Olympic Figure Skating 2014: Schedule, TV Info and Americans to Watch

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Olympic Figure Skating 2014: Schedule, TV Info and Americans to Watch
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If you are a figure skating fan you are in luck, because the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will feature figure skating throughout the two weeks. 

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With the brand new team competition in the rearview mirror, pairs is the next event to take the main stage, with ice dancing as well as the men’s and ladies’ competitions looming. Russia won the gold, Canada the silver and the United States the bronze in the team competition.

Here is the schedule and broadcast information for the remaining figure skating competitions:

 

Pairs Short Program 

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

Pairs Free Skating 

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Time: 10:45 a.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. Sochi time and 3:45 p.m. GMT

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10:45 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3:45 p.m. GMT

 

Men's Short Program

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

Men's Free Skate

Date: Friday, Feb. 14

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

Ice Dance Short Dance

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 7 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

Ice Dance Free Dance 

Date: Monday, Feb. 17

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

Ladies’ Short Program

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

Ladies’ Free Skate

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Time: 10 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. Sochi time and 3 p.m. GMT 

TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network at 10 a.m. ET, NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 3 p.m. GMT

 

The American figure skaters got off to an impressive start with the bronze medal in the team competition. U.S. Figure Skating made sure to recognize their success:

With the early medal won by the combined efforts of the United States in mind, let’s look at some of the Americans to watch the rest of the way.

 

Gracie Gold

Gracie Gold is a marketer’s dream—she has the name to match her sport, the smile to draw in viewers and the grace on the ice to inspire a new generation of figure skaters.

All the Sports Illustrated cover girl has to do is deliver in Sochi.

She got off to a great start in the team competition, although she was more than willing to direct the praise to her teammates:

Gold, along with teammate Ashley Wagner, gives the United States its best chance to medal in the ladies’ competition. Her style is virtually unparalleled on the ice, but she will have a loaded field to navigate.

Defending Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea, Mao Asada of Japan and Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who will have momentum from her incredible performances in the team event, are all serious medal contenders. 

If Gold lives up to her namesake, which is much easier said than done with this Olympic field, expect to see her on commercials and cereal boxes everywhere in the near future.

 

Meryl Davis and Charlie White

The Americans took home the bronze in the team event, but there was no doubt who the best ice dancers were during the competition.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White won both the short and free dance portions of the team event and sent a message to their closest rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in doing so. Moir even admitted that he and Virtue “got smoked” by the Americans.

Canada and the United States are the heavy favorites in the dance competition, so the performance of Davis and White was notable. NBC analyst Scott Hamilton was adamant that it sent a message (via Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press):

I would say it sends a message. I don’t think Scott and Tessa were at their best. But it shows Charlie and Meryl are prepared and ready to take on anybody here. I think, with Scott and Tessa, skating stronger performances, they will be closer. The fact that the score was so high sends a message that Charlie and Meryl are the favorites to win. 

The defending world champions and silver medalists in the Vancouver Games in 2010 are ready to bring gold home to the United States.

 

Jason Brown

There is not a great chance on paper for an American medal in the men’s individual competition, but Jason Brown did help his team win a bronze already.

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The young Brown is a two-time World Junior Championships medalist (he won the bronze in 2012 and the silver in 2013) and finished second at the U.S. Championships in January. He also has impressive finishes at Grand Prix events under his belt.

If Brown can stay in the competition through the short skate, he will have a chance in the free skate. That is where he made his mark at the U.S. Championships.

 

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