Update: Bradie Tennell scored 64.01 in her short program skate Tuesday.
The Winter Olympics ladies’ figure skating competition begins Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Pyeongchang), and you won’t have to wait long to see the first competitor representing the United States. Bradie Tennell is scheduled to be the first skater in the short program’s first group with an 8:08 p.m. ET start time. NBC and NBCSN will both televise portions of the event, and you can live stream the ladies’ event from start to finish as well. (You’ll just miss out on Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s commentary with the live stream.)
The other two American figure skaters to perform are both in the fourth group. Mirai Nagasu is slated to begin her program at 10:52 p.m., and Karen Chen is scheduled for 11:05 p.m.
This will be Tennell’s second competition of the 2018 games. Skating in the team competition’s short program, she finished fifth with a 68.94 score. She earned a bronze medal as part of that team.
Tennell qualified for the Olympics by winning the U.S. championship in January, and since then, the name “Cinderella” keeps coming up. At the time, Tennell was not thought to figure into the USA’s Olympic plans for 2018. Four years down the line was more the plan. Yet with her free skate set to the music of Cinderella, that’s just what Tennell became.
Via Ice Network, Tennell said:
“I always loved Cinderella since I was two years old,” said Bradie Tennell, who captured gold Friday night at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. “At three, my mom made me a Halloween costume, a Cinderella dress. When the movie came out I probably watched it 10 times. It never gets old. I actually watched it on the plane here.”
Tuesday, we’ll see if Tennell’s Cinderella story can continue in the Olympics.
How to watch Bradie Tennell in the ladies’ figure skating short program
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET, Tuesday
TV: NBCSN (possibly NBC as well)
Online: Live stream