Bradie Tennell returns at Grand Prix England; TV, live stream schedule

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Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Bradie Tennell competes for the first time in 18 months at Grand Prix England, live on Peacock this weekend.

Tennell, a 2018 Olympian who missed all of last season due to a foot injury, returns to a very different U.S. women’s scene.

She is the only active U.S. women’s singles skater with Olympic experience with Alysa Liu and Mariah Bell retiring earlier this year and Karen Chen on an indefinite, perhaps permanent, break while she returns to Cornell.

Tennell, who this summer relocated to France, was due to return at last month’s Japan Open but withdrew Oct. 6, citing an ankle injury that she said was going to keep her off the ice “for a few weeks.”

Grand Prix England Broadcast Schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Platform
Friday 1 p.m. Pairs’ Short Peacock
2:25 p.m. Men’s Short Peacock
Saturday 8:45 a.m. Rhythm Dance Peacock
10:20 a.m. Women’s Short Peacock
1:30 p.m. Pairs’ Free Peacock
3 p.m. Men’s Free Peacock
Sunday 6:15 a.m. Women’s Free Peacock
8:20 a.m. Free Dance Peacock
4 p.m. Highlights NBC | NBC Sports app

At Grand Prix England, she faces a field that includes the top returning woman from last January’s U.S. Championships — world junior champion Isabeau Levito. Levito, 15, was third at nationals but too young for the Olympics.

Levito was second at October’s Skate America in her senior Grand Prix debut. If she makes the podium again this week, she’ll likely qualify for December’s six-skater Grand Prix Final. Tennell is the lone U.S. woman to qualify for any of the last five Finals.

Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia, fourth at last season’s world championships, is the men’s headliner in England.

World champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, the Skate America winners, will look to become the first U.S. pairs’ team to win two Grand Prix events in one season. They are the No. 1 team in this week’s field given the absences of the world’s top pairs from Russia (banned indefinitely due to the invasion of Ukraine) and China (not entered in the Grand Prix Series).

Italians Charlène Guignard and Marco Fabbri lead the ice dancers after earning their first Grand Prix title in France last week.

Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson, second at Skate Canada two weeks ago, can become the second set of British skaters in any discipline to qualify for a Grand Prix Final (ice dancers Sinead Kerr and John Kerr in 2009). The Grand Prix Series began in 1995, a year after British dance legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean retired.

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Rosie MacLennan, Olympic trampoline legend, retires

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Canadian Rosie MacLennan, the lone person to win two Olympic trampoline gold medals, announced her retirement at age 34.

“After 10 World Championships and 4 Olympic Games, it is time for me to hang up my shiny spandex,” she posted on social media. “Trampoline has been such an integral part of my life and sport will continue to be, even if my role in sport is changing. My experience as an athlete has exceeded even my wildest childhood dreams.”

MacLennan won Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 in an event that debuted at the 2000 Sydney Games. She was fourth at her last Olympics in Tokyo. MacLennan, Canada’s flag bearer at the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony, also earned world titles in 2013 and 2018 among seven world medals overall.

MacLennan came back from two concussions in 2015 — over-rotating a jump in training and later when she was accidentally hit on the head by a car trunk — to win her second Olympic title. She came back from an April 2019 broken ankle to reach her fourth Olympics.

MacLennan, who qualified for her first world age group competition at age 11, spent more than 26 years in the sport.

NBC Olympic research contributed to this report.

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Jessie Diggins ties U.S. record for World Cup cross-country skiing wins

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Jessie Diggins tied Kikkan Randall‘s U.S. record with her 13th career individual cross-country skiing World Cup victory, taking a 10km freestyle in Lillehammer, Norway, on Friday.

Diggins, the most decorated U.S. Olympic cross-country skier with a medal of every color, prevailed by 3.8 seconds over German Katharina Hennig in the interval start event. Diggins trailed Hennig by one second at the 8.2-kilometer split, then made up 4.8 seconds over the final four minutes of the course.

“My fitness and brain were in a really good place,” Diggins said, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard. “When I asked my body to go deep into the pain cave, it responded.”

Diggins tied the record of Randall, who in 2007 became the first U.S. woman to win a World Cup cross-country skiing race and ended her career by teaming with Diggins to win the first U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing title at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. (Another skier, Alison Owen-Spencer, won a race in 1978 that U.S. Ski and Snowboard counts as a World Cup, but the International Ski Federation does not.)

Diggins opened this World Cup season last weekend in Ruka, Finland, with a best finish of 10th among three races. She trended up each day, finishing that stop with the second-fastest time in last Sunday’s individual pursuit (where she started 19th).

Diggins, 31, has spread out her goals this season. One of the biggest is helping the U.S. win a relay medal for the first time at the world championships in three months. Diggins has been a part of relays that finished fourth at four different worlds.

She also eyes the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in the sport that goes to the best all-around skier for the season. In 2020-21, Diggins became the second American — and first American woman — to win the overall in a season where Norway’s top skiers, including superstar Therese Johaug, skipped early season races and chances to gain points for the overall title.

Johaug retired after winning three individual golds at last February’s Olympics. Diggins is the top returning skier given the absence of reigning overall champ Natalya Nepryayeva, who cannot compete due to the ban on Russian athletes for the war in Ukraine.

The World Cup season continues with a freestyle sprint on Saturday and a classic 20km mass start on Sunday in Lillehammer.

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