What to watch at U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday
The U.S. women’s figure skating champion will be crowned Friday night, live on NBC and streaming on NBCOlympics.com.
Bradie Tennell takes her short-program lead into the free skate in San Jose, Calif. She’s followed in the standings by 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu and 2017 U.S. champion Karen Chen.
Three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner sits fifth, needing a strong free skate to make her case for PyeongChang.
Coverage runs from 8-11 p.m. ET.
The U.S. Olympic team of three women will be chosen after the free skate and announced Saturday morning. A committee will look at results from the last year, so the team won’t necessarily be the top three finishers Friday night.
Also Friday, the ice dance competition begins with the short dance from 4-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and streaming on NBCOlympics.com.
The favorites for the three U.S. Olympic spots are clear, as the U.S. has three of the top six couples in the world (and nobody else in the top 15), led by two-time defending national champs Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.
The key skaters going Friday:
Madison Chock/Evan Bates -- 4:40 p.m. ET
Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue -- 4:53 p.m.
Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani -- 5:41 p.m.
Women’s Free Skate
Mariah Bell -- 10:03 p.m.
Ashley Wagner -- 10:11 p.m.
Angela Wang -- 10:19 p.m.
Mirai Nagasu -- 10:28 p.m.
Karen Chen -- 10:36 p.m.
Bradie Tennell -- 10:44 p.m.
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|Wednesday||11 p.m.-1||Women’s Short||NBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Thursday||4-5 p.m.||Pairs Short||Olympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|5-6:30 p.m.||Pairs Short||NBCSN | STREAM|
|8:30 p.m.-12||Men’s Short||NBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Friday||4-6 p.m.||Short Dance||NBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|8-11 p.m.||Women’s Free||NBC | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Saturday||4-6 p.m.||Pairs Free||NBC | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|8-11 p.m.||Men’s Free||NBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Sunday||3-6 p.m.||Free Dance||NBC | STREAM|
|Jan. 13||4 p.m.||Exhibition Gala||NBC | STREAM|