Olympic figure skating continues amid controversy. When and where to watch – NBC Chicago

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After stunning performances in ice dancing that set world records and made history, figure skating returns with even more medals on the line, but this time the controversy surrounding one of the favorites for the medal gold could cast a shadow over the competition.

Here’s what to know, how to watch and who to watch.

When and how to watch figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

The figure skating started on February 3 and will continue until February 19.

The first week of programming consisted entirely of team events, while the second and third weeks featured individual competitions. Next up on the program is the women’s short program, which will see some of the biggest names in figure skating in the world take to the ice.

The women’s event begins with the short program on Tuesday and ends Thursday with the free program.

One of the final events of the Winter Olympics will be the Exhibition Gala, where fans can enjoy more personality-focused performances featuring some of the Games’ most popular skaters.

Below is the full event and streaming information for each day of figure skating competition.

NBC 2022 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Coverage Schedule*

Date/Time (ET)

Event

TV/Streaming

game | February 3 | 8:55 p.m.

Team Event – SP Men and Pairs, Rhythm Dance

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 5 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – Women’s SP, FS Pairs

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | February 6 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – M/F FS, Free Dance

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Mon | February 7 | 8:15 p.m.

Men’s Singles Short Program

NBC, United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sea | February 9 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Men’s Singles Free Skating

NBC, United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 12 | 6:00 am

Ice Dance Rhythm Dance

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | February 13 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Ice Dance Free Dance

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Tue | February 15 | 5:00 a.m.

Ladies’ Singles Short Program

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

game | February 17 | 5:00 a.m.

🏅 Women’s Singles Free Skating

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Fri | February 18 | 5:30

Short program in pairs

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 19 | 6:00 am

🏅 Couples Free Skating

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 19 | 11:00 p.m.

Exhibition gala

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

* TV channels reflect live events, times may differ for reruns; see the full schedule for detailed information.

Who should you watch next in Team USA?

Team USA will have three representatives in the women’s singles event: Karen Chen, Alysa Liu and Mariah Bell. Chen placed fifth in the short program and fourth in the freestyle in the team event as the US, won silver.

The top two dozen skaters in the short program will advance to the free skate, which takes place Thursday at 4:00 a.m. CT.

Who are the medal contenders for the women’s event?

Kamila Valieva, a figure skater representing the Russian Olympic Committee at the 2022 Winter Olympics, will return to ice following a ruling on a doping case after failing a drug test ahead of the Games.

The Russian teenager is set to race for her second gold medal in Beijing as she starts the women’s individual program early on Tuesday, where she is favorite for gold. Valieva and her fellow Russian skaters can aim for the first women’s figure skating podium sweep in Olympic history.

In the women’s competition, Russian women historically dominate the individual event and could easily take the podiums.

What is the controversy surrounding the women’s event?

Valieva grabbed headlines these Games after testing positive for a banned substance in a test in December. The test results were only released after she completed her first performance at the 2022 Olympics, sparking a hearing on whether she could continue to compete.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued its decision less than 12 hours after a hastily organized hearing that lasted until Monday morning. The decision said Valieva, 15, did not need to be provisionally suspended before a full investigation.

The court ruled in her favor in part because she was a minor or a “protected person” and was subject to different rules than an adult athlete. The CAS panel also cited fundamental issues of fairness in its decision, the fact that she was tested clean in Beijing and that there were “serious issues of untimely notification” of her positive test.

But if she wins a medal, there will be no ceremony.

The International Olympic Committee cannot stop Valieva from skating after the ruling. The IOC has the option to postpone or cancel the medal ceremonies, which it has chosen to do if Valieva finishes in the top three of the women’s individual skating event.

Who has already dominated the sport at the Winter Games?

The history of Olympic figure skating is so iconic that it predates the Winter Games themselves. Originally contested at the London Olympics in 1908, it has been a staple of the Winter Olympics since the first Games in 1924.

The United States led figure skating with 51 medals, followed by Russia, Austria and Canada, all of which have 20 or more medals. In PyeongChang, Canada led the way with four medals – two gold and two bronze – paving the way for a competitive field in 2022.

Who are the favorites for the gold medal in the other figure skating events?

China has more gold medals in the pairs competition than any other country. However, Chinese duo Sui Wenjing and Han Cong will have their work cut out with France, the United States and the Russian Olympic Committee all expected to enter competitive pairings.

Who is on the USA Figure Skating Team?

The US roster was finalized in mid-January after the nationals, with sixteen athletes making the cut for Beijing.

This list includes a wide range of experiences, with seven athletes making their Olympic debuts. At one end is 16-year-old Alysa Liu, the youngest member of Team USA’s figure skating delegation. On the other side, five athletes over 30, crowned by Evan Bates, 33, who is making his fourth Olympic appearance.

They are all supposed to compete in a single event, with some being selected for the team event at the mid-Olympiad.

The full list of American figure skaters is as follows:

  • Jean-Luc Baker (ice dancing)
  • Evan Bates (ice dancing)
  • Mariah Bell (ladies’ singles)
  • Jason Brown (men’s singles)
  • Ashley Cain-Gribble (Pairs)
  • Karen Chen (ladies’ singles)
  • Nathan Chen (men’s singles)
  • Zachary Donohue (ice dancing)
  • Brandon Frazier (Pairs)
  • Kaitlin Hawayek (ice dancing)
  • Madison Hubbell (ice dancing)
  • Alexa Knierim (Pairs)
  • Timothy LeDuc (Pairs)
  • Alysa Liu (ladies’ singles)
  • Vincent Zhou (Men’s Singles)
  • Madison Chock (ice dancing)

How do athletes qualify to represent the United States in figure skating?

Unlike many other Olympic sports, figure skating does not have a unique Olympic Trials in the United States. All selections are instead made on a discretionary basis, with priority given to the US Figure Skating Championships in early January. The coaching staff evaluated athletes based on their performances at several competitions in the year leading up to the Olympics.

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