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The first individual skating event will kick off Monday as the U.S. looks to nab its first gold medal in the men’s singles event, but Team USA will look a little different heading into the evening.

That’s because Vincent Zhou will no longer be able to compete after the American figure skater tested positive for COVID-19.

Still, the U.S. faces a huge chance at gold in the two-day competition, which showcases one of the most anticipated head-to-head contests of the Games: Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu.

Here is how you can watch all the figure skating action this weekend and through the rest of the Games.

What is the schedule for figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Figure Skating began on Feb. 3 and runs through Feb. 19. The first week of programming will be entirely team events, while the second week will feature individual competition. 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. 

The men’s short program begins at 7:15 p.m. CT Monday and will air on NBC or stream live on NBCOlympics.com or Peacock.

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 | 8.55 p.m.

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 | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

🏅 Team Event – M/W FS, Free Dance

NBC | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

Men’s Singles Short Program

NBC, USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

🏅 Men’s Singles Free Skate

NBC, USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

Ice Dance Rhythm Dance

USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

🏅 Ice Dance Free Dance

USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

Women’s Singles Short Program

USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

🏅 Women’s Singles Free Skate

USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

Pairs Short Program

USA | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

🏅 Pairs Free Skate

NBC | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

Exhibition Gala

NBC | PeacockNBCOlympics.com

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

Who is competing next for Team USA?

It doesn’t get much better than this as two absolute legends of sport and, what should be, once-in-a-generation athletes go head to head.

Chen — who won the last three world championships — and Hanyu — who won the last two Olympic gold medals — will face each other for the first time in nearly a year when the men’s singles short program begins at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

They will face stiff competition from Hanyu’s Japanese countrymen Yuma Kagiyama, who took silver at the 2021 World Championships at just 17 years old, and Shoma Uno, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist. Uno was second to Chen in the team event short program and Kagiyama won the team free skate (Chen was not competing).

Suburban Chicago athlete Jason Brown, of Highland Park, returns to the Olympic stage after eight years. Brown was fourth at the Sochi 2014 Games and earned bronze in the team event there but missed out on making the 2018 Olympic team. He skates in the final group with Chen and Kagiyama.

Who is in medal contention?

Chen, 22, appears to have the upper hand, coming out on top in each of their three meetings since the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games (always by 22 points or greater).

But Hanyu, 27, has proven Olympic success – plus plans to unleash a quadruple axel. The jump has never been landed in competition. For a quad axel, a skater takes off facing forward and complete 4 1/2 revolutions in the air.

A strong skate by Chen would finally allow him to put the “disastrous” (his words) short program performance from four years ago at his first Olympics behind him. He already had a redemptive skate in the team event, earning the second-highest score in the world and helping the U.S. team to an eventual silver medal.

The rest of the 30-man field is hardly going to hand the medals to Chen and Hanyu, though.

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 U.S. 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 22-year-old Chen from Salt Lake City. Chen, known for attempting high-difficulty jumps, entered PyeongChang with high hopes but ultimately struggled to execute on the ice, leaving with a fifth place finish in the individual event. Since then, Chen has established himself as the clear favorite and the best chance for the U.S. to win an individual medal. 

Who are the gold-medal favorites in figure skating?

The Beijing Olympics are dubbed the redemption tour for Chen. In PyeongChang, the then-18 year old posted a strong performance in the team event, but struggled in the individual event, eventually clawing his way back to fifth place after slipping to 17th. Ultimately, his Olympic experience was cut short after contracting the flu. 

Since 2018, Chen has established himself as the clear favorite and the best chance for the U.S. to return to the podium in the men’s individual competition. Evan Lysacek’s 2010 gold medal was the last individual medal by an American man in figure skating. 

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 U.S. and the Russian Olympic Committee all expected to enter competitive pairs. 

Who is competing for Team USA in figure skating?

The U.S. 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 U.S. 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 (Pairs)
  • Kaitlin Hawayek (Ice Dance)
  • Madison Hubbell (Ice Dance)
  • Alexa Knierim (Pairs)
  • Timothy LeDuc (Pairs)
  • Alysa Liu (Women’s Singles)
  • Vincent Zhou (Men’s Singles)
  • Madison Chock (Ice Dance)

How do athletes qualify to represent the U.S. in figure skating?

Unlike many other Olympic sports, figure skating does not have a singular Olympic Trial in the U.S. Rather, all selections are made on a discretionary basis, with priority being granted to the U.S. 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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