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2020 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships TV, stream schedule

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Yuzuru Hanyu headlines the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, live on NBC Sports Gold this week from Seoul.

Hanyu, the two-time Olympic champion, is expected to revive his 2018 Olympic short and long programs in what should be his last competition before facing Nathan Chen at March’s world championships in Montreal.

Chen, undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Winter Games, is skipping Four Continents to focus on sophomore classes at Yale. Chen already crushed Hanyu at December’s Grand Prix Final with 335.30 points, a total that the Japanese megastar must approach this week to keep pressure on the American.

Four Continents features top skaters from North America, Asia (but not Russia, which is part of Europe in Olympic sport) and Australia.

Hanyu’s challengers include U.S. Olympian Jason Brown and China’s Jin Boyang, a two-time world bronze medalist.

Japanese national champion Rika Kihira is the favorite in a women’s field that includes 2018 U.S. Olympians Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen and Youth Olympic champion You Young of South Korea. U.S. champion Alysa Liu, at 14, is too young for Four Continents.

World champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China are the class of the pairs’ field. Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who went one-two at last month’s U.S. Championships, take on Canadian champions Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier in ice dance.

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Day Time (ET) Program Network
Wednesday 9 p.m. Rhythm Dance NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Thursday 12:15 a.m. Pairs’ Short NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
4:05 a.m. Women’s Short NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
3 p.m.* Women’s Short NBCSN | STREAM
11:30 p.m. Free Dance NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Friday 3:40 a.m. Men’s Short NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
7:30 p.m.* Free Dance NBCSN | STREAM
10:55 p.m. Women’s Free NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
11 p.m.* Men’s Short NBCSN | STREAM
Saturday 4 a.m. Pairs’ Free NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
7 p.m.* Women’s Free NBCSN | STREAM
9:30 p.m. Men’s Free NBC Sports Gold | STREAM
Sunday 4 p.m.* Highlights NBC | STREAM
11 p.m.* Men’s Free NBCSN | STREAM

*Delayed broadcast

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Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

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Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

“Was starting to think that I’m so old that I can’t time trial anymore,” Mantia, a 34-year-old whose last 1500m personal best came in 2015, told media in Utah. “Maybe there’s a little bit of hope left.”

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

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Netherlands on the board; more world records at speed skating worlds

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It took four world records from other countries before the Netherlands won its first title in an Olympic program event at the world single distances speed skating championships.

Jutta Leerdam got the dominant skating nation on the board on the third day of the four-day competition and in the ninth Olympic program event. Leerdam scored an upset over defending champion and world-record holder Brittany Bowe, the American who ended up eighth.

Leerdam, 21, prevailed despite having zero World Cup podiums to her name. She clocked 1:11.84, just .23 slower than Bowe’s world record set on the same Utah Olympic Oval last year. Bowe, who recently had her yearlong win streak snapped in the 1000m, finished in 1:12.92.

“It’s a nightmare,” Bowe said, according to media on site.

Later, the Netherlands won the men’s team pursuit in a world record 3:34.68, the fifth world record in Olympic events the last two days on the world’s fastest ice at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Full results are here.

The world championships conclude Sunday, highlighted by American Joey Mantia defending his world title in the mass start.

In other Saturday events, both the men’s 1000m and women’s 5000m world records fell. On Friday, world records were lowered in the men’s 10,000m and women’s team pursuit.

Pavel Kulizhnikov followed his Friday world 500m title with the 1000m crown, repeating his double gold from 2016. Kulizhnikov was one of the Russians banned from the PyeongChang Olympics after he served a prior doping ban.

On Saturday, Kulizhnikov clocked 1:05.69 to take .49 off Dutchman Kjeld Nuis‘ record from last March, also set at Salt Lake City. Nuis, the Olympic 1000m and 1500m champion, took silver, 1.03 seconds behind.

Russian Natalya Voronina and Czech Martina Sablikova both went under Sablikova’s world record in the 5000m. Voronina came out on top in 6:39.02, 2.99 seconds faster than Sablikova’s record from a year ago and 2.16 seconds faster than Sablikova on Saturday.

Voronina’s time would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1993. Sablikova won the previous 10 world titles in the event dating to 2007.

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