Five For Friday: Figure Skating

By Paul D. Bowker | April 21, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Madison Chock and Evan Bates perform their free dance at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 17, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.


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Olympians Ashley Wagner, Jason Brown, Madison Chock and Evan Bates are among eight U.S. skaters competing this week in Tokyo at the ISU World Team Trophy.

Each skater and team receives points in the short and free programs. Total points for each nation are accumulated over the four disciplines to determine the winning teams.

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U.S. skaters have medaled in all four previous World Team Trophy competitions, including three gold medals, and won a bronze medal in the Olympic debut of the figure skating team event at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Wagner, who finished seventh at the recent world championships, and Karen Chen, the fourth-place finisher, will skate in the women’s competition. The free skate is Saturday.

Nathan Chen, who finished sixth at worlds, and Brown, who finished seventh, are in the men’s competition. Their free skate is Friday.

Chock and Bates, who won the short dance on Thursday, will finish up with the free dance Friday.

Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, who finished third in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in their first season of skating together, are in pairs.

TV: 2 p.m. ET Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Network

Webcast: 3 a.m. ET Friday, 2:15 a.m. Saturday,

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.