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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.

Figure Skating

Australian Figure Skating History

Australians first competed in Figure Skating at the 1952 Games in Oslo. Adrian Swan competed in the Men’s Individual and placed 10th, while Nancy Burley (Hallam) (14th) and Gweneth Molony (21st) both competed in the Ladies Individual.

Figure Skater Cameron Medhurst represented Australia at three consecutive Winter Olympics- Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988 and Albertville 1992. Brother/sister duo Stephen Carr and Danielle McGrath (Carr) also represented Australia at three consecutive Winter Olympics.

Australia’s best Olympic results were achieved by Adrian Swan (Oslo 1952) and Anthony Liu (Salt Lake 2002) who both placed 10th in the Men’s Individual event. The best Women’s Individual result was achieved by Joanne Carter who placed 12th in the Ladies' Individual at Nagano 1998. In Pairs, Stephen and Danielle Carr placed an Australian-high 11th at Lillehammer 1994. Monica MacDonald and Rodney Clarke finished 20th at Calgary 1988 which is Australia’s best result in Ice Dancing.

Fast Facts

Figure Skating Action
Days 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 & 15
Total Athletes
148 (74 Men, 74 Ladies)
Medal Events
5
Venues
Iceberg Skating Palace
Crowd Capacity
12,000

Schedule & Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day -1, Feb 06 2014

(Local) / 7:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Men Short Program
(Local) / 9:10 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Pairs Short Program

Day 1, Feb 08 2014

(Local) / 6:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Ice Dance Short Dance
(Local) / 8:10 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Ladies Short Program
(Local) / 10:05 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Pairs Free Skating

Day 2, Feb 09 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Men Free Skating
(Local) / 8:05 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Ladies Free Skating
(Local) / 9:10 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Team Ice Dance Free Dance Medal Event
RUS RUS CAN CAN USA USA

Day 4, Feb 11 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Pairs Short Program

Day 5, Feb 12 2014

(Local) / 7:45 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Pairs Free Skating Medal Event
RUS Tatiana Volosozhar RUS Ksenia Stolbova GER Aliona Savchenko

Day 6, Feb 13 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men Short Program
Brendan Kerry

Day 7, Feb 14 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men Free Skating Medal Event
JPN Yuzuru Hanyu CAN Patrick Chan KAZ Denis Ten

Day 9, Feb 16 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ice Dance Short Dance
20th 20th

Day 10, Feb 17 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ice Dance Free Dance Medal Event
20th 20th
USA USA CAN CAN RUS RUS

Day 12, Feb 19 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies Short Program
Brooklee Han 22nd (49.32)

Day 13, Feb 20 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies Free Skating Medal Event
Brooklee Han 18th (94.52)
RUS Adelina Sotnikova KOR Yuna Kim ITA Carolina Kostner

Day 15, Feb 22 2014

(Local) / 8:30 PM (Sochi)
Exhibition Gala

Selection Info

Australia has qualified an Ice Dancing Pair, an Individual Ladies and an Individual Men's quota place to compete in Figure Skating in Sochi.

Events and Competition Format

There are five Olympic Figure Skating events: Ladies’ Singles, Men’s Singles, Pairs, Ice Dancing and the Team event.

The Men’s, Ladies’ and Pairs competitions consist of two separate parts: the short program and the free skating. The short program combines eight prescribed elements such as jump combinations and spins. In the free skating program, skaters perform an original arrangement of techniques to music of their choice. The top 24 of the 30 competitors in the singles events and all 20 couples in the pairs event qualify for the free skate.

In the Pairs the couple work as one unit, demonstrating overhead lifts, throw-jumps with the man launching his partner, and other manoeuvres.

Ice Dancing is similar to ballroom dancing and composed of two parts, short dance and free dance.  The short dance consists of a set rhythm and pattern and required elements including a step sequence, twizzles and a lift. Skaters are allowed to choose their own music, so long as it fits the required rhythm/theme. In the free dance, skaters choose their own rhythms, program themes and music. Programs are creative while also completing required elements (step sequences, lifts, dance spins and twizzles).

The Figure Skating Team event will feature teams made up of six skaters: one male skater, one female skater, one skating pair and one Ice Dance couple. Points are awarded to each skater/ couple. The team with the highest number of aggregate points is declared the winner. This is the first time a Team event has been included in the Olympics for Figure Skating.

Qualification, Nomination and Selection

There is a maximum of 148 (74 men and 74 women) athlete quota places for Men’s, Ladies', Pairs, Ice Dance and the Team event.

The qualification period is 10 March 2012 – 8 December 2014. The International Skating Union (ISU) will allocate quota places to each nation by Monday 20 January 2014.

After this date and before 22 January 2014, Ice Skating Australia (ISA) will nominate athletes to the Australian Olympic Committee to fill the available quota places, provided the athletes meet the nomination and selection criteria.

Australia has qualified an Ice Dancing Pair, an Individual Ladies and an Individual Men's quota place to compete in Figure Skating in Sochi.

Read the qualification criteria in full here:

Sochi 2014 – ISU Figure Skating Qualification System >>

2014 Nomination Criteria – Figure Skating >>

2014 Selection Criteria – Figure Skating >>

Figure Skating

Equipment

Skates

Boots are made to fit each foot. They are made with wide tongues with padding for flexibility and are reinforced with thick leather interiors and ankle bracing. Boots generally have heels, with ice dancers often choosing higher heels to push their body weight forward in order to produce quicker steps and changes of direction. The blade has a slight curve and is sharpened to produce a flat/concave cross section. There is a groove down the middle of the bottom of the blade called the hollow, the depth of which varies. Teeth are cut into the toe of the blade for pushing off in jumps and as the pivot point for spins.

Clothing

Skaters are generally free to select their own attire, with a few restrictions. According to current ISU regulations, costumes in competition "must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition – not garish or theatrical in design. Clothing may, however, reflect the character of the music chosen."

In competition, females may wear a dress, typically with matching attached briefs, and since 2004, they may also choose trousers. They may wear opaque flesh-coloured leggings or tights under dresses and skirts, which may extend to cover their skates. Men must wear trousers – they are not allowed to wear tights. An official may stop a program if he or she deems there to be a hazard with the competitor's costume.

Useful Links

International Skating Union

Ice Skating Australia

Trivia

A camel spin is on one leg with the non-skating or free leg extended parallel to the ice and the upper body pitched forward, arms extended.

Trivia

Figure Skating costumes "must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition – not garish or theatrical in design. Clothing may, however, reflect the character of the music chosen."

Iceberg Skating Palace

Iceberg Skating Palace

Located in the Coastal Cluster, the Sochi “Iceberg” Skating Palace is where Short Track and Figure Skating events will take place during 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

WRAP: Figure Skating at its finest

WRAP: Figure Skating at its finest

FIGURE SKATING: After the disappointment of missing out on the Vancouver Games, the bubbly duo of Danielle O’Brien and Greg Merriman finally made their Olympic debut and reached all their goals in competition.

Han finishes strongly in dramatic night of skating

Han finishes strongly in dramatic night of skating

FIGURE SKATING: Australia's Brooklee Han has finished the free program of the Sochi 2014 Figure Skating competition in 20th place. Han began the second phase of competition in 22nd after earning 49.32 points for her short program. She was the second athlete to take to the ice, following Korea’s Park So Youn.

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Quick thinking sees Han progress

Quick thinking sees Han progress

FIGURE SKATING: Thinking on her feet has seen Australia’s Brooklee Han put together a solid performance in the Ladies’ Individual Figure Skating and qualify her through to free program.

PREVIEW: Han leaps onto the Sochi stage

PREVIEW: Han leaps onto the Sochi stage

FIGURE SKATING: The highest rating event of the Winter Olympics gets underway tomorrow, with the Ladies’ Individual Figure Skating short program taking place at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi. Australia’s Brooklee Han is delighted to be part of the spectacle.

Circus stars steal show at Ice Dancing

Circus stars steal show at Ice Dancing

FIGURE SKATING: In front of a packed crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace, Danielle O’Brien and Greg Merriman have given a strong and entertaining free program.

O'Brien and Merriman step out in style

O'Brien and Merriman step out in style

FIGURE SKATING: Danielle O’Brien and Greg Merriman have delivered the performance of their careers in the short program of the Ice Dancing on Sunday night in Sochi.

Hanyu takes Figure Skating gold

Hanyu takes Figure Skating gold

FIGURE SKATING: Yuzuru Hanyu became the first Japanese man to win an Olympic figure skating gold in Sochi on Friday, as the teenager also claimed Japan's first title of the 2014 Winter Games.

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Kerry to learn from Olympic debut

Kerry to learn from Olympic debut

FIGURE SKATING: The pressure was a little too much for Brendan Kerry in his Olympic debut, but the young Aussie still enjoyed his experience in a dramatic opening to the men's Individual Figure Skating.

Scali proud of green and gold role

Scali proud of green and gold role

FIGURE SKATING: In Ice Dancing, a perfectly constructed performance is one that looks effortless. But an effortless performance is the results of tireless hours on the ice over countless weeks, months and years.

Home crowd cheers Russian pair to record score

Home crowd cheers Russian pair to record score

FIGURE SKATING: Setting a record score on the way, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia have skated to a comfortable lead in the pairs short programme at the Iceberg Palace on Tuesday.