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Simone Biles, Sam Mikulak Close Out Gymnastics Worlds & More From Team USA This Weekend

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 02, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)


As you settle into your weekend, Team USA athletes are getting ready to compete all around the world. Keep track of some of the biggest events and how to follow them on Team USA This Weekend.


Gymnastics World Championships
Simone Biles competes at the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Oct. 30, 2018 in Doha, Qatar.

Simone Biles, a five-time medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, may leave the world championships this weekend with a medal haul just as impressive.

After helping the U.S. women secure a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a team title on Tuesday in Doha, Qatar, Biles won her record fourth world all-around title on Thursday and finishes up the world championships by competing in all four women’s event finals Friday and Saturday.

She had the top qualifying scores in three events (vault, balance beam and floor exercise), and finished second on the uneven bars. One more world title will give Biles—who also won four gold medals in Rio—the record for most in a career. She’s currently tied with former Russian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo at 12.

Biles is among five Americans competing in the event finals.

Biles and Morgan Hurd, who finished third in Thursday’s all-around final, will compete Friday on uneven bars, and Biles is on vault. Kara Eaker joins Biles in the balance beam final Saturday. Both Biles and Hurd are in the floor exercise final.

On the men’s side, two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak also reached the event finals in four events.

Mikulak, who fell just short of winning his first individual medal when he finished fifth in Wednesday’s all-around final, competes in the floor exercise and pommel horse finals on Friday, and parallel bars and high bar on Saturday. Yul Moldauer is also in the floor final.

More than 500 gymnasts from 76 nations are competing for 42 medals.

TV: 9 a.m. ET Friday and Saturday, Olympic Channel; 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, NBCSN; 3 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Weightlifting World Championships
Sarah Robles reacts at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic bronze medalist Sarah Robles is back to defend her world title at this year’s world championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Last year in Anaheim, California, she became the first U.S. weightlifter in 23 years to win a world title. Robles, along with 2017 world medalists Harrison Maurus and Mattie Rogers, are among 20 Americans competing in the world championships, which go through Nov. 10. The event is the first to award ranking points toward the 2020 Olympic Games.


Helsinki Grand Prix of Figure Skating
Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay compete at the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 6, 2018 in San Jose, Calif.

Eight American skaters are competing in the third stop of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in Helsinki, Finland. Making their senior grand prix debuts are Alex Krasnozhon in the men’s competition, and Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko in ice dance. Angela Wang will skate in the women’s competition. Other participants include Deanna Stellato and 2014 Olympian Nathan Bartholomay in pairs, and Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter in ice dance.

TV: 1 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 9 a.m. Friday, 6:45 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday, NBC Sports Gold

Short Track Speedskating World Cup
Aaron Tran skates during the men's 1500-meter Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. 

The short track world cup season begins this week, with 2018 Olympians Thomas Hong, Aaron Tran and Maame Biney among 12 U.S. skaters competing in the season opener in Calgary, Alberta. Joining Biney on the women’s side are Corinne Stoddard, Kristen Santos, Danielle Amos, Elizabeth Johnson and Jamie Jurak. On the men’s side, Jonathan So, Adam Callister, Youth Olympian Aaron Heo and Brandon Kim are joining Hong and Tran.

TV: 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Olympic Channel

New York City Marathon
Shalane Flanagan is back to try to defend her women’s championship from last year, which ended a 40-year U.S. drought. Defending Boston Marathon champ Des Linden will be among her biggest challengers when the race takes place on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, Tatyana McFadden leads the women’s wheelchair contingent, while 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk, coming off a win last month in Chicago, leads the men’s wheelchair racers. But the race isn’t just about elites. The seemingly endless lines of runners on streets and bridges of New York will include retired Olympic luger Erin Hamlin, as well as 2009 NYC men’s champ Meb Keflezighi. The wheelchair athletes begin at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the elite women at 9:20 a.m. and elite men at 9:50 a.m.

Softball’s Japan Cup
The USA Softball Women’s National Team is back in Japan for the first time since it secured a berth at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by winning the 2018 world championship earlier this year. Team USA faces host Japan in its final preliminary-round game Friday. The playoffs are Saturday in Takasaki.

Rolex Paris Masters
Americans John Isner and Jack Sock are playing in this week’s Rolex Paris Masters. Isner is the No. 8 seed and Sock is No. 16 in men’s singles. Austin Krajicek of the U.S. is teaming up with Nikola Mektic of Croatia in the doubles tournament. The finals are Sunday.

“Curling Night in America”
Curl up to the TV for the fourth episode of “Curling Night in America” on Friday night. In Episode 4, the U.S. women take on Japan. The show goes from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

UCI Urban Cycling World Cup
Before the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships begin next week in Chengdu, China, the same venue hosts a BMX Freestyle World Cup this weekend. The competition includes BMX freestyle park, mountain bike freestyle and flatland. The finals in men’s and women’s BMX park, which makes its Olympic debut in 2020, are Sunday.

Swimming World Cup
The fifth stop in the FINA World Cup tour is this week in Beijing. Blake Pieroni, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 4x100 freestyle, enters this week’s competition in third place in the seasonstandings, with 13 medals.

Big Air Snowboarding
The FIS Snowboarding World Cup resumes Saturday in Modena, Italy. The big air competition will be held Saturday night, with runs beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Big Air Skiing
Modena will also host a skiing big air competition on Sunday. The runs are scheduled to begin at noon ET.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.