Nathan Chen and Alysa Liu headline the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, airing live on NBC and NBCSN and streaming live for NBC Sports Gold subscribers from Thursday through Sunday.
Skaters are competing not only for national titles, but also spots on March’s world championships team.
Chen, undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics, looks to become the first man to win four straight national titles since Brian Boitano in 1988. He is a massive favorite, outranking the next-best American this season (Jason Brown) by 80 points in fall international competition.
Liu, who last year became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, added a quadruple Lutz to her triple Axel this season.
She will not be old enough for major senior international competitions until the 2022 Olympic year, making Bradie Tennell and Mariah Bell the favorites to comprise the team for the world team for a second straight year.
Ice dance figures to be a battle among training partners Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Hubbell and Donohue won the last two national titles, but the 2015 U.S. champions Chock and Bates outscored them at December’s Grand Prix Final.
Four different pairs won the last four national titles, and all of them are in this week’s field.
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NATIONALS PREVIEWS: Nathan Chen | Alysa Liu | Vincent Zhou | Pairs | TV Schedule | ResultsFollow @nbcolympictalk
|Thurs.||4:30-7 p.m.||Pairs’ Short||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|5-7 p.m.||Pairs’ Short||NBCSN | STREAM|
|7:30-11 p.m.||Women’s Short||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|9-11 p.m.||Women’s Short||NBCSN | STREAM|
|Fri.||4:30-6 p.m.||Rhythm Dance||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|5-6 p.m.||Rhythm Dance||NBCSN | STREAM|
|7:25-11 p.m.||Women’s Free||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|8-11 p.m.||Women’s Free||NBC | STREAM|
|Sat.||1:30-4:30 p.m.||Men’s Short||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|2:30-4:30 p.m.||Men’s Short||NBC | STREAM|
|6-9 p.m.||Pairs’ Free||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|8-11 p.m.||Pairs’/Dance Free||NBCSN | STREAM|
|9:30-11 p.m.||Free Dance||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|Sun.||2:30-6 p.m.||Men’s Free||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | Skate Order|
|3-6 p.m.||Men’s Free||NBC | STREAM|
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