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What to watch at U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday

Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen celebrates with his coach Rafael Arutyunyan after performing in the men’s free skate competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Nathan Chen opens his U.S. Figure Skating Championships, plus the pairs competition gets under way on Thursday in San Jose, live on Olympic Channel and NBCSN and streaming on NBCOlympics.com.

The pairs short program starts at 4 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel, with coverage switching to NBCSN at 5.

The men’s short is at 8:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

PAIRS: Stream Link | Start List/Results
MEN: Stream Link | Start List/Results

The key skaters going Thursday:

Pairs
Alexa Scimeca Knierim/Chris Knierim -- 4:08 p.m. ET
Tarah Kayne/Danny O’Shea -- 4:35 p.m.
Haven Denney/Brandon Frazier -- 5:58 p.m.
Ashley Cain/Timothy LeDuc -- 6:17 p.m.

Men
Max Aaron -- 9:06 p.m.
Vincent Zhou -- 10:53 p.m.
Nathan Chen -- 11:13 p.m.
Adam Rippon -- 11:33 p.m.
Jason Brown -- 11:39 p.m.

The Olympic team of three men will be named after Saturday’s free skate on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. ET, but it might not be the top three finishers. A committee chooses the team, looking at results from the past year.

Chen is considered a lock as the defending U.S. champion and the world’s only undefeated skater this season.

The one Olympic pairs team will be named Sunday at 12:45 p.m. The Knierims are the favorites as the top-ranked U.S. pair each of the last four seasons.

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PREVIEWS: Men | Women | Dance | Pairs | TV Schedule | Olympic Selection

DateTime (ET)ProgramNetwork
Wednesday11 p.m.-1Women’s ShortNBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Thursday4-5 p.m.Pairs ShortOlympic Channel | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
5-6:30 p.m.Pairs ShortNBCSN | STREAM
8:30 p.m.-12Men’s ShortNBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Friday4-6:30 p.m.Short DanceNBCSN | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
8-11 p.m.Women’s FreeNBC | STREAM | SKATE ORDER
Saturday4-6 p.m.Pairs FreeNBC | STREAM
8-11 p.m.Men’s FreeNBCSN | STREAM
Sunday3-6 p.m.Free DanceNBC | STREAM
Jan. 134 p.m.Exhibition GalaNBC | STREAM