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Figure skating season TV schedule on NBC Sports

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NBC Sports will air an unprecedented 80-plus TV hours of figure skating coverage this season, starting in two weeks with Skate America.

NBC (30-plus hours), NBCSN (50-plus hours) and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will combine to air the Grand Prix series this fall, the U.S. Championships in January and the world championships in March, plus other events.

NBC Sports Gold will feature live and on-demand streaming of every skater in every discipline throughout the season ad-free through the “Figure Skating Pass.”

It all starts in Everett, Wash., with the return of world champion Nathan Chen.

Chen, the first skater to land seven quadruple jumps at one event, bounced back from his 17th-place Olympic short program to top the Olympic free skate (leaping to fifth overall), then routed the world championships field by the largest margin in history.

The Grand Prix series also includes Olympic champions Yuzuru Hanyu and Alina Zagitova, as well as U.S. champion Bradie Tennell, who beat Olympic silver medalist Yevgenia Medvedeva at her first competition this season for her first international victory.

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Date

Grand Prix Series

Time (ET)

Network

Saturday, Oct. 20

Skate America

6-8 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Sunday, Oct. 21

Skate America

12:30-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Oct. 21

Skate America

4-6 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Saturday, Oct. 27

Skate America

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Oct. 28

Skate Canada

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 4

Grand Prix Finland

1-3 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 11

NHK Trophy

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 18

Rostelecom Cup

12-1:30 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, Nov. 25

Internationaux de France

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Friday, Dec. 7

Grand Prix Final

11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, Dec. 8

Grand Prix Final

8-10 p.m.

NBCSN

Sunday, Dec. 9

Grand Prix Final

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Date

U.S. Championships — Detroit

Time (ET)

Network

Thursday, Jan. 24

Pairs Short Program

5-7 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Thursday, Jan. 24

Ladies Short Program

9-11 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Friday, Jan. 25

Rhythm Dance

4-6 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Friday, Jan. 25

Ladies Free Skate

8-11 p.m.

NBC (Live)

Saturday, Jan. 26

Pairs Free, Men’s Short

1:30-4:30 p.m.

NBC (Live)

Saturday, Jan. 26

Free Dance

7-9 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Sunday, Jan. 27

Men’s Free Skate

3:30-6 p.m.

NBC (Live)

Saturday, Feb. 16

Skating Spectacular

2:30-4 p.m.

NBC

Date

ISU Championships

Time (ET)

Network

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Europeans: Men’s Short

4:30-6:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, Jan. 24

Europeans Pairs Free

7-9 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, Jan. 24

Europeans: Ladies Short

11 p.m.-1 a.m.

NBCSN

Friday, Jan. 25

Europeans: Rhythm Dance

2-4 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, Jan. 25

Europeans: Men’s Free

6-8 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, Jan. 26

Europeans: Free Dance

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

NBCSN

Sunday, Jan. 27

Europeans: Ladies & Men’s Free

1:30-3:30 p.m.

NBC

Thursday, Feb. 7

Four Continents: Ladies Short

5-7:30 p.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Friday, Feb. 8

Four Continents: Men’s Short

12 a.m.-2 a.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Saturday, Feb. 9

Four Continents: Ladies Free

12 a.m.-2 a.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Saturday, Feb. 9

Four Continents: Men’s Free

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

NBCSN (Live)

Sunday, Feb. 10

Four Continents: Free Dance

1-3 a.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, Feb. 16

Four Continents: Ladies, Men’s Frees

4-6 p.m.

NBC

Wednesday, March 20

Worlds: Ladies Short

3-5 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, March 21

Worlds: Pairs Free

1-3 p.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, March 21

Worlds: Men’s Short

3-5 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, March 22

Worlds: Rhythm Dance

7-9 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, March 22

Worlds: Ladies Free

9-11 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, March 23

Worlds: Ladies & Men’s Free

8-10 p.m.

NBC

Saturday, March 23

Worlds: Men’s Free

2-4 p.m.

NBCSN

Sunday, April 14

Worlds: Recap

3-6 p.m.

NBC

 

April Ross, Alix Klineman back atop Olympic beach volleyball qualifying

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Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross and new partner Alix Klineman moved back on top of the U.S. Olympic beach volleyball qualifying standings by winning an event in Itapema, Brazil this week.

Ross, who split from Kerri Walsh Jennings in 2017, and Klineman beat Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes 25-23, 18-21, 15-10 in Sunday’s final for their third title in 11 FIVB World Tour tournaments together.

“Every victory is important, but this counts for more,” Klineman said, according to the FIVB. “We want to send a message and we want to be consistently the best.

Ross and Klineman supplanted Walsh Jennings and her new partner, Brooke Sweat, for the lead in the early U.S. Olympic qualifying rankings with still more than a year of events ahead.

1. Ross/Klineman – 3,240 (5 events played)
2. Walsh Jennings/Sweat – 3,100 (7 events)
3. Day/Flint – 2,180 (5 events)
4. Hughes/Ross — 2,000 (4 events)
5. Larsen/Stockman — 1,840 (5 events)
6. Sponcil/Claes — 1,600 (3 events)

Each team’s 12 best results from Sept. 1, 2018, to June 14, 2020, go into the Olympic qualifying rankings. That means Ross and Klineman are comfortably in front, having played two fewer events than Walsh Jennings and Sweat, who lost in the quarterfinals in Itapema.

The top two U.S. pairs come June 15, 2020, provided they’re ranked high enough internationally, will qualify for Tokyo. Most of the qualifying events, including the ones with the most points available, are still to come this summer.

Ross, 36, picked up Klineman, 29, after Walsh Jennings didn’t join her in signing a domestic AVP contract in 2017. The 6-foot-5 Klineman primarily played indoor the previous decade, including at Stanford from 2007-10 after being the Gatorade National Player of the Year coming out of high school.

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Katie Ledecky extends 5-year win streak

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Katie Ledecky extended a five-year domestic win streak by taking the 200m freestyle at the Tyr Pro Swim Series at Bloomington on Saturday.

In her last full meet before July’s world championships, Ledecky clocked 1:55.80 to beat training partner Simone Manuel by 1.44 seconds for her second win in as many days. Ledecky is also entered in Sunday’s 800m free on the last day of the meet.

Ledecky, who also cruised to a 400m free victory on Friday, ranks third in the world in the 200m free this year, behind Australian Ariarne Titmus and Swede Sarah Sjöström (the Olympic silver medalist who is not expected to race the 200m free at worlds).

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion, hasn’t lost a 200m, 400m, 800m or 1500m free final at a domestic meet since Allison Schmitt beat her in a 200m free on Jan. 18, 2014 when Ledecky was 16 years old.

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But Ledecky lost the two biggest 200m frees of this Olympic cycle so far, at the 2017 World Championships and the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Italian veteran Federica Pellegrini handed Ledecky her first individual final defeat at a major international meet at 2017 Worlds.

Ledecky dropped to third in the 200m free at Pan Pacs in Tokyo last year, beaten by younger swimmers Taylor Ruck of Canada and Rikako Ikee of Japan.

Ruck, who like Ledecky trains at Stanford, is in Bloomington, but she chose not to swim the 200m free on Saturday. She instead swam the 200m backstroke about 45 minutes after the 200m free and was upset by 17-year-old Regan Smith. Smith won in 2:06.47, moving to No. 3 in the world this year.

In other events Saturday, Ella Eastin captured the 400m individual medley in 4:37.18, taking 1.25 seconds off her personal best and moving to fifth in the world this year. Eastin is not on the world championships team after an untimely bout with mono before qualifying meets last summer.

Blake Pieroni won the men’s 200m free in 1:47.25. No American ranks in the top 20 in the world this year. World silver medalist Townley Haas did not enter Bloomington.

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