TEAM USA SET FOR 2017 ISU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FINLAND

Source:usfsa.org

(3/27/17) – Fifteen Americans are set to compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, March 28 – April 3 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Official practice begins Monday, March 27 and competition begins with the ladies and pairs short programs on Wednesday, March 29.

Team USA will be represented by three ladies, two men, two pairs and three ice dance teams. Five Americans return to the event as reigning World medalists: Ashley Wagner (ladies, silver), Maia and Alex Shibutani (ice dance, silver) and Madison Chock and Evan Bates (ice dance, bronze).

Wagner, the 2017 U.S. silver medalist, is competing at her seventh World Championships and is joined by Mariah Bell and Karen Chen, who will each make her World Championships debut. Wagner’s silver medal in 2016 was the United States’ first ladies medal at the event since 2006. Earlier this season, Wagner won 2016 Progressive Skate America. Chen is the 2017 U.S. champion and most recently competed at the Four Continents Championships in February. Bell won the bronze medal at the 2017 U.S. Championships and earned silver behind Wagner at Skate America last fall.

In the men’s competition, 2017 Four Continents and U.S. champion Nathan Chen and 2017 U.S. bronze medalist Jason Brown will represent the United States. Chen is making his Worlds debut, while Brown is making his second appearance. Earlier this season, Chen finished second at the Grand Prix Final while Brown notched a silver medal performance at Skate America. The United States is seeking its first men’s medal at the event since Evan Lysacek won gold in 2009. The men’s competition will begin on Thursday, March 30.

U.S. pairs champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier are making their second Worlds appearance after first qualifying in 2015. They placed second at 2016 Skate America. Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim are making their fourth Worlds appearance, most recently competing at the event in 2016. They are skating in their second event of the season after placing sixth at Four Continents in February.

In ice dance, each team from the American contingent at the 2016 World Championships in Boston will compete. 2017 U.S. champions and 2016 World silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will skate in their seventh-career World Championships after an impressive season so far, which includes wins at Skate America and Cup of China, and a third-place finish at the Grand Prix Final. Most recently, they took home a silver medal from Four Continents. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, the 2017 U.S. silver medalists and 2016 World bronze medalists will compete at their fourth Worlds. Earlier this season, the duo picked up silver medals at Skate America and Rostelecom Cup, and finished third at Four Continents last month. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the bronze medal at the 2017 U.S. Championships, and also won a pair of silver medals at Skate America and Trophèe de France earlier this season. This will mark their fourth World Championships appearance. The ice dance competition begins Friday.

This year’s World Championships also determine the number of Olympic entries that each country will have in each discipline at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. To qualify three spots in a discipline, the United States’ top two skaters/teams must have a combined placement of 13 or fewer. To qualify two spots in a discipline, the United States’ top two skaters/teams in a discipline must have a combined placement between 14 and 28.

NBC will broadcast coverage from 8-10 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 1, followed by a recap show from 3-6 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 9. There will be an additional 16 hours of competition coverage on NBCSN, as well as a broadcast of the Exhibition Gala from 2-3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 2.

Additionally, icenetwork will stream live coverage of the World Championships to Season Pass subscribers. Icenetwork will also feature news, photos and more.

2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Network

Wednesday, March 29

Ladies and pairs short

11 a.m.

NBCSN

Thursday, March 30

Men’s short and pairs free

11 a.m.

NBCSN

Friday, March 31

Ladies free

1 p.m.

NBCSN

Short dance

8 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 1

Men’s free and free dance

12:30 p.m.

NBCSN

Ladies free

8 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, April 2

Exhibition of Champions

2 p.m.

NBCSN

Saturday, April 9

World Championships recap show

3 p.m.

NBC

2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ICENETWORK LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings)

Broadcast Date

Event

Time

Wednesday, March 29

Ladies short

3:40 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

10:15 a.m.

Pairs short

11:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 30

Men’s short

5:10 a.m.

Pairs free

11:55 a.m.

Friday, March 31

Short dance

4 a.m.

Ladies free

11 a.m.

Saturday, April 1

Men’s free

3:50 a.m.

Free dance

9:35 a.m.

U.S. ENTRIES AT THE 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE

NAME

HOMETOWN

TRAINING TOWN

Ladies

Mariah Bell

Monument, Colorado

Lakewood, California

Karen Chen

Fremont, California

Riverside, California

Ashley Wagner

Alexandria, Virginia

Lakewood, California

Men

Jason Brown

Highland Park, Illinois

Monument, Colorado

Nathan Chen

Irvine, California

Lakewood, California/
Canton, Michigan

Pairs

Haven Denney
Brandon Frazier

Ocala, Florida
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Geneva, Illinois

Alexa Scimeca Knierim
Chris Knierim

Addison, Illinois
San Diego

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ice Dance

Madison Chock
Evan Bates

Novi, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Novi, Michigan

Madison Hubbell
Zachary Donohue

Okemos, Michigan
Madison, Connecticut

Montreal

Maia Shibutani
Alex Shibutani

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Canton, Michigan

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