Neither the U.S. men’s nor U.S. women’s gymnastics teams were able to come home with a gold medal during the team competition at the 2021 Olympic Games. The U.S. women earned the silver medal, but they were upset in stunning fashion by the Russian Olympic Committee.
Simone Biles exited the team final after one vault while dealing with a medical issue she confirmed was mental. With the world’s best gymnast out of action, Grace McCallum, Suni Lee and Jordan Chiles were able to carry Team USA to the silver.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Team USA finished in fifth place for the third consecutive Olympics. They haven’t medaled in the team event since earning the bronze in 2008 and have just six team medals in 21 Olympic appearances.
That said, the United States will hope that its competitors will fare better in the individual events. Biles will not participate in the all-around competition or the vault and uneven bars finals; her status beyond that is uncertain. Still, the U.S. women will still have plenty of chances to fight for gold in the all-around, floor, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Jade Carey and Suni Lee will be first up in the all-around final.
The men will be hoping that either Brody Malone or Sam Mikulak can help Team USA compete in the all-around on Wednesday morning. They both qualified for the event but neither ranked inside the top 10. Malone was 11th and Mikulak was 14th.
Despite the lukewarm start for the gymnastics programs — at least compared to expectations in the case of the women — Team USA will certainly bear watching in the coming days. After all, Biles is arguably the greatest gymnast ever, so her status will be a huge story through the rest of the Olympics. Her teammates will command a lot of attention, too, as they look to earn the first USA gymnastics gold medals of the 2021 Summer Games.
Here is how you can watch Team USA live at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and when each of their events will occur during the competition.
How to watch USA gymnastics at 2021 Olympics
- TV channels: NBC, USA, CNBC
NBC owns the exclusive Olympics broadcast rights so all gymnastics coverage will occur on its family of networks. NBC itself won’t be showing any live gymnastics coverage but it will be showing tape delays of the major events, including the women’s team final, in prime-time.
USA and CNBC will cover the live gymnastics events, most of which will begin between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. ET.
Team USA Olympic gymnastics live streams
- Live stream: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
Peacock, NBC’s free streaming service, will not only provide access to gymnastics coverage during the Olympics, it will also exclusively carry several of the live events, including the men’s team final. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will similarly provide simulcasts of live gymnastics events throughout the Olympics.
FuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial, is another streaming option for these events.
USA Olympics gymnastics schedule
NBC will broadcast 16 live gymnastics events during the Olympics. The most notable of the bunch is the women’s team final, which will occur on July 27 and will be broadcast live on Peacock. Here’s a look at the full list of live events.
|Saturday, July 24||Men’s Qualifying||6 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sunday, July 25||Women’s Qualifying||6 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Monday, July 26||Men’s Team Final||6 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Tuesday, July 27||Women’s Team Final||6 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Wednesday, July 28||Men’s All Around||6 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thursday, July 29||Women’s All Around||6 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thursday, July 29||Women’s Trampoline Final||8 p.m. – 2 a.m.||CNBC|
|Friday, July 30||Women’s Trampoline Final||2 a.m. – 4 a.m.||CNBC|
|Friday, July 30||Men’s Trampoline Final||8 p.m. – 2 a.m.||CNBC|
|Saturday, July 31||Men’s Trampoline Final||2 a.m. – 4 a.m.||CNBC|
|Sunday, August 1||Event Finals||4 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Monday, August 2||Event Finals||4 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Tuesday, August 3||Event Finals||4 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thursday, August 5||Rhythmic Individual Qualifying||8 p.m. – 12:15 a.m.||CNBC|
|Friday, August 6||Rhythmic Group Qualifying||9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.||USA|
|Saturday, August 7||Rhythmic Group Final||6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.||USA|