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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:

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)



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.

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.

Live Mixed Zone
After each performance, each skater will exit the ice and enter the “Mixed Zone,” an area where the media can ask questions about the skaters’ performance. Fans will have access to the Mixed Zone via a free live video stream providing instant reactions to fans watching at home.

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.

Pre-Event Conference Calls: Davis & White and Czisny

10 Jan

Today, reigning U.S. Champions Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Alissa Czisny took questions from members of the media in advance of the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. from Jan. 22-29.

On social media before the call, we asked fans to submit questions with the anticipation of asking two on each call, however, due to time constraints, we only had time to ask one each. Thanks to everyone who asked a question and we wanted to let you know that there will be a great opportunity to ask questions while we are in San Jose as we attempt to make this the most interactive U.S. Championships on record for our fans who follow the sport online.

Charlie White – ” I think we feel very comfortable with the elements and the musicality and the outward expression of the program, we really just want to improve, and we feel we really have improved upon, communicating with each other during the program and showing that side”

Meryl Davis added ” After the Grand Prix Final we took a look at the program and wanted to make sure we were enhancing the tenderness and emotion in relation to one another.”

Many of the great questions we received for Alissa Czisny were about how she copes mentally with the sport, here is her response to the many who asked this question.

Alissa Czisny – “I think in the past I didn’t know how to do that (cope), but now after last year making all the changes, I feel like all I can do is train my best and go out in the competition and do my best. The results, ultimately, are not in my hands, but I can control how I skate on the ice and how I prepare to skate my best”

Czisny also mentioned that despite the injury she picked up during the Grand Prix Final, she is 100% and ready to compete at the U.S. Championships.


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