Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner can finally end the U.S. women’s medal drought, live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday.
The women’s free skate climaxes the World Championships in Boston, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
In pairs, China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong lead by 2.78 points after the short program, seeking to upgrade their silver from last year and earn their first World title.
They’re trailed closely by defending World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada and reigning Olympic champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov of Russia.
U.S. pairs Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim and Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea are in seventh and 14th places.
The pairs free skate order and highlighted skaters:
Kayne/O’Shea (USA) — 1:26 p.m. ET
Scimeca/Knierim (USA) — 2:38 p.m. ET
Sui/Han (CHN) — 3:19 p.m. ET
Duhamel/Radford (CAN) — 3:27 p.m. ET
Volosozhar/Trankov (RUS) — 3:45 p.m. ET
WATCH LIVE: Pairs Free Skate: 2-4 p.m. ET
Later, Gold and Wagner seek to end a nine-year U.S. women’s medal drought at Worlds and the Olympics, the longest since the first Winter Games in 1924.
Gold leads by 2.45 points over Russian Anna Pogorilaya after the short program, by 2.67 over pre-event favorite Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia and by 3.27 over Wagner in fourth place.
The last U.S. women’s medals came at the 2006 Worlds, when Kimmie Meissner and Sasha Cohen took gold and bronze.
Meissner, who at 26 is at an age when some still compete, will be anxiously watching the free skate after a tumultuous relationship with figure skating the last several years.
The women’s free skate start order and highlighted skaters:
Mirai Nagasu (USA) — 9:11 p.m. ET
Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 10:06 p.m. ET
Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 10:14 p.m. ET
Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 10:22 p.m. ET
Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) — 10:30 p.m. ET
Gracie Gold (USA) — 10:38 p.m. ET
Ashley Wagner (USA) — 10:46 p.m. ET
WATCH LIVE: Women’s Free Skate: 9-11 p.m. ET