Team USA was heavily favored to take home the gold at the women’s gymnastics all-around competition entering the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. After all, the country hasn’t lost the all-around gold at the Olympics since 2000, when Romania’s Andreea Raducan took home the top honor.
Carly Patterson started Team USA’s streak in 2004. Since then, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles have continued it.
Biles was expected to win the event again at the 2021 Olympics. She hasn’t lost an all-around competition since 2013, and the 24-year-old qualified first for the all-around final. It looked like she would have a chance to keep the streak going.
However, Biles is out of action for the event. She withdrew from the U.S. women’s team final as a result of a medical issue. Team USA later announced that she would not participate in the all-around final “in order to focus on her mental health.”
With Biles out of commission, the United States will rely on two women to get the job done. Suni Lee, 18, qualified in third place for the all-around competition. She is a star on the uneven bars and finished just under 0.6 points back of Biles’ total during qualifying with a mark of 57.166.
Meanwhile, Biles will be replaced in the lineup by Jade Carey. The 21-year-old finished ninth in qualifying but wasn’t previously in the field given the “two per country” rule used in Olympic gymnastics. Now, the vault and floor specialist will have a chance to compete for a gold medal after finishing in the top 20 of three of the four events during qualifying.
Biles isn’t the only North American star that isn’t competing in the all-around. Canada’s Ellie Black also withdrew from the competition as a result of an ankle injury. Black had qualified 24th overall with a score of 53.699. Canada will have just one participant in the final as a result, Brooklyn Moors.
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Olympics gymnastics live results, highlights from women’s all-around finals
7:36 a.m. — Carey’s completed her uneven bars routinee largely without issue. She had a flat handstand and didn’t get to the low bar as quickly as she was supposed to, but she didn’t suffer any falls en route to a solid 13.500. That’s lower than her qualifying score in the event — the difficulty alone was 0.3 points lower in Thursday’s competition — but she will remain in the hunt with one of her best events, floor, still yet to come.
7:33 a.m. — The leader, Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade, put up a terrific effort on the bars. It was very clean and she stuck the landing. She posts a strong 14.666, nearly 0.5 points better than her qualifying number, and has put some pressure on Carey and Lee to match her on the bars.
7:28 a.m. — For those wondering, Jade Carey posted a 14.133 (20th place) on the uneven bars during qualifying. It was her third-best event of the four behind vault and floor.
7:25 a.m. — Up next for Team USA will be the uneven bars. This is Suni Lee’s chance to make up some ground on Andrade and Carey. After getting a great score on her weakest event, Lee will look to make the leap toward the top of the leaderboard.
7:21 a.m. — After one rotation, Carey and Lee are well-positioned to make a run for the gold. They are in second and fourth place respectively. Here’s a look at the leaderboard so far:
|2||Jade Carey||United States||15.200|
|3||Angelina Melnikova||Russian Olympic Committee||14.633|
|4||Suni Lee||United States||14.600|
|5||Vladislava Urazova||Russian Olympic Committee||14.500|
7:04 a.m. — Jade Carey’s first vault is in. She landed her vault with a tiny hop at the end on one of the most difficult vaults in the competition. She logs a 15.200 and is just 0.1 points behind Rebeca Andrade after the event.
7:01 a.m. — For those wondering, Lee had scored a 14.333 in qualfying, good for 23rd on the vault. She would’ve tied for 12th in qualifying with a 14.600, so needless to say, her improvement will have a positive impact on her chances of winning the gold.
6:58 a.m. — And her comes Suni Lee on the vault. She sticks a landing on it. A very good start for the 18-year-old, as she picks up a 14.600 on the vault, an event that is arguably her weakest event.
6:55 a.m. — The broadcast makes a good point about this being the third day of competition in the last five for women that were involved in the team final. If there’s any fatigue from these participants and top competitors, that could benefit the individual gymnasts, like Jade Carey, who didn’t participate in the team competition.
6:53 a.m. — All right, here we go. The gymnasts are warming up, and Suni Lee will be the first American to compete in an event on the vault.
6:47 a.m. — We’re about to get underway. Here’s a Jade Carey highlight posted by Team USA to get you pumped up.
6:35 a.m. — Just 15 minutes left until the event officially gets underway. It’s set to begin at 6:50 a.m. ET, or 7:50 p.m. Tokyo time.
6:31 a.m. — Lieke Wevers from the Netherlands is the alternate who replaced Canada’s Ellie Black, who had to withdraw due to an ankle injury. Wevers, 29, scored a 53.365 in qualifying, good for 32nd overall in the competition, and finished no higher than 23rd overall on any single event.
6:28 a.m. — The two Team USA competitors will be in a group of six gymnasts that includes most of their strongest competition for the event. Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade finished second in qualifying; Belgium’s Nina Derwael was the only gymnasts to best Suni Lee on the uneven bars in qualifying; and, of course, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova were key members of the ROC’s gold-medal-winning team.
6:21 a.m. — The rotation order is in for Thursday’s competition. Suni Lee and Jade Carey will begin on the vault. Carey placed second on the vault during all-around qualifying behind only Rebeca Andrade, so she’ll have a chance to get off to a strong start.
6:10 a.m. — In case you need a reason to get excited about today’s event, Team USA shared an incredible slo-mo look at Suni Lee on the uneven bars, her best event.
How to watch Olympic gymnastics in USA
- Time: 6 a.m. ET
- TV channels: NBC (U.S.) | CBC (Canada)
- Live stream: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App, fuboTV
Coverage of the women’s team final will begin at 6 a.m. ET. It will primarily be broadcast on NBC’s free streaming app, Peacock. The app will also allow users to rewatch events after they happen. NBC will also offer a tape-delayed telecast of the event in prime time for those who can’t watch the early-morning coverage.
Olympic gymnastics schedule 2021
The Olympic gymnasts’ focus has turned to individual events with the team competitions in the books. After the all-around final, Team USA will be looking ahead to the individual event finals, which are set to take place Aug. 1-3. Right now, Suni Lee, Jade Carey and Simone Biles are set to participate in all of the individual events, but that could change with Biles’ status uncertain.
Most of the events will be broadcast on Peacock, CNBC and USA, but those hoping to catch some of the action in prime time are in luck. NBC will re-air gymnastics events most nights with a focus on the women’s squad.
|Thu, July 29||Women’s All Around||6-11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thu, July 29||Women’s Trampoline Final||8 p.m.-2 a.m.||CNBC|
|Fri, July 30||Women’s Trampoline Final||2-4 a.m.||CNBC|
|Fri, July 30||Men’s Trampoline Final||8 p.m.-2 a.m.||CNBC|
|Sat, July 31||Men’s Trampoline Final||2-4 a.m.||CNBC|
|Sun, Aug. 1||Event Finals||4-11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Mon, Aug. 2||Event Finals||4-11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Tue, Aug. 3||Event Finals||4-11 a.m.||Peacock|
|Thu, Aug. 5||Rhythmic Individual Qualifying||8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.||CNBC|
|Fri, Aug. 6||Rhythmic Group Qualifying||9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.||USA|
|Sat, Aug. 7||Rhythmic Group Final||6-11:30 p.m.||USA|