Olympic gymnastics live results, updates, highlights from 2021 women’s team finals

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team was heavily favored to win the gold medal coming into the 2021 Olympics. It is still the favorite, but after a rough qualifying session that saw the Americans surprisingly finish second, the door may be open for an upset.

The Russian Olympic Committee beat Team USA by 1.067 points in qualifying Sunday morning. Jordan Chiles struggled and Simone Biles commited a rare 0.3-point penalty during her floor routine.

That outing may have been just a blip on the radar. After all, Team USA still easily qualified for the eight-team competition despite its slips. Nonetheless, Biles, Chiles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum will have to do a lot to quiet the criticism surrounding their performances as they look to earn the United States a third consecutive gymnastics team gold medal.

Biles should be able to do that, but how will the other gymnasts, who lack Olympic experience, fare? That’s the biggest question Team USA will have to answer in its quest to take home gold again.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from the team competition at the Olympics. Here are the best and brightest moments from Biles and Co. (All times Eastern.)

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Olympics gymnastics live results, highlights from women’s team finals

8:46 a.m. — Viktoriia Listunova posts a 14.166. That should clinc the gold for the ROC.

8:38 a.m. — Chiles stepped out of bounds early in her routing and proceeded to fall in the corner later in her routine. She scores an 11.700 on the floor. With a clean run, ROC can all but clinch the Olympic gold.

8:35 a.m. — Vladislava Urazova put together a nice, clean performance on the floor for the ROC. However, she scored just a 13.366 compared to McCallum’s 13.500. ROC’s advantage shrinks to about 0.6 points. 

8:29 a.m. — McCallum was strong on the floor, but she did step one foot out of bounds. That leaves almost no room for error for Chiles and Lee in the final event. They may need some help from the ROC.

8:22 a.m. — It will all come down to the floor exercises. Team USA trails the ROC by 0.8 points after Jordan Chiles performs well on the beam to keep pace with the ROC. Buckle up.

Place Country Score
1 Russian Olympic Committee 128.03
2 United States 127.23
3 Italy 124.53
4 Japan 122.548
5 Great Britain 122.331
6 China 121.83
7 France 119.664
8 Belgium 118.063

8:14 a.m. — Suni Lee put forth a 14.133 on the balance beam. That gives Team USA a 0.1-point lead on the ROC. Game on.

8:09 a.m. — Another ROC competitor, Angelina Melnikova, fell off the beam as well. That will give Team USA another chance to eat into that lead. Suni Lee is up next.

8:08 a.m. — And another update on Biles. USA Gymnastics is reporting that she is, in fact, dealing with a medical injury.

8:01 a.m. — McCallum’s beam routine is in the books. She has posted a 13.666 after the ROC’s first competitor logged a 12.633. Team USA is now within 1.5 points of the ROC.

7:57 a.m. — Up first is the beam. The ROC’s Vladislava Urazova just had a fall on the balance beam, so that could give Team USA a chance to make up some points if they can stay clean on the event.

7:51 a.m. — After the second rotation, the ROC still leads with Team USA in second place. ROC’s 2.5-point lead is looking pretty solid with Simone Biles out for the rest of the competition.

Place Country Score
1 Russian Olympic Committee 88.498
2 United States 85.998
3 Italy 83.031
4 China 82.665
5 Japan 82.415
6 France 79.864
7 Great Britain 79.199
8 Belgium 76.331

7:49 a.m. — Another update on Simone Biles: Her decision to withdraw from competition wasn’t injury related. It’s related to a mental issue.

7:40 a.m. — Suni Lee just provided Team USA with a big boost. She put up a 15.400 mark on the uneven bars. That the highest score on that apparatus at the Olympics so far.

7:29 a.m. — Simone Biles is OUT for the remainder of the team finals. Wow. Team USA will have to use Grace McCallum, Suni Lee and Jordan Chiles on all remaining events.

7:27 a.m. — Grace McCallum landed a 13.700 solid routine on the bars to start for Team USA. That was much-needed after the team’s start on the vault.

7:25 a.m. — Jordan Chiles is warming up on the uneven bars. Originally, she wasn’t expected to participate in that event. According to the NBC broadcast, she will be replacing Biles on the event.

7:21 a.m. — Simone Biles left the floor with a trainer after that first rotation. She may just be getting taped up before the uneven bars, but this certainly will be something to watch moving forward. If she’s dealing with any type of injury, that would significantly hurt Team USA’s gold medal chances.

7:18 a.m. — Through one rotation, ROC leads the field. Team USA is in second place and has some ground to make up in the final three events.

Place Country Score
1 Russian Olympic Committee 43.799
2 United States 42.732
3 France 41.399
4 China 41.066
5 Italy 40.366
6 Japan 40.066
7 Great Britain 38.866
8 Belgium 36.999

7:13 a.m. — As the FIG explains, Biles’ vault ended up performing what would normally be called an Amanar. She just came out of the final twist early.

7:06 a.m. — After the vault, ROC is ahead of Team USA by about a point after the vault. Vault is viewed as one of Team USA’s strongest events, so this is a surprise to start.

7:03 a.m. — Simone Biles put forth an uncharacteristically tough vault with the broadcast noting that she got “lost in the air” and bailed out trying to land it. Biles took a little hop after landing with bent knees on the event. She scored a 13.766 on the vault, the lowest score of the three U.S. competitors on the day.

7:01 a.m. — Jordan Chiles has posted a 14.666 on the vault. That was the best score of the vault on the day before ROC’s Liliia Akhaimova bested her.

6:55 a.m. — McCallum’s vault is in the books. She landed a foot out of bounds on the landing, which will be an automatic 0.1-point penalty. She posts a 14.300 to kickstart USA’s competition.

6:48 a.m. — McCallum, Chiles and Biles will compete for Team USA on the vault. Biles finished first on the vault during Sunday’s qualifying, posting a mark of 15.183 despite a 0.3-point penalty.

6:45 a.m. — All right, let’s get this show on the road. Team USA will begin its quest for its third consecutive gold medal shortly as introductions are underway.

6:37 a.m. — It looks like Team USA will start on the vault alongside the ROC. Then, it’ll be the bars, beam and finally, the floor. Grace McCallum will be first to perform for the U.S. on each event.

6:28 a.m. — Team USA has won the last two Olympic gold medals in the women’s team competition. In 2012, the U.S. won handily, beating second-place Russia by 5.066 points. In 2016, Team USA won by an even wider margin over Russia. The “Final Five” held an 8.209-point lead at the end of competition.

6:24 a.m. — Just how close can the scoring get in gymnastics? The Russian Olympic Committee beat Team USA by 1.067 points in Sunday’s qualifying. That came despite an unusually rocky qualifying for Team USA, so regardless of what happens, this competition will be close.

6:21 a.m. — Scoring reminder: Each team will have three gymnasts compete on the four events — floor exercise, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Those three scores will count towards the team total for the competition. That leaves little room for error for the gymnasts, and any penalties racked up on the day could have a big impact on the final outcome of this meet.

6:15 a.m. — Just 30 minutes until the start of the women’s team final. The starting lineup for the U.S. women is expected to feature Simone Biles on all three events along with Grace McCallum, who will surprisingly get a four-event nod over Jordan Chiles after Chiles’ disappointing qualifying. Chiles and Suni Lee will each compete in two events.

Event Participants
Floor Simone Biles, Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles
Vault Simone Biles, Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles
Uneven bars Simone Biles, Grace McCallum, Suni Lee
Beam Simone Biles, Grace McCallum, Suni Lee

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

The women’s team final will begin at 6 a.m. ET and will primarily be broadcast on NBC’s free streaming app, Peacock. The app will also allow users to rewatch events after they happen. Those who aren’t able to watch the early-morning coverage can watch a tape-delayed telecast on NBC in prime time. 

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Olympic gymnastics schedule 2021

The Olympic gymnasts’ focus will turn to the all-around final after the team final Tuesday. Team USA’s Simone Biles and Suni Lee will compete in the all-around Thursday morning. Event finals will take place Aug. 1-3 and will be flanked by trampoline competitions and rhythmic qualifying and finals, both group and individual.

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.

Date Event Time (ET) Channel
Tue, July 27 Women’s Team Final 6-11 a.m. Peacock
Wed, July 28 Men’s All Around 6-11 a.m. Peacock
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




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