Top figure skaters compete at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., including Rachael Flatt, 2011 ladies’ champ Alissa Czisny, Jeremy Abbott and 2011 men’s champ Ryan Bradley. Last year’s ice dancing champs Meryl Davis and Charlie White are also expected to perform. The nationals will determine the U.S. skaters who will compete in the World Championships in Nice, France, in March. NBC has coverage of the competition Jan. 28-29 and the Skating Spectacular Feb. 4. Additionally, icenetwork.com streams live and on-demand coverage of more events on a subscription basis throughout the week beginning Jan. 22 at 1pm ET. Full U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule on NBC and a schedule from icenetwork.com below. [Updated: Added press release from NBC Sports Group after the jump.]
2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule on NBC
Jan. 28 — Free Dance (LIVE), 4-6pm ET
Jan. 28 — Ladies Free Skate (LIVE), 9-11pm ET
Jan. 29 — Men’s and Pairs Free Skate (LIVE), 3-6pm ET
Feb. 4 — Skating Spectacular, 2-4pm ET
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS 7 HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2012 U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
NBC’s Primetime Saturday Broadcast Includes Live Coverage of Ladies Free Skate
“Competing here it is an incredible opportunity to secure your place in history.” – NBC’s Hamilton
“There should be a lot of fireworks in the men’s event.” – NBC’s Hamilton
“USA dance has never been stronger ever in its history than it is now.” – NBC’s Hamilton
NEW YORK – January 26, 2012 – NBC Sports presents seven hours of live coverage of the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships this Saturday (4-6 p.m., ET and 9-11 p.m., ET) and Sunday (3-6 p.m., ET) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Several members of the 2011 U.S. World Team are set to compete, including reigning U.S. champion Alissa Czisny (Ladies). Richard Dornbush (Men’s) and Ross Miner (Men’s), the current U.S. silver and bronze medalists, respectively, will also compete. Defending pairs champion John Coughlin takes the ice with new partner Caydee Denney. He won last year’s event with former partner Caitlin Yankowskas, while Denney is an Olympian with previous partner Jeremy Barrett. And reigning World champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White look for their fourth straight National Championship.
NBC will air seven hours of live coverage, including the senior-level competition in the ladies singles, men’s singles and pairs free skate, with two hours in primetime this Saturday. Additionally, the network will air the two-hour Smuckers Skating Spectacular, an exhibition of champions, on Saturday, Feb. 4.
NBC’s Olympic figure skating broadcast team of Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will call the action from the HP Pavilion.
COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS:
Saturday, 4-6 p.m. ET – Ladies Short (Tape), Free Dance (Live)
Saturday, 9-11 p.m. ET – Ladies Free (Live)
Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET – Pairs Free (Live), Men’s Free (Live)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2-4 p.m. ET – Smuckers Skating Spectacular – U.S. Figure Skating Exhibition
COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS (RE-AIRS OF NBC’S PROGRAMS)
Saturday, 7-9 p.m. ET – Ladies Short and Free Dance
Saturday, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. ET – Ladies Free
Monday, 8 -11 p.m. ET – Men’s Free and Pairs Free
HAMILTON ON WINNING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: “For any kid skating in the U.S. it is a big deal, a huge deal, for whatever level. Being a national champion is being a champion of your country it is a gigantic honor and accomplishment. For a lot of the skaters, competing here it is an incredible opportunity to secure your place in history.”
HAMILTON ON THE COMPETITION
LADIES: “It seems like the ladies championship is always in transition with different skaters rising to the top. Alissa Czisny has established herself as the woman to beat. It will be interesting to see if she will be able to put her injury at the Grand Prix Final in December, behind her.”
MEN: “Jeremy Abbott had a really rough competition last year, coming in 4th overall, but I think he is the skater to beat this year. There should be a lot of fireworks in the men’s event.”
PAIRS: “There is an interesting story in the pairs competition. Previous champions have retired and their partners have remained. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin are an exciting pair to see, a new pair together, but they are both veterans and U.S. champions with previous partners.”
DANCE: “World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are amazing. USA dance has never been stronger ever in its history than it is now.”
2012 U.S. Championships live streaming schedule
Live coverage starts Jan. 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Alissa Czisny is looking to win her third U.S. title in San Jose.
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The following are the icenetwork.com live broadcast times for the 2012 U.S. Championships. All times Eastern.
1:00 p.m. – Novice pattern dance
4:00 p.m. – Novice ladies short program
5:45 p.m. – Novice men’s short program
7:25 p.m. – Novice pairs short program
10:30 p.m. – Junior men’s short program
1:30 p.m. – Novice free dance
3:30 p.m. – Novice ladies free skate
6:45 p.m. – Novice men’s free skate
8:45 p.m. – Novice pairs free skate
11:45 p.m. – Junior ladies short program
5:30 p.m. – Junior pairs short program
9:10 p.m. – Junior short dance
11:00 p.m. – Junior men’s free skate
4:00 p.m. – Junior free dance
6:30 p.m. – Junior pairs free skate
12:00 a.m. (Midnight) – Junior ladies free skate
7:00 p.m. – Senior pairs short program
10:30 p.m. – Senior ladies short program
5:30 p.m. – Senior short dance
10:30 p.m. – Senior men’s short program
3:00 p.m. – Senior free dance (Group 1)
4:00 p.m. – Senior free dance (Groups 2-3)* (This portion of the event will be shown on your local NBC affiliate and be available on icenetwork.com on-demand.)
7:00 p.m. – Ladies free skate (Groups 1-2)
9:00 p.m. – Ladies free skate (Groups 3-4)* (This portion of the event will be shown on your local NBC affiliate and be available on icenetwork.com on-demand.)
11:30 p.m. – Senior pairs free skate (Groups 1-2)
12:30 p.m. – Senior men’s free skate (Groups 1-2)
2:30 p.m. – Senior pairs free skate (Group 3)
3:00 p.m. – Senior pairs free skate (Group 4)* (This portion of the event will be shown on your local NBC affiliate and be available on icenetwork.com on-demand.)
4:00 p.m. – Senior men’s free skate (Groups 3-4)* (This portion of the event will be shown on your local NBC affiliate and be available on icenetwork.com on-demand.)
The 2012 U.S. Hall of Fame induction ceremony of Michelle Kwan will take place during the men’s short program and be streamed live for Season Pass subscribers.
*Please note, all events with an asterisk will be shown on your local NBC affiliate and be available on icenetwork.com on-demand only starting Tuesday, Jan. 31, at noon ET.
Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.
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