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FIGURE SKATING -- THE READY-FOR-PRIME-TIME PLAYER
Published November 15, 1994
"Hot on the toe loops" of CBS' "Ice Wars" competition is NBC's "Gold Championship," a two-hour, live individual event this Saturday night from Edmonton. The event offers $1M in prize money. NBC has "not cranked up the publicity machine" but the prime-time slot, prize money and top competitors indicate that figure skating is "sought-after entertainment that can survive and thrive." Nancy Kerrigan is the only "Ice Wars" competitor who will not appear on the NBC show in some capacity. Paul Wylie and Kurt Browning will serve as analysts, and CBS analyst Scott Hamilton will trade the booth for blades. In New York, Richard Sandomir notes that NBC's re-run of last December's DuraSoft Colors World Professional Championships on Saturday received a 4.2 and CBS' Oksana Baiul TV movie got a 4.8. CBS will "keep the Zamboni rolling" with six events starting on Thanksgiving (N.Y. TIMES, 11/15).