After a year-long wait, it's finally here. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are happening in 2021! YAY SPORTS! But in all seriousness, speaking as a person who isn't an avid sports fan, there's one sport I am very excited to watch, and that's women's gymnastics. It's a sport that shows finesse and elegance, but also involves a lot of jaw-droppingly physically-demanding and death-defying stunts.
This year is definitely going to be worth the watch, considering how long the athletes have been preparing for this moment. And we all know that the U.S. women's gymnastics team is going to slay their way to the top—especially with the GOAT and all-around champion Simone Biles competing.
Here's all the information you need to watch Team USA dominate the beam, bars, vault, and floor.
Who's on the U.S. women's gymnastics team?
There are six athletes representing the United States for women's gymnastics this year. The four team members are Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum. And the two individual participants are MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey. There are also four alternates who traveled with them to Tokyo, and they are Kayla DiCello, Kara Eaker, Leanne Wong, and Emma Malabuyo.
But both Kara Eaker and Leanne Wong are currently quarantining after Kara—who shares a room with Leanne—tested positive for COVID-19.
What events are there in women's gymnastics?
There are four events in women's artistic gymnastics (which is totally different from rhythmic gymnastics): vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercise. It depends on the team coordinator to decide which athletes will be competing in which events for the qualifications.
For the finals, only two people per country can compete, even if more than two have qualifying scores.
When can we watch the Team USA gymnasts?
Women's gymnastics — from qualifications to finals — will be playing out from July 24 to August 3. The U.S. team will start competing for the qualifications on July 25 at 2:10 a.m. to 5:45 a.m EST. After that, the athletes who qualify will be moving on to the finals. See the schedule below:
- July 27, Tuesday, 6:45 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. EST — Team event all-around final
- July 29, Thursday, 6:50 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. EST — Individual all-around final
- August 1, Sunday, 4:00 a.m. to 7:10 a.m. EST — Vault and uneven bars final
- August 2, Monday, 4:00 a.m. to 6:40 a.m. EST — Floor exercise final
- August 3, Tuesday, 4:00 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. EST — Balance beam final
I know. Weird hours. That's because they're competing on the other side of the world, so you know...it makes sense. But worry not! Because this is all going to be re-broadcast by NBC for primetime hours.
Where can I tune in to watch?
NBC owns all the Tokyo 2020 Olympics broadcasting rights in the U.S. So if you have cable or streaming services like Hulu Live and Sling, you just need to tune in to Comcast channels NBC, NBC Sports, CNBC, USA Network, the Golf Channel, or Telemundo Deportes. The Olympic Channel will, of course, also be streaming all events.
You can also watch through NBC's streaming platform Peacock live or on-demand. You can also use the NBC app or the NBC Sports app, or simply type "NBCOlympics.com" in your browser. And there you have it, folks! Now it's time to sit down, strap in, and watch great athletes defy gravity.