What to Know Next – NBC Chicago

Figure skating returns to the ice at the 2022 Winter Olympics, two days after Team USA’s Nathan Chen won a gold medal with his remarkable free skate.

Team USA is still chasing individual medals in ice dance, women’s skating and pairs.

Here’s what to know, how to watch and who to watch.

When and how to watch figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The figure skating started on February 3 and will continue until February 19.

The first week of programming consisted entirely of team events, while the second week included individual competitions. Next on the schedule is the Ice Dance Rhythm Dance, which will see notable American pairs return to the ice for what they hope will be another figure skating medal.

One of the final events of the Winter Olympics will be the Exhibition Gala, where fans can enjoy more personality-focused performances featuring some of the Games’ most popular skaters.

Below is the full event and streaming information for each day of figure skating competition.

NBC 2022 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Coverage Schedule*

Date/Time (ET)

Event

TV/Streaming

game | February 3 | 8:55 p.m.

Team Event – SP Men and Pairs, Rhythm Dance

BNC | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 5 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – Women’s SP, FS Pairs

BNC | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | February 6 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – M/F FS, Free Dance

BNC | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Mon | February 7 | 8:15 p.m.

Men’s Singles Short Program

NBC, United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sea | February 9 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Men’s Singles Free Skating

NBC, United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 12 | 6:00 am

Ice Dance Rhythm Dance

United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | February 13 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Ice Dance Free Dance

United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Tue | February 15 | 5:00 a.m.

Ladies’ Singles Short Program

United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

game | February 17 | 5:00 a.m.

🏅 Women’s Singles Free Skating

United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Fri | February 18 | 5:30

Short program in pairs

United States | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 19 | 6:00 am

🏅 Couples Free Skating

BNC | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 19 | 11:00 p.m.

Exhibition gala

BNC | peacock, NBCOlympics.com

* TV channels reflect live events, times may differ for reruns; see the full schedule for detailed information.

Who should you watch next in Team USA?

Friday is the Ice Dance Rhythm Dance event, in which Team USA scored big in the team event earlier in the Games.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue placed first in the rhythm dance for Team USA in the tag team competition. The duo earned a score of 86.56 while skating to a medley of Janet Jackson songs.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates were also among the headlines for Team USA’s performance, skate in the ice dance free dance for a winning score of 129.07. The victory gave the United States an additional 10 points, securing their spot for a silver medal.

Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker will make their debuts in Beijing in the individual event. The duo earned the final ice dance spot for the United States by winning four rounds for third place at the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Who has already dominated the sport at the Winter Games?

The history of Olympic figure skating is so iconic that it predates the Winter Games themselves. Originally contested at the London Olympics in 1908, it has been a staple of the Winter Olympics since the first Games in 1924.

The United States led figure skating with 51 medals, followed by Russia, Austria and Canada, all of which have 20 or more medals. In PyeongChang, Canada led the way with four medals – two gold and two bronze – paving the way for a competitive field in 2022.

The Americans are hedging their bets on Chen, who is from Salt Lake City. Chen, known for his very difficult jump attempts, entered PyeongChang with high hopes but ultimately struggled to perform on the ice.

Who are the favorites for the gold medal in the other figure skating events?

In the women’s competition, Russian women historically dominate the individual event and could easily take the podiums.

Meanwhile, China has more gold medals in the pairs competition than any other country. However, Chinese duo Sui Wenjing and Han Cong will have their work cut out for them with France, the United States and the Russian Olympic Committee all expected to enter competitive pairings.

Who is on the USA Figure Skating Team?

The US roster was finalized in mid-January after the nationals, with sixteen athletes making the cut for Beijing.

This list includes a wide range of experiences, with seven athletes making their Olympic debuts. On one side is Alysa Liu, 16, the youngest member of the US team’s figure skating delegation. On the other side, five athletes over 30, crowned by Evan Bates, 33, who is making his fourth Olympic appearance.

They are all expected to compete in a single event, with some being selected for the team event at the mid-Olympiad.

The full list of American figure skaters is as follows:

  • Jean-Luc Baker (ice dancing)
  • Evan Bates (ice dancing)
  • Mariah Bell (ladies’ singles)
  • Jason Brown (men’s singles)
  • Ashley Cain-Gribble (Pairs)
  • Karen Chen (ladies’ singles)
  • Nathan Chen (men’s singles)
  • Zachary Donohue (ice dancing)
  • Brandon Frazier (Pairs)
  • Kaitlin Hawayek (ice dancing)
  • Madison Hubbell (ice dancing)
  • Alexa Knierim (Pairs)
  • Timothee LeDuc (pairs)
  • Alysa Liu (ladies’ singles)
  • Vincent Zhou (Men’s Singles)
  • Madison Chock (ice dancing)

How do athletes qualify to represent the United States in figure skating?

Unlike many other Olympic sports, figure skating does not have a unique Olympic Trials in the United States. All selections are instead made on a discretionary basis, with priority given to the US Figure Skating Championships in early January. The coaching staff evaluated athletes based on their performances at several competitions in the year leading up to the Olympics.

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