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Simone Biles vs Gabby Douglas at the Core Hydration Classic 2024: When, Where, and How To Watch the Gymnastics Clash?

Published 05/14/2024, 4:45 PM EDT

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In 2023, Simone Biles made history by becoming the oldest gymnast to win the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the age of 26. This year, she aims to defend her title, but standing in her way is former teammate turned rival and three-time Olympic gold medalist, 28-year-old Gabby Douglas.

It’s a well-known fact in the gymnastics world that the two queens have had a strained relationship since competing together as part of “The Final Five” squad at the 2016 Rio Olympics. When Simone clinched the gold medal in the individual women’s all-around competition, fans noticed that while the stadium erupted in cheers and her teammates also stood up to applaud Simone, Gabby remained seated with a smile on her face.

Since then, the dynamics between the two have been unclear. The Core Hydration 2024 will be the first competition since 2016 where the two gymnastics icons will face off against each other. With tensions and excitement at an all-time high, let’s find out when, where, and how to watch the ‘Gymnastics Clash of Titans.’

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When and where is the Core Hydration Classic 2024 taking place?

According to Olympics.com, the 2024 Core Hydration Classic, where the most decorated gymnast ever, Simone Biles, will make her fourth Olympic year debut, will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 17–18. This competition is a crucial stepping stone for gymnasts aiming to qualify for the 2024 U.S. Championships in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Core Hydration will ultimately lead to the selection of the national team for the Olympic Trials in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event kicks off on Friday, May 17, with the Hopes Championships from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, followed by the Junior Women’s Competition from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

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On Saturday, May 18, the excitement continues with the Senior Women’s Competition, Session 1, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Session 2, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Session 2 of the competition will be historic as it will be the first time all three Olympic all-around champions, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Suni Lee, compete in the same field.

The last time they participated in the same event was at the 2016 U.S. Championships. Tickets to witness this epic showdown are available on Ticketmaster.com. However, if you can’t make it to Hartford, don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways to catch all the action.

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Where can you watch the battle of the gymnasts, Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas?

Gymnastics fans can look forward to an epic showdown and catch all the action live with multiple streaming options available. The Hopes Championship and all podium training sessions can be streamed exclusively on USA Gymnastics’ subscription streaming service, FlipNow. TV. The junior women’s competition will also be available for streaming on the USA Gymnastics YouTube Channel.

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Additionally, the first senior session will be streamed on the same YouTube channel. But for the main event, the second session of the senior women’s competition, including the highly anticipated showdown between Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, fans can tune in live on CNBC and Peacock. And for those who miss the live-action, fear not!

A recap show of the event will be aired on NBC on Sunday, May 19, at 2 pm ET. So mark your calendars, set your reminders, and get ready to witness history in the making as two gymnastics legends go head-to-head at the Core Hydration Classic 2024. Who are you rooting for? Comment below!

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Christaline Meyers

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Christaline Meyers is a senior Olympics writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in gymnastics and alpine skiing. Christaline is one of the acclaimed authorities in the coverage of 6x All-Around champion, Simone Biles. She has written extensively, covering every detail of Biles’s life stories as well as providing her perspective on Simone Biles’ Yurchenko Double Pike controversy.
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Sampurna Pal