World Nordic skiing championships highlight winter sports TV schedule

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Jessie Diggins is a headliner at the world Nordic skiing championships this week, airing on NBC Sports, Olympic Channel and Peacock Premium.

Diggins, the Tour de Ski champion and cross-country skiing World Cup overall leader, eyes medals in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Her best individual event — the 10km freestyle — is next week, but this week she’s expected to race her Olympic gold-medal event — the two-person team sprint on Sunday.

Worlds open with the individual men’s and women’s sprints on Thursday. Diggins took silver in that event at worlds in 2017, when it was in her preferred freestyle technique. This year, it’s classic skiing.

Nordic combined and ski jumping events also take place starting Thursday.

Elsewhere, the Alpine skiing World Cup resumes following the two-week world championships.

Mikaela Shiffrin is sitting out speed races, as she has done all season, but American Breezy Johnson will go for her first World Cup win in downhills on Friday and Saturday.

World Nordic Skiing Championships  — Oberstdorf, Germany

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 5:30 a.m. Sprint Finals Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Women’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m.* Women’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Sprint Finals NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Friday 4:15 a.m. Men’s Nordic Comb. NH Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
9 a.m.* Men’s Nordic Comb. NH Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
10 a.m. Men’s Nordic Comb. NH 10km Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:15 a.m. Women’s Team Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
1 p.m.* Women’s Team Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
2:30 p.m. Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Qual. Peacock | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Women’s Nordic Comb. NH Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
5:45 a.m. Women’s Skiathlon 15km Peacock | STREAM LINK
7:30 a.m. Men’s Skiathlon 30km Peacock | STREAM LINK
9:30 a.m. Women’s Nordic Comb. NH 5km Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m. Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
11:30 a.m.* Women’s Skiathlon 15km Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
12:30 p.m.* Men’s Skiathlon 30km Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Team Nordic Comb. Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Team Sprints Peacock | STREAM LINK
8 a.m.* Men’s Team Nordic Comb. Ski Jump Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
9 a.m. Men’s Team Nordic Comb. XC Relay Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
10:30 a.m.* Team Sprints Olympic Channel | STREAM LINK
11 a.m. Mixed Team Ski Jump Peacock | STREAM LINK

Alpine Skiing World Cup  — Val di Fassa, Italy (women) and Bansko, Bulgaria (men)

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Friday 5:45 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Saturday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Downhill Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
6:30 p.m.* Women’s Downhill NBCSN | STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 1 Peacock | STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Women’s Super-G Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
7 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2 Olympic Channel | Peacock | STREAM LINK
2 p.m.* Women’s Super-G NBCSN | STREAM LINK

Freestyle Skiing World Cup — Bakuriani, Georgia

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Saturday 2:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK
Sunday 2:30 a.m. Team Ski Cross Peacock | STREAM LINK

*Delayed broadcast

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Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier win U.S. figure skating pairs’ title in possible final nationals

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Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier haven’t decided if they’ll compete beyond this season, so Saturday may have been their farewell to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

If so, they went out as dominant winners, the first pair in their 30s to win nationals in more than 50 years.

Knierim, 31, and Frazier, 30, took their second U.S. title together, totaling 227.97 points to prevail by 31.11 over Emily Chan and Spencer Howe. They led by a gaping 15.1 points after Thursday’s short.

Knierim and Frazier were solid after errors on their opening jumping combination in Saturday’s free skate. They broke their own pairs’ margin of victory record from the 2021 U.S. Championships under a scoring system implemented in 2006. Knierim appeared to wipe away tears backstage.

“As I get older, the longer I’m in this sport, the more gratitude I have for it,” Knierim, the oldest woman to win a U.S. figure skating title since 1995 (Renée Roca), said on USA Network. “After that music ended, I’m just thankful that Brandon’s by my side and I’m able to do what I love.”

Ellie Kam and Danny O’Shea bagged bronze to likely round out the three-pair team for March’s world championships.

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Full Scores | Broadcast Schedule

Knierim and Frazier considered retiring after last season, after they missed nationals due to Frazier’s COVID-19, petitioned onto the Olympic team and posted the best Olympic finish for a U.S. pair (sixth) in 20 years.

They then became the first U.S. pair to win a world title since 1979, beating a field that didn’t include any of the top five from the Olympics.

They returned in part to compete as world champions and rank second in the world this season (during which the top Olympic pairs also haven’t competed). They will likely go into March’s worlds in Japan as underdogs to Japan’s Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, who won their lone head-to-head this past fall at the Grand Prix Final.

Back in October, Knierim said this will probably be their last season competing together, though the pair also thought they were done last spring. They don’t expect to make a final decision until after a Stars on Ice tour this spring.

“This U.S. Championships for us was extra special because you’re just reflecting on the journey, and you know that there’s a good chance that this will be your last one,” Frazier said.

Knierim won her fifth U.S. title, tying the record for a pairs’ skater since World War II, joining Kyoka InaTai BabiloniaRandy GardnerKarol Kennedy and Peter Kennedy. Knierim’s first three titles, and her first Olympics in 2018, were with husband Chris, who retired in 2020.

Silver medalists Chan and Howe continued their recent surge. After placing fourth at last season’s nationals, they rank sixth in the world this season. That’s despite summer injuries that left them unable to practice lifts (his shoulder) and throws (her foot) for a while.

Kam, 18, and O’Shea, 31, made the podium four months after becoming a pair and less than two months after a car Kim was riding in was hit by a drunk driver while crossing an intersection. The car was totaled, but Kim and O’Shea still competed days later in Croatia.

O’Shea won the 2016 U.S. title with Tarah Kayne, retired after they split in late 2020, then came back in 2021 with Chelsea Liu. They ranked sixth in the U.S. going into 2022 Nationals, but withdrew beforehand due to concussions both suffered in a November competition fall, according to Figure Skaters Online.

NBC Sports’ Sarah Hughes (not the figure skater) contributed to this report.

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2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships scores, results

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Full scores and results from the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose …

Women
Gold: Isabeau Levito — 223.33
Silver: Bradie Tennell — 213.12
Bronze: Amber Glenn — 207.44
4. Starr Andrews — 188.24
5. Josephine Lee — 187.68
6. Lindsay Thorngren — 187.19
7. Clare Seo — 175.60
8. Gracie Gold — 173.98
9. Ava Ziegler — 167.70
10. Sonja Hilmer — 166.49
11. Gabriella Izzo — 166.40
12. Ting Cui — 161.27
13. Audrey Shin — 161.12
14. Lindsay Wang — 154.91
15. Michelle Lee — 145.28
16. Elsa Cheng — 138.13
17. Alexa Gasparotto — 129.41
WD. Hanna Harrell

Men’s Short Program
1. Ilia Malinin — 110.36
2. Jason Brown — 100.25
3. Tomoki Hiwatashi — 85.43
4. Liam Kapeikis — 82.27
5. Andrew Torgashev — 78.78
6. Maxim Naumov — 77.71
7. Jimmy Ma — 73.88
8. Goku Endo — 73.45
9. Samuel Mindra — 71.36
10. Yaroslav Paniot — 70.87
11. Camden Pulkinen — 69.47
12. Matthew Nielsen — 67.98
13. Joonsoo Kim — 67.45
14. Daniel Martynov — 64.04
15. Will Annis — 63.46
16. Dinh Tran — 60.63
17. Mitchell Friess — 59.14
18. Joseph Klein — 58.38

Pairs
Gold: Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier — 227.97
Silver: Emily Chan/Spencer Howe — 196.86

Bronze: Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea — 184.01
4. Sonia Baram/Danil Tioumentsev —- 179.08
5. Valentina Plazas/Maximiliano Fernandez — 176.34
6. Katie McBeath/Nathan Bartholomay —- 172.74
7. Maria Mokhova/Ivan Mokhov —- 148.84
8. Nica Digerness/Mark Sadusky — 137.98
9. Grace Hanns / Danny Neudecker — 135.30
10. Nina Ouellette/Rique Newby-Estrella — 132.07
11. Linzy Fitzpatrick/Keyton Bearinger — 129.80

Ice Dance
Gold: Madison Chock/Evan Bates — 229.75
Silver: Caroline Green/Michael Parsons — 207.46
Bronze: Christina Carreira/Anthony Ponomarenko — 198.45
4. Emilea Zingas/Vadym Kolesnik — 198.13
5. Emily Bratti/Ian Somerville — 189.84
6. Lorraine McNamara/Anton Spiridonov — 189.15
7. Katarina Wolfkostin/Jeffrey Chen — 183.05
8. Eva Pate/Logan Bye — 182.61
9. Oona Brown/Gage Brown — 181.89
10. Isabella Flores/Ivan Desyatov — 177.31
11. Angela Ling/Caleb Wein — 167.87
12. Leah Krauskopf/YuanShi Jin — 133.93
13. Cara Murphy/Joshua Levitt — 129.85
14. Caroline Depietri/TJ Carey — 123.40
WD. Raffaella Koncius/Alexey Shchepetov

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS: Broadcast Schedule | New Era for U.S.

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