FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
PYEONGCHANG SILVER MEDALIST SHOMA UNO & VINCENT ZHOU OF U.S. HEADLINE LIVE 2018 GRAND PRIX JAPAN 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 12:15 a.m. ET (Thurs., 9:15 p.m. PT) with Pairs’ and Ladies’ Short Programs
Highlight Coverage Begins This Sunday at Noon ET on NBC
Tanith White Calls the Action on NBC, Joined by Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir; Ashley Wagner Makes NBC Sports Debut Alongside Andrea Joyce on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Presents Encore Coverage of all Events Monday, Nov. 12 – Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 7, 2018 – The 2018 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series continues with Grand Prix Japan from Hiroshima with live, commercial free coverage of each Grand Prix Japan event on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass,” beginning this Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:15 a.m. ET (Thurs., Nov. 8 at 9:15 p.m. PT) with the pairs’ short program.
Grand Prix Japan will feature Japan’s Shoma Uno, who won Skate Canada in October, and the United States’ Vincent Zhou. At the PyeongChang Olympics, Uno won a silver medal in his Olympic debut, while Zhou became the first skater to land a quadruple Lutz at the Olympics.
NBC Sports Gold continues live coverage on Friday with the ladies’ short at 2 a.m. ET (Thurs., 11 p.m. PT), the men’s short at 5 a.m. ET, and the rhythm dance at 10:45 p.m. ET. On Saturday, coverage begins at 12:30 a.m. ET (Fri., 9:30 p.m. PT) with the pairs’ free, and continues with the ladies’ free at 2:30 a.m. ET (Fri., 11:30 p.m. PT), the men’s free at 5:30 a.m. ET, and the free dance at 9:30 p.m. ET.
NBC presents highlight coverage this Sunday, Nov. 11, at 12 p.m. ET. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present daily encore coverage of all programs at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Nov. 12 – Thursday, Nov. 15.
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 2016 world silver medalist Ashley Wagner in her NBC Sports debut, along with White in the analyst role for the ice dance events.
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.
The NBC Sports Gold app is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV V4, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
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 Japan:
|Fri., Nov. 9||12:15 a.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Pairs’ Short||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 9||2 a.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Ladies’ Short||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 9||5 a.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Men’s Short||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Nov. 9||10:45 p.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Rhythm Dance||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov 10||12:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Pairs’ Free||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov 10||2:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Ladies’ Free||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov 10||5:30 a.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Men’s Free||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Nov 10||9:30 p.m.||Free Dance||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., Nov. 11||12 p.m.||Grand Prix Japan Highlights||NBC|
|Mon., Nov. 12||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Pairs’ Short & Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Tues., Nov. 13||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Ladies’ Short & Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Wed., Nov. 14||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Men’s Short & Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Thurs., Nov. 15||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Japan: Ice Dance Rhythm & Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|