2021 World Figure Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule

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The best figure skaters gather for the first time since 2019 at the world championships in Stockholm, live on NBC Sports and Peacock Premium.

Nathan Chen, undefeated since placing fifth at the 2018 Olympics, headlines the U.S. roster as he goes for a world title three-peat.

Chen competes against two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan for the first time since the December 2019 Grand Prix Final, the last time a top-level, global skating competition was held.

In the women’s event, Russia sends a trio capable of sweeping the medals — Anna Shcherbakova, a three-time national champion before turning 17, Aleksandra Trusova, who has landed four different quadruple jumps, and Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva, competing at worlds for the first time since winning the title in 2015.

Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen bid to earn three U.S. women’s spots at the 2022 Olympics. That requires combined finishes adding up to no more than 13. Sixth and seventh, for example.

In ice dance, four-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France chose not to compete due to an inability to properly prepare amid the pandemic. In their absence, Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates are among the gold-medal contenders.

In pairs, two-time world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China are entered in their first international event since the February 2020 Four Continents Championships. Sui and Han are undefeated since taking silver at the 2018 Olympics and set to be among the host nation’s top gold-medal hopes at the 2022 Winter Games.

Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc look to secure at least two U.S. pairs’ spots at the Olympics after having just one in 2018.

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2021 World Figure Skating Championships Broadcast Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Network
Wednesday Women’s Short 5-11 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Women’s Short 9-11 a.m. NBCSN | LIVE STREAM
Pairs’ Short 1:30-6 p.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Thursday Pairs’ Short 1:30-3 a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Men’s Short 6-11:30 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Pairs’ Free 1:10-5 p.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Pairs’ Free 3-5 p.m. NBCSN | LIVE STREAM
Men’s Short 5-7 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Friday Rhythm Dance 5:45-11 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Women’s Free 1-5 p.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Women’s Free 2:30-5 p.m. NBCSN | LIVE STREAM
Rhythm Dance 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Saturday Men’s Free 6-10 a.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Men’s Free 8-10 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM
Free Dance 12-3:30 p.m. Peacock | LIVE STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Free Dance 3:30-5:30 p.m.* NBCSN | STREAM
Women’s Free 8 p.m.** NBC | STREAM
April 11 Recap 3 p.m.* NBC

*Delayed broadcast
**8 ET/7 CT/7 MT/6:30 PT

Shoma Uno leads Ilia Malinin at figure skating worlds; Japan wins first pairs’ title


Defending champion Shoma Uno of Japan bettered American Ilia Malinin in the world figure skating championships short program.

Malinin, 18, plans one of, if not the most difficult free skate in history on Saturday in a bid to overtake Uno to become the youngest world champion in 25 years.

Uno, who has reportedly dealt with an ankle injury, skated clean Thursday save doubling the back end of a planned quadruple toe loop-triple toe combination. He totaled 104.63 points, overtaking Malinin by 4.25 on home ice in Saitama.

“I was able to do better jumps compared to my practice in my short program today, and even if I am not in my best condition, I want to focus on other details other than my jumps as well,” Uno said, according to the International Skating Union.

Malinin, who this season landed the first quadruple Axel in competition, had a clean short after struggling with the program all autumn. He landed a quadruple Lutz-triple toe combo, a quad toe and a triple Axel. Uno beat him on artistic component scores.

“I was really in the moment,” said Malinin, who plans a record-tying six quads in Saturday’s free skate after attempting five at previous competitions this season. “I was really feeling my performance out there.”

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The quad Axel is not allowed in the short program, but expect Malinin to include it in the free, and he likely needs it to beat Uno.

Malinin has been a force in skating, starting with his breakout silver-medal finish at the January 2022 U.S. Championships. He was left off last year’s Olympic team due to his inexperience, then won the world junior title last spring.

He entered these senior worlds ranked second in the field behind Uno, yet outside the top 15 in the world in the short program this season. After a comfortable win at January’s national championships, he can become the youngest men’s world champion since Russian Alexei Yagudin in 1998.

Two-time U.S. Olympian Jason Brown placed sixth with a clean short in his first full international competition since last year’s Olympics.

The third American, Andrew Torgashev, fell on his opening quad toe loop and ended up 22nd in his worlds debut.

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen has not skated this season, going back to Yale, and is not expected to return to competition. Silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama of Japan has been out with left leg and ankle bone injuries. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu retired.

Earlier Thursday, Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won Japan’s first pairs’ world title, dethroning Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, who last year became the first Americans to win a pairs’ world title since 1979.

More on the pairs’ event here.

Worlds continue Thursday night (U.S. time) with the rhythm dance, followed Friday morning with the women’s free skate, live on Peacock and USA Network.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships results


2023 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, top 10 and notable results …

Women (Short Program)
1. Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) — 79.24
2. Lee Hae-In (KOR) — 73.62
3. Mai Mihara (JPN) — 73.46
4. Isabeau Levito (USA) — 73.03
5. Loena Hendrickx (BEL) — 71.94
6. Niina Petrokina (EST) — 68.00
7. Nicole Schott (GER) — 67.29
8. Bradie Tennell (USA) — 66.45
9. Ekaterina Kurakova (POL) — 65.69
10. Amber Glenn (USA) — 65.52


Men (Short Program)
1. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 104.63
2. Ilia Malinin (USA) — 100.38
3. Cha Jun-Hwan (KOR) — 99.64
4. Keegan Messing (CAN) — 98.75
5. Kevin Aymoz (FRA) — 95.56
6. Jason Brown (USA) — 94.17
7. Kazuki Tomono (JPN) — 92.68
8. Daniel Grassl (ITA) — 86.50
9. Lukas Britschgi (SUI) — 86.18
10. Vladimir Litvintsev (AZE) — 82.71
17. Sota Yamamoto (JPN) — 75.48
22. Andrew Torgashev (USA) — 71.41

Gold: Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara (JPN) — 222.16
Silver: Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier (USA) — 217.48
Bronze: Sara Conti/Niccolo Macii (ITA) — 208.08
4. Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Maxime Deschamps (CAN) — 199.97
5. Emily Chan/Spencer Howe (USA) — 194.73
6. Lia Pereira/Trennt Michaud (CAN) — 193.00
7. Maria Pavlova/Alexei Sviatchenko (HUN) — 190.67
8. Anastasia Golubova/Hektor Giotopoulos Moore (AUS) — 189.47
9. Annika Hocke/Robert Kunkel (GER) — 184.60
10. Alisa Efimova/Ruben Blommaert (GER) — 184.46
12. Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea (USA) — 175.59

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