via press release:


18 U.S. figure skaters, five 2010 Olympians set to compete
November 11, 2010 – New York and Westlake Village, Calif.: NBC Sports and Universal Sports will highlight 18 U.S figure skaters this weekend, with 14 hours of LIVE television coverage of the 2010 Skate America in Portland, Ore. The event starts tomorrow (Friday) and runs through Sunday, and serves as stage four of six in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Universal Sports will kick-off the LIVE coverage tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET with the men’s and pairs short program and NBC Sports will wrap up the coverage on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET with the ladies free skate. Calling the action from the Rose Garden Arena for NBC Sports and Universal Sports will be Terry Gannon, Andrea Joyce, Scott Hamilton and Tracy Wilson, with Peter Carruthers joining the Universal Sports broadcasts.
Vancouver 2010 Olympians Rachael Flatt, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett will lead the U.S. team as they compete against skaters from 14 different countries for points and prize money in the series. Along with Denney and Barrett, the pairs’ competition will feature the young Chinese duo Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who fell just short of the gold at Cup of China, and Russian duo Lubov Iliushechkina and Nodari Maisuradze who were the gold medalists at Skate Canada.
UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM will also provide event coverage, including highlights, interviews, news, photos and analysis.
Friday, November 12
Universal Sports
Pairs short program, men’s short program
10:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, November 13
Universal Sports
Ladies short program, short dance
5:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, November 13
Universal Sports
Men’s free skate
10:00 p.m.–12 Midnight ET
Saturday, November 13
Universal Sports
Pairs free skate
12:30 a.m.–2:00 a.m. ET
Sunday, November 14
Universal Sports
Free dance
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, November 14
NBC Sports
Ladies free skate
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET

The Grand Prix Series consists of six international events in a cumulative point-scoring format. Approximately 300 athletes from 30 countries are expected to participate in the series, and each athlete is eligible to score points in two of the six scheduled events. The top six point-earners in each the disciplines qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Beijing, China, from December 9-12. Athletes will compete for a total of more than $1.35 million in prize money throughout the series.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related sports programming on television and online. Universal Sports is available in more than 63 million homes, programming on television and online. Universal Sports is available in more than 63 million homes, including all of the nation’s top 10 DMAs: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Recent expansion includes launches in Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Denver, Portland, and Jacksonville. Go to UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM for a complete list of TV markets. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit UNIVERSALSPORTS.COM.

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