FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
NATHAN CHEN STARS IN NBC SPORTS’ LIVE COVERAGE OF WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS, STARTING TONIGHT AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS GOLD
30+ Hours of Live Event Programming Across NBC Sports Platforms; TV Coverage Begins Tomorrow, Wed., March 20 at Noon ET on NBCSN
2018 U.S. Champion Bradie Tennell Headlines U.S. Team in Ladies’ Free Skate Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Nathan Chen Highlights Men’s Free Skate Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Live Coverage of all Events Available on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass”
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 19, 2019 – 2018 world champion Nathan Chen headlines NBC Sports’ 30+ hours of live coverage of the World Figure Skating Championships this week in Saitama, Japan.
Live coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” begins tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET with the pairs’ short program. TV coverage begins with the ladies’ short tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20 at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC presents coverage of the ladies’ and men’s free programs on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by an encore show on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. ET.
As defending world champion, Chen highlights the men’s field in the final competition of the 2018-19 figure skating season and aims to become the first American man to win back-to-back world titles since Scott Hamilton (1981-1984). He is undefeated in his last five outings, including his third straight U.S. title in January, the Grand Prix Final and two Grand Prix events in the fall. Chen aims to complete his undefeated season while facing off against two-time reigning Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.
At the top of the ladies’ field, 2018 Olympic champion Alina Zagitova from Russia is expected to challenge home crowd favorite Rika Kihira of Japan, who beat Zagitova at the Grand Prix Final in December. From the U.S., Bradie Tennell and Mariah Bell return to the World Championships after finishing in second and third place, respectively, at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Detroit.
Olympic silver medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong from China seek their second world title in the pairs’ discipline, while France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are favored to win the event for a fourth time in ice dance. U.S. Olympic ice dance teams Madison Hubbell/Zach Donohue and Madison Chock/Evan Bates are also expected to contend for spots on the podium.
On the NBC and NBCSN broadcasts, Terry Gannon handles play-by-play for all disciplines, joined by 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir on men’s, ladies’, and pairs’ programs. 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White serves as analyst for the dance competition.
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.
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Following is the World Figure Skating Championships Broadcast Schedule on NBC and NBCSN (all times E.T. and subject to change):
|Wed., Mar. 20||Ladies’ Short||12-2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., Mar. 21||Pairs’ Free||1-3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., Mar. 21||Men’s Short||3-5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., Mar. 22||Rhythm Dance||7-9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., Mar. 22||Ladies’ Free||9-11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., Mar. 23||Men’s Free||1-3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., Mar. 23||Ladies’ & Men’s Free||8-10 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., April 14||Encore||3-6 p.m.||NBC|
Following is the World Figure Skating Championships Streaming Schedule on NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” (all times E.T. and subject to change):
|Tues., Mar. 19||Pairs’ Short (LIVE)||9:30 p.m.|
|Wed., Mar. 20||Ladies’ Short (LIVE)||2:05 a.m.|
|Wed., Mar. 20||Pairs’ Free (LIVE)||9:30 p.m.|
|Thurs., Mar. 21||Men’s Short (LIVE)||3 a.m.|
|Thurs., Mar. 21||Rhythm Dance (LIVE)||11 p.m.|
|Fri., Mar. 22||Ladies’ Free (LIVE)||4:30 a.m.|
|Fri., Mar. 22||Free Dance (LIVE)||11:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Mar. 23||Men’s Free (LIVE)||4:30 a.m.|
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