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Days after Nathan Chen scored a gold medal with his remarkable free skate, Team USA is looking to build on that success.

USA is still looking for more individual medals in ice dancing, the women’s and pairs skating events.

Here’s what you need to know and details on upcoming events.

When and how can you watch figure skating in the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Figure skating began on Feb. 3 and runs through Feb. 19.

The first week of programming was entirely team events, while the second week features individual competition. Next up on the schedule is ice dancing’s rhythm dance, which will see notable US duos returning to the ice for what they hope will be another figure skating medal.

One of the final events of the Winter Olympics will be the Exhibition Gala, during which fans will get to enjoy more personality-centric performances featuring some of the Games’ most popular skaters.

Below is the full event and streaming information for each day of competition for figure skating.

NBC Olympics 2022 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Coverage Schedule*

Date/Time (ET)

Event

TV/Streaming

Thurs | Feb 3 | 8.55pm

Team Event – Men’s & Pairs SP, Rhythm Dance

NBC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | Feb 5 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – Women’s SP, Pairs FS

NBC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | Feb 6 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – M/W FS, Free Dance

NBC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

My | Feb 7 | 8:15 p.m.

Men’s Singles Short Program

NBC, USA | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Wednesday | Feb 9 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Men’s Singles Free Skate

NBC, USA | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | Feb 12 | 6:00 a.m.

Ice Dance Rhythm Dance

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | Feb 13 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Ice Dance Free Dance

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Kill | Feb 15 | 5:00 a.m.

Women’s Singles Short Program

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Thurs | Feb 17 | 5:00 a.m.

🏅 Women’s Singles Free Skate

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Fri | Feb 18 | 5:30 a.m.

Pairs Short Program

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | Feb 19 | 6:00 a.m.

🏅 Pairs Free Skate

NBC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | Feb 19 | 11:00 p.m.

Exhibition Gala

NBC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

* TV networks reflect live events, times may differ for replays; check full schedule for detailed information.

Who has previously dominated the sport during the Winter Games?

The history of Olympic figure skating is so iconic it predates the Winter Games themselves. Originally contested at the 1908 London Olympics, it has been a staple of the Winter Olympics since the inaugural Games in 1924.

The US has dominated figure skating with 51 medals, followed by Russia, Austria and Canada, all of whom have 20 or more medals. In PyeongChang, Canada led the way with four medals – two golds and two bronze – setting the stage for a competitive field in 2022.

Americans are hedging their bets on Chen, who is from Salt Lake City. Chen, known for attempting high-difficulty jumps, entered PyeongChang with high hopes but ultimately struggled to execute on the ice.

Who are the gold-medal favorites in the other figure skating events?

In the women’s competition, Russian women historically dominate the individual event and could easily sweep the podium awards.

Meanwhile, China has more gold medals in the pairs competition than any other country. However, the Chinese duo Sui Wenjing and Han Cong will have their work cut out for them with France, the US and the Russian Olympic Committee all expected to enter competitive pairs.

Who is competing for Team USA in figure skating?

The US roster was finalized in mid-January following the national championships, with sixteen athletes making the cut for Beijing.

This list includes a diverse range of experience, with seven athletes making their Olympic debut. On one end is 16-year-old Alysa Liu, the youngest member of Team USA’s figure skating delegation. On the other end, are five athletes over the age of 30, capped off by 33-year-old Evan Bates making his fourth Olympic appearance.

They’re all slated to compete in one event with some being tapped for the team event mid-Olympics.

The complete roster of US figure skaters is:

  • Jean-Luc Baker (Ice Dance)
  • Evan Bates (Ice Dance)
  • Mariah Bell (Women’s Singles)
  • Jason Brown (Men’s Singles)
  • Ashley Cain-Gribble (Pairs)
  • Karen Chen (Women’s Singles)
  • Nathan Chen (Men’s Singles)
  • Zachary Donohue (Ice Dance)
  • Brandon Frazier (Peers)
  • Kaitlin Hawayek (Ice Dance)
  • Madison Hubbell (Ice Dance)
  • Alexa Knierim (Peers)
  • Timothy LeDuc (Peers)
  • Alysa Liu (Women’s Singles)
  • Vincent Zhou (Men’s Singles)
  • Madison Chock (Ice Dance)

How do athletes qualify to represent the US in figure skating?

Unlike many other Olympic sports, figure skating does not have a singular Olympic Trial in the US Rather, all selections are made on a discretionary basis, with priority being granted to the US Figure Skating Championships in early January. The coaching staff evaluated athletes based on performances at a number of competitions in the year leading up to the Olympics.

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