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The pairs ice dance concludes tonight with the free dance. The Shibutani siblings will return ready to fight for a medal after they finished fourth in their program last night. The real fight for gold, however, will come down to the best two pairs in the world right now: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

The men’s U.S. hockey team also enters the single knockout phase of competition tonight in a repeat match against Slovakia, whom they beat in the group stages. The winner awaits a showdown with the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Scroll below for the full schedule.


Figure Skating

Aside from just the Shibutanis fighting for a medal spot are Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who currently sit in third. It’s no surprise to see Moir and Virtue fighting Papadakis and Cizeron at the top.

After the ice dance concludes with the free dance, Krista Yamaguchi, Charlie White, and Ben Agosto break down the action from tonight’s free dance competition.

Ice Dance Free Dance Stream Live Here 8:00p.m. EST  5:00p.m. PST

Olympic Ice Post Show Stream Live Here 11:30p.m. EST / 8:30p.m. PST

Hockey 

The U.S. were heavily beaten by OAR to close out the group stage, losing 0-4. They have the possibility of setting up a rematch against the Russians to settle the score, but must first take on another group mate in Slovakia. The USA won their first match 2-1 and, with OAR in their sights, ought to have the focus to see off this foe.

Men’s Qualifying Playoff: USA vs. SVK Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Women’s Classification: SWE vs. COR Stream Live Here 10:10p.m. EST / 7:10p.m. PST

Freestyle Skiing

Three American women have advanced to the finals of the freeski halfpipe, but they’ll all be chasing Cassie Sharpe. The Canadian led the field with a score of 93.40. If Brita Sogourney can maintain the level of performance that she put on Sunday, then she could be America’s best hope for a medal.

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Final Stream Live Here 8:30p.m. EST / 5:30p.m. PST

Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying Stream Live Here 11:00p.m. EST / 8:00p.m. PST

Curling

The American and Canadian women both must win this game if they are to have any chance of advancing to the semifinals. Both are sitting at 3-3, with the Canadians continuing their comeback after starting the tournament 0-3.

Only three games remain in both the men’s and women’s competitions, which means increasingly important fixtures as teams try to make their way out of the congestion. Two of those teams are Great Britain and Norway, and the loser will probably miss out on the playoffs barring something dramatic.

Women’s Tournament

USA vs. CAN Stream Live Here 5:00p.m. EST / 2:00p.m. PST

Men’s Tournament

GBR vs. NOR Stream Live Here 7:05p.m.EST / 4:05p.m. PST

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

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

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

 

 

Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier win U.S. figure skating pairs’ title in possible final nationals

Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier
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Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier haven’t decided if they’ll compete beyond this season, so Saturday may have been their farewell to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

If so, they went out as dominant winners, the first pair in their 30s to win nationals in more than 50 years.

Knierim, 31, and Frazier, 30, took their second U.S. title together, totaling 227.97 points to prevail by 31.11 over Emily Chan and Spencer Howe. They led by a gaping 15.1 points after Thursday’s short.

Knierim and Frazier were solid after errors on their opening jumping combination in Saturday’s free skate. They broke their own pairs’ margin of victory record from the 2021 U.S. Championships under a scoring system implemented in 2006. Knierim appeared to wipe away tears backstage.

“As I get older, the longer I’m in this sport, the more gratitude I have for it,” Knierim, the oldest woman to win a U.S. figure skating title since 1995 (Renée Roca), said on USA Network. “After that music ended, I’m just thankful that Brandon’s by my side and I’m able to do what I love.”

Ellie Kam and Danny O’Shea bagged bronze to likely round out the three-pair team for March’s world championships.

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Full Scores | Broadcast Schedule

Knierim and Frazier considered retiring after last season, after they missed nationals due to Frazier’s COVID-19, petitioned onto the Olympic team and posted the best Olympic finish for a U.S. pair (sixth) in 20 years.

They then became the first U.S. pair to win a world title since 1979, beating a field that didn’t include any of the top five from the Olympics.

They returned in part to compete as world champions and rank second in the world this season (during which the top Olympic pairs also haven’t competed). They will likely go into March’s worlds in Japan as underdogs to Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, who won their lone head-to-head this past fall at the Grand Prix Final.

Back in October, 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.

“This U.S. Championships for us was extra special because you’re just reflecting on the journey, and you know that there’s a good chance that this will be your last one,” Frazier said.

Knierim won her fifth U.S. title, tying the record for a pairs’ skater since World War II, joining Kyoka InaTai BabiloniaRandy GardnerKarol Kennedy and Peter Kennedy. Knierim’s first three titles, and her first Olympics in 2018, were with husband Chris, who retired in 2020.

Silver medalists Chan and Howe continued their recent surge. After placing fourth at last season’s nationals, they rank sixth in the world this season. That’s despite summer injuries that left them unable to practice lifts (his shoulder) and throws (her foot) for a while.

Kam, 18, and O’Shea, 31, made the podium four months after becoming a pair and less than two months after a car Kim was riding in was hit by a drunk driver while crossing an intersection. The car was totaled, but Kim and O’Shea still competed days later in Croatia.

O’Shea won the 2016 U.S. title with Tarah Kayne, retired after they split in late 2020, then came back in 2021 with Chelsea Liu. They ranked sixth in the U.S. going into 2022 Nationals, but withdrew beforehand due to concussions both suffered in a November competition fall, according to Figure Skaters Online.

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

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2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships scores, results

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

Women
Gold: Isabeau Levito — 223.33
Silver: Bradie Tennell — 213.12
Bronze: Amber Glenn — 207.44
4. Starr Andrews — 188.24
5. Josephine Lee — 187.68
6. Lindsay Thorngren — 187.19
7. Clare Seo — 175.60
8. Gracie Gold — 173.98
9. Ava Ziegler — 167.70
10. Sonja Hilmer — 166.49
11. Gabriella Izzo — 166.40
12. Ting Cui — 161.27
13. Audrey Shin — 161.12
14. Lindsay Wang — 154.91
15. Michelle Lee — 145.28
16. Elsa Cheng — 138.13
17. Alexa Gasparotto — 129.41
WD. Hanna Harrell

Men’s Short Program
1. Ilia Malinin — 110.36
2. Jason Brown — 100.25
3. Tomoki Hiwatashi — 85.43
4. Liam Kapeikis — 82.27
5. Andrew Torgashev — 78.78
6. Maxim Naumov — 77.71
7. Jimmy Ma — 73.88
8. Goku Endo — 73.45
9. Samuel Mindra — 71.36
10. Yaroslav Paniot — 70.87
11. Camden Pulkinen — 69.47
12. Matthew Nielsen — 67.98
13. Joonsoo Kim — 67.45
14. Daniel Martynov — 64.04
15. Will Annis — 63.46
16. Dinh Tran — 60.63
17. Mitchell Friess — 59.14
18. Joseph Klein — 58.38

Pairs
Gold: Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier — 227.97
Silver: Emily Chan/Spencer Howe — 196.86

Bronze: Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea — 184.01
4. Sonia Baram/Danil Tioumentsev —- 179.08
5. Valentina Plazas/Maximiliano Fernandez — 176.34
6. Katie McBeath/Nathan Bartholomay —- 172.74
7. Maria Mokhova/Ivan Mokhov —- 148.84
8. Nica Digerness/Mark Sadusky — 137.98
9. Grace Hanns / Danny Neudecker — 135.30
10. Nina Ouellette/Rique Newby-Estrella — 132.07
11. Linzy Fitzpatrick/Keyton Bearinger — 129.80

Ice Dance
Gold: Madison Chock/Evan Bates — 229.75
Silver: Caroline Green/Michael Parsons — 207.46
Bronze: Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko — 198.45
4. Emilea Zingas/Vadym Kolesnik — 198.13
5. Emily Bratti/Ian Somerville — 189.84
6. Lorraine McNamara/Anton Spiridonov — 189.15
7. Katarina Wolfkostin/Jeffrey Chen — 183.05
8. Eva Pate/Logan Bye — 182.61
9. Oona Brown/Gage Brown — 181.89
10. Isabella Flores/Ivan Desyatov — 177.31
11. Angela Ling/Caleb Wein — 167.87
12. Leah Krauskopf/YuanShi Jin — 133.93
13. Cara Murphy/Joshua Levitt — 129.85
14. Caroline Depietri/TJ Carey — 123.40
WD. Raffaella Koncius/Alexey Shchepetov

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

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