Figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's singles

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Mens' singles
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
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Venue Palavela
Turin, Italy
Dates February 14, 2006
February 16, 2006
Competitors 30 from 22 nations
Winning score 258.33
Medalists
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal    Switzerland
Bronze medal    Canada
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Figure skating at the
2006 Winter Olympics
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Individual men ladies
Pairs mixed
Ice dancing mixed

Men's single skating was contested during the figure skating events at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

This individual event was structured in a similar manner to the pairs event, with a short program and a free skating. 30 skaters entered the short program, but only the top 24 competitors continued to the free skating.

The 2002 Olympic Champion Alexei Yagudin from Russia did not defend his title because he announced retirement in 2003. On the other hand, reigning World Champion Stéphane Lambiel from Switzerland did compete.

The clear favorite before the competition was three-time world champion Evgeni Plushenko, who withdrew from the 2005 World Championships due to injury. Reigning world champion Stéphane Lambiel was considered Plushenko's main competition for the gold. Other notable competitors coming into the event included Canadians Jeffrey Buttle (the reigning world silver medalist) and Emanuel Sandhu, France's Brian Joubert, Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, and the strong American team of Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek (reigning world bronze medalist), and Matt Savoie.

Short Program[edit]

The Men's short program took place on February 14. Plushenko took the early lead after the short program. He set a new personal best (also the world record) score with a massive 90.66 points, over 10 points ahead of Weir, who finished in second with 80.00 points. Lambiel doubled his planned triple Axel but still ended up in third place with a score of 79.04 points, less than a point behind Weir. Joubert was fourth in the short program with 77.77 points, followed by Takahashi and Buttle with 73.77 and 73.29 points respectively. Buttle and fellow Canadian Sandhu, who ranked seventh, both had trouble with their jumps, but their high program component scores kept them in contention for medals. Savoie had a solid skate to finish eighth, while teammate Lysacek fell on his triple Axel and doubled his triple flip to finish a disappointing tenth in this phase of the competition.

Free Skating[edit]

In the free skating, completed on February 16, Plushenko set another world record by garnering 167.67 points for his free program. He started his program off with quad-triple-double and had only one flaw, doubling his triple flip. He finished with the highest technical and program component scores of the night.

Despite struggling with his jumps in his free skating (completing no triple Axels), Lambiel's opening quad combination and exquisite spins kept him in second overall, though he finished only fourth in the free skating. Buttle's free skating, although marred by a fall on his quad attempt, had the second highest program components scores which helped to finish him second in the free skating and third overall. Joubert had a crowd-pleasing free skating but made several jump errors and finished a disappointing seventh in the free skating, sixth overall.

The Americans got off to a strong start in the free skating led by Lysacek. He skated his best free of the year and landed two triple Axels, getting 152.28 points. This was the third best free of the night and a huge improvement from his short, moving him up to fourth overall. Weir omitted his planned quad toe and only had one jump combination, which left him short on technical content and in sixth place in the free skating. Overall, he finished right behind Lysacek in fifth. Savoie had a solid skate with gorgeous transitions and jumps, though he doubled his two final planned triples to finish fifth in the free and seventh overall.

Takahashi skated fairly strongly in his free but was penalized in the marking for repeating too many jumps and underrotating others. He finished ninth in the free and eighth overall. Belgium's Kevin van der Perren made huge leaps in the free with 132.03 points and moving up from thirteenth in the short to ninth overall. Sandhu, on the other hand, fell apart in his free skating, falling twice and popping a couple of jumps. His high program component scores couldn't keep him in the top ten. He finished thirteenth overall.

That year made Jeffery Buttle the only non-European man on the podium.

Results[edit]

Short program[edit]

Pl. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CH IN Deduction StN
1 Plushenko, EvgeniEvgeni Plushenko Russia 90.66 49.69 40.97 8.29 7.82 8.29 8.25 8.32 0 #02
2 Weir, JohnnyJohnny Weir United States 80.00 40.99 39.01 7.86 7.64 7.79 7.79 7.93 0 #13
3 Lambiel, StéphaneStéphane Lambiel Switzerland 79.04 40.61 38.43 7.79 7.50 7.68 7.64 7.82 0 #11
4 Joubert, BrianBrian Joubert France 77.77 40.59 37.18 7.57 7.11 7.57 7.36 7.57 0 #23
5 Takahashi, DaisukeDaisuke Takahashi Japan 73.77 38.45 35.32 7.21 6.86 7.04 7.07 7.14 0 #01
6 Buttle, JeffreyJeffrey Buttle Canada 73.29 37.01 37.28 7.46 7.39 7.36 7.46 7.61 1 #05
7 Sandhu, EmanuelEmanuel Sandhu Canada 69.75 33.00 37.75 7.57 7.36 7.50 7.50 7.82 1 #30
8 Savoie, MatthewMatthew Savoie United States 69.15 35.22 33.93 6.89 6.68 6.79 6.75 6.82 0 #22
9 Chiper, GheorgheGheorghe Chiper Romania 67.66 37.12 30.54 6.29 5.82 6.14 6.04 6.25 0 #08
10 Lysacek, EvanEvan Lysacek United States 67.55 33.80 34.75 7.07 6.68 7.00 6.96 7.04 1 #26
11 Zhang, MinZhang Min China 67.39 36.29 31.10 6.50 5.93 6.21 6.21 6.25 0 #14
12 Sawyer, ShawnShawn Sawyer Canada 67.20 35.02 32.18 6.50 6.29 6.46 6.39 6.54 0 #03
13 Van Der Perren, KevinKevin Van Der Perren Belgium 65.36 33.50 32.86 6.61 6.36 6.68 6.50 6.71 1 #18
14 Davydov, SergeiSergei Davydov Belarus 64.65 35.58 29.07 6.04 5.61 5.82 5.71 5.89 0 #15
15 Dinev, IvanIvan Dinev Bulgaria 63.64 34.29 29.35 6.18 5.64 5.82 5.82 5.89 0 #06
16 Kovalevski, AntonAnton Kovalevski Ukraine 63.41 33.95 29.46 6.07 5.64 5.93 5.86 5.96 0 #21
17 Pfeifer, ViktorViktor Pfeifer Austria 62.17 34.28 27.89 5.71 5.43 5.61 5.50 5.64 0 #10
18 Klimkin, IliaIlia Klimkin Russia 61.61 29.90 31.71 6.57 6.21 6.29 6.32 6.32 0 #27
19 Dambier, FrédéricFrédéric Dambier France 61.17 30.48 31.69 6.54 6.11 6.29 6.32 6.43 1 #09
20 Lindemann, StefanStefan Lindemann Germany 60.52 27.94 32.58 6.68 6.36 6.43 6.57 6.54 0 #19
21 Li, ChengjiangLi Chengjiang China 60.23 30.55 30.68 6.46 6.00 6.04 6.14 6.04 1 #04
22 Verner, TomášTomáš Verner Czech Republic 59.71 30.25 29.46 6.04 5.64 5.89 5.89 6.00 0 #16
23 Berntsson, KristofferKristoffer Berntsson Sweden 59.55 31.34 28.21 5.89 5.43 5.57 5.61 5.71 0 #07
24 Toth, ZoltanZoltan Toth Hungary 55.07 29.67 25.40 5.29 4.86 5.07 5.00 5.18 0 #29
25 Zelenka, KarelKarel Zelenka Italy 53.46 27.96 26.50 5.50 5.11 5.32 5.25 5.32 1 #25
26 Zivanovic, TrifunTrifun Zivanovic Serbia and Montenegro 53.40 29.44 23.96 5.04 4.57 4.71 4.82 4.82 0 #12
27 Othman, JamalJamal Othman Switzerland 52.18 24.46 27.72 5.71 5.36 5.54 5.50 5.61 0 #17
28 Murvanidze, VakhtangVakhtang Murvanidze Georgia 49.68 24.32 26.36 5.50 5.00 5.29 5.21 5.36 1 #20
29 Urbas, GregorGregor Urbas Slovenia 46.48 20.28 26.20 5.46 5.07 5.25 5.21 5.21 0 #28
30 Han, Jong InHan Jong In North Korea 42.11 19.50 22.61 4.75 4.29 4.57 4.50 4.50 0 #24

Free skating[edit]

Pl. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CH IN Deduction StN
1 Plushenko, EvgeniEvgeni Plushenko Russia 167.67 85.25 82.42 8.46 7.75 8.39 8.18 8.43 0 #19
2 Buttle, JeffreyJeffrey Buttle Canada 154.30 76.80 78.50 7.79 7.75 7.82 7.89 8.00 1 #22
3 Lysacek, EvanEvan Lysacek United States 152.58 78.24 74.34 7.50 7.14 7.50 7.46 7.57 0 #13
4 Lambiel, StéphaneStéphane Lambiel Switzerland 152.17 76.89 76.28 7.75 7.39 7.54 7.64 7.82 1 #20
5 Savoie, MatthewMatthew Savoie United States 137.52 65.80 71.72 7.25 7.00 7.11 7.21 7.29 0 #14
6 Weir, JohnnyJohnny Weir United States 136.63 61.27 75.36 7.75 7.25 7.50 7.57 7.61 0 #21
7 Joubert, BrianBrian Joubert France 135.12 62.54 73.58 7.54 7.11 7.32 7.36 7.46 1 #23
8 Van Der Perren, KevinKevin Van Der Perren Belgium 132.03 66.01 66.02 6.75 6.36 6.68 6.54 6.68 0 #10
9 Takahashi, DaisukeDaisuke Takahashi Japan 131.12 58.82 73.30 7.54 7.14 7.25 7.36 7.36 1 #24
10 Klimkin, IliaIlia Klimkin Russia 130.19 65.97 65.22 6.75 6.29 6.50 6.57 6.50 1 #07
11 Zhang, MinZhang Min China 128.88 65.16 63.72 6.75 6.00 6.36 6.39 6.36 0 #17
12 Sawyer, ShawnShawn Sawyer Canada 123.63 55.13 68.50 6.89 6.71 6.86 6.86 6.93 0 #18
13 Li, ChengjiangLi Chengjiang China 121.98 66.04 56.94 6.25 5.39 5.68 5.54 5.61 1 #03
14 Sandhu, EmanuelEmanuel Sandhu Canada 120.49 52.27 70.22 7.21 6.86 6.82 7.11 7.11 2 #16
15 Verner, TomášTomáš Verner Czech Republic 120.36 63.14 57.22 5.96 5.50 5.68 5.68 5.79 0 #01
16 Davydov, SergeiSergei Davydov Belarus 119.94 59.00 60.94 6.36 5.68 6.11 6.18 6.14 0 #09
17 Chiper, GheorgheGheorghe Chiper Romania 118.53 54.23 64.30 6.61 6.25 6.36 6.43 6.50 0 #15
18 Dinev, IvanIvan Dinev Bulgaria 116.47 57.97 58.50 6.14 5.57 5.79 5.86 5.89 0 #12
19 Dambier, FrédéricFrédéric Dambier France 116.42 55.92 62.50 6.39 6.11 6.07 6.36 6.32 2 #06
20 Lindemann, StefanStefan Lindemann Germany 112.05 51.05 62.00 6.43 5.96 6.11 6.25 6.25 1 #02
21 Kovalevski, AntonAnton Kovalevski Ukraine 109.43 53.93 57.50 6.00 5.57 5.61 5.82 5.75 2 #11
22 Berntsson, KristofferKristoffer Berntsson Sweden 102.40 48.32 56.08 5.75 5.50 5.50 5.68 5.61 2 #04
23 Pfeifer, ViktorViktor Pfeifer Austria 101.70 45.26 57.44 5.79 5.57 5.75 5.79 5.82 1 #08
24 Toth, ZoltanZoltan Toth Hungary 90.40 42.20 50.20 5.14 4.89 4.96 5.04 5.07 2 #05

Final standings[edit]

Rank Name Nation Total Points SP FS
1 Plushenko, EvgeniEvgeni Plushenko Russia 258.33 1 90.66 1 167.67
2 Lambiel, StéphaneStéphane Lambiel Switzerland 231.21 3 79.04 4 152.17
3 Buttle, JeffreyJeffrey Buttle Canada 227.59 6 73.29 2 154.30
4 Lysacek, EvanEvan Lysacek United States 220.13 10 67.55 3 152.58
5 Weir, JohnnyJohnny Weir United States 216.63 2 80.00 6 136.63
6 Joubert, BrianBrian Joubert France 212.89 4 77.77 7 135.12
7 Savoie, MatthewMatthew Savoie United States 206.67 8 69.15 5 137.52
8 Takahashi, DaisukeDaisuke Takahashi Japan 204.89 5 73.77 9 131.12
9 van der Perren, KevinKevin van der Perren Belgium 197.39 13 65.36 8 132.03
10 Zhang, MinZhang Min China 196.27 11 67.39 11 128.88
11 Klimkin, IliaIlia Klimkin Russia 191.80 18 61.61 10 130.19
12 Sawyer, ShawnShawn Sawyer Canada 190.83 12 67.20 12 123.63
13 Sandhu, EmanuelEmanuel Sandhu Canada 190.24 7 69.75 14 120.49
14 Chiper, GheorgheGheorghe Chiper Romania 186.19 9 67.66 17 118.53
15 Davydov, SergeiSergei Davydov Belarus 184.59 14 64.65 16 119.94
16 Li, ChengjiangLi Chengjiang China 182.21 21 60.23 13 121.98
17 Dinev, IvanIvan Dinev Bulgaria 180.11 15 63.64 18 116.47
18 Verner, TomášTomáš Verner Czech Republic 180.07 22 59.71 15 120.36
19 Dambier, FrédéricFrédéric Dambier France 177.59 19 61.17 19 116.42
20 Kovalevski, AntonAnton Kovalevski Ukraine 172.84 16 63.41 21 109.43
21 Lindemann, StefanStefan Lindemann Germany 172.57 20 60.52 20 112.05
22 Pfeifer, ViktorViktor Pfeifer Austria 163.87 17 62.17 23 101.70
23 Berntsson, KristofferKristoffer Berntsson Sweden 161.95 23 59.55 22 102.40
24 Tóth, ZoltánZoltán Tóth Hungary 145.47 24 55.07 24 90.40
Did not advance to free skating
25 Zelenka, KarelKarel Zelenka Italy 25 53.46
26 Zivanovic, TrifunTrifun Zivanovic Serbia and Montenegro 26 53.40
27 Othman, JamalJamal Othman Switzerland 27 52.18
28 Murvanidze, VakhtangVakhtang Murvanidze Georgia 28 49.68
29 Urbas, GregorGregor Urbas Slovenia 29 46.48
30 Han, Jong InHan Jong In North Korea 30 42.11

Referee:

Technical Controller:

Technical Specialist:

Assistant Technical Specialist:

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