Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion Tarn Lipinski, who recently had two abscessed teeth pulled, pulled herself out of the competition in Minneapolis. Compatriot Tonia Kwiatkowski will replace Lipinski and bid to become the seventh skater to win the worlds in as many years. Among the men expected to compete in tonight's free skate, look for the U.S.'s Todd Eldredge, a disappointing fourth in Japan, to be primed for battle against gold medalist Ilia Kulik of Russia.
?ABC, 8 PM; SATURDAY, 8 PM (LADIES' FREE SKATE)
ALL TIMES EASTERN, SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE