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World Figure Skating Championships pairs, men’s start orders

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The World Figure Skating Championships begin with pairs and men’s short programs in Saitama, Japan, on Wednesday, which means overnight viewing for U.S. followers tonight.

To minimize sleep deprivation, here’s a list of key skaters and when they’re scheduled to take the ice:

Pairs — Tuesday night/Wednesday morning ET
9:41 p.m. — Felicia Zhang/Nate Bartholomay (2014 U.S. Olympians)
12:07 a.m. — Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (2014 Olympic silver medalists from Russia)
12:28 a.m. — Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (four-time world champions from Germany)
12:35 a.m. — Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir (2014 U.S. Olympians)

Here’s the full pairs short program start order.

Men — Wednesday morning ET
6:17 a.m. — Jeremy Abbott (two-time U.S. Olympian)
6:30 a.m. — Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion)
6:50 a.m. — Tatsuki Machida (2014 Olympics, fifth place, from Japan)
7:17 a.m. — Yuzuru Hanyu (2014 Olympic champion from Japan)
7:30 a.m. — Javier Fernandez (2013 world bronze medalist from Spain)

Here’s the full men’s short program start order.

Previews: Men | Women | Pairs | Ice Dance

World Figure Skating Championships daily schedule

President Obama appoints Gabby Douglas, more Olympic medalists to posts

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London Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was among four Olympic medalists appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, in one of Barack Obama‘s final acts as president.

Also appointed were Olympic soccer champion Carli Lloyd, hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow and fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Olympic medalists Dominique DawesAllyson FelixGrant HillMichelle KwanAlonzo Mourning and Chris Paul already have roles on the council.

One month after taking gold in London, Douglas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention, where Obama was formally nominated to run for re-election.

Douglas also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012 and joined the First Lady for a Let’s Move event in Chicago in 2013.

MORE: Gabby Douglas’ mom: Leslie Jones ‘came to the rescue’ in Rio

Ryan Lochte ‘wipes away the past’ in Power Bar video

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For the second time in as many months, Ryan Lochte stars in a jocular ad making a veiled reference to his Rio Olympic gas-station incident.

The swimmer wipes away “the past” on a foggy bathroom mirror and throws a blond wig out of a sunroof in a one-minute Power Bar video published Tuesday.

The company’s tag line in the video is “Clean Start.”

“For example, I am going to recommit myself to water sports,” Lochte says in the spot.

The ad follows a December video for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, where Lochte starred in a spot with a closing banner that read, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”

Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident for which he was suspended through June by USA Swimming, plus for the world championships in July.

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