Gracie Gold
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Figure skating broadcast schedule for 2015-16 season

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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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Mark Spitz takes on Katie Ledecky’s challenge

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Swimmers around the world took on Katie Ledecky‘s milk-glass challenge since it became a social media sensation, including one of the few Americans with more Olympic gold medals.

Mark Spitz, who won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games, took 10 strokes in an at-home pool while perfectly balancing a glass of what appeared to be water on his head.

“Would’ve been faster with the ‘stache, @markspitzusa, but I still give this 7 out of 7 gold medals,” Ledecky tweeted.

Spitz joined fellow Olympic champions Susie O’Neill of Australia and American Matt Grevers in posting similar videos to what Ledecky first shared Monday.

In Tokyo next year, Ledecky can pass Spitz’s career gold-medal count of nine if she wins all of her expected events — 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles and the 4x200m free relay.

Then she would trail one athlete from any country in any sport — Michael Phelps, the 23-time gold medalist who has yet to post video of swimming while balancing a glass on his head.

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Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

MORE: Past U.S. Open champions get wild cards

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