Remember when Kerri Strug landed on one foot? Or when Gabby Douglas became the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold for individual all-around? Or McKayla Maroney’s meme-worthy smirk? These are the moments that make the summer Olympic Games great. And, with the 2016 Olympics in Rio just around the corner, women’s gymnastics fans are getting psyched for the games to begin. But, what is the 2016 Olympics schedule for women’s gymnastics events, so you can plan your summer accordingly?
While some viewers may start watching the summer Olympics because it’s TV's off-season and, well, it’s on, we keep watching because the athleticism, emotion, and patriotism are mesmerizing. There is something about the Olympics that makes it hard to look away. After many years of viewing, we all have our favorite events, and a popular one has always been women’s gymnastics. Because, let’s face it, our American gymnasts kick butt! So, if you want to watch the women do their thing this year on the mat, beams, and bars, have no fear, Bustle is here with the 2016 Olympic schedule for women’s gymnastic events — and more reasons why you should catch them.
Sunday, Aug. 7 (Olympics Day 2)
Aug. 7 is the women’s qualification, beginning on TV at 7 p.m. ET, and according to NBC Sports, like the men’s qualifications, the women’s have “historically been the top eight nations, top 24 all-around gymnasts, and top eight per the four apparatuses.” NBC also explained “the U.S. always qualifies into the team and all-around finals.” Not to sound cocky or anything...
Tuesday, Aug. 9 (Olympics Day 4)
You can catch the women’s team final at 3 p.m. ET. NBC Sports warned that the U.S. “has never won back-to-back Olympic team golds.” But, the team could make history this year, considering their performance at the 2014 World Championships.
Thursday, Aug. 11 (Olympics Day 6)
The women’s all-around final will be televised at 3 p.m. ET. Americans Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman are currently favorites for the podium.
Sunday, Aug. 14 (Olympics Day 6)
The women’s apparatus finals, including vault, will air at 1 p.m. ET. NBC Sports pointed out that this was the event where Maroney‘s facial expression went viral in 2012. However, don't expect a repeat performance, as she earlier this year she told GymCastic that she does not want to compete in gymnastics anymore.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 (Olympics Day 11)
I don’t know about you, but artistic gymnastics is a favorite of mine. I just sit in awe wondering how anyone can have that kind of coordination. I will again be dumbfounded on August 16 at 1 p.m. ET. This final day will conclude apparatus finals and floor exercise. Biles is a favorite for this event, according to NBC Sports, because she is the twice-reigning World champion.
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