Last minute protests marked the end of a stormy year of delay, but now . The opening ceremony was packed with entertainment, video game music and . Now when the games begin, many eyes are on Simone Biles, one of America’s biggest star athletes.
Biles enterswith a huge boost (and star power). He has more medals than any other gymnastics competitor, of which 25-19 are gold. Biles is one of six women the United States sends to compete in gymnastics, alongside Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum, Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner. The men’s team consists of five: Brody Balinese, Yul Moldauer, Shane Wiskus, Sam Mikulak and Alec Yoder.
Olympic gymnastics is made up of four events: jump, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. After a qualifying round, Biles will compete in all four. In total, Biles can win six gold medals. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won four gold medals – vault, floor, individual and team – and performed with such distinction that she was chosen as the United States flag-bearer at the closing ceremonies.
Simone Biles event start times and how to watch it
Biles gymnastics events are held between July 25 and August 3.. With the Olympics taking place in Tokyo, most of the events take place in the middle of the night. Those on the east coast will have it easier, with some events starting as late as 6:45 am, but it’s a grim time for those in the west. In a typical case reversal, the UK and Australia have it better.
Qualification: July 24, 11:10 pm PT / July 25 2:10 am ET / 7:10 am UK time / 4:10 pm AEST
Team Final: July 27, 3:45 am PT / 6:45 am ET / 11:45 am UK time / 8:45 pm AEST
Individual integral end: July 29, 3:50 am PT / 6:50 am ET / 11:50 am UK time / 8:50 pm AEST
End of the vault: August 1 amPT / 4 am ET / 9 am UK time / 6 pm AEST
Final uneven bars: August 1, 1 A.M. M. PT / 4 a. M. ET / 9 a. M. UK Time / 6 p.m. M. AEST
Final floor exercise: August 2, 1 A.M. M. PT / 4 a. M. ET / 9 a. M. UK Time / 6 p.m. M. AEST
Final balance beam: August 3, 1 A.M. M. PT / 4 a. M. ET / 9 a. M. UK Time / 6 p.m. M. AEST
Those in the US can watch the Olympics and all past events through NBC. The NBC television channel will air edited versions of the Games during prime time, but you can watch the events live onor at NBCOlympics.com. Viewers in the UK will watch through EuroSport, while Australians can watch the games through Channel 7 and the 7Plus streaming service.
What is at stake
Simone Biles has become a significant force in her own right in recent years: She is often called the greatest gymnast of all time, and after just a few Olympics she is considered a top-tier Olympian.
Her accolades go beyond medals and include being named Most Dominant Athlete of the Year by ESPN (2018), ESPN Woman of the Year (2016) and AP Female Athlete of the Year (2019). An exhibition in Tokyo consistent with Biles’ success story will be a good way to elevate her to legendary status.