U.S. Figure Skating and NBC Sports to Provide Expanded Coverage of 2008 U.S. Championships

(1/23/08) - U.S. Figure Skating, icenetwork.com and NBC will be providing unprecedented coverage of the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which kicked off in Saint Paul, Minn., this past Sunday and will run through Sunday, Jan. 27.

For the first time in history, figure skating fans around the world will be able to watch the U.S. Championships, including every competitor at the novice, junior and senior level, from start to finish via broadband coverage on icenetwork.com and television programming on NBC. Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan will be part of the team providing live commentary for the icenetwork.com broadcasts. NBC's broadcasts will include Scott Hamilton, Jamie Salι and David Pelletier. In addition, NBC will feature Bob Costas on an in-arena set, where he will team with ex-figure skater and skating analyst Dick Button in a pre- and post-game show.

With nearly 100 hours of competition coverage, the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be viewed both live and on-demand by fans worldwide. The coverage on NBC includes an additional hour of the U.S. Championships Skating Spectacular, previously slated to be a one-hour show, and five hours of primetime programming.

“We're thrilled to be able to offer this extended programming to the fans of figure skating,” said David Raith, U.S. Figure Skating executive director. “The five hours of primetime and the additional hour of programming are just another way U.S. Figure Skating and NBC are working together to bring figure skating to as many fans as possible.”

Airing for the first time on NBC, the U.S. Championships broadcast will feature all four disciplines: ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing. Following is the NBC broadcast schedule with the highlighted discipline(s) to be featured in each time slot (all times Eastern):

Jan. 26, 4-6 p.m. – Pairs free skate
Jan. 26, 8-11 p.m. – Free dance, ladies free skate
Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m. – Men's free skate
Feb. 2, 4-6 p.m. – Skating Spectacular

Subscribers to the icenetwork.com Season Pass ($29.95) will have complete access to the 2008 U.S. Championships, including live coverage of the competition, special features on the top skaters in the competition and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Subscribers and non-subscribers will be able to follow all the action through near-live results, action and backstage photos, athlete blogs, news stories and special video highlights and features from the “Ice Desk,” located on the concourse of the host Xcel Energy Center.

Additional free features of icenetwork.com include:

  • Event Pages – Each event on the U.S. Figure Skating calendar throughout the year has a dedicated home with complete coverage, including previews, results, recaps and multimedia highlights as well as venue and ticketing information
  • Message Boards – A community portal for figure skating fans to connect with each other and discuss the world of figure skating
  • Skater Profiles – Fans can learn about skaters from around the world with in-depth profiles that feature competition histories, biographical data, photo galleries and video highlights
  • Multimedia Features – An extensive collection of free multimedia offerings, including video highlights, interviews, special features and expansive photo galleries
  • Newsletter – Register to receive the free icenetwork.com newsletter and receive figure skating updates from around the world every other week
  • icenetwork.com Shop – Provides fans with U.S. Figure Skating apparel, skating accessories and skating equipment
Visit www.icenetwork.com for more information.