The world figure skating championships from Saitama, Japan, air live on USA Network and Peacock this week.
The U.S. has medal contenders in all four disciplines, one year after winning a medal in all four events for the first time since 1967 (note Russia’s ban, and China sent no skaters).
In the pairs’ event that starts Tuesday night (U.S. time), Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier can become the first U.S. duo to win multiple world titles, one year after becoming the first American pair to take gold since 1979.
They rank second in the world this season behind Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, last year’s silver medalists who look to earn Japan’s first pairs’ world title.
Japan has the world’s top two women’s singles skaters in reigning world champion Kaori Sakamoto and Grand Prix Final winner Mai Mihara.
Isabeau Levito, a 16-year-old American who won last year’s world junior title, ranks fourth in the field by best score this season. She can become the youngest world medalist since 2014.
Ilia Malinin, an 18-year-old American who this season became the first skater to land a quadruple Axel, is seeded second in the men’s field behind Shoma Uno, the reigning world champion from Japan.
In ice dance, Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates posted the world’s top score this season at last month’s Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs. After 12 seasons together, their goal is to win their first world title after silver in 2015, bronze in 2016 and bronze in 2022.
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2023 World Figure Skating Championships Broadcast Schedule
|Tuesday||Pairs’ Short||10 p.m.-2 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Wednesday||Women’s Short||2:45-8 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Women’s Short||6-8 a.m.||USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock|
|Pairs’ Free||10 p.m.-2 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Thursday||Men’s Short||2:45-8 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Men’s Short||6-8 a.m.||USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock|
|Pairs’ Free||8-10 a.m.*||USA | STREAM LINK|
|Rhythm Dance||10 p.m.-3:30 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Friday||Women’s Free||4:15-8:30 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Women’s Free||6:30-8:30 a.m.||USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock|
|Free Dance||11:30 p.m.-3 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Saturday||Men’s Free||4:15-8:30 a.m.||Peacock | LIVE STREAM | Skate Order|
|Men’s Free||6:30-8:30 a.m.||USA | LIVE STREAM | Peacock|
|Highlights||8-10 p.m.*||NBC | STREAM LINK|