FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
PYEONGCHANG OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS YUZURU HANYU & ALINA ZAGITOVA HEADLINE LIVE 2018 GRAND PRIX FINLAND COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND ON NBC SPORTS GOLD
All Events Available Live and Commercial Free with NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” Beginning This Friday at 9 a.m. ET with Pairs’ and Ladies’ Short Programs
Encore Coverage of Ladies’ and Men’s Free Skates This Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
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. 5 – Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 30, 2018 – The 2018 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continues with Grand Prix Finland from Helsinki, with live, commercial free coverage of each event on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass,” beginning this Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. ET with the pairs’ short and ladies’ short programs. Grand Prix Finland will feature 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.
NBC presents coverage of the ladies’ and men’s free skates this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. ET. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present daily encore coverage of all programs at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Nov. 5 – Thursday, Nov. 8.
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 2014 Olympic ice dance gold medalist Charlie White.
The Grand Prix Series, now in its 24th season, consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. This is the first year Finland is hosting a Grand Prix, taking the place of what was Grand Prix China as preparations are underway for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. 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.
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Following is NBC Sports’ Schedule for 2018 Grand Prix Finland:
|Fri., Nov. 2||9 a.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Pairs’ Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 2||10:45 a.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Ladies’ Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 2||12:45 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Rhythm Dance (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 3||6:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Men’s Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 3||8:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Pairs’ Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 3||11:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Ladies’ Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov. 3||1:30 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Free Dance (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., Nov. 4||7 a.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Men’s Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., Nov. 4||1 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland||NBC|
|Mon., Nov. 5||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Rhythm Dance, Free Dance||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Tues., Nov. 6||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Ladies’ Short, Ladies’ Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Wed., Nov. 7||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Men’s Short, Men’s Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Thurs., Nov. 8||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Finland: Pairs’ Short, Pairs’ Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–