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Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular Airs Sunday
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Gymnastics and figure skating — the most-watched sports in the Summer and Winter Olympics respectively — collide with live musical guests in Sunday's broadcast of the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, which airs 1 to 3 p.m. EST on NBC.


Nastia Liukin performing at the Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

Olympic gymnastics champions Nastia Liukin, Catalina Ponor and Jordyn Wieber headline the gymnastics group, along with U.S. men's stars John Orozco, Steven Legendre, Brandon Wynn and Paul Ruggeri.

The annual show featured a special double performance from British superstar Beth Tweddle, a three-time Olympian. Tweddle, who won the 2013 edition of Dancing on Ice with partner Daniel Whiston, skated with Whiston and performed gymnastics during the show. The three-time world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist laced up her skates and tumbled despite a torn calf muscle. She is training to try to defend her title in the 2014 Stars on Ice, the popular British reality competition show. Tweddle, who announced her retirement from gymnastics this past summer, will partner with pro Lukasz Rozycki for the upcoming season.

Live musical guests are reigning American Idol champion Candice Glover, plus Disney stars Coco Jones and Lucas Grabeel.

The ice skating lineup features U.S. men's national champions Max Aaron (2013), Ryan Bradley (2011) and 2013 U.S. pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, along with Canadian favorites Elvis StojkoJoannie Rochette and Kurt Browning.

Event hosts are Olympic champions Nadia Comaneci, Kristi Yamaguchi and Bart Conner, along with three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss. Weiss' father, Greg Weiss, was a member of the U.S. gymnastics team at the 1964 Olympic Games in Rome.

Sunday's broadcast coincides with the beginning of the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston, which also serve as the U.S. trials to the upcoming Olympics. The XXII Olympic Winter Games take place Feb. 6-23 in Sochi, Russia.

The Russian-born Liukin, who is now a student at New York University, will serve as a cultural correspondent for NBC in Sochi.

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