How to watch the Olympic gymnastics individual events in Tokyo originally appeared on NBC SportsBoston
The gymnastics goat will be front and center at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles will have a chance to break the record for Olympic gold medals won by an American after winning four gold medals in Rio de Janeiro. Biles is the favorite to repeat in various individual events at the 2021 Tokyo Games.
While Biles is the top draw, there are other women and men from the United States and around the world vying for the Olympic podium in individual gymnastics events.
Here is the schedule, streaming information and more ahead of the gymnastics competitions in Tokyo:
Where can I stream men’s and women’s gymnastics online?
Below is the full schedule of events and streams for Individual Artistic Gymnastics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. NBCOlympics.com will have follow-up feeds from Team USA throughout the Games.
Men’s Subdivision 1 qualifier: Friday, July 23, 9 p.m. ET (Flux)
2-Man Subdivision Qualification: Saturday, July 24, 1:30 a.m. ET (Flux)
Women’s Subdivision 1 Qualifier: Saturday, July 24, 8:30 p.m. ET (Flux)
Women’s 2 Subdivision Qualifier: Saturday, July 24, 10:50 p.m. ET (Flux)
Women’s 4-Sub Division Qualifier: Sunday, July 25, 4:05 a.m. ET (Flux)
Women’s 5th Subdivision Qualifier: Sunday, July 25, 7:20 a.m. ET (Flux)
Women’s Individual All-Around Final: Thursday, July 29, 6:45 a.m. ET (Flux)
Event Finals for Men’s Floor Exercise, Women’s Vault, Men’s Pommel Horse and Women’s Uneven Bars: Sunday, August 1, 4 a.m. ET (Flux)
Apparatus Finals for Men’s Rings, Women’s Floor Exercise and Men’s Vault: Monday, August 2, 4 a.m. ET (Flux)
Event Finals for Men’s Parallel Bars, Women’s Balance Beam and Men’s High Bar: Tuesday, August 3, 4 a.m. ET (Flux)
The full NBC Olympics viewing schedule is available here.
What are the gymnastics events at the Olympics?
There are seven individual gymnastics events for men and five for women at the Olympics. For men, there are floor exercises, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar and individual all-around. For women, there are floor exercises, vaulting, uneven bars, balance beam and individual all-around.
Qualification for all individual and team events takes place in subdivisions – three for men and five for women. In Tokyo, the USA men’s and women’s teams will be in Subdivision 3 for their respective competition. From there, the Team All-Around Final, Individual All-Around Final, and Individual Event Finals take place.
All gymnastics competitions for the Tokyo Olympics will be held at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.
Who are the favorites in gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics?
The United States won the most gymnastics medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics with 12, the most gold medals with four and the most silver medals with six. Russia was just behind the United States with 11 overall, three gold medals and five silver. Both nations are once again among the heavyweights in Tokyo.
Biles is responsible for those four U.S. golds, winning the team all-around, individual all-around, vault and floor exercises, and also won a bronze medal on balance beam. Based on her recent performance, she’s on track to bring back more gear this summer. Biles earned top marks on vault, balance beam, floor and all-around at the US Olympic Trials in June, although it looked like she was saving some of her best work for the Olympics themselves.
Still, there are other members of the American team who could challenge for the podium.
Suni Lee had the highest score on uneven bars and balance beam in the trials and will be among the contenders for those events in Tokyo. His second-place finish in the individual all-around behind Biles also bodes well for a strong showing at the Olympics.
Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey round out the US women’s gymnastics team. Chiles won three medals in the trials while Skinner won a silver in the vault. Carey, although she didn’t compete in the trials and won’t be in the team event, has a chance to fight on vault after taking silver at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
Around the world, China’s Tang Xijing, Russia’s Angelina Melnikova and Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber will be names to watch in the individual events.
On the men’s side, Team USA is made up of Brody Malone, Sam Mikulak, Yul Moldauer, Shane Wiskus and Alec Yoder. Mikulak had the best result in an individual event of any American at the 2019 world championships with a fifth-place finish on horizontal bar. He also did the best of all Americans in the all-around, placing seventh. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, Malone won the individual all-around and the horizontal bar, Mikulak won the floor, Yoder won the pommel horse, and Moldauer won the parallel bars.
Looking around the world, Russia won the team event at the 2019 World Championships while China won silver and Japan won gold, so expect strong individual outings from athletes from these country at the Olympics. The United States and Great Britain placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Britain’s Max Whitlock is the reigning Olympic champion in floor exercise and pommel horse. Russian Nikita Nagornyy is another key name to watch as he aims to win on vault and help the Russian team to the top step of the podium after taking silver in Rio.
Another returning Olympic champion will be looking to win gold in his home country. Japan’s Kohei Uchimura won gold in the team and individual all-around at the 2016 Olympics, but will only be a specialist in the high bar event at his fourth and final Olympics.