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U.S. Champs TV broadcasts to reach nearly 500 million homes

NBC, Universal Sports to highlight U.S. coverage of event

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(01/13/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Defending champions Alissa Czisny, Jeremy Abbott, Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White, along with World champion Evan Lysacek and Olympic silver medalists Sasha Cohen and ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, will take to the ice when NBC Sports and Universal Sports present live, high-definition coverage of the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships from Spokane, Wash., over the next two weeks.

Coverage of the event on broadcast and cable television will include 13 live hours of senior-level competition in ladies and men's singles, pairs and ice dancing. Seven hours are in primetime, including the two-hour Smucker's Skating Spectacular, which will be shown from 9-11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. A two-hour encore presentation of the best performances from the championships will air from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The championships will be carried on television in more than 125 countries and be available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide.

In addition to the extensive television coverage, live and on-demand coverage of every skater in every discipline will be available to Season Pass subscribers on icenetwork.com. Olympic medalist Peter Carruthers, Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and U.S. medalist Tonia Kwiatkowski will join the icenetwork.com announcing team in Spokane. For a complete listing of icenetwork.com broadcast times, visit www.icenetwork.com.

NBC's Olympic figure skating broadcast team of Bob Costas (host), Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Dick Button (analyst), Scott Hamilton (analyst), Sandra Bezic (analyst), Tracy Wilson (analyst) and Andrea Joyce (reporter) will be on hand for the championships in Spokane.

For the second year in a row, Universal Sports will cover the action from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships as part of a multiyear agreement between NBC Sports and U.S. Figure Skating.