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

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Men's singles
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Figure skating pictogram.svg
Figure skating pictogram
VenuePalavela
Turin, Italy
DatesFebruary 14, 2006
February 16, 2006
Competitors30 from 22 nations
Winning score258.33
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Evgeni Plushenko  Russia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stéphane Lambiel  Switzerland
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jeffrey Buttle  Canada
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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 skating. 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 StN
1 Evgeni Plushenko  Russia 90.66 49.69 40.97 8.29 7.82 8.29 8.25 8.32 0 #02
2 Johnny Weir  United States 80.00 40.99 39.01 7.86 7.64 7.79 7.79 7.93 0 #13
3 Stéphane Lambiel  Switzerland 79.04 40.61 38.43 7.79 7.50 7.68 7.64 7.82 0 #11
4 Brian Joubert  France 77.77 40.59 37.18 7.57 7.11 7.57 7.36 7.57 0 #23
5 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan 73.77 38.45 35.32 7.21 6.86 7.04 7.07 7.14 0 #01
6 Jeffrey Buttle  Canada 73.29 37.01 37.28 7.46 7.39 7.36 7.46 7.61 1 #05
7 Emanuel Sandhu  Canada 69.75 33.00 37.75 7.57 7.36 7.50 7.50 7.82 1 #30
8 Matthew Savoie  United States 69.15 35.22 33.93 6.89 6.68 6.79 6.75 6.82 0 #22
9 Gheorghe Chiper  Romania 67.66 37.12 30.54 6.29 5.82 6.14 6.04 6.25 0 #08
10 Evan Lysacek  United States 67.55 33.80 34.75 7.07 6.68 7.00 6.96 7.04 1 #26
11 Zhang Min  China 67.39 36.29 31.10 6.50 5.93 6.21 6.21 6.25 0 #14
12 Shawn Sawyer  Canada 67.20 35.02 32.18 6.50 6.29 6.46 6.39 6.54 0 #03
13 Kevin Van Der Perren  Belgium 65.36 33.50 32.86 6.61 6.36 6.68 6.50 6.71 1 #18
14 Sergei Davydov  Belarus 64.65 35.58 29.07 6.04 5.61 5.82 5.71 5.89 0 #15
15 Ivan Dinev  Bulgaria 63.64 34.29 29.35 6.18 5.64 5.82 5.82 5.89 0 #06
16 Anton Kovalevski  Ukraine 63.41 33.95 29.46 6.07 5.64 5.93 5.86 5.96 0 #21
17 Viktor Pfeifer  Austria 62.17 34.28 27.89 5.71 5.43 5.61 5.50 5.64 0 #10
18 Ilia Klimkin  Russia 61.61 29.90 31.71 6.57 6.21 6.29 6.32 6.32 0 #27
19 Frédéric Dambier  France 61.17 30.48 31.69 6.54 6.11 6.29 6.32 6.43 1 #09
20 Stefan Lindemann  Germany 60.52 27.94 32.58 6.68 6.36 6.43 6.57 6.54 0 #19
21 Li Chengjiang  China 60.23 30.55 30.68 6.46 6.00 6.04 6.14 6.04 1 #04
22 Tomáš Verner  Czech Republic 59.71 30.25 29.46 6.04 5.64 5.89 5.89 6.00 0 #16
23 Kristoffer Berntsson  Sweden 59.55 31.34 28.21 5.89 5.43 5.57 5.61 5.71 0 #07
24 Zoltán Tóth  Hungary 55.07 29.67 25.40 5.29 4.86 5.07 5.00 5.18 0 #29
25 Karel Zelenka  Italy 53.46 27.96 26.50 5.50 5.11 5.32 5.25 5.32 1 #25
26 Trifun Zivanovic  Serbia and Montenegro 53.40 29.44 23.96 5.04 4.57 4.71 4.82 4.82 0 #12
27 Jamal Othman  Switzerland 52.18 24.46 27.72 5.71 5.36 5.54 5.50 5.61 0 #17
28 Vakhtang Murvanidze  Georgia 49.68 24.32 26.36 5.50 5.00 5.29 5.21 5.36 1 #20
29 Gregor Urbas  Slovenia 46.48 20.28 26.20 5.46 5.07 5.25 5.21 5.21 0 #28
30 Han 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 StN
1 Evgeni Plushenko  Russia 167.67 85.25 82.42 8.46 7.75 8.39 8.18 8.43 0 #19
2 Jeffrey Buttle  Canada 154.30 76.80 78.50 7.79 7.75 7.82 7.89 8.00 1 #22
3 Evan Lysacek  United States 152.58 78.24 74.34 7.50 7.14 7.50 7.46 7.57 0 #13
4 Stéphane Lambiel  Switzerland 152.17 76.89 76.28 7.75 7.39 7.54 7.64 7.82 1 #20
5 Matthew Savoie  United States 137.52 65.80 71.72 7.25 7.00 7.11 7.21 7.29 0 #14
6 Johnny Weir  United States 136.63 61.27 75.36 7.75 7.25 7.50 7.57 7.61 0 #21
7 Brian Joubert  France 135.12 62.54 73.58 7.54 7.11 7.32 7.36 7.46 1 #23
8 Kevin Van Der Perren  Belgium 132.03 66.01 66.02 6.75 6.36 6.68 6.54 6.68 0 #10
9 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan 131.12 58.82 73.30 7.54 7.14 7.25 7.36 7.36 1 #24
10 Ilia Klimkin  Russia 130.19 65.97 65.22 6.75 6.29 6.50 6.57 6.50 1 #07
11 Zhang Min  China 128.88 65.16 63.72 6.75 6.00 6.36 6.39 6.36 0 #17
12 Shawn Sawyer  Canada 123.63 55.13 68.50 6.89 6.71 6.86 6.86 6.93 0 #18
13 Li Chengjiang  China 121.98 66.04 56.94 6.25 5.39 5.68 5.54 5.61 1 #03
14 Emanuel Sandhu  Canada 120.49 52.27 70.22 7.21 6.86 6.82 7.11 7.11 2 #16
15 Tomáš Verner  Czech Republic 120.36 63.14 57.22 5.96 5.50 5.68 5.68 5.79 0 #01
16 Sergei Davydov  Belarus 119.94 59.00 60.94 6.36 5.68 6.11 6.18 6.14 0 #09
17 Gheorghe Chiper  Romania 118.53 54.23 64.30 6.61 6.25 6.36 6.43 6.50 0 #15
18 Ivan Dinev  Bulgaria 116.47 57.97 58.50 6.14 5.57 5.79 5.86 5.89 0 #12
19 Frédéric Dambier  France 116.42 55.92 62.50 6.39 6.11 6.07 6.36 6.32 2 #06
20 Stefan Lindemann  Germany 112.05 51.05 62.00 6.43 5.96 6.11 6.25 6.25 1 #02
21 Anton Kovalevski  Ukraine 109.43 53.93 57.50 6.00 5.57 5.61 5.82 5.75 2 #11
22 Kristoffer Berntsson  Sweden 102.40 48.32 56.08 5.75 5.50 5.50 5.68 5.61 2 #04
23 Viktor Pfeifer  Austria 101.70 45.26 57.44 5.79 5.57 5.75 5.79 5.82 1 #08
24 Zoltán Tóth  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 Evgeni Plushenko  Russia 258.33 1 90.66 1 167.67
2 Stéphane Lambiel  Switzerland 231.21 3 79.04 4 152.17
3 Jeffrey Buttle  Canada 227.59 6 73.29 2 154.30
4 Evan Lysacek  United States 220.13 10 67.55 3 152.58
5 Johnny Weir  United States 216.63 2 80.00 6 136.63
6 Brian Joubert  France 212.89 4 77.77 7 135.12
7 Matthew Savoie  United States 206.67 8 69.15 5 137.52
8 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan 204.89 5 73.77 9 131.12
9 Kevin van der Perren  Belgium 197.39 13 65.36 8 132.03
10 Zhang Min  China 196.27 11 67.39 11 128.88
11 Ilia Klimkin  Russia 191.80 18 61.61 10 130.19
12 Shawn Sawyer  Canada 190.83 12 67.20 12 123.63
13 Emanuel Sandhu  Canada 190.24 7 69.75 14 120.49
14 Gheorghe Chiper  Romania 186.19 9 67.66 17 118.53
15 Sergei Davydov  Belarus 184.59 14 64.65 16 119.94
16 Li Chengjiang  China 182.21 21 60.23 13 121.98
17 Ivan Dinev  Bulgaria 180.11 15 63.64 18 116.47
18 Tomáš Verner  Czech Republic 180.07 22 59.71 15 120.36
19 Frédéric Dambier  France 177.59 19 61.17 19 116.42
20 Anton Kovalevski  Ukraine 172.84 16 63.41 21 109.43
21 Stefan Lindemann  Germany 172.57 20 60.52 20 112.05
22 Viktor Pfeifer  Austria 163.87 17 62.17 23 101.70
23 Kristoffer Berntsson  Sweden 161.95 23 59.55 22 102.40
24 Zoltán Tóth  Hungary 145.47 24 55.07 24 90.40
Did not advance to free skating
25 Karel Zelenka  Italy 25 53.46
26 Trifun Zivanovic  Serbia and Montenegro 26 53.40
27 Jamal Othman  Switzerland 27 52.18
28 Vakhtang Murvanidze  Georgia 28 49.68
29 Gregor Urbas  Slovenia 29 46.48
30 Han Jong-in  North Korea 30 42.11

Referee:

Technical Controller:

Technical Specialist:

Assistant Technical Specialist:

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