The top two men from last season, Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou are not competing this year and might not continue at all. The top two women, Alysa Liu and Mariah Bell retired. The best ice dance team, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, also participated. The national pairs winners from the previous year, Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, also quit the sport. As a result, no one of the four disciplines at the U.S. Championships has a reigning national champion since 1993.
The featured skater is Ilia Malinin, an 18-year-old from Virginia who made history by landing the first quadruple Axel at all four of his tournaments this season. He has the second-best total score in the globe, 38.28 points more than the next American (Camden Pulkinen). The only Olympian in the men’s field, Jason Brown, is taking part for the first time since finishing sixth in the Games.
When are the U.S. Figure Skating Championships?
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships began Thursday in Nashville and will run through Sunday.
Tuesday, January 24
- Junior Pairs’ Short at 3 p.m. ET.
- Junior Men’s Short at 5:25 p.m. ET.
- Junior Rhythm Dance at 11 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, January 25
- Junior Women’s Short at noon ET.
- Junior Men’s Free at 3 p.m. ET.
- Junior Pairs’ Free at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Thursday, January 26
- Juniors’ Free Dance at 12:15 a.m. ET.
- Junior Women’s Free at 11:30 a.m. ET.
- Pairs’ Short at 3:30 p.m. ET.
- Rhythm Dance at 6:30 p.m. ET.
- Women’s Short at 9:10 p.m. ET.
Friday, January 27
- Men’s Short at 4:10 p.m. ET.
- Women’s Free at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Saturday, January 28
- Free Dance at 1:45 p.m. ET.
- Pairs’ Free at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday, January 29
- Men’s Free at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday, February 5
- The exhibition is at 4 p.m. ET.
What channel is the U.S. Figure Skating Championships?
All events at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will air live on NBC-owned networks, including USA and NBC. They will also be streamed on Peacock and online at NBCOlympics.com. Here’s the full TV schedule:
- Thursday: Pairs’ short, 5 p.m. ET, USA, Peacock, Online
- Thursday: Women’s short, 8:30 p.m. ET, USA, Peacock, Online
- Friday: Rhythm dance, 4:30 p.m. ET, USA, Peacock, Online
- Friday: Women’s free, 8 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Online
- Saturday: Men’s short, 4 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Online
- Saturday: Pairs’ free, 7 p.m. ET, USA, Peacock, Online
- Saturday: Free dance, 8:30 p.m. ET, USA, Peacock, Online
- Sunday: Men’s free, 2 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, Online