FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
ILIA MALININ AND ISABEAU LEVITO HEADLINE LIVE COVERAGE OF 2022-23 FIGURE SKATING GRAND PRIX FINAL THIS WEEKEND ACROSS PEACOCK, NBC, AND E!
Live Coverage of the Final Event of the Grand Prix Figure Skating Season Begins Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:15 p.m. ET on Peacock with the Pairs’ Short
Every Skater in Every Discipline Streamed Live on Peacock
Encore Highlights Presented This Sunday on NBC at 4 p.m. ET; Select Saturday Coverage on E!
Multiple Olympians Including Alexa Knierim, Brandon Frazier, Shoma Uno, Kaori Sakamoto, and Loena Hendrickx Expected to Compete
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 7, 2022 – 2022 Skate America and Grand Prix Finland champion Ilia Malinin and reigning world junior champion Isabeau Levito highlight NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2022 Grand Prix Final, the championship event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating season, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:15 p.m. ET live on Peacock from Torino Palavela in Torino, Italy. The entire competition, including every skater in every discipline, can be streamed live on Peacock.
Live coverage of the competition streams exclusively on Peacock starting tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. ET and continues Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET (Peacock) and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET (Peacock and E!). On Saturday, E! will present three hours of continuous coverage starting with encore coverage of the Men’s Short program at 6:30 a.m. ET, followed by live coverage of the Men’s Free program at 7:30 a.m. ET and encore presentation of the Women’s Short program at 8:30 a.m. ET.
An encore highlights presentation will air on NBC on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. ET. Terry Gannon will handle play-by-play while 1998 Nagano Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir will serve as analysts. For Saturday’s shows on E!, Andrea Joyce will handle play-by-play for the Men’s and Women’s Short programs, while Gannon will serve as play-by-play for the Men’s Free. Lipinski and Weir will serve as analysts for all three.
The U.S. contingent competing in Torino is headlined by Malinin and Levito. Malinin has had a breakout year in his debut on the senior Grand Prix circuit, with his winning score of 280.37 at Skate America ranking as the best men’s score of the season. The 15-year-old rising star Levito has notched a pair of second place finishes at Skate America and Grand Prix Great Britain in her first season competing on the senior level. The pairs’ skating duo of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, who won both Skate America and Grand Prix Great Britain, look to finish strong in a year that saw them take gold at the World Championships and a team medal at the Beijing Olympics. Three-time U.S. champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates will compete in the ice dance field this weekend.
The U.S. is set to compete against a strong international field highlighted by three-time Olympic medalist Shoma Uno (Japan). The reigning world champion won Skate Canada and Grand Prix Japan for his seventh and eighth career Grand Prix victories. Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto (Japan), 2022 world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx (Belgium), and the 2021 world bronze medalist ice dance team of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (Canada) are also expected to compete this weekend.
NBC Sports and U.S. Figure Skating announced the schedule for the 2022-23 figure skating season, featuring more than 200 hours of coverage from October to April, including the 2023 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
2022 Grand Prix Final Live Coverage Schedule
All times Eastern, check local listings, subject to change.
|Thurs, Dec. 8||Pairs’ Short||1:15-2:15 p.m.||Peacock|
|Thurs, Dec. 8||Men’s Short||2:30-3:30 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Dec. 9||Pairs’ Free||11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Dec. 9||Rhythm Dance||1:45-2:45 p.m.||Peacock|
|Fri., Dec. 9||Women’s Short||3-4 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Dec. 10||Men’s Short||6:30-7:30 a.m.||E!*|
|Sat., Dec. 10||Men’s Free||7:30-8:30 a.m.||Peacock, E!|
|Sat., Dec. 10||Women’s Short||8:30-9:30 a.m.||E!*|
|Sat., Dec. 10||Free Dance||1:40-2:40 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sat., Dec. 10||Women’s Free||3-4 p.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Dec. 11||Highlights||4-6 p.m.||NBC*|