Nathan Chen and Alina Zagitova headline the Grand Prix Final, the second-biggest annual figure skating event, live on NBC Sports this week.
NBC Sports Gold live streams every program from Vancouver, starting with the men’s short program Thursday night. NBCSN and NBC air highlights Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Final takes the top six skaters per discipline from the six-event Grand Prix Series in October and November.
Chen, the U.S. and world champion, is a clear favorite to repeat as winner with double Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu sitting out a second straight year with an ankle injury. The Yale freshman’s biggest threat is Olympic and world silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan.
Zagitova is a vulnerable favorite. The 16-year-old from Russia won both of her Grand Prix starts in November but was flawed. Japan’s Rika Kihira had the highest score of the Grand Prix season and will face Zagitova in senior competition for the first time.
In ice dance, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue look to join Meryl Davis and Charlie White as the only U.S. couples to win the Final. Hubbell and Donohue haven’t made a Grand Prix Final podium, but neither has anybody else in this week’s field.
Pairs could be tight between French Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres and Russians Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who shared the podium at last season’s world championships. None of the Olympic medalists are competing this fall.
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Grand Prix Final broadcast schedule (all times Eastern)
|Thursday||Men’s Short||10:45 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Friday||Women’s Short||12 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Rhythm Dance||10 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Pairs’ Short||11:15 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Pairs’ Short/Men’s Free||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN | STREAM|
|Saturday||Men’s Free||12:30 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Women’s Free||4:45 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Free Dance||10 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Pairs’ Free||11:15 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold | STREAM | SKATE ORDER|
|Highlights||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN | STREAM|
|Sunday||Highlights||4 p.m.||NBC | STREAM|