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NBC Sports coverage celebrates the 25th anniversary of figure skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will broadcast 14 hours of special coverage on Monday to honor the 1994 Winter Olympics, 25 years to the day of the ladies’ free skate.

The programming will include NBC Sports’ “Nancy & Tonya” documentary, which debuted in 2014, five “Return to PyeongChang” figure skating episodes, and more than five hours of coverage of January’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Here is the full schedule:

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (ET): Nancy & Tonya Documentary

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET):  Return to PyeongChang: Figure Skating – Team Event

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (ET):  Return to PyeongChang: Figure Skating – Pairs

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (ET): Return to PyeongChang: Figure Skating – Men’s Singles

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (ET): Return to PyeongChang: Figure Skating – Ice Dance

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (ET): Return to PyeongChang: Figure Skating – Ladies’ Singles

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (ET):  US Figure Skating Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (ET): Nancy & Tonya Documentary

9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. (ET): US Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Free Skate

12 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. (ET): Nancy & Tonya Documentary

The press release is below and for a full schedule of Olympic events on the broadcast, click here.

STAMFORD, Conn. – Exactly 25 years to the day after the eagerly-anticipated ladies’ free skate at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics, NBC Sports presents 14 hours of special programming to remember the event, starting Monday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Programming includes three special airings of NBC Sports’ “Nancy & Tonya” documentary, five “Return to PyeongChang” figure skating episodes, and more than five hours of 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships coverage.

Click here for the original press release on the “Nancy & Tonya” documentary, which debuted in February 2014. The three-hour telecast of the 1994 ladies’ figure skating short-program competition two days earlier (Feb. 23) in Lillehammer was viewed by more than 126 million Americans – ranking as the fourth-most viewed show at that time in U.S. history (according to Nielsen data released by CBS, which televised the event).

Click here for a full schedule of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA’s exclusive programming to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Winter Olympics figure skating competition, in which Kerrigan won the silver medal. Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

MORE: Remembering the attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the figure skating national championships 25 years ago

As a reminder, you can watch the world championships live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Federica Brignone hopes World Cup rival Mikaela Shiffrin will return soon

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Mikaela Shiffrin‘s prolonged absence from the World Cup Alpine skiing circuit has opened the door for Italy’s Federica Brignone to break the American’s grip on the season title, but Brignone hopes her friend and rival will be back in competition soon.

“I really do hope that she will return soon for herself so she can do again what she loves most,” Brignone said.

Brignone took the season lead from Shiffrin, who has won the last three World Cup overall titles, on Sunday and has a 73-point advantage with 11 of the season’s 40 races remaining. She also leads Shiffrin by 74 points in the giant slalom standings.

READ: Brignone moves into World Cup lead

No Italian woman has won the overall World Cup. Brignone was fifth in 2017 and won the Alpine combined discipline title last season.

Brignone will have a chance to clinch another Alpine combined discipline title and extend her overall lead in her home country this weekend. While some other sports events in Italy have been canceled or otherwise affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the host resort of La Thuile has so far been spared from the virus’ spread.

Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, the only other skier with a realistic chance of winning the overall trophy, is dealing with a knee injury and might not be able to race this weekend. Vhlova leads Shiffrin by 20 points in the slalom standings.

Shiffrin has not competed since the death of her father Feb. 2, and she has not announced plans to return. She was not on pace to match her astounding 17-win 2018-19 season but still had six wins and had reached the podium in 13 of 19 races.

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World short-track speedskating championships will be moved, postponed or canceled

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The International Skating Union announced Tuesday that the world short-track speedskating championships will not proceed as scheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Seoul’s Mokdong Ice Rink, where the competition was set to be held March 13-15, held the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships earlier this month but closed on Monday.

The ISU left open the possibility that the championships will be postponed or relocated, but the window to do so may close rapidly.

“Taking into account the uncertain world-wide development of the coronavirus, the limited and uncertain available time slots during the coming weeks and the logistical challenges of potential organizers and participating teams, a postponement and/or relocation of the Championships would be difficult to achieve,” the ISU said. “Nevertheless, a postponement and/or relocation of this Championships might be considered if the circumstances would allow so in due time.”

South Korea is one of short-track speedskating’s traditional powers. Last year, the country dominated the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, winning both relays and taking gold in all of the men’s individual races. South Korea also led the medal count on home ice in the 2018 Olympics.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of many events in China, where the illness was first found. The world indoor track and field championships were pushed back a whole year.

With the virus spreading to other regions, other countries’ sports schedules are being affected. Several soccer games are proceeding in empty stadiums in Italy and Iran.

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