Figure skating broadcast schedule for 2015-16 season

Gracie Gold
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NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will broadcast more than 30 hours of figure skating coverage this season, capped by the World Championships in Boston in March and April.

The season kicks off in earnest with live Skate America coverage on NBC in Milwaukee in three weeks. It also includes live coverage of all four disciplines of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minn., in January.

Here’s the full broadcast schedule:

Broadcast Date

2015 Grand Prix Series

Time (ET)

Network

Oct. 24, 2015

2015 Skate America

5-6 p.m.

NBC

Oct. 25, 2015

2015 Skate America

10-11:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Oct. 31, 2015

2015 Skate Canada International: Free Dance

4-5:30 p.m.

Universal

Oct. 31, 2015

2015 Skate Canada International: Pairs Free

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 1, 2015

2015 Skate Canada International

4:30-6 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 6, 2015

2015 Cup of China: Ladies and Men’s Short Programs

12-2 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 7, 2015

2015 Cup of China: Free Dance/Pairs Free

12-3 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 8, 2015

2015 Cup of China

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 13, 2015

2015 Trophee Bompard (France): Ladies/Men’s Shorts

8-10 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 14, 2015

2015 Trophee Bompard: Free Dance/Pairs Free

6-9 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 15, 2015

2015 Trophee Bompard

12-2 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 20, 2015

2015 Rostelecom Cup (Russia): Men’s/Ladies Shorts

8-10 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 21, 2015

2015 Rostelecom Cup: Free Dance/Pairs Free

4-7 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 22, 2015

2015 Rostelecom Cup

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 28, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy (Japan): Men’s/Ladies Shorts

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 29, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy: Pairs Free

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 29, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy: Free Dance

5-6:30 p.m.

Universal

Nov. 29, 2015

2015 NHK Trophy

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Dec. 10, 2015

2015 Grand Prix Final: Pairs/Men’s Shorts

8-10 p.m.

Universal

Dec. 11, 2015

2015 Grand Prix Final: SD/Pairs FS/Ladies SP

8-11 p.m.

Universal

Dec. 12, 2015

2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final: FD

8-9 p.m.

Universal

Dec. 20, 2015

2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

4-6 p.m.

NBC

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Broadcast Date

2016 U.S. Championships

Time (ET)

Network

Jan. 17, 2016

Preview Show

4-5 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 23, 2016

Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 23, 2016

Ladies Free Skate

8-11 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 24, 2016

Men’s Free Skate

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Jan. 30, 2016

Smucker’s Skating Spectacular

4-6 p.m.

NBC

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Broadcast Date

2016 ISU Championship Events

Time (ET)

Network

Jan. 25-31, 2016

2016 European Championships

TBD

Universal

Jan. 31, 2016

2016 European Championships

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Feb. 16-20, 2016

2016 Four Continents Championships

TBD

Universal

Feb. 20, 2016

2016 Four Continents Championships

2-4 p.m.

NBC

March 28-April 3, 2016

2016 World Championships

TBD

Universal

April 2, 2016

2016 World Championships

9-11 p.m.

NBC

April 10, 2016

2016 World Championships

3-6 p.m.

NBC

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

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A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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