How to watch the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

4 Jan

The 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place Jan. 5‒12 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) and TD Garden in Boston. The following is a comprehensive listing of how to follow the event:

Television
The 2014 U.S. Championships will have eight hours of live, high-definition coverage of senior-level events on NBC. NBC will also air the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, from 4‒6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Jan. 18. NBC’s broadcast team will consist of Tom Hammond and Terry Gannon (play-by-play), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter). The broadcasts will also be shown on www.NBCOlympics.com.

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

Schedule

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. Each of the events not shown on NBC will be available live on icenetwork. The icenetwork announce team is led by  Mike Mancuso, who will be joined in the booth by 2006 Olympic silver medalist ice dancer Tanith Belbin, three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss and 1996 U.S. silver medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski. Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes will also join the icenetwork team for backstage interviews and analysis. For a detailed schedule, click here.

In addition to the subscriber-based coverage on icenetwork there are a number of ways to use icenetwork to follow the U.S. Championships for FREE! In addition to live results, news stories, photo galleries and athlete bios, icenetwork 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. To become a registered member, click here to sign up.

Social Scene
During senior-level competition, once selected skaters receive their marks and go through the Mixed Zone; they will enter the Social Scene, which will provide viewers with the opportunity to interact with their favorite competitors. Hosted by YouTube Star Michael Buckley, fans will be able to tweet questions using the hashtag #SocialScene. The video from the Social Scene feed will be free on icenetwork, all you need to do is sign up to become a registered user.

AT&T Ice Desk Live

Ice Desk Live will allow fans to hear insights, reactions and commentary from icenetwork’s assortment of talent covering the Championships. 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. Free to registered users.

“AT&T ICE Desk” Live Streaming Schedule

(All times are Eastern. Schedule is subject to change.)

Thursday, Jan. 9
• Prior to the ladies short program at approximately 7:20 p.m.
• Following the ladies short program at approximately 11:00 p.m. (tentative)

Friday, Jan. 10
• Following the short dance at approximately 4:30 p.m.
• Prior to the men’s short program at approximately 7:45 p.m.
• Following the men’s short program at approximately 11:20 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11
• Prior to the pairs free skate at approximately 2:30 p.m.
• Prior to the ladies free skate at approximately 6:45 p.m.
• Following the ladies free skate at approximately 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12
• Prior to the men’s free skate at approximately 12:35 p.m.
• Following the men’s free skate at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Live Press Conferences

Pull up a chair and settle in for live press conferences, free on icenetwork to registered users, from the 2014 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, icenetwork will cover the two press conferences on Jan. 12 where the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Team will be announced.

These will take place at the following times:

Sunday, Jan. 12
Noon – Ladies, pairs, ice dance
7:10 p.m. – Men’s and Olympic Team Event

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 , Twitter and Google+ pages for breaking news and to join the discussion. Use the event hashtag #Boston2014.

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