American ice skating fans are excited! The 2016 World Figure Skating Championships will be take place from March 28 through April 3, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The event will be broadcast on NBC television on April 2, 2016 and also on April 10, 2016.
Figure skaters from the USA tend to peform better in front of home audiences, so this “Worlds” may be an extra special one for figure skating fans who live in the USA. It is always very exciting for the American skating public to see one of the most prestigious international figure skating competitions, the “figure skating event of the year,” take place in the United States!
Live coverage begins on Wednesday, March 30, on NBC Sports Network and then the competition will highlight the best skaters in the ladies’ free skate on Saturday, April 2nd live on primetime NBC television. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be commentating and it is expected that they will entertain fans like they did during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
In addition, icenetwork.com season pass subscribers can watch all the skaters compete in every event.
Icenetwork.com 2016 World Figure Skating Championships broadcast schedule:
Wednesday, March 30, 2016:
Short dance, Opening ceremony, Men’s short program
Thursday, March 31, 2016:
Ladies short program, Free dance
Friday, April 1, 2015:
Pairs short program, Men’s free skate
Saturday, April 2, 2016:
Pairs free skate, Ladies free skate (Groups 1 and 2)
Sunday, April 3, 2016:
Exhibition of champions
Jason Brown, who won the US men’s figure skating title in 2015 and won a medal in the team competition in Sochi, will not be participating in this competition. Brown was injured during the 2015 US national figure skating championships and by not competing did not qualify, but petitioned US Figure Skating to take part, but his request was denied. Even though Brown won’t be there, US figure skating fans look forward to seeing Adam Rippon, Max Aaron, and Grant Hochstein skate on home ice.
All three American ladies are strong skaters. Olympic skaters Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner are known for their incredible technical abilities. It has been said that if Gracie Gold skates one of her flawless programs, that a 2016 world figure skating medal is within her reach. Mirai Nagasu will also be competing since Polina Edmunds had to withdraw due to injury.
Elena Radionova from Russia is one of the favorites, but there American figure skaters can do well in Boston since the excited fans in the audience may give them a boost.
It will be difficult for the men from the United States since Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, Canada’s Patrick Chan, and Spain’s Javier Fernandez are such strong skaters. Adam Rippon, the 2015 US men’s champion, won with a strong artistic performance, so the men’s competition may not be all about landing quadruple jumps.
Ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani have Boston roots. If they skate well, they could also be on the podium (or win). The siblings are the 2016 US ice dancing champions and the 2016 Four Continents Champions and they have stunned audiences with their ice dancing performances in 2016.
Some people say that the pairs event will be the most exciting event at 2016 “Worlds” since all the top pair teams are incredibly good. The recent silver medal at the 2016 Four Continents Championships may mean that there’s a chance that 2015 US pair skating champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim will place in the top five.
Don’t miss this very exciting “Worlds” and Happy Skating!
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