Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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Figure Skating
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Figure skating pictogram.svg
VenuePacific Coliseum
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Dates14–27 February 2010
Competitors146 from 31 nations
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Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics was held at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The events took place between 14–27 February 2010.

Qualification[edit]

Skater eligibility[edit]

To be eligible for the 2010 Winter Games, skaters needed to be older than fifteen as of July 1, 2009 and had to be a citizen of the country they were representing. Unlike qualification rules for International Skating Union events, in the case of a pair or ice dance couple, both skaters were required to be citizens of the country they represented in competition. In addition, International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules required that at least three years had passed since the competitor(s) last represented another country in competition.[1]

Skater qualification[edit]

There was no individual athlete qualification to the Olympics; the choice of which athlete(s) to send to the Games was left to the discretion of each country's National Olympic Committee (NOC).

Country qualification[edit]

The number of entries for the figure skating events at the Olympic Games was limited by a quota set by the IOC. There were 30 skaters in the disciplines of ladies' and men's singles, 20 pairs, and 24 ice dance couples.

Countries could qualify entries to the 2010 Winter Olympics in two different ways. The host country was guaranteed one spot in each event, if it had not already qualified an entry in that event. Every discipline qualified separately.

The majority of the country qualification took place at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, where countries qualified up to three entries in each discipline. The number of multiple entries was the same as usual for the World Championships; countries who earned multiple spots to the Olympics also earned multiple spots to the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships.

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

The placement score did not directly correlate to the placement rank. In ice dance, if a couple did not qualify for the original dance from the compulsories, they were assigned 20 points. If an ice dance couple did not qualify for the free dance, or if a singles skater or pairs 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 was 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 dance. The available spots were awarded consecutively on moving 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 had 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.

Competition schedule[edit]

All times are Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8).

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 dance Compulsory dance
Day 10 Sunday, February 21 16:15 19:45 Ice dance Original dance
Day 11 Monday, February 22 16:45 20:55 Ice dance 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

Medal summary[edit]

Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's singles
details
Evan Lysacek
 United States
Evgeni Plushenko
 Russia
Daisuke Takahashi
 Japan
Ladies' singles
details
Kim Yuna
 South Korea
Mao Asada
 Japan
Joannie Rochette
 Canada
Pair skating
details
Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo
 China
Pang Qing / Tong Jian
 China
Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
 Germany
Ice dance
details
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir
 Canada
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
 United States
Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin
 Russia

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)1102
 United States (USA)1102
3 Canada (CAN)1012
4 South Korea (KOR)1001
5 Japan (JPN)0112
 Russia (RUS)0112
7 Germany (GER)0011
Totals (7 nations)44412

Entries[edit]

[2]

Country Men Ladies Pairs Ice dance
 Australia Cheltzie Lee
 Austria Viktor Pfeifer Miriam Ziegler
 Belgium Kevin van der Perren Isabelle Pieman
 Canada Patrick Chan
Vaughn Chipeur
Cynthia Phaneuf
Joannie Rochette
Jessica Dube / Bryce Davison
Anabelle Langlois / Cody Hay
Vanessa Crone / Paul Poirier
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir
 China Yan Liu Qing Pang / Jian Tong
Xue Shen / Hongbo Zhao
Dan Zhang / Hao Zhang
Xintong Huang / Xun Zheng
 Czech Republic Michal Brezina
Tomas Verner
Kamila Hajkova / David Vincour
 Estonia Elena Glebova Maria Sergejeva / Ilja Glebov Irina Shtork / Taavi Rand
 Finland Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari Kiira Korpi
Laura Lepisto
 France Florent Amodio
Brian Joubert
Vanessa James / Yannick Bonheur Isabelle Delobel / Olivier Schoenfelder
Nathalie Pechalat / Fabian Bourzat
 Georgia Elene Gedevanishvili Allison Reed / Otar Japaridze
 Germany Stefan Lindemann Sarah Hecken Maylin Hausch / Daniel Wende
Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Christina Beier / William Beier
 Great Britain Jenna McCorkell Stacey Kemp / David King Penny Coomes / Nicholas Buckland
Sinead Kerr / John Kerr
 Hungary Julia Sebestyen Nora Hoffmann / Maxim Zavozin
 Israel Alexandra Zaretsky / Roman Zaretsky
 Italy Paolo Bacchini
Samuel Contesti
Carolina Kostner Nicole Della Monica / Yannick Kocon Anna Cappellini / Luca Lanotte
Federica Faiella / Massimo Scali
 Japan Takahiko Kozuka
Nobunari Oda
Daisuke Takahashi
Miki Ando
Mao Asada
Akiko Suzuki
Cathy Reed / Chris Reed
 Kazakhstan Abzal Rakimgaliev
Denis Ten
 North Korea Song Chol Ri
 Poland Przemyslaw Domanski Anna Jurkiewicz Joanna Sulej / Mateusz Chruscinski
 Romania Zoltan Kelemen
 Russia Artem Borodulin
Evgeni Plushenko
Alena Leonova
Ksenia Makarova
Vera Bazarova / Yuri Larionov
Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov
Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov
Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev
Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin
Jana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski
 Slovakia Ivana Reitmayerova
 Slovenia Gregor Urbas Teodora Postic
 South Korea Yuna Kim
Kwak Min-jeong
 Spain Javier Fernandez Sonia Lafuente
 Sweden Adrian Schultheiss
 Switzerland Stephane Lambiel Sarah Meier Anais Morand / Antoine Dorsaz
 Turkey Tugba Karademir
 Ukraine Anton Kovalevski Ekaterina Kostenko / Roman Talan
Tatiana Volosozhar / Stanislav Morozov
 United States Jeremy Abbott
Evan Lysacek
Johnny Weir
Rachael Flatt
Mirai Nagasu
Caydee Denney / Jeremy Barrett
Amanda Evora / Mark Ladwig
Tanith Belbin / Benjamin Agosto
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
Emily Samuelson / Evan Bates
 Uzbekistan Anastasia Gimazetdinova

Records and firsts[edit]

The following new ISU best scores were set during this competition:

Event Component Skaters Score Date Ref
Pairs Short program  Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo (CHN) 76.66 14 February 2010 [3]
Free skating  Pang Qing / Tong Jian (CHN) 141.81 15 February 2010 [4]
Total score  Shen Xue / Zhao Hongbo (CHN) 216.57 15 February 2010 [5]
Ladies Short program  Kim Yuna (KOR) 78.50 23 February 2010 [6]
Free skating 150.06 25 February 2010 [7]
Total score 228.56 [8]

Other records and firsts:

  • Kim Yuna's gold medal was South Korea's first Olympic medal in figure skating.[9]
  • Daisuke Takahashi's bronze medal was Japan's first Olympic medal in the men's event.[10]
  • The pairs team of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won China's first gold medal in figure skating, ending the twelve Olympics winning streak by Russian, Soviet or Unified Team (CIS) flagged pairs.[11]
  • Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the first North American couple to win the ice dance title, ending Europe's 34-year streak.[12] They were the youngest skaters ever to win the ice dance title (aged 20 and 22 years, respectively).[13] They were also the first former World Junior Champion ice dance couple to win the Olympic gold medal, the first ice dance couple to win gold in an Olympic debut, and the first to win an Olympic gold medal on home ice.[13]
  • Mao Asada (JPN) set a number of triple axel firsts and records for the ladies' competition:
    • first to land a triple axel during an Olympic short program;[14][15]
    • first to perform a triple axel as part of a jump combination in any Olympic figure skating program;[14]
    • first to land multiple triple axels during an Olympic competition;[16]
    • first to land multiple triple axels during a single program in any competition;[17]
    • first to land three triple axels in any competition;[18]
    • set an Olympic record (and tied world record) for one triple axel for short program;[14][15]
    • set a world record for two triple axels for free program;[17]
    • set a world record for three triple axels in the same competition.[18]

Participating NOCs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISU Communication No. 1589: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2010 ENTRIES/PARTICIPATION SINGLE & PAIR SKATNG [sic] AND ICE DANCE" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved 28 September 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "XXI Olympic Winter Games". ISUResults. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  3. ^ "ISU Judging System Statistics, Progression of Highest Score, Pairs Short Program Score". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ "ISU Judging System Statistics, Progression of Highest Score, Pairs Free Skating Score". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  5. ^ "ISU Judging System Statistics, Progression of Highest Score, Pairs Total Score". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  6. ^ "ISU Judging System Statistics, Progression of Highest Score, Ladies Short Program Score". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  7. ^ "ISU Judging System Statistics, Progression of Highest Score, Ladies Free Skating Score". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  8. ^ "ISU Judging System Statistics, Progression of Highest Score, Ladies Total Score". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  9. ^ "South Korea's Kim Yu-Na earns figure skating gold". BBC News. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Skaters find redemption, disappointment in Torino". Universal Sports. 29 March 2010.
  11. ^ Hersh, Philip (16 February 2010). "Fourth time is their charm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  12. ^ Sarkar, Pritha (February 28, 2010). "Red faced Europeans bottom out". Reuters.
  13. ^ a b Smith, Beverley (February 22, 2010). "Virtue and Moir make history with ice dance gold". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on March 12, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  14. ^ a b c "Vancouver's 'it' girl". Chicago Tribune. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Ladies Short Programme Runs Gamut Of Emotions". 24 February 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Golden Kim is queen of her court". 26 February 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "With Kim's Gold, Asian Skaters Come Into Their Own". Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Winter Olympics Figure Skating Records Recap". 1 March 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2014.

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