The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron entered the Olympic ice dancing competition as the heavy favorite for gold, and they did not disappoint in the rhythm dance on Saturday. Now they will look to follow up on that performance, which has them in first place heading into the final day of competition in Beijing.
Scores in the decisive free dance competition will be added to scores from the rhythm dance to determine the medal winners. On Saturday, Papadakis and Cizeron scored 90.83 points, topping their world record in the rhythm dance and giving them a lead of nearly 2 points over their closest competitors.
When is the free dance?
The competition will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday local time in Beijing, which is 8:15 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday.
Yes, that means it begins during the Super Bowl. But the most highly anticipated dancers will perform near the end of the program, so you can still watch the strongest medal contenders after the football is over.
How can I watch it?
In the United States, the first teams to perform will be shown live on USA Network. NBC expects to broadcast the final group of teams, which includes the medal contenders, after the Super Bowl at about 10:50 p.m. Eastern. (This is the first time that the Super Bowl has overlapped with the Olympics.) The entire event can be streamed on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.
Who is skating?
The closest challengers to the French team are Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia, but right behind them are two American teams: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, currently in third place; and Madison Chock and Evan Bates in fourth.
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