The 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships will kick off this week in Las Vegas at The Orleans Arena. Originally set to take place in San Jose, California, the competition was relocated to Las Vegas in the fall. Championship-level competition will take place from Jan. 14-17, with the junior-level competitors taking the ice from Jan. 20-21. The competition will feature more than 130 figure skaters vying for eight U.S. titles in the disciplines of ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance.
The 2021 U.S. Championships will serve as the final qualifying competition before U.S. Figure Skating names the 2021 U.S. World Figure Skating Team.
Live coverage of the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 14 (6-8 p.m.; 10 p.m. - midnight ET) with the pairs and ladies’ short programs on NBCSN. On Friday, Jan. 15, the rhythm dance will be televised live on NBCSN (4-6 p.m. ET), and the ladies free skate will air live on NBC (8-11 p.m. ET). On Saturday, Jan. 16, the men’s short program will be broadcast live on NBC (4-6 p.m. ET), and the free dance and pairs free skate will be live on NBCSN (9 p.m. – midnight ET). Live coverage of the U.S. Championships will conclude on Sunday, Jan. 17 on NBC with the men’s free skate (3:30-6 p.m. ET).
The Skating Spectacular will air on NBC from 1-3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14. Additionally, a show featuring the free dance competition will air on Sunday, Jan. 24 from 5-6 p.m., and a U.S. Figure Skating “Best-Of” show will air on Sunday, Jan. 31 on NBC from noon – 2 p.m. ET.
Terry Gannon will handle play-by-play responsibilities throughout the competition on NBC and NBCSN, and will be joined by 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir who will commentate on the ladies, men’s and pairs competitions. 2006 Olympic silver medalist Tanith White will also be on the call for the ice dance segments and reporter Andrea Joyce will join the broadcast team backstage. Weir was also recently announced as a 2021 inductee to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
In addition to coverage on NBC and NBCSN, fans can watch every skater in both the Championship-level and junior-level events live on Peacock Premium. The Practice Cam will also be available for fans to watch Championship-level warm-ups and official practices (beginning on Jan. 13) live on Peacock Premium.
This event marks the first time that Las Vegas has played host to the U.S. Championships. The Orleans Arena has previously hosted Skate America the last two consecutive years (2019-20). After relocating the 2021 U.S. Championships to Las Vegas, U.S. Figure Skating announced that San Jose will be the host city for the 2023 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
U.S. Figure Skating successfully staged 2020 Guaranteed Rate Skate America in a bubble-type environment at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in October. For the U.S. Championships, U.S. Figure Skating will use an operational plan which has been approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. As with Skate America, no spectators will be permitted, though fans will be able to watch extensive coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Peacock Premium.
The 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships is part of the 2021 Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. The champions series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.
U.S. Figure Skating has launched the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships Virtual Fan Experience to help fans feel close to the action from home. The site offers everything U.S. Championships, including Live Scoring presented by HomeLight, the full event schedule presented by Toyota, the event program, fantasy skating presented by Xfinity, and Home Ice presented by HomeLight, which offers recipes from past and present Team USA skaters that fans can create from the comfort of their own home. Once the competition starts, fans can also get an inside look at the fan cutouts with the Fan Cam presented by GEICO.
2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships
NBC and NBCSN Broadcast Schedule
All times Eastern, subject to change, check local listing
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Pairs Short Program | 6 – 8 p.m. | NBCSN (Live)
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Ladies Short Program | 10 p.m. – Midnight | NBCSN (Live)
Fri., Jan. 15 | Rhythm Dance | 4 – 6 p.m. | NBCSN (Live)
Fri., Jan. 15 | Ladies Free Skate | 8 – 11 p.m. | NBC (Live)
Sat., Jan. 16 | Men’s Short Program | 4 – 6 p.m. | NBC (Live)**
Sat., Jan. 16 | Free Dance / Pairs Free Skate | 9 p.m. – Midnight | NBCSN (Live)
Sun., Jan. 17 | Men’s Free Skate | 3:30 – 6 p.m. | NBC (Live)**
Sun., Jan. 24 | Free Dance | 5 – 6 p.m. | NBC
Sun., Jan. 31 | Best of the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships | Noon – 2 p.m. | NBC
Sun., Feb. 14 | U.S. Championships Skating Spectacular | 1 – 3 p.m. | NBC
**The men’s short program and free skate programming details are subject to change.
2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Competition Streaming Schedule
All times Eastern, subject to change, all events live
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Pairs Short Program | 5:58 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Ladies Short Program | 9:12 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15 | Rhythm Dance | 3:58 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15 | Ladies Free Skate | 7:52 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Men's Short Program | 3:11 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Pairs Free Skate (First Group) | 7:01 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Free Dance (First Group) | 7:58 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Pairs Free Skate (Final Group) | 8:55 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Free Dance (Final Group) | 10:28 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17 | Men's Free Skate | 2:51 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Pairs Short Program | 3:55 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Ladies Short Program | 6 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Rhythm Dance | 7:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Men's Short Program | 10 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Pairs Free Skate | 3:55 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Ladies Free Skate | 6 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Free Dance | 7:59 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Men's Free Skate | 9:56 p.m.
A full colored schedule, including official practices and warm-ups, can be found here. (The Practice Cam will begin on Jan. 13)