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Reigning World Champion Patrick Chan leads Canada's gold medal hopefuls into Nice, France to take on the world's best

The best figure skaters in the world are coming exclusively to CBC beginning Tuesday, March 27, with more than eight hours of comprehensive daily coverage of the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships from Nice, France, and live broadcasts of the Men's and Women's Free Programs.

CBC Television launches its coverage of the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships on Tuesday, March 27 with coverage of the Preliminaries. The Pairs Short Program can be seen at 3 p.m. (local times, 3:30 NT) on CBC Television, followed by the Dance Short Program at 8 p.m. (NT) starting March 28. Please see full broadcast schedule below. In addition, CBC's digital channel bold and CBCSports.ca offer live daily coverage beginning every morning from March 28 to April 1.

Reigning World Champion Patrick Chan leads a strong Canadian team to the season-ending world championship event, which takes place March 27 to April 1. Among those joining the five-time Canadian champion are Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who are looking to reclaim the World Ice Dancing Champions title from their American training partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Rounding out the Canadian contingent are rising star Amélie Lacoste, pairs teams of Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford and Jessica Dubé/Sebastian Wolfe, men's single skater Kevin Reynolds and ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje along with Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill.

The Canadians will be taking on a field stacked with World Champions and Olympic Stars, including three-time world champion pairs team Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany and Olympic silver medalist and former world champion Mao Asada of Japan. Chan will be facing stiff competition from two-time world champion, 2009 and 2010, Daisuke Takahashi and 2011 world champion runner-up Takahiko Kozuka both of Japan.

CBC's award-winning sportscaster Scott Russell (@SportsWkndScott), of CBC Sports Weekend, hosts the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships broadcasts from Nice alongside Brenda Irving(@Sportswkndbrenda), providing play-by-play, and Canadian figure skating legends and analysts Tracy Wilson and Kurt Browning. P.J. Kwong handles play-by-play duties for the competition from start to finish on bold and CBCSports.ca. Kwong (@skatingpj) will also be tweeting throughout the broadcasts and will take part in online chats happening throughout the daily coverage on cbcsports.ca.

Figure skating fans can visit CBCSports.ca 24 hours a day, seven days a week for comprehensive coverage, including breaking news, in-depth reports, broadcast schedules and more.


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(Schedule subject to change)


CBC Television

March 27         3 p.m. local                  Preliminaries

March 28         3 p.m. local                  Pairs Short Program

                          8 p.m. local                  Dance Short Program

March 29        3 p.m. local                   Women's Short Program (MB - 1 p.m.-2 p.m. local)

                        8 p.m. local                   Women's Short & Dance Free Program

March 30       3 p.m. local                   Men's Short Program

                        8 p.m. local                   Men's Short & Pairs Free Program

March 31       12 p.m. ET Live            Men's Free Program

                        4 p.m. ET Live              Women's Free Program

April    1          8 p.m. local                  Gala


CBCSports.ca & bold

March 28        7 a.m.                          Pairs Short Program

                        12 p.m.                        Opening Ceremony & Dance Short Program

March 29        6:30 a.m.                    Women's Short Program

                        1 p.m.                           Dance Free Program

March 30        6:30 a.m.                     Men's Short Program

                        1:30 p.m.                     Pairs Free Program

March 31        7 a.m.                          Men's Free Program

                        12:30 p.m.                   Women's Free Program

April 1             8:15 a.m.                     Gala


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