2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships: What to watch on Thursday

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The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the last competition to determine the Olympic team, begins Thursday with the pairs’ and women’s short programs, live from Nashville on USA Network, NBCOlympics.com and Peacock.

In pairs (5 p.m. ET), the withdrawal Wednesday night of national champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier changed the dynamic. Knierim and Frazier will now petition for one of two Olympic pairs’ spots. If any team could successfully petition, it’s Knierim and Frazier, who were also the better U.S. pair at last season’s world championships and the top-scoring U.S. pair on the fall Grand Prix Series.

If a selection committee grants the petition — not expected to be decided until after the pairs’ competition ends Saturday — then the remaining teams will vie for one Olympic spot. Three pairs are primary contenders.

Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc put up a score at their most recent Grand Prix event that’s .18 shy of Knierim and Frazier’s best this season.

Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson have never competed at a world championships but were second at the last two nationals.

Then there’s Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov, who ride momentum after winning a lower-level event in Croatia in December, beating a field that included Knierim and Frazier and Calalang and Johnson.

Pairs’ Short Program (5 p.m. ET) — STREAM LINK | LIVE RESULTS
Jessica Calalang/Brian Johnson — 5:41 p.m.
Audrey Lu/Misha Mitrofanov — 6:22 p.m.
Ashley Cain-Gribble/Timothy LeDuc — 6:28 p.m.

FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS PREVIEWS: Men | Women | Pairs | Ice Dance | Broadcast Schedule

In the women’s short (8:30 p.m. ET), two-time U.S. champion Alysa Liu stands out among four established skaters eyeing three Olympic spots. Liu, who in 2019 became the youngest U.S. senior champion at age 13, has the top score by an American this season.

She’s followed in the domestic rankings by Mariah Bell (2020 U.S. silver medalist), Karen Chen (2018 Olympian) and Amber Glenn (2021 U.S. silver medalist).

Isabeau Levito, the 14-year-old, reigning U.S. junior champion, could shake up the podium, but she’s too young for this year’s Olympics.

Bradie Tennell, the top American at the 2018 Olympics (ninth place) and reigning U.S. senior champion, withdrew last week due to a chronic foot injury that has sidelined her all season.

Women’s Short Program (8:30 p.m. ET) — STREAM LINK | LIVE RESULTS
Isabeau Levito — 8:38 p.m.
Gracie Gold — 8:51 p.m.
Starr Andrews — 8:57 p.m.
Amber Glenn — 9:04 p.m.
Mariah Bell — 9:49 p.m.
Karen Chen — 9:56 p.m.
Audrey Shin — 10:02 p.m.
Alysa Liu — 10:09 p.m.
Lindsay Thorngren — 10:15 p.m.

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Ukraine Olympic champion auctions gold medals to support his country

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Sprint canoeist Yuriy Cheban, Ukraine’s most decorated male Olympian, is auctioning his two gold medals and one bronze medal to support his country’s defense and recovery efforts amid the war with Russia.

“It was one of the best moments of my life that can be compared only with the birth of my child,” Cheban posted specifically about his repeat 200m gold at his last Olympics in Rio in 2016. “This Olympic finish left a great memory forever in the world history and in the hearts of Ukraine.

“Time to move on, I would like these medals to benefit Ukrainians once again.”

Cheban, a 36-year-old who coached Ukraine canoeists at the Tokyo Games, took 500m bronze in 2008 before his 200m golds in 2012 and 2016, all in individual races.

He and boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko are the only men to win two Olympic gold medals for Ukraine, which began competing independently in 1994. Cheban is the only man to win three total Olympic medals for Ukraine, according to Olympedia.org.

Swimmer Yana Klochkova won the most medals for Ukraine — four golds and five total.

All proceeds from the sales will go to Ukraine’s Olympic Circle charity, according to SCP Auctions.

Olympic Circle was created by sportsmen to help Mykolaiv, a city in southern Ukraine, fight Russian occupants, according to SCP.

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek CNBC, Peacock 4 p.m.*
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*

*Delayed broadcast.

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