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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

As a reminder, 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.

Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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Which athletes are qualified for the U.S. Olympic team?

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Soon after Tokyo Olympic qualifying events began getting postponed, the International Olympic Committee announced that all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes.

The IOC repeated that position over the last week, after the Tokyo Games were postponed (now to open July 23, 2021). What does that mean for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee?

Well, 76 athletes qualified for the U.S. Olympic team before the Olympic postponement was announced. That full list is here.

Those 76 athletes can be separated into two categories.

  • Athletes who earned Olympic spots BY NAME via International Federation (i.e. International Surfing Association or International Aquatics Federation) selection procedures.
  • Athletes named to the U.S. Olympic team by their national governing body (i.e. USA Swimming or USA Track and Field) and confirmed by the USOPC using NGB selection procedures after the NGB earned a quota spot.

When the IOC says “all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes,” it means just that. USA Softball still has 15 athlete quota spots from qualifying a full team via international results. Surfer Kolohe Andino still has his Olympic spot from qualifying BY NAME via the International Surfing Association selection procedures route.

USA Softball named its 15-player Olympic roster last fall. Those 15 athletes did not earn Olympic quota spots for themselves. Unlike Andino (and 13 other American qualifiers across all sports), the 15 softball players had to be nominated by USA Softball and confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Unless and until the USOPC confirms that any of those other 62 athletes remain qualified, for now the list of U.S. Olympic qualifiers is these 14 who qualified BY NAME:

Karate (1)
Sakura Kokumai

Modern Pentathlon (2)
Samantha Achterberg
Amro Elgeziry

Swimming (3)
Haley Anderson
Ashley Twichell
Jordan Wilimovsky

Sport Climbing (4)
Kyra Condie
Brooke Raboutou
Nathaniel Coleman
Colin Duffy

Surfing (4)
Caroline Marks
Carissa Moore
Kolohe Andino
John John Florence

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