Figure skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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Figure skating at the XI Winter Olympics
Champions
Men's singles:
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) Ondrej Nepela
Ladies' singles:
 Austria (AUT) Beatrix Schuba
Pair skating:
 Soviet Union (URS) Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov
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Figure skating was contested at the 1972 Winter Olympic Games . The competition took place at the Makomanai Skating Rink & Mikaho Indoor Skating Rink.

Results of both the men's and ladies' singles events were dominated by placements in the compulsory figures, which at this time were nominally worth 50% of the total score but in fact weighted more heavily than the free skating due to being judged using a wider range of marks.

In the men's event, Ondrej Nepela, the figures winner, took the gold in spite of placing only 4th in the free skate after falling on his triple loop jump. The free skate winner was Sergei Chetverukhin, who skated one of his best performances at this event to take the silver medal. Patrick Péra, second in the figures, had a poor free skate in which he fell on a triple salchow jump early in his program and then made other mistakes. Nonetheless the weight given to figures allowed him to take the bronze medal ahead of John Misha Petkevich, Kenneth Shelley, and Toller Cranston, who all skated dynamic programs with at least one cleanly landed triple jump apiece.

The effect of the figures was even more pronounced in the ladies' competition, where gold-medal winner Beatrix Schuba placed only 7th in the free skating, performing mostly single jumps. The free skate was won by Janet Lynn, who received a perfect mark of 6.0 in spite of falling on a flying sit spin. Lynn's skating captivated the Japanese audience, especially when she got up smiling from her fall. Lynn took the bronze while Karen Magnussen, second in the free skate with a strong performance, took the silver. The third-place skater in the free skate, Sonja Morgenstern, included a triple salchow in her program, which at this time was very rare for a female skater. She placed 6th overall.

The pairs competition was a tight battle between the two top Russian teams. Irina Rodnina and Alexei Ulanov did not skate their best, with Ulanov missing his required double salchow jump in the short program and Rodnina making an error in the jump combination at the beginning of their free skate. In the end they won a 6-3 decision over their teammates Liudmila Smirnova and Andrei Suraikin. The bronze-medal team of Manuela Groß and Uwe Kagelmann made no major errors and received the highest technical merit marks from some of the judges for their program. Their elements included a throw double axel which at this time was rarely attempted.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 1 2 0 3
2 Austria 1 0 0 1
Czechoslovakia 1 0 0 1
Canada 0 1 0 1
France 0 0 1 1
East Germany 0 0 1 1
United States 0 0 1 1

Results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Name Nation CF FS Points Places
1 Ondrej Nepela Czechoslovakia 1 4 2739.1 9
2 Sergei Chetverukhin Soviet Union 3 1 2672.4 20
3 Patrick Péra France 2 8 2653.1 28
4 Kenneth Shelley United States 5 3 2596.0 43
5 John Misha Petkevich United States 6 2 2591.5 47
6 Jan Hoffmann East Germany 4 10 2567.6 55
7 Haig Oundjian Great Britain 9 7 2538.8 65
8 Vladimir Kovalev Soviet Union 7 11 2521.6 80
9 Toller Cranston Canada 12 5 2517.2 80.5
10 John Curry Great Britain 8 12 2512.2 85
11 Gordon McKellen United States 10 9 2511.0 89
12 Yuri Ovchinnikov Soviet Union 15 6 2477.5 104.5
13 Didier Gailhaguet France 11 13 2440.9 114
14 Jacques Mrozek France 13 14 2401.3 126
15 Günter Anderl Austria 14 16 2313.6 138
16 Yutaka Higuchi Japan 16 15 2309.7 140
17 György Fazekas Romania 17 17 2094.0 153

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Ladies[edit]

Janet Lynn's first place in the free skate and Beatrix Schuba's seventh place created a controversy and would lead to the creation of the short program to move away from figures determining the winners. [1]

Rank Name Nation CF FS Points Places
1 Beatrix Schuba Austria 1 7 2751.5 9
2 Karen Magnussen Canada 3 2 2673.2 23
3 Janet Lynn United States 4 1 2663.1 27
4 Julie Lynn Holmes United States 2 8 2627.0 39
5 Zsuzsa Almássy Hungary 5 4 2592.4 47
6 Sonja Morgenstern East Germany 8 3 2579.4 53
7 Rita Trapanese Italy 6 6 2574.8 55
8 Christine Errath East Germany 11 5 2489.3 78
9 Charlotte Walter Switzerland 7 13 2467.3 86
10 Kazumi Yamashita Japan 10 10 2449.9 93
11 Jean Scott Great Britain 9 11 2436.8 101
12 Suna Murray United States 13 9 2426.2 102
13 Catherine Irwin Canada 12 12 2383.4 116
14 Isabelle de Navarre West Germany 16 14 2340.0 128
15 Anita Johansson Sweden 14 15 2349.3 131
16 Dianne de Leeuw Netherlands 15 16 2298.7 143
17 Sonja Balun Austria 17 17 2260.6 148
18 Marina Sanaya Soviet Union 19 18 2198.6 160
19 Myung-Su Chang South Korea 18 19 2117.0 171

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Pairs[edit]

Rank Name Nation SP FS Points Places
1 Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov Soviet Union 1 1 420.4 12
2 Liudmila Smirnova / Andrei Suraikin Soviet Union 2 2 419.4 15
3 Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann East Germany 3 3 411.8 29
4 JoJo Starbuck / Kenneth Shelley United States 4 4 406.8 35
5 Almut Lehmann / Herbert Wiesinger West Germany 5 6 399.8 52
6 Irina Cherniaeva / Vasili Blagov Soviet Union 6 5 399.1 52
7 Melissa Militano / Mark Militano United States 8 7 393.0 65.5
8 Annette Kansy / Axel Salzmann East Germany 7 8 392.6 68
9 Sandra Bezic / Val Bezic Canada 9 9 384.9 84
10 Corinna Halke / Eberhard Rausch West Germany 10 10 381.1 87
11 Grazyna Kostrzewinska / Adam Brodecki Poland 11 11 377.8 95.5
12 Barbara Brown / Douglas Berndt United States 12 13 366.9 114
13 Florence Cahn / Jean Roland Racle France 13 12 364.5 116
14 Linda Connolly / Colin Taylforth Great Britain 14 14 360.6 126
15 Mary Petrie / John Hubbell Canada 15 15 358.5 129
16 Kotoe Nagasawa / Hiroshi Nagakubo Japan 16 16 345.5 144

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