What to watch tonight in Rio: Simone Biles and Team USA set sights on women’s gymnastics gold

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America's Simone Biles competes on the beam during the women's qualifications in the Rio Olympics. Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters

America’s Simone Biles competes on the beam during the women’s qualifications at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters

In women’s gymnastics, the U.S. team is favored to win the gold medal Tuesday night at the Rio Olympics, looking to repeat their feat from four years ago in the London Games.

Returning Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman round out a U.S. team that includes newcomers Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and the most decorated American female gymnast ever, Simone Biles.

The team hopes to continue America’s winning streak on Day 4 of the Rio Olympics, after the team took gold at the last three world championships.

And it wasn’t an understatement to say the U.S. dominated the sport in Sunday’s qualifying rounds. The U.S. team qualified for the finals with 183.23 points, almost 10 points ahead of China, which came in second place.

Or, as the Associated Press put it: “[T]he margin between the U.S. and the Chinese on Sunday was greater than the margin between China and 12th-place Belgium.”

Biles, who’s poised to win five gold medals in Rio, has a signature move in her floor routine. Dubbed the “Biles,” it is a double lay-out flip with a half turn before ending with a blind landing. Watch it below:

Video by USA Gymnastics

“I’ve seen some of my guy friends try it — but they never land it. So they get really upset,” Biles told The New York Times.

Also, as the Times pointed out, the U.S. has a 93.9 percent chance of taking the team gold. China’s chances are set at 3.9 percent.

So, good luck, rest of the world. (Barring a disaster, of course.)

Here’s NBC’s full streaming schedule.

WHAT ELSE TO WATCH OUT FOR

Olympic champion Michael Phelps’ face has been making the rounds on the internet.

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South African swimmer Chad le Clos, who also features in the picture, bested Phelps in the men’s 200-meter butterfly in the 2012 London Games. Tonight is Phelps’ chance to reclaim the gold medal, which he won at the 2008 Beijing Games.

American swimmer Katie Ledecky earned her first gold medal of the Rio Games on Sunday, breaking her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky hopes to win another gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle tonight.

Earlier today, Japan pulled an upset against New Zealand, 14-12, in the men’s rugby sevens.

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British diver Tom Daley — and the rest of us — would like to know why one of the diving pools is green. “I just asked one of the organizers why the pool is green and he said: ‘I don’t know,'” BBC’s Bob Ballard said.

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