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Friday, May 22nd, 2020
SIMONE BILES, SAM MIKULAK, JADE CAREY, SUNI LEE, & YUL MOLDAUER HEADLINE 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEK – GYMNASTICS, BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY 25, AT 8 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Biles Sets All-Time Medal Record at World Gymnastics Championships
NBC Sports’ Terry Gannon Will Introduce Nightly Coverage Throughout the Week’s Gymnastics Competitions
2019 World Championships Week – Gymnastics Features 30+ Hours of Historic Moments From the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships
All Olympic Sports Coverage Televised and Streamed Across NBC Sports Platforms is Presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 22, 2020 – Beginning Monday, May 25, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA presents some of the most unforgettable moments from the world’s best gymnasts during next week’s primetime 2019 World Championships Week – Gymnastics, continuing the network’s 2019 World Championships Week coverage, which spans a multitude of Olympic and Paralympic sports over the next several weeks.
From Monday, May 25, through Saturday, May 30 (starting at 8 p.m. ET), and Sunday, May 31 (starting at 10 a.m. ET), 2019 World Championships Week – Gymnastics features over 30 hours of programming from the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships from Stuttgart, Germany. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak, four-time world medalist Jade Carey, three-time world medalist Suni Lee, and 2017 world bronze medalist (floor exercise) Yul Moldauer highlight the competition. Based on the current apparatus World Cup standings, Carey has mathematically clinched an individual spot for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The U.S. women’s team finished the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships atop the medal table with eight medals. Considered by many as the greatest gymnast of all time, Biles brought her career total to 25 world medals (including 19 gold), which is the most in gymnastics history for a male or female. Biles also became the first gymnast since 1958 to earn five gold medals at a single world championships. In qualifying, Biles made history debuting two new skills for the first time on the international stage – a double-twisting double back dismount off balance beam and triple-twisting double back on floor exercise.
NBC Sports host and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon will introduce coverage throughout the week’s gymnastics competitions. Gannon called the event, joined by analysts Tim Daggett (two-time Olympic medalist) and Nastia Liukin (five-time Olympic medalist and 2008 Olympic all-around champion), and reporter Andrea Joyce.
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.
MONDAY, MAY 25 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: WOMEN’S TEAM FINAL
During the women’s team final, the U.S. women won their fifth consecutive team title, which ties a record set by Romania. The USA amassed a total score of 172.330, with margin of victory of nearly six points ahead of Russia (166.529). Italy won the bronze medal (164.796) – its first world medal in the women’s team event since 1950.
The American women have also won every Olympic and world championship title since 2011. The 2019 U.S. women’s world team included Simone Biles, Jade Carey, Suni Lee, and members of the gold medal-winning team at the 2018 World Championships – Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker.
|Women’s Team Final||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
TUESDAY, MAY 26 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: MEN’S TEAM FINAL
Rebounding from a disappointing seventh-place ranking in the qualification round, the U.S. men turned in a solid performance to finish fourth in the men’s team final (254.578). Russia earned its first world men’s gymnastics team title since the breakup of the Soviet Union with 261.726 points, nearly one point ahead of China (260.729), who won 11 of the last 14 world team titles. Japan rounded out the top three with 258.159.
Members of the 2019 U.S. men’s world team included Sam Mikulak, Yul Moldauer, 2019 U.S. vault champion Shane Wiskus, 2018 U.S. still rings champion Trevor Howard, and 2018 world team member Akash Modi.
|Men’s Team Final||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: WOMEN’S ALL-AROUND FINAL
From Stuttgart, Simone Biles won her fifth world all-around title, extending her record for most world all-around titles by a woman. Biles is also just one title behind Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who has six men’s all-around titles.
With 58.999 points, Biles finished 2.1 points ahead of silver medalist Tang Xijing of China (56.899). Biles also had the highest score on three events (vault, balance beam, and floor exercise) with the third-best score on the uneven bars. Russia’s Angelina Melnikova was third at 56.399, while 2019 world team gold medalist Suni Lee finished eighth with 55.632.
|Women’s All-Around Final||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
THURSDAY, MAY 28 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: MEN’S ALL-AROUND FINAL
In the men’s all-around final, Americans Sam Mikulak finished seventh (85.691) and Yul Moldauer placed 16th overall (82.330) in Stuttgart. Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan went 1-2, respectively, at 88.772 and 87.165, while reigning Olympic silver medalist Oleg Vernyayev won Ukraine’s first world medal in the men’s all-around, taking bronze with 86.973.
|Men’s All-Around Final||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
FRIDAY, MAY 29 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS – DAY 1
Kicking off the first day of individual event finals, five-time world vault medalist Simone Biles and 2017 world vault silver medalist Jade Carey finished 1-2 in the women’s vault final. Great Britain’s Ellie Downie rounded out the top three. At this point, Biles’ 23rd world medal tied six-time Olympic gold medalist Vitaly Scherbo en route to breaking the all-time world gymnastics championships medal record. Meanwhile, Suni Lee claimed the bronze on the uneven bars. Belgium’s Nina Derwael successfully defended her 2018 world bars title, while Great Britain’s Becky Downie earned silver.
On the men’s side, Filipino Carlos Yulo and Turkey’s Ibrahim Colak each won their nation’s first world titles with golds on floor exercise and still rings, respectively. Reigning Olympic pommel horse champion Max Whitlock of Great Britain earned his third world pommel horse title.
|Individual Event Finals – Day 1||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
SATURDAY, MAY 30 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS – DAY 2
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team dominated individual event finals in Stuttgart with six world medals. With a total of five world titles in Stuttgart, Simone Biles became the first gymnast since 1958 to earn five gold medals at a single world championships. Biles ended the 2019 World Championships with a career total of 25 world medals (19 gold), which is the most in gymnastics history for a male or female.
Adding to her team, all-around, and vault titles, Biles led the historic day with a pair of gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise. Following Biles in the balance beam final were China’s Liu Tingting and Li Shijia earning second and third, respectively, while American Kara Eaker just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish. In the floor exercise final, the U.S. women went 1-2 with Biles a full point ahead of teammate Suni Lee, who won silver. Russia’s Angelina Melnikova completed the medal podium with a bronze medal.
On the men’s side, Sam Mikulak took fifth on high bar with a routine that included the tricky Liukin release. Brazil’s Arthur Mariano took the title, followed by 2017 world high bar champion Tin Srbic (Croatia) in second and nine-time world medalist Artur Dalaloyan of Russia in third. Rounding out the men’s world champions were Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy on vault and Great Britain’s Joe Fraser on parallel bars, a first world title for his nation on this event.
|Individual Event Finals – Day 2||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
SUNDAY, MAY 31 – 2019 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: TEAM FINALS, ALL-AROUND FINALS, & EVENT FINALS (ENCORES)
An all-day marathon of the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships begins next Sunday, May 31, with encore presentations of all six days of finals competition. 16 hours of coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
Arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, Simone Biles highlights the day with her record-breaking five world gold medals en route to a career total of 25 world medals, which is the most in gymnastics history for a male or female.
|Women’s Team Final (encore)||10 a.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Men’s Team Final (encore)||Noon||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Women’s All-Around Final (encore)||3 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Men’s All-Around Final (encore)||5 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Individual Event Finals – Day 1 (encore)||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Individual Event Finals – Day 2 (encore)||11 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
World Championships Week continues in the coming weeks with nightly primetime coverage from the 2019 World Championships in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports. Below is highlighted sports content for the next few weeks, with more to follow:
- Week of May 25: Gymnastics
- Week of June 1: Diving
- Week of June 8: Beach Volleyball