Javier Fernandez returns to competition for probably a final time with his eyes on a seventh title at the European Figure Skating Championships in Minsk, Belarus Jan. 23-27.
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova looks for a second European title in the ladies’ field, while two couples from France look to top the podiums in the dance and pairs’ fields.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” will live stream every program from Minsk starting Wednesday with the ladies’ short program.
NBCSN and NBC will also have coverage throughout the weekend.
Preview: Javier Fernandez, Alina Zagitova highlight Europeans
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European Figure Skating Championships broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)
Ladies’ short program: 3:45 a.m. (GOLD) begins at 4:30 p.m. on NBCSN
Pairs’ short program: 11 a.m. (GOLD)
Men’s short program: 4 a.m. (GOLD) begins at 7 p.m. on NBCSN
Pairs’ free skate: 11:40 a.m. (GOLD), begins at 11 p.m. on NBCSN
Rhythm dance: 3:30 a.m. (GOLD) begins at 2 p.m. on NBCSN
Ladies’ free skate: 10 a.m. (GOLD) begins at 6 p.m. on NBCSN
Men’s free skate: 3:15 a.m. (GOLD) begins at 11 a.m. on NBCSN
Free dance: 8:25 a.m. (GOLD)
Ladies’ and men’s free skate: 1:30 p.m. on NBC (STREAM)
With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.