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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

Sam Mikulak to retire from gymnastics after Tokyo Olympics

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Sam Mikulak, the U.S.’ top male gymnast, said he will retire after the Tokyo Olympics, citing a wrist injury and emotional health revelations during a forced break from the sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It does sound like some pretty crazy news, but there’s a lot of factors that go into it,” Mikulak said in a YouTube video published Sunday night. “I’ve had a lot of time to think about it during quarantine.”

The 27-year-old is a two-time Olympian, six-time U.S. all-around champion and the only active U.S. male gymnast with Olympic experience.

Mikulak said he noticed significant wrist inflammation last year that was temporarily healed by a November cortisone shot. But during quarantine, the wrist worsened even though he wasn’t doing gymnastics. He took a month off from working out, but the wrist didn’t heal.

He thought for a time that he might not return to gymnastics at all. A doctor told him he would need cortisone shots for the rest of his career.

“At that point, it was really made for me that this has to be my final year of gymnastics because I don’t want to ruin myself beyond this sport,” Mikulak said.

Mikulak also noted realizations from the forced time out of the gym. He learned that he’s much less stressed while not doing gymnastics, a sport he began at age 2. Mikulak’s parents were gymnasts at Cal.

“For so long, I’ve been sacrificing, and I’m sick of it,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to being able to be free from gymnastics and being able to do all these things that I’ve been putting off in my life for so long.”

Mikulak realized a career goal in 2018 when he earned his first individual world championships medal, a bronze on high bar. He wants to cap his career with a first Olympic medal in Tokyo, then, perhaps, become a coach or open his own gym.

Mikulak recently got engaged to Mia Atkins, and they got another puppy, Barney.

“Everything I’ve done in gymnastics is enough for me right now,” said Mikulak, who plans to document the next year on YouTube. “I was actually somewhat happy that I was able to come to that type of decision because for so long I felt like gymnastics really wasn’t going to be fulfilling until I’ve gotten my Olympic medal. And during quarantine, I had this whole revelation where, you know what, I am happier than I’ve ever been in my entire life, and I’m not doing gymnastics, so even if I don’t accomplish these goals, I am still going to be so damn happy.”

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April Ross, Alix Klineman complete perfect, abbreviated AVP season

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April Ross and Alix Klineman consolidated their position as the U.S.’ top beach volleyball team, completing a sweep of the three-tournament AVP Champions Cup on Sunday.

Ross, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Klineman won the finale, the Porsche Cup. They won all 12 matches over the last three weekends, including the last 14 sets in a row, capped with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil in Sunday’s final.

“It feels like we’re midseason in a normal year,” Ross said on Amazon Prime. “I can’t believe it’s over.”

The AVP Champions Cup marked the first three top-level beach volleyball tournaments since March, and a replacement for a typical AVP season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The setting: on the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center parking lot without fans and with many health and safety measures.

AVP is not part of Olympic qualifying. It’s unknown when those top-level international tournaments will resume, but Ross and Klineman, ranked No. 2 in the world, are just about assured of one of the two U.S. Olympic spots.

According to BVBinfo.com, they’re 10-0 combined against the other top U.S. teams — Claes and Sponcil and triple Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat, who are likely battling for the last U.S. Olympic spot.

Walsh Jennings and Sweat, who do not play on the AVP tour, have a lead for the last spot more than halfway through qualifying, which runs into June.

Earlier in the men’s final, Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb kept 2008 Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena from sweeping the Champions Cup. Bourne and Crabb prevailed 21-17, 15-21, 15-12 for their first AVP title since teaming in 2018.

Bourne, who went nearly two years between tournaments from 2016-18 due to an autoimmune disease, and Crabb redeemed after straight-set losses to Dalhausser and Lucena the previous two weekends. Crabb guaranteed a title on Instagram days before the tournament.

“Those guys are the best in the world, and they make you look bad at times, but we’re relentless,” Bourne said on Amazon Prime. “You’re going to have to play the best volleyball in the world to beat us every time.”

Bourne and Crabb, Dalhausser and Lucena and Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb (Trevor’s younger brother) are battling for two available U.S. Olympic spots in Tokyo.

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