How to Follow the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

20 Jan

The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place Jan. 22‒29 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The following is a comprehensive list of how to follow the event:

Television
The 2012 U.S. Championships will have seven hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events, including two in prime-time, on NBC. NBC will also air the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, from 2‒4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 4. NBC’s broadcast team will consist of Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter).

NBC Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing)

BROADCAST DATE EVENT

TIME (ET)

Saturday, Jan. 28 LIVE free dance

4-6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28 LIVE Ladies free skate

9-11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29 LIVE Men’s and Pairs free skate

3-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular

2-4 p.m.

Icenetwork.com
In addition to NBC’s coverage, live and on-demand coverage of the competition will be available to Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork.com. The icenetwork.com announce team, led by Mike Mancuso, features former Olympic, World and U.S. medalists. Returning to the broadcast booth are Tonia Kwiatkowski, a three-time U.S. medalist, and Peter Carruthers, the 1984 Olympic silver medalist. Joining the broadcast team in San Jose are Sarah Hughes, the 2002 Olympic champion, Kim Navarro, a two-time U.S. ice dance medalist and Johnny Weir, a three-time U.S. champion who recently announced his intent to return to competitive figure skating. For a detailed schedule, click here.

In addition to the subscriber-based coverage on icenetwork.com there are an unprecedented number of new and different ways to use icenetwork.com to follow the U.S. Championships. In addition to live results, news stories and photo galleries and athlete bios, icenetwork.com will also provide a live look behind-the-scenes at the U.S. Championships and a way to interact with the skaters during the competition.

#TweetSeat
During senior-level competition, once selected skaters receive their marks and go through the Mixed Zone; they will enter the #TweetSeat which will provide viewers with the opportunity to interact with their favorite competitors. Fans will be able to tweet questions via Twitter using the hashtag #TweetSeat and hosts Sarah Hughes or Kim Navarro will ask your questions live. The TweetSeat video feed will be free on icenetwork.com.

AT&T Ice Desk Live
Ice Desk Live will allow fans to hear insights, reactions and commentary from icenetwork.com’s assortment of talent covering the Championships. Hosted by Peter Carruthers, this fast-paced live show will include immediate reactions following competition, previews of what is about to come and questions from fans watching at home. Weir, Hughes, Navarro and Kwiatkowski will all participate in the AT&T Ice Desk Live.

Live Press Conferences
Pull up a chair and settle in for live press conferences, free on icenetwork.com, from the 2012 U.S. Championships. During senior-level competition, the top three finishers in each discipline in the short program and short dance, as well as the top three overall finishers will participate in a press conference roughly 10 minutes after the conclusion of each competition.

In addition to the competitor press conferences, Michelle Kwan, the lone member of the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, will have a press conference on Friday, Jan. 27 beginning at 9:15 p.m. ET, which will also be available for free on icenetwork.com

Social Media

When something happens, and the fans of U.S. Figure Skating need to know about it, social media will provide the answer. Throughout the U.S. Championships, be sure to check the U.S. Figure Skating Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the icenetwork.com Twitter page for breaking news and to join the discussion.

SKATING magazine blog

Launched shortly before 2011 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the SKATING magazine blog is the official home of SKATING magazine on the Internet. SKATING magazine blog will keep a live blog throughout each day of the U.S. Championships and provide updates, insight and useful links for everything going on in San Jose. SKATING magazine blog will also post a full digital copy of the official event program from the 2012 U.S. Championships. Visit www.SKATINGmagazineblog.com and join the more than 40,000 people who have already become readers of SKATING magazine blog.

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