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Figure skating season broadcast schedule

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NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympic figure skating season.

It starts this week with the first of six Grand Prix series events in Moscow leading up to the Grand Prix Final in December.

It will also include the U.S. Championships and European Championships in January, run through the Olympics and include the world championships in March.

In all, it will include more than 200 hours of live and recap coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, plus Olympic coverage.

Coverage will stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. Olympic Channel coverage will also stream on Olympicchannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

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Grand Prix Capsules: Men | Women | Pairs | Ice Dance | TV Schedule

Date ISU Grand Prix Series Time (ET) Network
Oct. 20 Rostelecom Cup: Men’s Short 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Short Dance 9-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Pairs, Women’s Short 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 21 Rostelecom Cup: Men’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Free Dance 9-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Pairs Free 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Women’s Free 12:30-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 22 Rostelecom Cup: Highlights 12-2 p.m. NBC
Oct. 27 Skate Canada: Women’s Short 3-4:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Short Dance 5-6:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Men’s Short 8-9:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Pairs Short 10-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 28 Skate Canada: Women’s Free 1-3 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Free Dance 3-5 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Men’s Free, Pairs Free 7-10:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 29 Skate Canada: Highlights 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN
Nov. 3 Cup of China: Short Programs 3:30-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 4 Cup of China: Free Skates 2:30-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Cup of China: Pairs Free 9-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 5 Cup of China: Highlights 4:30-6 p.m. NBC
Nov. 10 NHK Trophy: Pairs Short 12:30-1:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Women’s Short 2-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Men’s Short 5-7 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Short Dance 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 11 NHK Trophy: Pairs Free 12:30-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Women’s Free 3-5 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Men’s Free 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Highlights 1:30-3 p.m. NBC
NHK Trophy: Free Dance 9:30-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 17 France: Women’s Short 9-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
France: Dance, Pairs, Men’s Shorts 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 18 France: Women’s Free 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
France: Free Dance 9:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
France: Pairs Free 1-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
France: Men’s Free 3-5 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 19 France: Highlights 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. NBCSN
Nov. 24 Skate America: Pairs Short 6-7:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Men’s Short 8-9:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 25 Skate America: Pairs Free 2-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Men’s Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Skate America: Short Dance 7:30-9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Women’s Short 9-11 p.m. NBCSN
Nov. 26 Skate America: Free Dance 2-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Women’s Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Dec. 7 Grand Prix Final: Short Programs 4:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 8 Grand Prix Final: Women’s Short 5-6 a.m. Olympic Channel
Grand Prix Final: Men’s Free 6-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 9 Grand Prix Final: Pairs Free 2:30-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Grand Prix Final: Free Dance 4-5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Grand Prix Final: Women’s Free 5:30-6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 10 Grand Prix Final: Highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC
Date U.S. Championships – San Jose Time (ET) Network
Jan. 3 Women’s Short 11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 4 Pairs Short 4-6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Men’s Short 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 5 Short Dance 4-6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Women’s Free 8-11 p.m. NBC
Jan. 6 Pairs Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Men’s Free 8-11 p.m. NBC
Jan. 7 Free Dance 3-6 p.m. NBC
Date ISU Championships Time (ET) Network
Jan. 17 European Champs: Men’s Short 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Pairs Short 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 18 European Champs: Women’s Short 7:30-9:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Pairs Free 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 19 European Champs: Short Dance 7-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Men’s Free 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 20 European Champs: Free Dance 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Women’s Free 12:30-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 21 European Champs: Highlights 3-5 p.m. NBC
Jan. 23 Four Continents: Short Dance 9-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 24 Four Continents: Pairs Short 12-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Women’s Short 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 25 Four Continents: Free Dance 12-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Men’s Short 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 26 Four Continents: Pairs Free 12-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Women’s Free 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 27 Four Continents: Men’s Free 1:30-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Highlights 2:30-4:30 p.m. NBC
March 21 World Champs: Women’s Short 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Pairs Short 2-6 p.m. Olympic Channel
March 22 World Champs: Men’s Short 5-10 a.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Pairs Free 3-5 p.m. NBCSN
March 23 World Champs: Short Dance 6-11:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Women’s Free 3:30-5:30 p.m. NBCSN
March 24 World Champs: Men’s Free 5-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Free Dance 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
March 25 World Champs: Exhibition 8:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel

Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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