FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
PYEONGCHANG OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS YUZURU HANYU & ALINA ZAGITOVA HEADLINE 2018 GRAND PRIX RUSSIA COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND ON NBC & NBC SPORTS GOLD
Two-Time U.S. Champion Gracie Gold to Compete for First Time in Two Years
All Events Available Live and Commercial Free with NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” Beginning This Friday at 6 a.m. ET with Men’s Short Program
NBC Coverage Features Men’s and Ladies’ Free Skates This Sunday at Noon ET
Tanith White Calls the Action on NBC, Joined by Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Presents Encore Coverage of all Events Monday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 13, 2018 – The 2018 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continues with Grand Prix Russia from Moscow with live, commercial free coverage of each event on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass,” beginning this Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 a.m. ET with the men’s short program.
NBC presents coverage of the men’s and ladies’ free skates this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 12 p.m. ET. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present daily encore coverage of all programs at 8 p.m. ET from Monday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov. 22.
Grand Prix Russia features two reigning Olympic champions: Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu and Russia’s Alina Zagitova. At the PyeongChang Olympics, Hanyu became the first man to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals since Dick Button‘s titles in 1948 and 1952, and Zagitova performed the most technically difficult program in the history of ladies’ Olympic gold medalists. In addition, two-time U.S. champion Gracie Gold is expected to compete at her first event in nearly two years.
2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White handles play-by-play for the men’s and ladies’ free skates on NBC and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA joined by 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir. Andrea Joyce will call the remaining competitions on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, joined by White for the ice dance competitions, and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley for the remaining competitions.
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 24th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Each athlete is eligible to score points in up to two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each discipline qualify for the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, set for Dec. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
NBC Sports Gold will stream coverage live and on-demand, to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TV devices. “Figure Skating Pass” can be purchased for $59.99 by visiting NBCSportsGold.com.
“Figure Skating Pass” features content previously offered to subscribers on icenetwork.com, including live coverage of the U.S. Championships (junior and senior), ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, ISU World Championships, ISU Four Continents Championships, ISU European Championships and the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Live offerings will also include the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships (senior, junior and collegiate levels) and the U.S. Sectional Figure Skating Championships for both figure skating (senior and junior levels) and synchronized skating (senior, junior and collegiate levels). All live events, as well as the U.S. Regional Championships (junior and senior levels) and U.S. Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships (senior, junior and collegiate levels) will be available on-demand. Click here for more information.
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Coverage on NBC and NBCSN is live streamed on NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is available on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
The NBC Sports app will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
Following is NBC Sports’ Schedule for 2018 Grand Prix Russia:
|Fri., Nov. 16||6 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Men’s Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 16||8 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Rhythm Dance (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 16||10:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Pairs’ Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 16||Noon||Grand Prix Russia: Ladies’ Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 17||5:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Men’s Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 17||7:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Free Dance (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 17||9:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Pairs’ Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 17||11 a.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Ladies’ Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., Nov. 18||Noon||Grand Prix Russia||NBC|
|Mon., Nov. 19||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Men’s short, Men’s and Ladies’ free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Tues., Nov. 20||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Rhythm Dance, Free Dance||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Weds., Nov. 21||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Pairs’ Short, Pairs’ Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Thurs., Nov. 22||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Men’s short, Men’s and Ladies’ free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–