NBC Sports and Universal Sports will present 13 hours of coverage from the USA Gymnastics national championships from St. Paul, Minn. over the next four days.
Universal Sports begins its presentation from the XL Energy Center with the women's competition on Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.(ET), followed by the men's action the same time on Friday night. NBC Sports will carry live primetime coverage of the women's final day competition on Saturday at 8 p.m. and taped coverage of the men's final day coverage on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
NBC's Olympic gymnastics broadcasting team of Al Trautwig, 1984 Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett, Olympian Elfi Schlegel and Andrea Joyce will call the competition with David Michaels directing all production for both NBC Sports and Universal Sports.
Universal Sports' pre- and post-competition show Around the Gym returns for its second year, again hosted by 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin and three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger. Around the Gym provides an inside look at the competition, featuring interviews, commentary and analysis both before and after the daily events. The 30-minute shows will air live starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the network's coverage at 10 p.m On Friday, Around the Gym will start pre-competition coverage at 7:30 p.m. and post-competition at 11 p.m. . Universal Sports will also wrap things up after NBC's coverage of the women's final day of competition on Saturday at 10 p.m.
For its part, UniversalSports.com will present free simulstreams of the competitions and Around the Gym, plus extensive competition highlights, photos, news and blogs, plus athlete interviews and other behind-the-scenes content. Fans can also access Universal Sports' new iPad app for up-to-date broadcast schedules, breaking news, video highlights, special features and more.