Those who didn’t get enough figure skating during the Winter Olympics last month are in luck, as the best in the world are in Milan this week for the 2018 World Championships.
In the United States, coverage (both live and delayed) will be on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Network (you can find the complete schedule of events and TV listings here). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of both of these channels on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV: Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Network are both included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch both channels live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live television channels, including both Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Network. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Olympic Channel or NBC on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: NBC Sports Network is included in all four channel packages, while Olympic Channel is in the “Go Big” and “Gotta Have It” bundles. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can then watch NBC or Olympic Channel live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Note: In addition to being able to watch Olympic Channel and NBC live via the above streaming services, you can also watch on your computer via NBCSports.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. You’ll need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can use your Hulu, DirecTV Now, FuboTV or Sling TV credentials to do that.
For Nathan Chen, he doesn’t have to wait long for redemption. Landing an Olympic record six quads, five cleanly, during his free skate in the Olympics last month was certainly an unbelievable achievement, but there’s no doubt he left Pyeongchang disappointed after finishing fifth overall due to an uncharacteristic short program.
Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez, the Olympic gold and bronze medalists, won’t be in Milan this week, but Chen will see plenty of competition from Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno, China’s Boyang Jin and fellow American Vincent Zhou. Still, if the 18-year-old American puts together a pair of clean performances, he should no doubt leave Italy with his first World Championships gold medal.
Over on the women’s side, the epic Russian rivalry between Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva wont’ be renewed, as the latter withdrew due to injury. But the 15-year-old Zagitova is back after winning gold in Pyeongchang, and she is a very strong favorite to become the youngest world champion since Tara Lipinski. Her biggest challenges will likely come from Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Italy’s Carolina Kostner, who have won the last two Olympic bronze medals.
The United States’ ladies team will consist of Bradie Tennell, Mirau Nagasu and Mariah Bell. Nagasu and Tennell finished 9th and 11th, respectively, at last month’s Olympics, while Bell finished 12th at last year’s World Championships.