Figure Skating In a Nutshell
Figure Skating is one of the most popular sports in Russia and inevitably attracts a huge television audience. The graceful, athletic and meticulous sport has been on the Olympic Winter program since the first Winter Games in Chamonix 1924. As it was contested at the Summer Games in 1908 and 1920 it is considered alongside Ice Hockey as the oldest Winter Olympic sports.
At the inaugural Olympic Winter Games in 1924, Figure Skating was one of six sports on the Olympic program (with Bobsleigh, Curling, Ice Hockey, Nordic and Speed Skating).
Ice Dance was introduced at the Innsbruck 1976 Games to form the Olympic figure skating program that is still contested today.
The Figure Skating competition for Sochi 2014 comprises four medal events - Individual Men’s and Ladies' Figure Skating, and Mixed Pairs and Ice Dancing.