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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Friday Olympics on TV: High stakes on ice skates

Coming into the Sochi Games, Canadian Patrick Chan - a three-time world champion - was the favorite to win the gold medal in men's figure skating.

That thinking has changed, however, The new favorite might be 19-year-old Japanese skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who turned in a magnificent short-program performance to finish first in that part of the team competition.

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Chan is still among the top contenders, however. And his chances were no doubt boosted when 2006 gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko, who helped Russia win the team gold last week, was forced to drop out because of an injury.

You can catch the competition live on NBCSN during the day or tape-delayed in NBC's primetime show.

NBC DAYTIME • 2-4 p.m., Ch. 5: Women's biathlon/15km individual gold medal final; women's freestyle skiing/aerials

NBC PRIMETIME • 7-10:30 p.m., Ch. 5: Men's figure skating/gold medal final; men's alpine skiing/super combined gold medal final; women's freestyle skiing/aerials gold medal final; women's skeleton/gold medal final runs

NBC LATE NIGHT • 11:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., Ch. 5: Men's ski jumping/individual K-125 large hill competition; men's skeleton

• 12:05- 3:30 a.m.: Repeat of NBC primetime

NBCSN • 5:30-8 a.m.: Men's hockey/Sweden vs. Switzerland (live)

• 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Men's figure skating/gold medal final

• 12:15-1 p.m.: Men's ski jumping/individual K-125 large hill competition

• 1-3 p.m.: Hockey repeat3-5 p.m.: Hockey/game of the day

• 1-3:30 a.m. (early Saturday): Men's hockey/Slovakia vs. Slovenia (live)

• 3:30-5 a.m. (early Saturday): Women's cross-country skiing/4x5km relay gold medal final (live)

MSNBC • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Men's hockey/Finland vs. Norway (live)

• 1-3:30 a.m. (early Saturday): Women's hockey/quarterfinal

• 3:30-5:30 a.m. (early Saturday): Women's curling/Canada vs. Japan

USA • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Men's hockey/Austria vs. Canada (live)



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