The 2011 season of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating begins this weekend in Ontario, California. The ISU Grand Prix is one of the biggest winter sports series, with events in 6 countries (including two events in Canada this year). CBC, CTV, TSN and TSN2 will provide complete coverage of the 2011 ISU Grand Prix. For an in-depth preview, please see this article by the CBC’s Malcolm Kelly.
CTV and TSN will broadcast Skate Canada next weekend from Mississauga, while CBC Sports will broadcast the other 6 stops, including the Grand Prix Final from Quebec City in December.
The dean of amateur sports broadcasting in Canada, Brian Williams, will host CTV and TSN’s coverage of Skate Canada. The voice of figure skating in Canada, Rod Black, will call the action alongside Tracy Wilson. Sara Orlesky will report rinkside and backstage. Black, Wilson and Orlesky were all a part of CTV’s 2010 Olympics figure skating broadcast team.
Scott Russell will host CBC’s coverage. Brenda Irving, Kurt Browning and Tracy Wilson will handle play-by-play and analysis. Lori Nichol will also occasionally join CBC’s coverage to provide expert analysis.
The seven ISU Grand Prix events for 2011 are
Skate America in Ontario, California (October 21-23)
Skate Canada in Mississauga (October 28-30)
Cup of China in Shanghai (November 4-6)
NHK Trophy in Sapporo (November 11-13)
Trophée de France in Paris (November 18-20)
Cup of Russia in Moscow (November 25-27)
Grand Prix Final in Quebec City (December 8-11)
And here is the broadcast schedule for CBC, CTV and TSN.
Saturday 10/22, 2:00pm – Skate America: Dance Short & Men’s Free Skate – CBC
Sunday 10/23, 2:00pm – Skate America: Ladies Short, Pairs Short & Free Dance – CBC
Monday 10/24, 12:30am – Skate America: Pairs Free Skate & Ladies Free Skate – CBC
Friday 10/28, 2:00pm – Skate Canada: Ladies Short & Pairs Short – TSN
Friday 10/28, 7:30pm – Skate Canada: Men’s Short & Short Dance – TSN
Saturday 10/29, 2:00pm – Skate Canada: Ladies Free Skate – TSN2
Saturday 10/29, 4:00pm – Skate Canada: Pairs Free Skate – CTV
Saturday 10/29, 7:00pm – Skate Canada: Men’s Free Skate – CTV
Sunday 10/30, 4:00pm – Skate Canada: Free Dance – CTV
Saturday 11/5, 3:00pm – Cup of China: Dance, Ladies, Pairs & Men’s Free Skates – CBC
Saturday 11/12, 2:00pm – NHK Trophy: Dance, Pairs & Ladies Free Skates – CBC
Monday 11/14, 12:30am – NHK Trophy: Men’s Free Skate – CBC
Saturday 11/19, 1:00pm – Trophée de France: Men’s & Pairs Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 11/20, 2:00pm – Trophée de France: Ladies & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Saturday 11/26, 3:00pm – Cup of Russia: Ladies & Pairs Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 11/27, 2:00pm – Cup of Russia: Men’s & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Friday 12/9, 2:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Ladies Short & Dance Short – CBC
Saturday 12/10, 4:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Ladies & Men’s Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 12/11, 2:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Pairs & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Later in the season CTV will broadcast the Canadian Championships (in January), while CBC will broadcast the Four Continents (in February) and the World Championships (in March). I’ll publish those schedules after Christmas.