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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

Katie Ledecky swims fastest at U.S. Open from B final

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For what must have been the first time in seven years, Katie Ledecky failed to qualify for an A final in one of her primary events on Friday morning. No matter, she swam the fastest 200m freestyle at the U.S. Open from the B final at night.

Ledecky, owner of 20 combined Olympic and world titles, clocked 1:56.24 to win the B final by nearly three seconds in Atlanta. In the very next race, American record holder Allison Schmitt touched first in the A final in 1:56.47.

Full results are here. The final day of the meet airs live on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Ledecky has rarely lost domestically in freestyles from 200m through 1500m since she made her first Olympic team at age 15 in 2012.

She kept the streak intact, giving her a sweep of the 200m, 400m and 800m frees in the first three days of the U.S. Open, what could be the deepest domestic meet before the Olympic trials in June.

Internationally, Ledecky faced challengers in the 200m free in this Olympic cycle, unlike the last one. Italian veteran and world-record holder Federica Pellegrini won the last two world titles, with Ledecky missing the event this summer due to her mid-meet illness.

Ledecky ranks seventh in the world in the 200m free this year but likely would have been faster if she was able to race at her best at world champs.

Domestically, Simone Manuel has crept up, clocking 1:56.09 to lead off the 4x200m free relay at worlds to rank second among Americans in 2019. Manuel was the third-fastest American on Friday, recording 1:57.21, her fastest time ever outside of a major summer meet.

In other events Friday, Phoebe Bacon upset world-record holder Regan Smith in the 100m backstroke. Bacon, who like Smith is 17 years old, overtook Smith in the last 25 meters and prevailed by .05 in 58.63. Bacon, while shy of Smith’s world record 57.57, took .39 off her personal best to become the fifth-fastest in the world this year.

Olympic and world champion Lilly King dominated the 100m breaststroke, beating a strong field by .62 of a second in 1:05.65.

Chase Kalisz won a potential Olympic trials preview in the 400m individual medley in 4:13.07. Kalisz, the Rio silver medalist, held off 18-year-old Carson Foster by 1.69 seconds. Ryan Lochte, the 2012 Olympic champion in the event, was fifth, 6.65 seconds behind.

Rio Olympian Townley Haas won the men’s 200m free in 1:45.92, his fastest time since August 2018. Haas, the 2017 World silver medalist, improved to the second-fastest American in the event this year behind Andrew Seliskar.

Torri Huske won the 100m butterfly on the eve of her 17th birthday. Huske clocked 57.48, taking .23 off her personal best to move from sixth fastest to third fastest in the U.S. this year.

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Ester Ledecka stuns again, wins World Cup downhill from bib No. 26

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Consider 26 a lucky number for Ester Ledecka.

Ledecka, the snowboard champion who stunningly captured the PyeongChang Olympic super-G from bib No. 26, won her first World Cup ski race on Friday — also from bib No. 26.

Ledecka was fastest in a downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta.

She kept Swiss Corinne Suter from her first World Cup win by .35 of a second. Austrian Stephanie Venier was third. Mikaela Shiffrin was 10th in her weakest discipline. Full results are here.

“I am for sure more shocked than everybody here,” Ledecka said. “I was a little bit, not disappointed about the run, but I was not super satisfied. Then I was really surprised about the time.”

Ledecka, an Olympic and world champion in Alpine snowboarding from the Czech Republic, had a previous best Alpine skiing World Cup finish of seventh. The top-ranked racers all go in the top 20 of the start list.

Last season, Ledecka raced more World Cup skiing events than snowboarding events for the first time. She was forced to choose between world championships in skiing and in snowboarding due to schedules and picked the former with a top finish of 15th.

She’s undecided about her upcoming schedule. She could continue on the Alpine skiing tour with a super-G in Switzerland next weekend, or she could fly to Italy for a snowboarding event.

The women race another downhill and a super-G in Lake Louise the next two days. A full TV and live stream schedule for the weekend races is here.

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