Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will conclude with ladies' singles competition on Wednesday and Thursday.
Live coverage of ladies' singles will be featured Wednesday and Thursday afternoon on NBC Sports Network. However, those hoping to catch the action in prime time can tune into NBC at 8 p.m. ET both nights for the delayed broadcast.
With action already underway, let's take a look at the remaining Olympic figure skating schedule and how to watch.
|2014 Olympic Figure Skating Schedule|
|Date||Event||Start Time||TV (U.S.)||TV (U.K.)|
|Feb. 19||Ladies' Short Program||7 p.m. MSK, 10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. GMT||NBCSN||BBC Two|
|Feb. 19||Ladies' Short Program*||8 p.m. ET||NBC|
|Feb. 20||Ladies' Free Skating||7 p.m. MSK, 10 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. GMT||NBCSN||BBC Two|
|Feb. 20||Ladies' Free Skating*||8 p.m. ET||NBC|
|*tape-delayed NBC prime-time broadcast. Sochi2014.com|
Yuna Kim, Korea
Reigning Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim enters the ladies' singles event as the woman to beat after she snagged gold in Vancouver four years ago as a teenager.
The 23-year-old Korean superstar is a two-time world champion in ladies' singles and one of the most technically gifted athletes at the 2014 Games.
On the ice, her elegance and ice coverage set her apart and give her a critical edge.
Unlike the other contenders in this competition, Kim has proven she has what it takes to win gold on the Olympic stage. But with a new crop of talent looking to capitalize on every mistake, she's anything but a lock to win in Sochi.
As for Kim's legacy, another gold would propel her into a whole new stratosphere of Olympic greats.
Gracie Gold, United States
American teenager Gracie Gold has an excellent shot to land on the podium for Team USA this winter.
Gold was key in helping the U.S. win bronze in the first-ever team competition earlier this month, and is coming off a gold medal performance in the ladies' singles at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston in January.
In addition to her recent accomplishments on the ice, the 18-year-old enters the marquee figure skating event with the ideal mentality, per The Boston Globe's John Powers:
The Olympics is about throwing everything and saying, 'This is what I have, can you beat it?'...It does seem like unreasonable expectations to have just one world championships under my belt and then expect to medal for the United States. I think I did my part last year getting the third (Olympic) spot and being able to send three ladies. I assisted in the team medal. I just have to go out and skate the best that I can for the U.S.
It's that fearless attitude that will determine how successful Gold is in her first go-around at the Olympics. She's already the face of American figure skating, but with a signature finish in Sochi, she'll be the torchbearer for years to come.
Julia Lipnitskaya, Russia
Russian prodigy Julia Lipnitskaya will be a favorite to win the ladies' singles. The 15-year-old was sensational during the team competition—helping the hosts earn gold—and as a result has garnered much more attention than your average teenager.
Although the bright lights and the big stage will challenge Lipnitskaya as much as her opponents, if her performance in last week's team competition is any indication, she possesses the focus to power any potential distractions.
Key for Julia Lipnitskaya—skate, enjoy moment, feed off crowd energy. Concern: if she gets caught up, tries too hard, could doom her.— Andrew (FS) (@mz734_FS) February 19, 2014
If Lipnitskaya is able to take gold or even finish on the podium on Thursday, there's no telling how many Olympic medals she could claim before it's all said and done.
She clearly has the technique, artistry and confidence to compete against the world's best. But with an Olympic medal to her name she would then have the experience to catapult her over the top in 2018 and beyond.
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