The 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule begins Saturday, Jan. 26, at 3pm ET on NBC with the pairs free skate and free dance competitions.
Top figure skaters compete for the national championship at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., for the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Reigning champions Jeremy Abbott, Ashley Wagner, pairs Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, and ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White are expected to perform. The nationals will determine the U.S. skaters who will compete in the World Championships in March. NBC has coverage of the competition Jan. 26-27 and the Skating Spectacular Feb. 2. Coverage begins Saturday at 3pm ET on NBC with the pairs free skate and free dance competitions. Full U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule and press release from NBC below:
NBC TO AIR SEVEN HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
New York– January 22, 2013 – NBC Sports presents 10 hours of coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships from CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., over the next two weekends, including live primetime coverage of the Ladies Free Skate this Saturday.
NBC begins its coverage this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, with live coverage of the Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance. Later that evening in primetime, the Ladies Short Program will air at 8 p.m. ET, followed by live coverage of the Ladies Free Skate. Coverage continues on Sunday with the Men’s Free Skate, live, from 3-5 p.m. ET.
NBC will also air the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular on Sat., Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. ET. The Skating Spectacular will feature all the winners from this weekend’s competition. The skaters will perform their own highly produced creative programs.
COMMENTATORS: Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, the lead voice of NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage, will host Saturday night and Sunday afternoon’s events, with Steve Schlanger hosting Saturday afternoon’s coverage. NBC’s Olympic figure skating analysts Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson will rotate during the weekend’s coverage with Andrea Joyce handling the interviews.
SCOTT HAMILTON ON LADIES COMPETITION: “Ashley Wagner has looked very comfortable with the Ladies’ crown she won last year, and looks to be the favorite to repeat as National Champion. Last year’s Junior Ladies Champion Gracie Gold has been turning a lot of heads and might make a strong case to be on her first World Team.”
HAMILTON ON MEN’S COMPETITION: “Jeremy Abbott is the defending champion and has shown maturity and amazing artistry this year, but will need to fend off his nerves and perform two solid skates to hold off a field of much younger skaters.”
2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBC Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing)
Saturday, Jan. 26
LIVE pairs free skate and free dance
Saturday, Jan. 26
Ladies short program
Saturday, Jan. 26
LIVE Ladies free skate
Sunday, Jan. 27
LIVE Men’s free skate
Saturday, Feb. 2
Smucker’s Skating Spectacular
More than 370 figure skaters will compete at the juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior levels for 20 U.S. titles in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing in Omaha. Several members of the 2012 U.S. World Team are set to compete, including reigning U.S. champions Wagner (Ladies), Abbott (Men’s) and Meryl Davis & Charlie White (Dance).
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