After a world-record efficiency within the males’s brief program, the American Nathan Chen will try to deal with his lead and seize his first Olympic gold medal in determine skating’s person festival, whilst his rival, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, has his eyes set on a comeback and a work of historical past through touchdown the primary quadruple axel in festival.
Chen’s brief program ranking, 113.97, has him conveniently forward of the sphere heading into the unfastened skate on Thursday morning in Beijing (Wednesday night time in america). The medal winners are decided through including rankings in combination for the fast program and the unfastened skate, sometimes called the lengthy program.
Right here’s methods to watch.
What time does it start?
The unfastened skate festival will get started at 8:30 p.m. Japanese on Wednesday, or 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in Beijing.
How do I watch in america?
NBC will elevate the development live to tell the tale tv and on Peacock, its streaming carrier.
What order will the skaters compete in?
The 24 skaters will carry out so as in their brief program ranking, lowest to very best, so Chen will probably be ultimate to skate. That may most definitely occur after nighttime at the East Coast.
Who’re the skaters to look at?
Chen has ruled the game since his disappointing efficiency in 2018, when a depressing brief program left him a long way in need of the medal stand. Hanyu received Olympic gold in 2014 and 2018, and was once a few of the best medal contenders heading into Monday’s brief program.
However Hanyu pulled out of a bounce right through his regimen on Tuesday, completing in a disappointing 8th position, just about 19 issues at the back of Chen. Nonetheless, his efficiency within the unfastened skate is among the maximum extremely expected of the Olympics as he’s anticipated to check out a quadruple axel, a feat by no means landed in festival.
Different medal contenders come with a couple of Eastern skaters, Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, who positioned 2d and 3rd within the brief program. Jason Brown, an American fan favourite, isn’t a long way at the back of in 6th position.