Boston Set to Host 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

The 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held March 28 to April 3 at TD Garden in Boston. The World Championships will be held for the first time in Boston and return to the United States for the first time since 2009 (Los Angeles).

More than 170 athletes representing 38 countries are expected to compete for the title of World champion in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance. Team USA will be represented by 16 athletes (three ladies, three men, three ice dance teams, two pairs teams). Official practice begins Monday while competition kicks off Wednesday with the short dance and men’s short program.

NBC will broadcast live primetime coverage from 9-11 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 2, followed by an encore presentation from 3-6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 10. NBC’s live primetime broadcast team features 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond and reporter Andrea Joyce. 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will contribute to the encore show April 10. Weir, Lipinski and Hammond will also handle live coverage on NBCSN from 9-11 p.m. ET on Friday, April 1.

NBCSN and Universal HD will broadcast additional live and encore coverage of the 2016 World Championships, beginning Wednesday, March 30, with the short dance from noon-3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Calling the action for NBCSN will be 1988 Olympic ice dance bronze medalist Tracy Wilson, alongside 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Ben Agosto and 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley.

Icenetwork will stream live coverage of the World Championships to Season Pass subscribers. Mike Mancuso will handle the play-by-play duties and will be joined by 2014 Olympic ice dance champion Charlie White, three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss, two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin and U.S. silver medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski. In addition, icenetwork will provide free behind-the-scenes video to all registered users beginning Wednesday, March 30. This coverage will include live segments from the icenetwork ICE Desk, interviews, press conferences and more. Tanith White will serve as host of the ICE Desk, where she will be joined by Charlie White, Coughlin, Weiss, YouTube personality Michael Buckley and special guests. Icenetwork will also feature news, photos and more.

Fans can follow all the action at the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone, featuring real-time social media updates. To follow the event on Twitter, follow U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) and Worlds 2016 (@Worlds2016) and use the event hashtag #Worlds2016.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit www.worlds2016.com.

 

Ladies

Team USA will be represented by Gracie Gold, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner. Gold won her second U.S. title in January (also 2014). Wagner, a three-time U.S. champion (2012-13, 2015), is the 2016 U.S. bronze medalist. Nagasu, who finished fourth at the 2016 U.S. Championships and second at 2016 Four Continents, will compete at her first World Championships since 2010.

Men

Adam Rippon will make his fourth World Championships appearance and first as the reigning U.S. champion.Max Aaron (2013 U.S. champion) returns to the World Championships for the first time since 2014 after winning the 2016 U.S. silver medal. Grant Hochstein will make his Worlds debut as the 2016 U.S. pewter medalist.

Pairs

Tarah Kayne and Daniel O’Shea are the 2016 U.S. pairs champions and will make their World Championships debut in Boston. Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim are the 2015 U.S. champions and 2016 U.S. silver medalists. They most recently won the 2016 Four Continents silver medal last month.

Ice dance

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the 2016 U.S. and Four Continents champions, will compete at their sixth straight World Championships. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are the reigning World silver medalists and enter the competition as 2016 U.S. and Four Continents silver medalists. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, the 2016 U.S. bronze medalists, will make their third Worlds appearance.

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Network

Wednesday, March 30

Short dance – LIVE

Noon

NBCSN

Thursday, March 31

Men’s short

Midnight

NBCSN

Ladies short – LIVE

4 p.m.

NBCSN

Free dance – LIVE

8 p.m.

NBCSN

Friday, April 1

Pairs short – LIVE

3 p.m.

NBCSN

Men’s free – LIVE

9 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 2

Pairs free – LIVE

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Ladies free – LIVE

9 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, April 3

Exhibition of Champions – LIVE

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 9

Encore

1 p.m.

Universal HD

Sunday, April 10

World Championships recap show

3 p.m.

 NBC

Monday, April 18

Encore

5 p.m.

Universal HD

2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ICENETWORK LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Wednesday, March 30

Short dance

10:45 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

5 p.m.

Men’s short

6:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 31

Ladies short

12:10 p.m.

Free dance

7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 1

Pairs short

1:15 p.m.

Men’s free

6:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

Pairs free

6:45 p.m.

Ladies free (groups 1 and 2)

7 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

Exhibition of Champions

2 p.m.

 

 

U.S. ENTRIES AT THE 2016 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Gracie Gold

Hermosa Beach, California

El Segundo, California

Mirai Nagasu

Arcadia, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Virginia

Los Angeles

Men

Max Aaron

Scottsdale, Arizona

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Grant Hochstein

Artesia, California

Artesia, California

Adam Rippon

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles

Pairs

Tarah Kayne

Daniel O’Shea

Fort Myers, Florida

Gurnee, Illinois

Ellenton, Florida

Alexa Scimeca

Chris Knierim

Addison, Illinois

San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ice Dancing

Madison Chock

Evan Bates

Redondo Beach, California

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Madison Hubbell

Zachary Donohue

Okemos, Michigan

Madison, Connecticut

Montreal

Maia Shibutani

Alex Shibutani

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Canton, Michigan

 

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