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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

Regan Smith swims another historic backstroke time at Pro Series meet

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Regan Smith, who last summer broke both backstroke world records, put up the fastest 100m back in history outside of a major international meet or trials competition on Saturday.

Smith, a 17-year-old Minnesota high school senior, clocked 58.26 seconds to win at a Pro Series meet in Knoxville, Tenn. It tied for the 12th-fastest time in history. None of the other fastest dozen came in January, six months out from when swimmers peak for the world’s biggest events like the Olympics.

Making it more impressive: Smith did it 27 minutes after finishing second in the 200m butterfly, which she’s also expected to contest at June’s Olympic trials in Omaha.

“It actually wasn’t as bad, as I was nervous it was going to be,” Smith, whose world record is 57.57, said of the double on NBCSN. Smith entered two events per day at the three-day Knoxville meet, in part to prepare for the trials, where she is slated to race six straight days in a bid to make the Olympic team in enough events to swim eight straight days in Tokyo.

On Saturday, Smith held off fellow 17-year-old Phoebe Bacon by six tenths. Bacon beat Smith at the U.S. Open in December, posting the second-fastest time among Americans in the event for 2019.

The teen emergence puts pressure on Kathleen Baker, the Rio Olympic silver medalist who had the world record before Smith took it at worlds.

Full Knoxville results are here. USASwimming.org live streams the last night of finals Sunday at 6:30 ET.

In other events Saturday, world silver medalist Hali Flickinger overcame Smith in the 200m fly, winning in 2:08.34. Smith, third-fastest among Americans last season, was .39 behind. The second-fastest American last year, Katie Drabot, was not in the field. The top two at trials make the Olympic team.

Erika Brown beat world champion Simone Manuel in a freestyle sprint for a second straight meet, taking the 50m free in 24.57 seconds.

Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, edged Manuel by .06 and took .01 off her personal best. Brown ranked third among Americans last year behind Manuel (24.05) and Abbey Weitzeil (24.47).

Brown also defeated Manuel in the 100m free at the U.S. Open in December, moving to fourth-fastest in the U.S. last year in that event. The top six in the 100m free at trials are in line to make the Olympic team, given relay spots.

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Mikaela Shiffrin nearly makes it three-way tie for World Cup win

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Mikaela Shiffrin came .01 shy of making it a three-way tie for a World Cup giant slalom win on Saturday, confirming GS has been the most up-for-grabs discipline for either gender in recent years.

Shiffrin, beaten in her last two slaloms, had the fastest second run to place third behind co-winners Italian Federica Brignone and Slovakian Petra Vlhova in Sestriere, Italy. The reigning Olympic and World Cup champion in the GS rallied from fourth place and .42 behind after the first run.

Shiffrin still leads the World Cup overall standings by 233 points over Vlhova. The American last won Dec. 29. Though she made the podium in three of her four races since, Shiffrin expressed a lack of confidence heading into this weekend’s races at the 2006 Olympic venue.

“The most exciting thing for me is that people have stopped asking me, like, are you unbeatable?” said Shiffrin, who won a record 17 World Cup races last season and has four victories nearly halfway through this season, tied with Vlhova for most on tour. “I feel really good in GS. It’s just been a long time since [the last GS on Dec. 28].”

Vlhova earned her third victory this month after beating Shiffrin those last two slaloms. Brignone leads the GS season standings by 61 points over Shiffrin, seeking to become the sixth different woman to win that discipline title in the last six years. There are four more GS races left this season.

It’s the second straight season with a World Cup GS tie. Last Feb. 1, Shiffrin and Vlhova tied in Maribor, Slovenia.

It’s the first time the top three finishers were separated by such a small margin since the last three-way tie for a win in 2006, when Lindsey VonnMichaela Dorfmeister and Nadia Styger had the same super-G time, and fourth-place Kelly VanderBeek was .01 behind.

“Last season, I had the lucky side of the hundredths many times, so sometimes I’m not going to be on the lucky side, too,” said Shiffrin, who had three victories by .16 or tighter last season.

World Cup racing continues with a parallel giant slalom on Sunday at 5:45 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on NBC Sports Gold.

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