Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics
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at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
|Dates||February 14–27, 2010|
|Competitors||146 from 31 nations|
|Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics
The figure skating competition of the 2010 Winter Olympics was held at Pacific Coliseum between February 14 and February 27, 2010. It was the 23rd edition of the figure skating event at the Olympics, and the 21st edition at the Winter Olympics.
Competition firsts and world records
- Overall, this was the first Olympic Winter Games since 1960, in which no European skater, pair, or dance team placed first. Instead, the gold medals went to skaters representing nations from the Four Continents.
- It was the first time after 1960 that a Russian, Soviet or Unified Team (CIS) flagged team did not win the pair skating gold medal. Instead, the Chinese team of Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo won. They were the first Chinese skaters in any figure skating discipline to win an Olympic gold.
- For the first time since 1964, no U.S. woman won any solo figure skating medals.
- At the pair skating event the team of Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo (CHN) set a new world record for the short program of 76.66 points. They then set a new world record for the overall combined score of 216.57 points. The team of Pang Qing & Tong Jian (CHN) set a new world record for the free skate with a score of 141.81 points.
- Canadians Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir became the first North American team to win the ice dancing title, ending Europe's 34-year streak. Ice dance was introduced into the Winter Games in 1976, and all but two gold medals had been won by Soviet/CIS/Russian pairs until 2010. Virtue and Moir were also the youngest skaters (aged 20 and 22 years of age, respectively) to win the title. The pair was also the first former World Junior Champion dance team to win the Olympic gold medal, the first pair to win the gold on an Olympic debut, and the first team to win the Olympic gold on home ice.
- Kim Yu-Na's gold medal at the ladies' event is South Korea's first medal at the Winter Olympics in a sport other than speed skating or short track.
- In the ladies' singles event, Kim Yu-Na (KOR) set a new World record of 78.50 for the short program. She also set a new world record of 150.06 points for the free skate and another world record for the combined total of 228.56 points.
- Mao Asada (JPN) became the first lady to land a triple axel in an Olympic short program and the first lady to land three triple axels in one competition.
|United States (USA)||1||1||0||2|
|4||South Korea (KOR)||1||0||0||1|
|| Evan Lysacek
United States (USA)
| Evgeni Plushenko
| Daisuke Takahashi
|| Kim Yu-Na
South Korea (KOR)
| Mao Asada
| Joannie Rochette
|| Shen Xue
and Zhao Hongbo
| Pang Qing
and Tong Jian
| Aliona Savchenko
and Robin Szolkowy
|| Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir
| Meryl Davis
and Charlie White
United States (USA)
| Oksana Domnina
and Maxim Shabalin
|Day||Date||Start Time||End Time||Event||Segment|
|Day 3||Sunday, February 14||16:30||19:55||Pairs||Short Program|
|Day 4||Monday, February 15||17:00||20:55||Pairs||Free Skating|
|Day 5||Tuesday, February 16||16:15||20:45||Men||Short Program|
|Day 7||Thursday, February 18||17:00||21:05||Men||Free Skating|
|Day 8||Friday, February 19||16:45||20:05||Ice Dancing||Compulsory Dance|
|Day 10||Sunday, February 21||16:15||19:45||Ice Dancing||Original Dance|
|Day 11||Monday, February 22||16:45||20:55||Ice Dancing||Free Dance|
|Day 12||Tuesday, February 23||16:30||21:00||Ladies||Short Program|
|Day 14||Thursday, February 25||17:00||20:55||Ladies||Free Skating|
|Day 16||Saturday, February 27||16:30||19:00||Exhibition Gala|
Skaters must be older than fifteen as of July 1, 2009 and must be a citizen of the country they represent to be eligible for the Olympic Games. Unlike qualification rules for International Skating Union events, in the case of a pair or ice dancing team, both skaters must be citizens of the country they represent in competition. In addition, International Olympic Committee rules requires that at least three years have passed since the competitor last represented another country in competition.
There is no individual athlete qualification to the Olympics; the choice of which athlete(s) to send to the Games is at the discretion of each country's National Olympic Committee.
The number of entries for the figure skating events at the Olympic Games was limited by a quota set by the International Olympic Committee. There will be 30 skaters in the disciplines of ladies and men's singles, 20 pair teams, and 24 ice dancing teams.
Countries may qualify entries to the 2010 Winter Olympics in two ways. The host country, if it has not already qualified an entry in an event, is given one entry.
The majority of the country qualification occurred at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. At the World Championships, countries qualified up to 3 entries in each discipline. The number of multiple entries was the same as usual for the World Championships and countries who earned multiple spots to the Olympics also earned multiple spots to the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships.
Every discipline qualified separately.
The multiple spots qualification to the Olympics from the World Championships was as follows:
|Number of skaters/teams
entered at Worlds
|To earn 3 entries
to the Olympics
|To earn 2 entries
to the Olympics
|1||Place in the top 2||Place in the top 10|
|2||Total placement score is equal to or less than 13||Total placement score is equal to or less than 28|
|3||Top two placement score is equal to or less than 13||Top two placement score is equal to or less than 28|
Placement score did not directly correlate to the placement rank. In ice dancing, if a couple did not qualify to the original dance from the compulsories, they were assigned 20 points. If an ice dance couple did not qualify to the free dance, or if a singles skater or pair team did not qualify for the free skate, they were assigned 18 points. If a skater or team competed in the free skate or free dance and placed lower than 16, they were assigned 16 points. For those placing above 16th, the placement rank is the same as the placement score.
The results of the 2009 World Championships determined 83 total spots: 24 entries in each singles discipline, 16 in pairs, and 19 in ice dancing. The available spots were awarded going down the results list, with the multiple spots being awarded first.
The remainder of the spots were filled at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, held in the fall of 2009. Countries who have already earned an entry to the Olympics were not allowed to qualify more entries at this final qualifying competition.
If a country declined to use one or more of its spots, the vacated spot was awarded based on the results of the Nebelhorn Trophy.
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