U.S. Figure Skating 100th anniversary special to air on NBC
A two-hour special marking the 100th anniversary of US figure skating will air on Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. ET.
NBC Sports analysts and national champions Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will relive the top performances of the US championships of the past decade, interviewing skaters like Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Nathan Chen, Gracie Gold and Mariah Bell.
In 1921, the United States Figure Skating Association - now known as US Figure Skating - was founded to rule the sport and promote its growth nationwide. Thirteen years earlier, the sport made its debut at the Summer Olympics. The Winter Games debuted in 1924.
The US championships first took place in 1914 and were held annually from 1920.
More than 100 years of national competition have spawned legends of the sport. Especially since World War II: the seven-time American master Dick Button, the nine-time champion Michelle Kwan, the five-time pair masters Karol Kennedy and Peter Kennedy as well as Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner and the six-time ice dance champions Davis and White.
Over the past decade, the limelight has shifted from Davis and White to Gold and Ashley Wagner to Chen, who over the next month tries to become the first man to win five straight national titles since Button in the 1940s and 1950s.
A full schedule for the 2021 US Figure Skating Championships is here.
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The 100th Anniversary of US Figure Skating, which aired on NBC, originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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