2014 Youth Olympic Games competition begins Aug. 17 with men's gymnastics
posted on 08/14/2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Aug. 14, 2014 – The 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, begin Aug. 16 with the opening ceremonies. Men’s gymnastics takes the floor on Aug. 17, with Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy, in the field. Cody Gesuelli of Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Nicole Ahsinger of San Diego, Calif./So Cal TTC, will represent the USA in trampoline, which begins Aug. 21, and rhythmic gymnastics commences Aug. 26 with the USA’s Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center. NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine for 54.5 hours of coverage of the Youth Olympic Games, beginning with the opening ceremony on Aug. 16 and concluding with the closing ceremony on Aug. 28.

The gymnastics competition schedule is as follows. Nanning is 12 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone.

  • Aug. 17 - Men’s gymnastics qualification round: 1:30-4 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m., China; 1:30-4 a.m., 7-9:30 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 18 - Women’s gymnastics qualification round: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4:30, 7-9 p.m., China; 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (Aug. 17), 2:30-4:30, 7-9 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 19 - Men’s gymnastics all-around final: 7-9:25 p.m., China; 7-9:25 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 20 - Women’s gymnastics all-around final: 7-9:40 p.m., China, 7-9:40 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 21 - Trampoline qualification and final: women: 1:30-3:20 p.m., China; 1:30-3:20 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 22 - Trampoline qualification and final: men: 1:30-3:10 p.m., China; 1:30-3:10 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 23 - Men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings; women – vault and uneven bars): 7-10 p.m., China; 7-10 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 24 - Men’s and women’s gymnastics individual event finals (men – vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar; women – balance beam and floor exercise): 7-10:05 p.m., China; 7-10:05 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 26 - Qualification for rhythmic gymnastics individual and group all-around: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (individual, hoop and ball), 12:30-4:30 p.m. (individual, clubs and ribbon), 5-8 p.m. (group, hoop and clubs), China; 11 p.m.-1 a.m., 2:30-4:30 a.m., 7-8 a.m. ET
  • Aug. 27 - Finals for rhythmic gymnastics individual and group all-around: 1:30-3:30 p.m. (individual), 7-7:40 p.m. (group), China; 2:30-3:40 a.m., 7-7:50 a.m. ET

For men’s gymnastics, Yoder competes in Subdivision 2 and begins on still rings. The top 18 in the all-around qualification round advance to the all-around finals, with the top eight per apparatus from qualifications moving to the event finals. In rhythmic, Zeng starts on hoop, and the top eight in the all-around qualification round move on to the finals. For trampoline, the top eight men and top eight women in the qualification round advance to the finals.

Hosted by Josh Elliott and Mary Carillo, the opening ceremony will air on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 16. Gymnastics is one of the sports that will be featured on the nightly NBCSN coverage. The nightly programming will be similar to NBC’s traditional primetime presentation for the Olympics. Other sports expected to be among those featured include swimming, track and field, beach volleyball and diving. The complete television schedule is listed below.

Alicia Quinn (née Sacramone) is the analyst for gymnastics. Other commentators and analysts include: commentators Jason Knapp, Jim Watson and Mike Corey; onsite reporters Lewis Johnson and 2006 Olympic ice dancing silver-medalist Tanith Belbin; and analysts two-time Olympic 800m runner Nick Symmonds, four-time swimming medalist Kaitlin Sandeno, 2000 diving gold-medalist Laura Wilkinson and 2000 Olympic beach volleyball player Kevin Wong.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide streaming coverage all 2014 Youth Olympic Games coverage appearing on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.

Live online coverage of Nanjing 2014, as well as 480 hours of video-on-demand, will also be available at Olympic.org, Olympic.tv, YouTube.com/Olympics and the Olympic TV App, as well as in China with CNTV and CCTV apps.

Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.

The United States is competing in 23 disciplines across 21 sports, with a 94-athlete U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team. China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympic Games. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medal events will be spread over 27 competition venues.

The Youth Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that take place every four years consistent with the current format of the Olympic Games. The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of Olympism. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports Network’s coverage of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Nanjing, China

Date Time (ET) Network
Sat., August 16 3-5:30 p.m.
6-8 p.m.*
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Sun., August 17 3-4 p.m.
3-6 p.m.
8-10 p.m.
NBC
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Mon., August 18 5-7 p.m.
8-10 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Tues., August 19 5-7 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Wed., August 20 5-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Thurs., August 21 5-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Fri., August 22 1:30-3:30 p.m.
5-7 p.m.
NBCSN
Universal Sports Network
Sat., August 23 4-7 p.m.
9-11 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Sun., August 24 Noon-1 p.m.
4-7 p.m.
8-10 p.m.
NBC
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Mon., August 25 5-7 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Tues., August 26 5-7 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Wed., August 27 5-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Thurs., August 28 5-7:30 p.m.
6:30-8 p.m.**
Universal Sports Network
NBCSN
Sun., August 31 12:30-1:30 p.m. NBC

*Opening Ceremony
**Closing Ceremony