2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule on NBC Sports

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2015-16 Figure Skating TV Schedule

The best figure skaters in America compete at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., for the national championship and a spot on the U.S. team for Worlds. NBC airs live afternoon and primetime coverage on Saturday, Jan. 23, beginning at 3pm ET and continuing at 8pm ET. NBC’s live coverage wraps up on Sunday afternoon at 4pm ET. The Smucker’s Skating Spectacular exhibition airs on NBC Saturday, Jan. 30, at 4pm ET.

2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships TV schedule on NBC Sports
Saturday, Jan. 23
3pm ET, NBC (Live)
8pm ET, NBC (Live)
Sunday, Jan. 24
4pm ET, NBC (Live)
Thursday, Jan. 28
3pm ET, Universal HD (Encore)
Friday, Jan. 29
6pm ET, Universal HD (Encore)
Saturday, Jan. 30
4pm ET, Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, NBC (Taped)

Full press release from the NBC Sports Group below:


New U.S. Figure Skating Championships All Access Page on NBCSports.com Includes Live Scoring, Leaderboards, Video Features & More

Coverage to Stream Live on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 21, 2016 – Olympians Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner highlight NBC’s live coverage of the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, beginning this Saturday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. ET and continuing on NBC in primetime at 8 p.m. ET from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Live NBC coverage on Sunday, Jan. 24 begins at 4 p.m. ET. Coverage includes the pairs, ice dance, ladies, and men’s free skate competitions.

Gold and Wagner, the last two U.S. ladies champions, will go toe-to-toe this weekend. Twenty-four-year-old Wagner, the three-time and reigning U.S. champion, could become the oldest woman to claim the title since 1937 (Maribel Vinson). Gold, who along with Wagner won team bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, claimed the title in 2014. 2014 U.S. silver medalist Polina Edmunds and 2008 U.S. champion Mirai Nagasu will also compete.

2015 Skate America champion and 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron, 2015 U.S. silver medalist Adam Rippon, and 2014 U.S. junior champion Nathan Chen highlight the men’s competition.

This year, the U.S. Championships serve as the final qualifying competition before U.S. Figure Skating selects the 2016 U.S. World Figure Skating Team. Team USA will send three ladies, three men, two pairs teams and three ice dance teams to the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, March 28-April 3 in Boston (NBC and NBCSN will have live coverage).

Universal HD will present encore coverage of NBC’s broadcasts on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET and Friday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. ET. In addition, NBC will present the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular exhibition gala on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s lead figure skating commentary team, featuring three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, the youngest person to win a U.S. Championships title at 14, and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, will call the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, with four-time U.S. champion and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton offering analysis and insight throughout NBC’s coverage this weekend. They’ll be joined by 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White and reporter Andrea Joyce on-site at the Xcel Energy Center.

For the first time, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content through its U.S. Figure Skating Championships All Access page on NBCsports.com/USFIGS. U.S. Figure Skating Championships All Access includes live scoring and leaderboards, video features, fan polls and a social media aggregator with the latest Tweets from NBC Olympics, the broadcast crew, experts, and skaters.

NBC Sports Group’s figure skating coverage (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Time Event Network
Sat., Jan. 23 3 p.m. Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships NBC
Sat., Jan. 23 8 p.m. Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships NBC
Sun., Jan. 24 4 p.m. Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships NBC
Thurs., Jan. 28 3 p.m. Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships (Encore) Universal HD
Fri., Jan. 29 6 p.m. Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships (Encore) Universal HD
Sat., Jan. 30 4 p.m. Smucker’s Skating Spectacular NBC


NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.


  1. I would like Tara and Johnny to comment less while the skater is performing, only before or after. Also i really would really like more classical music , it shows phrasing and musicality on ice. I iove to watch figure skating and am grateful for any of it on tv

  2. Tara and Johnny brava.but the other person asking stupid questions to fill in silence is HORRIBLE. Let T and J do their job.

    • I agree. T and J totally GREAT but the “other guy” who is Not a skater just asks stupid questions to fill in the silence which we would appreciate the silence. of watching the skaters .

  3. What those commentators needto learn is how to shut up. Most figure skating fans want to see the skaters
    AND hear their music. Watched a great skate from Hockstein, and never heard more than two notes of music from the non stop prattle, which is mostly uninteresting. Let us enjoy the perrformance, then critique.

    • Right you are. Please Tara and Johnny, please be quiet during the skating so we can enjoy it. Please let the skater be the focus of the presentation. We know you know a lot, but…

  4. Looking for weather news Saturday evening (1/23/16), I happened on the figure skating broadcast, about 45 minutes into the three hours allotted to it. Mostly, I was reading, and looking up on occasion, and going back to reading (and muting) because of inane music, inartistic presentations, and über commentary. With the last contestant, it was different, right from the entirely à propos costume. Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” is, of course a ballet score, an evening’s worth of glorious music. Whoever did the editing for this few-minutes presentation was very skilled—I am entirely familiar with the music, and I write from long experience. I am also familiar with the Balanchine ballet, and have many fine memories of seeing it, especially with the redoubtable Maria Tallchief as the Firebird.
    What none of the commentators talked about at all, in praising the fine skater, may point to their ignorance of Stravinsky’s music, or of the ballet, or of artistic criteria. What I was aware of was the coordination of the skater’s moves and expressive persona and body to the nuances and drama of the music. And THAT is what made it such a dazzling experience to watch and hear: the coming together of performer and score. And that is what was entirely or mostly missing in the other skaters’ performances. For them, their music was just some sort of accompanying noise, to which their moves were not related. Perhaps your commentators should take a course in aesthetics.

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