Not many of you are into figure skating, I’m aware of that, but maybe there’s the viewer who wants an occasional peak at various competitions and I’m willing to keep you informed on the sport.
This weekend, NBC Sports and its sister network, Universal Sports, continue their commitment to figure skating by airing 14 live hours of Skate America which is being held in the lovely city of Portland, OR this weekend. Coverage begins Friday and will last through Sunday. Universal airs the bulk of the coverage, Friday and Saturday. NBC steps in with the ladies free skate on Sunday afternoon, right opposite the Fox NFL late game, Cowboys-Giants for most of the country. Anyway, for those wanting a break from the traditional fall sports of college football and the NFL, maybe this is for you.
18 U.S. figure skaters, five 2010 Olympians set to competeNovember 11, 2010 – New York and Westlake Village, Calif.: NBC Sports and Universal Sports will highlight 18 U.S figure skaters this weekend, with 14 hours of LIVE television coverage of the 2010 Skate America in Portland, Ore. The event starts tomorrow (Friday) and runs through Sunday, and serves as stage four of six in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Universal Sports will kick-off the LIVE coverage tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET with the men’s and pairs short program and NBC Sports will wrap up the coverage on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET with the ladies free skate. Calling the action from the Rose Garden Arena for NBC Sports and Universal Sports will be Terry Gannon, Andrea Joyce, Scott Hamilton and Tracy Wilson, with Peter Carruthers joining the Universal Sports broadcasts.Vancouver 2010 Olympians Rachael Flatt, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett will lead the U.S. team as they compete against skaters from 14 different countries for points and prize money in the series. Along with Denney and Barrett, the pairs’ competition will feature the young Chinese duo Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who fell just short of the gold at Cup of China, and Russian duo Lubov Iliushechkina and Nodari Maisuradze who were the gold medalists at Skate Canada.UniversalSports.com will also provide event coverage, including highlights, interviews, news, photos and analysis.
NBC SPORTS & UNIVERSAL SPORTS LIVE BROADCAST SCHEUDULE2010 SKATE AMERICA
Date Network Discipline Time Friday, November 12 Universal Sports Pairs short program, men’s short program 10:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. ET Saturday, November 13 Universal Sports Ladies short program, short dance 5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, November 13 Universal Sports Men’s free skate 10:00 p.m.–12 Midnight ET Saturday, November 13 Universal Sports Pairs free skate 12:30 a.m.–2:00 a.m. ET Sunday, November 14 Universal Sports Free dance 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, November 14 NBC Sports Ladies free skate 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ETThe Grand Prix Series consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series, and each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each the disciplines qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Beijing, China, from December 9-12. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.
There you have it.