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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

Bernard Lagat commits to Olympic marathon trials, eyes age record

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Bernard Lagat, a 44-year-old, five-time Olympian, reportedly said he will race the Olympic marathon trials on Feb. 29 in a bid to break his own record as the oldest U.S. Olympic runner.

“I feel like I can still improve,” Lagat said, according to Runner’s World. “I’m going to give it my best.”

Lagat, a two-time Olympic 1500m medalist, moved to the marathon after becoming the oldest U.S. Olympic runner in history at the Rio Games, placing fifth in the 5000m.

He clocked 2:17:20 in his 26.2-mile debut at the 2018 New York City Marathon. He lowered it to 2:12:10 at the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia on July 7 but did not previously commit to entering the trials.

If Lagat finishes in the top three at the marathon trials, he is in line to become the third-oldest U.S. Olympic track and field athlete in history. The oldest are race walker John Deni (49 years old in 1952) and hammer thrower Matt McGrath (48 years old in 1924), according to the OlyMADMen.

Lagat ranks outside the top 20 among U.S. marathoners in this Olympic cycle. The fastest are Galen Rupp (2:06:07), Leonard Korir (2:07:56, from Sunday’s Amsterdam Marathon) and Scott Fauble (2:09:09).

No American has competed in six Olympics in track and field. Lagat’s first two Olympic appearances were for Kenya.

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Natalie Geisenberger, Olympic luge champion, will not race this season

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For the first time in eight years, there will be a new World Cup women’s luge champion.

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger — the seven-time defending champion and two-time defending Olympic singles gold medalist — announced that she isn’t sliding this season because she and her husband are expecting their first child in April.

“Our happiness is on the way,” Geisenberger said on her Facebook page.

Geisenberger plans to return next season and still has hopes to compete at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, where she could match fellow German great Georg Hackl’s feat of winning three consecutive singles golds.

With Geisenberger not sliding this season, the top returning women from last year’s World Cup standings now are Julia Taubitz of Germany and Summer Britcher of the U.S. — second and third, respectively, in 2018-19.

Geisenberger has a luge record-tying four Olympic golds in all, being part of Germany’s victories in the team relays in Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018 as well.

Her 49 World Cup singles wins are another record, and she’s one of two sliders to win seven consecutive World Cup titles — Austria’s Markus Prock took the men’s championships each year from 1990-91 through 1996-97.

Geisenberger’s break from sliding only adds to how the World Cup standings — and the German roster — will look very different this season. Dajana Eitberger, who was fourth in last season’s World Cup standings, is also pregnant and expecting a baby in February. And Tatjana Huefner, who was sixth overall last season, has retired.

Huefner won five consecutive World Cup titles before Geisenberger took over and began her seven-year streak of championships. Geisenberger earned medals 11 times in 12 singles races last year — six golds, four silvers and one bronze.

“We are so happy for you even though we will miss you this season!” two-time Olympic singles gold medalist Felix Loch of Germany wrote in a message to Geisenberger on Instagram.

Geisenberger has been in the top three of the World Cup standings in 12 consecutive seasons. She was third in 2007-08, finished second in each of the next four seasons, and then began her title streak in 2012-13.

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