In women’s gymnastics, there is a consensus about the Olympic team event: It is a battle for second place between China and Russia.
That is because if Simone Biles, perhaps the best female gymnast in history, and her teammates do what is expected, they will rout the field Tuesday. The Americans qualified for the final with 185.23 points, a nearly 10-point lead over second-best China. To put that in perspective, the third-place Russians were less than a 10th of a point behind the Chinese.
Here’s what to know before the competition begins.
How to Watch in the U.S.
The competition will start at 3 p.m. Eastern, but NBC has scheduled its coverage in prime time. To avoid the tape delay and see every gymnast, stream the events live via the NBC Olympics site or NBC Sports app. You will need cable credentials to log in. To watch international broadcasts, use a VPN.
How the Competition Works
In the qualification, 12 teams use the…