Nathan Chen leads a record-tying six U.S. entries in this week’s Grand Prix Final airing live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
All Olympic Channel coverage will also stream on NBCSports.com/live, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app for subscribers.
The Grand Prix Final is the biggest international figure skating event before the Olympics, gathering the top six per discipline from the fall Grand Prix series.
It is the single best indicator of Olympic medal favorites, though reigning world champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Yevgenia Medvedeva are out with injuries.
The U.S. champion Chen is the only male skater to win both of his Grand Prix events this fall.
A victory this week in Nagoya, Japan, would mark the biggest international victory for an American in any discipline since Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first U.S. Olympic ice dance champions in Sochi.
Chen is joined in the six-man Grand Prix Final field by the two skaters who preceded him as U.S. champions — Adam Rippon and Jason Brown. Strong showings this week will boost their chances to make the three-man Olympic team named after nationals in early January.
The other U.S. entries are all in ice dance.
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue make up half of the Grand Prix Final dance field for the third straight year.
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Grand Prix Final broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)
|Thursday||Pairs Short||4:30-5:30 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Men’s Short||5:30-6:30 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Short Dance||6:30-7:30 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Friday||Women’s Short||5-6 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Men’s Free||6:30-7:30 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Saturday||Pairs Free||2:30-3:30 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Free Dance||4-5 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Women’s Free||5:30-6:30 a.m.||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Sunday||Highlights||4-6 p.m.||NBC, NBCSports.com/live, NBC Sports app|
*Olympic Channel stream available for subscribers.