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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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Dominik Paris, world champion skier, suffers season-ending injury

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Italian Dominik Paris, the reigning world champion in the super-G, suffered a season-ending ACL tear in a training crash Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s speed races in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Paris crashed in super-G training not far from the hallowed World Cup venue, slipping into a curve and damaging his right knee. He also suffered a fibula microfracture, according to the Italian federation.

“My season ends here,” he said, according to the International Ski Federation (FIS). “Unfortunately while I was sliding, the inside ski caught too much and the ligament broke. There is not much to add. In the next few days we will evaluate, together with the medical staff, how to proceed.”

Paris won his third Hahnenkamm downhill title last year and was one of the favorites for Saturday’s downhill, the most prestigious annual race in the sport. NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage for “Snow Pass” subscribers at 5:30 a.m. ET.

Paris, 30, won a pair of downhills in Bormio in December among five total podiums this season.

In his absence, Swiss Beat Feuz and German Thomas Dressen lead the podium contenders.

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It’s Nathan Chen’s time at nationals for a feat 32 years in the making

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Nathan Chen can join Brian Boitano in U.S. figure skating history this week, a decade after holding Boitano in the palm of his hands with a program set to music from “Kung Fu Panda.”

Chen seeks a fourth straight national title in Greensboro, N.C. He would be the seventh man to do so since World War II. Five of the previous six won Olympic titles — Dick Button, Hayes Jenkins, David Jenkins, Scott Hamilton and, most recently, Brian Boitano from 1985-88.

Boitano remembered the first time he met Chen. He and Kristi Yamaguchi were compelled to leave their seats to find the teeny, tiny wunderkind who performed that program to the 2008 DreamWorks film.

“He was taking off his skates, and he probably came up to our waist,” Boitano said. “We knew when we saw him back then that he was going to be something special. He was really quiet. He’s still very quiet.”

In an interview last week, Chen focused on the present — coming back from a two-week cold or flu bug — rather than the perspective.

“I don’t like to typically think about that,” Chen said when asked about his streak. “It’s just different [from year to year]. It’s not really necessarily easier or harder.”

It is also different from previous eras. The last five men to win four in a row did it all in one Olympic cycle, then stepped away from competition after the Winter Games. That was back when turning professional meant the end of an Olympic career.

“It was kind of the norm back then,” Hamilton said. “After that it was kind of back and forth a lot [until Chen]. The business of skating changed so skaters could stay in a lot more, a lot longer. With all the money they brought in, they were able to prevent skaters from turning professional. So that brought in a different approach to nationals.”

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Both Hamilton and six-time (non-consecutive) U.S. champion Todd Eldredge could think of just one name to compare Chen’s dominance in the history of U.S. men’s skating: Button, who won the first seven national titles after World War II, plus two Olympic golds.

Button earned national and world titles as a Harvard student. Chen is on a two-season win streak while majoring in statistics and data science at Yale. Button was the first skater to land a double Axel and a triple jump of any kind. Chen was the first to land six quads in one free skate.

Eldredge coaches skaters at the same rink where Chen trains when Chen visits his Southern California-based coach Rafael Arutunian. He is awed by watching Chen working out. Though Eldredge owns more national titles, he never felt the massive favorite status that accompanies Chen.

Eldredge competed in the post-Hamilton/Boitano era, when national champions began competing over multiple Olympic cycles. Eldredge ebbed and flowed from his first national title in 1990, when compulsory figures were still around, to 2002, when he defeated Timothy Goebel, then known as the Quad King.

“Physically, the demands of the sport take their toll on your body,” Eldredge said. “It’s hard to maintain that same level for that length of period of time.

“[In] 12 years [since Chen’s first national title], when he’s 29 years old, is he going to be able to continue to sustain that?”

All of the recent top U.S. men competed in multiple Olympic cycles. The last multiple national champion was Jeremy Abbott, who earned two titles each in two different Olympic cycles. Abbott finished his career in a third Olympic cycle, placing fifth at the 2015 U.S. Championships. Abbott didn’t remember that Chen made his senior nationals debut that year, finishing eighth at age 15.

“For me, winning the third and the fourth [titles] were harder because I started thinking about winning,” Abbott said. “After the second one, I was heading into a new quad and I was two-time U.S. champion. Then my focus was, oh, I’m expected to win. So that was a harder mental game rather than just focusing on making an Olympic team. The expectation now that I’ve done this twice in a row, I’m expected to win again and again and again.”

Abbott and Chen came up in the era of the points-based judging system instituted in 2004.

“Now with the way the scoring system is very different [from the old 6.0], cumulative points, if you have a bad day as a national champion, that’s it. You can’t get the points,” Eldredge said. “[In previous eras], if a certain skater was, I’ll say politically supposed to be the champion, you got a higher score, and rightfully so in most cases.”

Chen has the benefit of going into competitions knowing the kind of advantage he has in base value points from his jumping arsenal. He won last year’s national title by 58 points. This international season, he is 80 points clear of the next-highest-ranked U.S. man, Jason Brown.

“I don’t think that the try-to-push technique is necessarily my goal here,” at nationals, Chen said. “Hopefully just to maintain my body, maintain my health and try to prepare myself for the second half of the season.”

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As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.