RIO DE JANEIRO (NBC Olympics) — With the all-around and team competitions wrapped up, the gymnasts who excel on one or more particular events will begin competing for individual apparatus medals.
On the first of three days of event final competitions, Olympic champions in men’s floor, women’s vault, men’s pommel horse and women’s uneven bars will be crowned. Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton and Alex Naddour will all be in the running for medals.
The first day of event finals will take place on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched live on NBCOlympics.com before it is featured in the primetime broadcast show.
Here’s what to look for in each event.
Men’s floor exercise final
Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton were the top two qualifiers into the floor final. This will be Mikulak’s first floor final at an Olympics or world championships. Dalton, on the other hand, finished fifth in the floor final in London and won floor silver at the 2013 World Championships.
Women’s vault final
While Biles has multiple world championship gold medals on beam and floor (where she also has a shot at Olympic medals), she has yet to be the world champion on vault. Luckily she upgraded one of her vaults earlier in the year in order to be more competitive with the world’s top vaulters. She finished behind North Korea’s Hong Un-Jong and Russia’s Maria Paseka at the 2015 World Championships, and they’re both in the vault final. All three gymnasts will likely be doing vaults called the Amanar and the Cheng.
The Amanar consists of a round-off onto the springboard, back handspring onto the vault table and then a flip with two and a half twists in the straight body position. It’s the vault that McKayla Maroney made famous at the London Olympics and is worth 6.300 points.
The Cheng is worth 6.400 points. It consists of jumping onto the springboard, doing a half twist before pushing off the vault with your hands, then doing a flip with one and a half twists.