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
DatesFebruary 14–27, 2010
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The figure skating competition of the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held at Pacific Coliseum between February 14 and 27, 2010. It will be the 23rd edition of the figure skating event at the Olympics, and the 21st edition at the Winter Olympics.


Four figure skating events will be held at Vancouver 2010:

Competition schedule

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 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


Skater eligibility

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.[1]

Skater qualification

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.

Country qualification

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.


  1. ^ "ISU Communication No. 1589: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2010 ENTRIES/PARTICIPATION SINGLE & PAIR SKATNG AND ICE DANCE" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved 28 September 2009.

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