Figure skating season broadcast schedule

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NBC Sports will present wall-to-wall coverage of the 2019-20 figure skating season, featuring more than 80 hours of coverage between October and April. Every skate from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series (including Skate America), ISU World Championships, ISU Four Continents Championships and the ISU European Championships will be available live and commercial-free with the Figure Skating Pass from NBC Sports Gold.

It starts with the Grand Prix series coverage, with Skate America beginning Oct. 18-20 in Las Vegas.

Coverage on NBC and NBCSN is live streamed on NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is available on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.

You can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season 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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Date ISU Grand Prix Series Time (ET) Network
Oct. 19 Skate America 12 – 2 a.m. NBCSN (live)
Skate America 6 – 8 p.m. NBCSN (live)
Oct. 20 Skate America 1 – 3 a.m. NBCSN
Skate America 12 – 1 p.m. NBC
Oct. 26 Skate America 4:30 – 6 p.m. NBC
Oct. 27 Skate Canada 4:30 – 6 p.m. NBC
Nov. 3 Grand Prix France 4 – 6 p.m. NBC
Nov. 10 Grand Prix China 12 – 1:30 p.m. NBC
Nov. 17 Grand Prix Russia 12 – 1:30 p.m. NBC
Nov. 24 Grand Prix Japan 4 – 6 p.m. NBC
Dec. 6 Grand Prix Final 9 – 11 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 7 Grand Prix Final 9 – 11 p.m. NBCSN
Dec. 22 Grand Prix Final 4 – 6 p.m. NBC
Date U.S. Championships – Greensboro Time (ET) Network
Jan. 23 Pairs’ short program 5 – 7 p.m. NBCSN (live)
Ladies’ short program 9 – 11 p.m. NBCSN (live)
Jan. 24 Rhythm dance 5 – 6 p.m. NBCSN (live)
Ladies’ free skate 8 – 11 p.m. NBC (live)
Jan. 25 Men’s short program 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. NBC (live)
Free dance & pairs’ free skate 8 – 11 p.m. NBCSN (live)
Jan. 26 Men’s free skate 3 – 6 p.m. NBC (live)
Feb. 2 Skating Spectacular 4 – 6 p.m. NBC
Date ISU Championships Time (ET) Network
Jan. 22 European Champs: Men’s short 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 23 European Champs: Men’s free 7 – 9 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 24 European Champs: Ladies’ short 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 26 European Champs: Ladies’ free 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. NBCSN
Feb. 1 European Champs: Men’s and ladies’ free 3 – 5 p.m. NBC
Feb. 6 Four Continents: Ladies’ short 3 – 5 p.m. NBCSN
Feb. 7 Four Continents: Free dance 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
Four Continents: Men’s short 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NBCSN
Feb. 8 Four Continents: Ladies’ free 7 – 9 p.m. NBCSN
Feb. 9 Four Continents: Ladies & men’s free 4 – 6 p.m. NBC
Men’s free 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. NBCSN
March 18 World Championships: Pairs’ short 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. NBCSN (live)
March 19 World Championships: Ladies’ short 6 – 8 p.m. NBCSN
World Championships: Pairs’ free 8 – 10 p.m. NBCSN (live)
World Championships: Men’s short 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. NBCSN
March 20 World Championships: Rhythm dance 6 – 8 p.m. NBCSN
World Championships: Ladies’ free 8 – 10 p.m. NBCSN (live)
March 21 World Championships: Ladies’ free 1 – 3 p.m. NBC
World Championships: Men’s free 9 – 11 p.m. NBC (live)
March 22 World Championships: Free dance 4 – 6 p.m. NBCSN
April 12 Season Recap Show 4 – 6 p.m. NBC

Tommy Ford ends U.S. men’s World Cup drought at Beaver Creek

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Tommy Ford earned his first World Cup win at age 30 and ended the U.S. men’s longest victory and podium droughts in two decades.

Ford won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday, the last North American race on tour this season. He prevailed by eight tenths of a second combining times over two runs.

Full results are here.

Ford became the first U.S. man to win a World Cup since Travis Ganong took a downhill on Jan. 27, 2017. He also became the first U.S. male podium finisher since Ted Ligety in January 2018. Both were the longest droughts for the program since the late 1990s.

Ford, a 2010 and 2018 Olympian who missed the 2014 Olympics due to a broken femur, had been working toward this moment. He finished a World Cup career-high fourth at the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 27. Last season, he had a pair of top-five results.

The men’s World Cup moves to Val d’Isere, France, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 30 seconds, takes back No. 1 ranking

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In her last race of the year, Katie Ledecky ensured she would finish 2019 as the world’s fastest 1500m freestyler.

Ledecky clocked 15:35.98 at the U.S. Open in Atlanta, winning the longest event on the Olympic pool program by 29.97 seconds. Typical for Ledecky, who owns the nine fastest times in history. This one came in at No. 8. Full meet results are here.

Ledecky scratched the 1500m free final at the summer world championships due to illness. Italian Simona Quadarella went on to win that title in 15:40.89, which was the world’s fastest time this year until Saturday night.

“I didn’t have time on my mind at all today. I just wanted to have a consistent swim,” Ledecky, undefeated in 1500m free finals for nine years, said on NBCSN. “That’s probably the best mile that I’ve had in a while.”

The women’s 1500m freestyle debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ledecky is expected to add that to her Rio Olympic individual lineup of 200m, 400m and 800m frees, assuming she is top two in each event at the June Olympic trials.

In other events Saturday, Erika Brown handed Simone Manuel a rare defeat in the 100m freestyle. Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, clocked 53.42 and lowered her personal best by .71 between prelims and the final. Brown moved from sixth to fourth in the U.S. rankings this year, upping her stock as a contender to make the Olympic 4x100m free relay pool via a top-six finish at trials.

Brown previously lowered her personal best in the 50m free on Thursday. She ranks third in the U.S. this year in that event.

Emily Escobedo dealt Lilly King a rare domestic defeat in the 200m breaststroke. Escobedo lowered her personal best by .87 and clocked 2:22.00, moving to seventh fastest in the world this year and remaining fourth among Americans.

In the men’s 200m breast, Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was beaten by Cody Miller, the Olympic 100m breast silver medalist. Both were slower than their best times this year.

The next significant swim meet is a Tyr Pro Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., from Jan. 16-19.

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