2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV, live stream schedule

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The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final event to determine the Olympic team, airs live on NBC Sports, USA, NBCOlympics.com and Peacock this week.

Peacock will stream every competition, including junior events starting Tuesday, and will have a practice cam from Tuesday through Sunday.

The U.S. has three Olympic spots for men, women and ice dance and two for pairs, matching its largest Olympic roster since 1984. In most cases, Olympic team selection mirrors national championships results, but not always.

Nathan Chen, the five-time reigning U.S. men’s champion, is the biggest favorite among the four disciplines. He bids to tie Todd Eldredge for the most national men’s titles since Dick Button won seven in a row from 1946-52.

The men’s event also has the clearest Olympic picture: Chen, Vincent Zhou and Jason Brown made up the U.S. team for every world championships in this Olympic cycle.

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Alysa Liu, who in 2019 became the youngest U.S. women’s champion at age 13, is the highest-ranked American woman this season. She leads a field that also includes 2018 Olympian Karen Chen and Mariah Bell and Amber Glenn, the last two U.S. silver medalists. Bradie Tennell, the top U.S. woman at the 2018 Olympics (ninth place) and reigning U.S. champion, withdrew last week due to a chronic foot injury.

The U.S. has two Olympic pairs’ spots after having just one in 2018. Four teams are bunched together: reigning national champs Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc are separated by just .18 of a point in season’s best scores. Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson and Audrey Lu and Misha Mitrofanov are another five and seven points back, respectively.

Knierim and Frazier withdrew Wednesday after Frazier tested positive for the coronavirus. They will petition for a spot on the Olympic team. More here.

In ice dance, the U.S. again has multiple Olympic medal-contending couples. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates own a combined five national titles, splitting the last two. The third Olympic spot is expected to come down to Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker and Caroline Green and Michael Parsons, who finished third and fourth at last year’s nationals.

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2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Senior Broadcast Schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Thursday 5 p.m. Pairs’ Short USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
8:30 p.m. Women’s Short USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
Friday 4:30 p.m. Rhythm Dance USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
8 p.m. Women’s Free NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
Saturday 4 p.m. Men’s Short NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
7 p.m. Pairs’ Free USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
8:30 p.m. Free Dance USA | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order
Sunday 2 p.m. Men’s Free NBC | Peacock | STREAM LINK | Skate Order

Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

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Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

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Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”