Missed the live pair figure skating short program? How to Watch It Again – NBC Chicago


The final individual figure skating competition of the 2022 Winter Olympics kicked off with record performances, breathtaking jumps and heartbreaking throws. But if you missed watching it live, you’ll have another chance before the medal final on Saturday.

The pair competition began with its short program early Friday morning, bringing back Illinois figure skater Alexa Knierim as she and partner Brandon Frazier seek an individual medal in the event.

The duo already helped Team USA win silver in the team events earlier in the Games, but can they score one of the USA’s last medals in Beijing?

Additionally, another Team USA pair skater also made history by performing on Olympic ice.

Here’s when and how you can rewatch the captivating performances.

When and where can we watch pair figure skating?

The pairs figure skating short program kicked off at 4:30 a.m. CST on Friday. The top 16 pairs from the competition will advance to the final medal round, scheduled for 5 a.m. Saturday.

For those who missed watching the short Friday morning program live, you’ll have another chance to catch it during prime time on NBC, which starts at 7 p.m.

For those who don’t want to wait, you can watch some highlights below and also stream the entire event here:

Who should you watch in the pairs program?

Team USA’s Brandon Frazier and Chicago-area native Alexa Knierim placed third in their team short program while scoring a personal best, but unfortunately came last in the free program. The 2022 Winter Olympics mark their first as a duo.

They will be looking to top their performance in the short program and trade their free program at the next competition.

Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc also represent Team USA. The pair have been skating together since 2016 and finished first at the US Figure Skating Championships in 2022.

Knierim and Frazier, who first teamed up in 2020, had to pull out of that event, however, after Frazier contracted COVID-19.

Knierim won bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics with husband and former skating partner Chris Knierim.

Rewatch some of the great performances

WARNING: Spoiler alerts below

Two American figure skating pairs qualified for Saturday’s free skate but will have some ground to make up after a record performance.

Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier took sixth place with a score of 74.23 and Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc finished just behind them in seventh with a score of 74.13.

The two finished in the top 16 pairs to qualify for Saturday’s free skate, which begins at 6 a.m. ET on USA Network, Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.

The Chinese Sui Wenjing and Han Cong finished in first place. The duo won silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and finished with a short program record of 84.41 in Beijing.

Evgeniya Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of the Russian Olympic Committee also surpassed the previous record, scoring 84.25 to finish second.

When can you watch the medal final?

The free skate medal final is scheduled to start at 5:00 a.m. CST Saturday.

Below is the full event and streaming information for each figure skating competition day.

NBC 2022 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Coverage Schedule*

Date/Time (ET)

Event

TV/Streaming

game | February 3 | 8:55 p.m.

Team Event – SP Men and Pairs, Rhythm Dance

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 5 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – Women’s SP, FS Pairs

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | February 6 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Team Event – M/F FS, Free Dance

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Mon | February 7 | 8:15 p.m.

Men’s Singles Short Program

NBC, United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sea | February 9 | 8:30 p.m.

🏅 Men’s Singles Free Skating

NBC, United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 12 | 6:00 am

Ice Dance Rhythm Dance

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sun | February 13 | 8:15 p.m.

🏅 Ice Dance Free Dance

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Tue | February 15 | 5:00 a.m.

Ladies’ Singles Short Program

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

game | February 17 | 5:00 a.m.

🏅 Women’s Singles Free Skating

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Fri | February 18 | 5:30

Short program in pairs

United States | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 19 | 6:00 am

🏅 Couples Free Skating

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

Sat | February 19 | 11:00 p.m.

Exhibition gala

BNC | Peacock, NBCOlympics.com

How is pair skating different from ice dancing?

Athletes in the pair discipline compete in the same two events as individual skaters: short and free programs. They perform the forbidden moves in ice dancing. Key elements include tricky moves like the twist lift, in which the male lifter lifts his partner above his head, throws her in the air as she spins, and he catches her.

Throw jumps are also extremely common. This is the maneuver in which the male skater throws his partner into the air, and she lands unassisted on a back outside edge.

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