW World Wrestling Championships Continues Tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
TV Coverage of UCI World Cycling Championships Begins Sunday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Additional Olympic Sports Programming This Week Includes: Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament, Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup and Cyclo-Cross World Cup
All Olympic Sports Coverage Televised and Streamed Across NBC Sports Platforms is Presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 18, 2019 – The World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, World Wrestling Championships and World Road Cycling Championships highlight extensive Olympic sports programming this week across NBC Sports.
The 2019 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, where nine Americans will compete (six in group competition and three individuals). 2016 Olympian and reigning U.S. all-around, hoop, clubs and ball champion Laura Zeng is expected to headline the Americans in the individual competition. The top 16 individual all-around finishers will earn Olympic quota spots for their nations. Three nations already qualified group quota places for the Tokyo Games (Russia, Italy and Bulgaria); the top five finishers at the 2019 World Championships (outside of the three qualified nations) will also earn quota spots for next summer’s Olympics.
Live TV coverage of the event continues tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Click here for a full schedule.
This year’s World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, includes 30 total weight classes (10 in each style – men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle, and Greco-Roman); however, only 18 of these (six in each style) are Olympic weight classes. The top six finishers in each Olympic weight class will qualify one Olympic quota place for their nations. The U.S. men will be led by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs (74kg) and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder (97kg). Burroughs aims for his sixth world or Olympic title, which would tie him for most ever with John Smith, who won two Olympic gold medals and four world titles between 1987 and 1992.
The tournament will conclude with the 97kg final, which will likely feature the third straight world finals appearance between rivals Snyder and Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulayev, who have split results in the previous two world championships. Rio Olympic bronze medalist J’Den Cox (92kg) will seek his second straight world title, while four-time world champion Adeline Gray (76kg) is expected to lead the U.S. women.
Live coverage of the event continues tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. NBCSN presents additional coverage of the event at noon ET.
For more information and a full schedule, click here.
Additionally, the 92nd edition of the World Road Cycling Championships – the pinnacle event of the international road cycling calendar – will take place in Yorkshire, England. 2016 Olympic track cycling silver medalist Chloe Dygert (individual time trial and road race) is looking to compete in both track and road competitions at the Tokyo Olympics. She is expected to lead the Americans in Yorkshire. Two-time world champion Amber Neben (individual time trial) is expected to compete as well, along with Lawson Craddock (individual time trial and road race) and Neilson Powless (road race), both of whom participated in the 2019 Vuelta a Espana.
Live coverage of the World Road Cycling Championships from Yorkshire, England begins Sunday, September 22, at 8:10 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold, with TV coverage beginning later that day at 5:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
All coverage on NBC and NBCSN will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app, in addition to NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Following are additional programming highlights this week across NBC Sports:
BEACH VOLLEYBALL OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT – HAIYANG, CHINA
OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA PRESENTS TV COVERAGE BEGINNING SATURDAY AT NOON ET
Haiyang, China, will host Olympic qualification tournaments for men’s and women’s beach volleyball this week. Tournament winners will earn quota places for their nations. No American teams will compete, as they are likely to earn their Olympic spots via FIVB Olympic points rankings next year.
TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP – KHABAROVSK, RUSSIA
OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA PRESENTS TV COVERAGE SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT ET
The Trampoline World Cup series continues with a stop in Khabarovsk, Russia. 2019 Pan American Games silver medalists Jeffrey Gluckstein and Nicole Ahsinger are expected to lead the Americans.
CYCLO-CROSS WORLD CUP – WATERLOO, WISCONSIN
LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SUNDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA AND NBC SPORTS GOLD
The Cyclo-Cross World Cup season continues with the second straight American stop in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Cyclo-cross, a non-Olympic discipline, combines cycling, steeplechase and NASCAR all into one, with athletes racing around a circuit course with steep hills, difficult descents, mud, grass, sand and dirt. Americans Kaitie Keough and Katie Compton finished second and fifth, respectively, in last year’s World Cup Standings.
Live coverage begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold with women’s elite. Coverage of men’s elite begins Sunday at 4 p.m. on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold.
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