FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
OLYMPIC MEDALISTS NATHAN CHEN OF THE U.S. AND SHOMA UNO OF JAPAN HEADLINE 2018 GRAND PRIX FINAL COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND ON NBC, NBCSN & NBC SPORTS GOLD
Defending Champion Nathan Chen Aims to Remain Undefeated in Grand Prix Events Since 2016
PyeongChang Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova Headlines Ladies’ Competition
All Events Available Live and Commercial Free with NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” Beginning This Thursday at 10:45 p.m. ET
Live Coverage on NBCSN Starts This Friday at 11:30 p.m. ET with Pairs’ Short & Men’s Free Competitions; NBC Coverage Features Men’s and Ladies’ Free Skates This Sunday at 4 p.m. ET
Terry Gannon Calls the Action on NBC and NBCSN, Joined by Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Presents Encore Coverage of all Events Monday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 4, 2018 – The 2018 Grand Prix of Figure Skating concludes with the Grand Prix Final from Vancouver with live, commercial-free coverage of each event on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass,” beginning this Thursday at 10:45 p.m. ET with the men’s short program.
NBCSN’s live coverage begins this Friday at 11:30 p.m. ET with pairs’ short and men’s free competitions, while NBC presents coverage of the men’s and ladies’ free skates on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present daily encore coverage of all programs at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Dec. 10 – Thursday, Dec. 13.
U.S. Olympic medalist Nathan Chen headlines the American contingent, which also includes 2018 world silver medalist ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue. Chen competes as the reigning World Champion and has not lost a Grand Prix event since 2016. He faces 2018 Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan, who placed second in last year’s Grand Prix Final after finishing 0.5 points behind Chen. The ladies’ event will feature PyeongChang Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, who aims to win her second straight Grand Prix Final.
Terry Gannon handles play-by-play for the NBC and NBCSN broadcasts, joined by 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir. 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will call remaining competitions for Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, joined by Lipinski and Weir for men’s, ladies’ and pairs’ programs and Ben Agosto for ice dance.
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 have qualified for this week’s 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
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 Final:
|Thurs., Dec. 6||10:45 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Men’s Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Dec. 7||12 a.m.||Grand Prix Final: Ladies’ Short (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Dec. 7||10 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Rhythm Dance||NBC Sports Gold|
|Fri., Dec. 7||11:30 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Pairs’ Short and Men’s Free (LIVE)||NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 8||4:45 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Ladies’ Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 8||10 p.m.||Grand Prix Russia: Free Dance (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 8||11 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Pairs’ Free (LIVE)||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 8||11:30 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Ladies’ Free Skate||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 9||4 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Men’s and Ladies’ Free Skates||NBC|
|Mon., Dec. 10||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Men’s Short, Men’s & Ladies’ Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Tues., Dec. 11||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Pairs’ Short & Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Weds., Dec. 12||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Ice Dance Rhythm & Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Thurs., Dec. 13||8 p.m.||Grand Prix Final: Ladies’ Free||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
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