U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2012: TV Schedule, Top Contenders, Event Info

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2012

ONTARIO, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Alissa Czisny stands on the awards podium after receiving her gole medal in the Ladies competition during Hilton HHonors Skate America at Citizens Business Bank Arena on October 23, 2011 in Ontario, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The 2012 United States Figure Skating Championships will feature the most eclectic mix of ice dancers from all around the world, and champions will be crowned in 12 different events. 

As always there will be four different disciplines competing to be crowned the best figure skater in this country. The groups are men's and ladies' singles, pairs and ice dancing.

Among the ladies singles senior qualifiers, Alissa Czisny has a bye as the defending champion in the event. She is joined by former champions like Racheal Flatt, who won at this event two years ago, and last year's third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu.


Where: HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

When: Jan. 22-29

Watch: Streaming on IceNetwork.com;  Ladies Free Skate, Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC; Senior Pairs and Men's Singles Free Skate, Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC


Ladies Singles Top Contenders 2011 Finish
 Alissa Czisny  1st
 Racheal Flatt  2nd
 Mirai Nagasu  3rd
 Christina Gao  5th
 Vanessa Lam  7th


Mens Singles Top Contenders 2011 Finish
 Richard Dornbush  2nd
 Ross Miner  3rd
 Armin Mahbanoozadeh  6th
 Keegan Messing  8th
 Jason Brown  9th


Ice Dancing Top Contenders 2011 Finish
 Meryl Davis/Charlie White  1st
 Madison Chock/Evan Bates  3rd
 Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue  4th
 Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt  5th
 Meredith Zuber/Kyle Herring  9th


Pairs Top Contenders 2011 Finish
 Amanda Evora/Mark Ladwig  2nd
 Caydee Denney/John Coughlin  3rd
 Marissa Castelli/Simon Shnapir  5th
 Tiffany Vise/Don Baldwin  6th
 Gretchen Donlan/Andrew Speroff  8th


EVENT FINALS (via IceNetwork.com)

Jan. 28 

3:00 p.m. Senior free dance (Group 1)

4:00 p.m. Senior free dance (Groups 2-3)

7:00 p.m. - Ladies free skate (Groups 1-2)

9:00 p.m. - Ladies free skate (Groups 3-4)

11:30 p.m. - Senior pairs free skate


Jan. 29

12:30 p.m. - Senior men's free skate (Groups 1-2)

2:30 p.m. - Senior pairs free skate (Group 3)

3:00 p.m. - Senior pairs free skate (Group 4)

4:00 p.m. - Senior men's free skate (Groups 3-4)