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Sunday brings some of the biggest action in PyeongChang as a slew of big-name Americans compete.

Let’s begin with a conclusion: figure skating. The team event concludes tonight with the free programs. Airing on NBC primetime, Team USA find themselves in the middle of a medal hunt in the team skate program. Currently sitting in third, the USA will be relying on strong performances by Adam Rippon and 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu to close the gap between them and leaders Canada.

Jamie Anderson is also featured in primetime tonight, participating in the women’s slopestyle competition. Windy conditions forced the qualifying rounds to be cancelled, thus all participants were moved to the final. More competition for the defending Olympic champion means that her focus must be razor-sharp to avoid any slip-ups.

Chloe Kim also makes her Olympic debut tonight, featuring in the snowboard halfpipe. Leading our coverage into the late night and early hours, Kim is one of a handful of young guns in the halfpipe ready to make a name for themselves.

Figure Skating

The five remaining teams in the competition are as follows: Canada, Olympic Athletes from Russia, United States, Italy, Japan.

Canada hold a comfortable six point margin at the top ahead of OAR. USA currently sit third at 36 points, nine points behind Canada Each team knows, though, that the margin for error is razor thin, and a perfectly executed technical challenge could be the difference between gold and fourth.

NBCOlympics.com: Team USA advances to free skate in team event; currently in third place

Along with Rippon, Nagasu is tapped to be competing in the women’s free skate, and Alex and Maia Shibutani will be performing again in the ice dance.

Team Event Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. / 5:00p.m. PST

Snowboard Slopestyle

Yesterday’s postponement added some extra intrigue for this competition, as the women’s final field has essentially doubled. While Anderson remains the favorite for gold, her compatriots Anna Gasser and Hailey Langland will give her a run for her money. And let’s not forget Spencer O’Brien, perhaps Anderson’s biggest foe. The Canadian, who was hampered in Sochi with rheumatoid arthritis, will be gunning for a seamless 2018.

And, who knows, with the added pressure of 27 finalists, there’s bound to be at least a couple of wildcards ready to emerge.

Women’s final Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST / 5:00p.m. PST

Snowboard Halfpipe

The United States has brought four medal contenders to PyeongChang. Kelly Clark, 34, is the oldest of the bunch (twice the age of Chloe Kim and Maddie Mastro). The three-time Olympic medalist is still a strong competitor, despite the ridiculous young talent that’s making a breakthrough. Two of those names: Chloe Kim and Maddie Mastro. Kim is the bigger name, and the heir-apparent to Clark. Mastro is a consistent performer herself. Last is Kelly Clark, the 21-year old, whose 2014 dreams were cut short because of a shoulder injury. She proved in the X Games that she’s more than capable of pushing Kim.

Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe qualifying Stream Live Here 11:30p.m. EST / 8:30p.m. PST

NBCOlympics.com: Olympic preview: Women’s snowboard halfpipe

Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist in 2014, at just 18 years old. Now, 22, the American is firmly at the top of her sport and will surely continue her dominance as she aims for multiple Olympic medals this year.

NBCOlympics.com: How Olympic gold changed (or didn’t change) Mikaela Shiffrin

Women’s Giant Slalom Stream Live Here 8:15p.m. EST / 5:15p.m. PST

Curling Semifinal 1: Canada versus Norway

Norway battled past China in the tie-breaker to set up a semifinal clash versus Canada. The Canadians did fall to Norway in the mixed doubles opener 6-9; however, since then, have won six straight. They’ll be hard to beat.

Stream Live Here 7:05p.m. EST / 4:05p.m. PST

 

 

2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships scores, results

2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
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Full scores and results from the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose …

Pairs Short Program
1. Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier — 81.96
2. Emily Chan/Spencer Howe — 66.86
3. Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea —- 65.75
4. Valentina Plazas/Maximiliano Fernandez — 63.45
5. Sonia Baram/Danil Tioumentsev —- 63.12
6. Katie McBeath/Nathan Bartholomay —- 56.96
7. Nica Digerness/Mark Sadusky — 50.72
8. Maria Mokhova/Ivan Mokhov —- 46.96
9. Grace Hanns / Danny Neudecker — 46.81
10. Linzy Fitzpatrick/Keyton Bearinger — 45.27
11. Nina Ouellette/Rique Newby-Estrella — 43.99

Rhythm Dance
1. Madison Chock/Evan Bates — 91.90
2. Caroline Green/Michael Parsons — 81.40
3. Emilea Zingas/Vadym Kolesnik — 78.18
4. Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko — 77.37
5. Lorraine McNamara/Anton Spiridonov — 76.23
6. Emily Bratti/Ian Somerville — 75.91
7. Eva Pate/Logan Bye — 75.52
8. Isabella Flores/Ivan Desyatov — 73.91
9. Katarina Wolfkostin/Jeffrey Chen — 69.05
10. Angela Ling/Caleb Wein — 68.53
11. Leah Krauskopf/YuanShi Jin — 52.59
12. Cara Murphy/Joshua Levitt — 50.88
13. Caroline Depietri/TJ Carey — 48.28
WD. Raffaella Koncius/Alexey Shchepetov

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Broadcast Schedule | New Era for U.S.

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Knierim/Frazier, Chock/Bates lead U.S. Figure Skating Championships, age records in play

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At the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, teens will likely win the men’s and women’s events. The pre-event favorites in pairs and ice dance, and now leaders after day one, are all in their 30s.

World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier easily took the largest pairs’ short program lead in nationals history in what may be their last U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are halfway to their fourth national title in dance.

It’s believed that no pair or dance couple of skaters in their 30s has won a U.S. title in more than 50 years.

Knierim and Frazier, who last March became the first U.S. pair to win a world title since 1979, tallied 81.96 points to open the four-day nationals on Thursday.

They lead by 15.1 over Emily Chan and Spencer Howe going into Saturday’s free skate in San Jose, California, the largest first-day pairs’ gap since the Code of Points replaced the 6.0 scoring system in 2006.

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Full Scores | Broadcast Schedule

The top three pairs from last year’s event — which Knierim and Frazier missed due to him contracting COVID-19 — are no longer competing together. Knierim and Frazier had a clean skate, while Chan and Howe, who entered as silver medal favorites, counted a fall.

After nationals, a committee selects three U.S. pairs for March’s world championships in Japan.

Before the fall Grand Prix Series, the 31-year-old Knierim said this will probably be their last season competing together, though the pair also thought they were done last spring. They don’t expect to make a final decision until after a Stars on Ice tour this spring.

“I don’t like to just put it out there and say it is the last or not going to be the last because life just has that way of throwing curveballs, and you just never know,” Frazier said this month. “But I would say that this is the first nationals where I’m going to go in really trying to soak up every second as if it is my last because you just don’t know.”

Knierim is going for a fifth U.S. title, which would tie the record for a pairs’ skater since World War II, joining Kyoka Ina, Tai Babilonia, Randy Gardner, Karol Kennedy and Peter Kennedy. Knierim’s first three titles, and her first Olympics in 2018, were with husband Chris, who retired in 2020.

Knierim is also trying to become the first female pairs’ skater in her 30s to win a national title since 1993. Knierim and Chock are trying to become the first female skaters in their 30s to win a U.S. title in any discipline since 1995.

After being unable to defend their 2021 U.S. title last year, Knierim and Frazier reeled off a series of historic results in what had long been the country’s weakest discipline.

They successfully petitioned for an Olympic spot and placed sixth at the Games, best for a U.S. pair since 2002. They considered retirement after their world title, which was won without the top five teams from the Olympics in attendance. They returned in part to compete as world champions and to give back to U.S. skating, helping set up younger pairs for success.

They became the first U.S. pair to win two Grand Prix Series events, then in December became the first U.S. pair to make a Grand Prix Final podium (second place). The world’s top pairs were absent; Russians banned due to the war in Ukraine and Olympic champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong from China leaving competition ice (for now).

Knierim and Frazier’s real test isn’t nationals. It’s worlds, where they will likely be the underdog to home favorites Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, who edged the Americans by 1.3 points in the closest Grand Prix Final pairs’ competition in 12 years.

Like Knierim and Frazier, Chock and Bates delivered as overwhelming favorites in Thursday’s rhythm dance.

The defending champions tallied 91.90 points, distancing Caroline Green and Michael Parsons, who scored 81.40. Last year’s silver and bronze medalists aren’t in the field: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue retired after winning Olympic bronze, while Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker withdrew last week, citing mental health.

So Chock, 30, and Bates, 33, are almost certain to make the podium for an 11th consecutive year, which would be one shy of the record for any discipline, and lead the three couples picked for March’s worlds.

Bates, who last year became the oldest U.S. champion in any discipline in decades, has made 12 career senior nationals podiums with Chock and former partner Emily Samuelson. It is believed that a 13th finish in the top three would break the U.S. record for a single discipline he currently shares with Michelle KwanNathaniel Niles and Theresa Weld Blanchard.

But Chock and Bates’ sights are set on a place they’ve never been — the top step of a world championships podium. They earned silver or bronze a total of three times, including a bronze last year. The gold and silver medalists aren’t competing this season.

However, Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier relegated the Americans to silver at December’s Grand Prix Final.

“If we don’t win gold at worlds, we’ll be disappointed,” Bates, whose first senior nationals in 2008 came when this year’s women’s singles favorite, Isabeau Levito, was 10 months old, said earlier this month. “We’ve set the goal for ourselves in the past and haven’t met it yet.”

Nationals continue later Thursday with the women’s short.

NBC Sports’ Sarah Hughes (not the figure skater) contributed to this report.

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