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Figure skating broadcast schedule for 2016-17 season

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NBC, NBCSN, the NBC Sports app and Universal HD will broadcast more than 140 hours of figure skating coverage this season, capped by the World Championships in Helsinki in March and April.

The season kicks off in earnest with live coverage of Skate America on NBC in Hoffman Estates, Ill., next week, continuing through the fall Grand Prix season. Grand Prix series skater assignments are highlighted here.

Broadcast coverage also includes live coverage of all four disciplines of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City from Jan. 19-22.

Icenetwork.com will continue to provide live and on-demand streaming of events for subscribers. Its schedule is here.

The top skaters include reigning world champions Javier Fernandez (Spain), Yevgenia Medvedeva (Russia), pairs Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (Canada) and ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (France).

All reigning U.S. champions are also slated to compete — Gracie GoldAdam Rippon, pairs Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea and ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani — plus world silver medalist Ashley Wagner, 2015 U.S. champion Jason Brown and two-time world medalists ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

Here’s the full broadcast schedule:

Date ISU Grand Prix Series Time (ET) Network
Oct. 21 Skate America: Ladies Short 11 p.m.-midnight UniHD
Oct. 22 Skate America: Ladies Free (LIVE) 4:30-6 p.m. NBC
Oct. 22 Skate America: Men’s Short 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. UniHD
Oct. 22 Skate America: Pairs Free 12:30-1:30 a.m. UniHD
Oct. 23 Skate America: Men’s Free (LIVE) 12:30-2:30 p.m. NBC
Oct. 23 Skate America: Free Dance 9-10 p.m. UniHD
Oct. 24 Skate America: Ladies and Men’s Free (re-air) 8-11:30 p.m. UniHD
Oct. 28 Skate Canada: Ladies and Men’s Short midnight-2 a.m. UniHD
Oct. 29 Skate Canada: Free Skates midnight-3 a.m. UniHD
Oct. 30 Skate Canada: Ladies Free 5-6 p.m. NBC
Oct. 31 Skate Canada: Ladies Free (re-air) 8-9 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 4 Rostelecom Cup: Men’s and Ladies Short 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 5 Rostelecom Cup: Free Dance, Pairs Free 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 6 Rostelecom Cup 10-11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Nov. 11 Trophée de France: Men’s and Ladies Short 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 12 Trophée de France: Pairs Free, Free Dance 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 13 Trophée de France 4-5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Nov. 18 Cup of China: Ladies and Men’s Short 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 19 Cup of China: Free Dance, Pairs Free 9-11 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 19 Cup of China 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. NBCSN
Nov. 21 Cup of China 8-9:30 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 25 NHK Trophy: Ladies and Men’s Short 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 26 Rostelecom Cup: Recap 4-5 p.m. NBC
Nov. 26 Trophée de France: Recap 5-6 p.m. NBC
Nov. 26 NHK Trophy: Pairs Free 8:30-9:30 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 27 NHK Trophy: Free Dance 3-4 p.m. UniHD
Nov. 27 NHK Trophy 4-6 p.m. NBC
Nov. 28 Grand Prix Recaps (re-air) 7-11 p.m. UniHD
Dec. 8 Grand Prix Final: Men’s and Ladies Short 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Dec. 9 Grand Prix Final: Pairs Short, Short Dance 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Dec. 10 Grand Prix Final: Pairs Free 8:30-9:30 p.m. UniHD
Dec. 11 Grand Prix Final 8:30-11 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 18 Grand Prix Final 4-6 p.m. NBC
Dec. 19 Grand Prix Final: NBC re-air 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Date U.S. Championships – Kansas City Time (ET) Network
Jan. 19 Pairs Short (LIVE) 6-8 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 19 Ladies Short (LIVE) 10 pm-12:30 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 20 Short Dance (LIVE) 6-8 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 20 Men’s Short (LIVE) 8:30 p.m.-midnight UniHD
Jan. 21 Pairs Free and Free Dance (LIVE) 3-6 p.m. NBC
Jan. 21 Ladies Free (LIVE) 8-11 p.m. NBC
Jan. 22 Men’s Free (LIVE) 4-6 p.m. NBC
Jan. 23 Pairs Free and Free Dance (re-air) 8-11 p.m. UniHD
Jan. 24 Ladies Free (re-air) 8-11 p.m. UniHD
Jan. 25 Men’s Free (re-air) 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Jan. 28 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular 2:30-4:30 p.m. NBC
Jan. 29 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular (re-air) 8-10 p.m. UniHD
Date ISU Championships Time (ET) Network
Jan. 25 European Champs: Ladies and Pairs Short noon-4 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 26 European Champs: Short Dance, Pairs Free Noon-4 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 27 European Champs: Men’s Short, Ladies Free Noon-4 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 28 European Champs: Free Dance 9-11 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 28 European Champs: Men’s Free 4:30-6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 29 European Champs: Ladies and Men’s Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Feb. 16 Four Continents: Short Programs Noon-6 p.m. NBCSN
Feb. 17 Four Continents: Free Dance, Men’s Short Noon-3 p.m. NBCSN
Feb. 18 Four Continents: Pairs Free 8-10 a.m. NBCSN
Feb. 18 Four Continents: Ladies Free 2-4 p.m. NBC
Feb. 18 Four Continents: Men’s Free 11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN
March 29 World Champs: Ladies and Pairs Short 11 a.m.-3 p.m. NBCSN
March 30 World Champs: Men’s Short, Pairs Free 11 a.m.-3 p.m. NBCSN
March 31 World Champs: Ladies Free 1-3 p.m. NBCSN
March 31 World Champs: Short Dance 8-10 p.m. NBCSN
April 1 World Champs: Men’s Free, Free Dance 12:30-4:30 p.m. NBCSN
April 1 World Champs: Ladies Free 8-10 p.m. NBC
April 2 World Champs: Exhibition 1:30-3:30 p.m. NBCSN
April 9 World Champs: Recap 3-6 p.m. NBC

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Alina Zagitova hands Yevgenia Medvedeva first loss in 2 years

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Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva is no longer the clear favorite in the Winter Olympics’ marquee event.

The two-time world champion lost for the first time in more than two years, upset by training partner Alina Zagitova at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow.

Italian Carolina Kostner earned bronze.

Zagitova, the 15-year-old world junior champion, set personal bests in the short program and free skate and totaled 238.24 points. She beat Medvedeva by 5.38 points.

Medvedeva, in her first competition since November due to a broken foot, fully rotated all of her jumps Saturday, but Zagitova was cleaner. She also stumbled out of a double Axel in her short program.

“I did not feel the injury,” Medvedeva said after the short program, according to the International Skating Union. “Everything has healed.”

Full results are here. NBCSN will air coverage Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

Zagitova was born three months after the Salt Lake City Olympics and without a name for her first year. Her parents eventually decided on Alina after watching Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Alina Kabayeva on TV.

She had been working to this point in her first senior international season. She swept her two fall Grand Prix starts, then won the Grand Prix Final in December, all without Medvedeva in the field.

On Saturday, she landed all of her jumps (including seven triples) in the second half of her program for 10 percent bonuses. It’s the type of technical content layout ambitious enough to challenge Medvedeva.

“I think that Zhenia [Medvedeva] is her role model in life, in behavior, in her way to work,” shared coach Eteri Tutberidze said last year, according to Goldenskate.com. “Alina absolutely tries to copy her way to work, the amount of work and she doesn’t stop. This helps. I can sometimes show Zhenia and say, ‘Look how Alina is working,’ and I tell Alina, ‘Look how Zhenia is working.’”

Medvedeva, whose last defeat was in November 2015, also won both of her Grand Prix starts, posting the world’s highest scores this season, while dealing with foot pain.

She underwent an MRI that revealed a crack, then withdrew from the Grand Prix Final and the Russian Championships in December. She is still expected to be on the Olympic Athlete from Russia team in PyeongChang.

Kostner, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist who made her Europeans debut in 2003, fell on her opening triple Lutz and landed just three triple jumps Saturday.

She hung on to win a medal at her 11th straight European Championships.

Russian Maria Sotskova, the Grand Prix Final silver medalist, fell on her last triple jump, a Lutz, among other landing troubles. She placed fourth.

Those four skaters are the Olympic medal contenders along with Canadians Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman and Japanese Satoko Miyahara and Kaori Sakamoto.

U.S. champion Bradie Tennell ranks 14th in the world this season.

NBC Olympic Research contributed to this report.

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Julia Marino, Hailey Langland qualify for Olympics; U.S. sweeps possible

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The addition of snowboard big air to the Olympics next month means Jamie AndersonJulia Marino and Hailey Langland have two chances for a U.S. podium sweep in PyeongChang.

Marino and Langland qualified for the U.S. big air and slopestyle team Saturday, joining the already qualified Anderson, who won slopestyle’s debut in Sochi.

Anderson, Marino and Langland swept the podium in that order at the last Olympic qualifier in slopestyle in Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

They also made up three of the top four riders at the 2017 X Games big air and slopestyle.

The U.S. has never swept the Winter Olympic medals in a women’s event but could do so in big air, slopestyle and even snowboard halfpipe in PyeongChang.

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While Anderson is the veteran, an X Games medalist 11 of the last 12 years, Marino and Langland represent the new wave of U.S. big air and slopestyle riders.

Marino, a 20-year-old from Connecticut who trains in Quebec, earned slopestyle and big air medals at X Games Aspen and Oslo last year in her debuts at those events.

They included slopestyle gold in Aspen over Anderson.

Langland, a 17-year-old from Southern California who plays the ukulele, guitar and piano, won the first X Games women’s big air title last year and took bronze in slopestyle in 2016.

Born in 2000, she is younger than any previous female Olympic snowboarding medalist.

“She reminds me of a younger me,” Anderson said, according to NBC Olympic Research.

The U.S. could add a fourth woman to the big air/slopestyle team, likely either Jessika Jenson or Ty Walker, a pair of 2014 Olympians in slopestyle.

The U.S. men are not as strong internationally in big air and slopestyle, where the Olympic favorites hail from Canada and Norway.

Kyle Mack won the last qualifier Saturday — without the top international riders in the field — to clinch the third and last automatic spot on the men’s big air/slopestyle team.

Chris Corning and Red Gerard previously qualified for PyeongChang. A fourth rider can be added via discretionary selection.

U.S. Olympic Qualifying Standings
Snowboard Big Air/Slopestyle 
(through five of five events)
Three riders auto qualify per gender; one possible discretionary spot
1. Chris Corning — 2,000* QUALIFIED
1. Red Gerard — 2,000* QUALIFIED
3. Kyle Mack — 1,800* QUALIFIED

4. Chandler Hunt — 1,400* (2nd and 3rd)
5. Ryan Stassel — 1,400 (2nd and 3rd)

1. Jamie Anderson — 2,000* QUALIFIED
2. Julia Marino — 1,800* QUALIFIED
3. Hailey Langland — 1,600* QUALIFIED
4. Jessika Jenson — 1,600 (1st and 3rd)
5. Ty Walker — 1,300 (2nd and 4th)
*Has automatic qualifying minimum of one top-three result against entire field.

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