Figure skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics

The figure skating events at the 1972 Winter Olympics were held at the Makomanai Skating Rink and the Mikaho Indoor Skating Rink.[1]

Figure skating at the XI Winter Olympics
Type:Olympic Games
Venue:Makomanai Skating Rink
Mikaho Indoor Skating Rink
Champions
Men's singles:
Czechoslovakia Ondrej Nepela
Ladies' singles:
Austria Beatrix Schuba
Pair skating:
Soviet Union Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov
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The results of both the men's and ladies' singles events were dominated by placements in the compulsory figures, which at the time were nominally worth 50% of the total score but in fact weighted more heavily than the free skating due to being judged using a wider range of marks.

In the men's event, Ondrej Nepela, the winner of the compulsory figures segment, took the gold in spite of placing only 4th in the free skating after falling on his triple loop jump. The free skating winner was Sergei Chetverukhin, who skated one of his best performances at this event to take the silver medal. Patrick Péra, second in the figures, had a poor free skating in which he fell on a triple salchow jump early in his program and then made other mistakes. Nonetheless, the weight given to figures allowed him to take the bronze medal ahead of John Misha Petkevich, Kenneth Shelley, and Toller Cranston, who all skated dynamic programs with at least one cleanly landed triple jump apiece.[2]

The effect of the figures was even more pronounced in the ladies' competition, where gold medal winner Beatrix Schuba placed only 7th in the free skating, performing mostly single jumps. The free skating was won by Janet Lynn, who received a perfect mark of 6.0 despite falling on a flying sit spin. Lynn's skating captivated the Japanese audience, especially when she got up smiling from her fall. Lynn took the bronze while Karen Magnussen, second in the free skating with a strong performance, took the silver. The third place skater in the free skating, Sonja Morgenstern, included a triple salchow in her program, which at this time was very rare for a female skater. She placed 6th overall.[3]

The pairs competition was a tight battle between the two top Russian teams. Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov did not skate their best, with Ulanov missing his required double salchow jump in the short program and Rodnina making an error in the jump combination at the beginning of their free skating. They eventually won a 6–3 decision over their teammates Liudmila Smirnova / Andrei Suraikin. The bronze medal team of Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann made no major errors and received the highest technical merit marks from some of the judges for their program. Their elements included a throw double axel which at this time was rarely attempted.[4]

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union1203
2  Austria1001
  Czechoslovakia1001
4  Canada0101
5  East Germany0011
  France0011
  United States0011
Totals (7 nations)3339

ResultsEdit

MenEdit

Rank Name Nation CF FS Points Places
1 Ondrej Nepela   Czechoslovakia 1 4 2739.1 9
2 Sergei Chetverukhin   Soviet Union 3 1 2672.4 20
3 Patrick Péra   France 2 8 2653.1 28
4 Kenneth Shelley   United States 5 3 2596.0 43
5 John Misha Petkevich   United States 6 2 2591.5 47
6 Jan Hoffmann   East Germany 4 10 2567.6 55
7 Haig Oundjian   Great Britain 9 7 2538.8 65
8 Vladimir Kovalev   Soviet Union 7 11 2521.6 80
9 Toller Cranston   Canada 12 5 2517.2 80.5
10 John Curry   Great Britain 8 12 2512.2 85
11 Gordon McKellen   United States 10 9 2511.0 89
12 Yuri Ovchinnikov   Soviet Union 15 6 2477.5 104.5
13 Didier Gailhaguet   France 11 13 2440.9 114
14 Jacques Mrozek   France 13 14 2401.3 126
15 Günter Anderl   Austria 14 16 2313.6 138
16 Yutaka Higuchi   Japan 16 15 2309.7 140
17 Gheorghe Fazekas   Romania 17 17 2094.0 153

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LadiesEdit

In the ladies' event, American skater Janet Lynn won not only a bronze medal, but also tremendous popularity among Japanese audiences because of her artistic free program, as to make appearance on the cover of "Olympic Winter Games, Sapporo 1972" photo books published in Japan, and even on Japanese TV commercials later.[5]

Rank Name Nation CF FS Points Places
1 Beatrix Schuba   Austria 1 7 2751.5 9
2 Karen Magnussen   Canada 3 2 2673.2 23
3 Janet Lynn   United States 4 1 2663.1 27
4 Julie Lynn Holmes   United States 2 8 2627.0 39
5 Zsuzsa Almássy   Hungary 5 4 2592.4 47
6 Sonja Morgenstern   East Germany 8 3 2579.4 53
7 Rita Trapanese   Italy 6 6 2574.8 55
8 Christine Errath   East Germany 11 5 2489.3 78
9 Charlotte Walter   Switzerland 7 13 2467.3 86
10 Kazumi Yamashita   Japan 10 10 2449.9 93
11 Jean Scott   Great Britain 9 11 2436.8 101
12 Suna Murray   United States 13 9 2426.2 102
13 Catherine Irwin   Canada 12 12 2383.4 116
14 Isabelle de Navarre   West Germany 16 14 2340.0 128
15 Anita Johansson   Sweden 14 15 2349.3 131
16 Dianne de Leeuw   Netherlands 15 16 2298.7 143
17 Sonja Balun   Austria 17 17 2260.6 148
18 Marina Sanaya   Soviet Union 19 18 2198.6 160
19 Chang Myung-su   South Korea 18 19 2117.0 171

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PairsEdit

Rank Name Nation SP FS Points Places
1 Irina Rodnina / Alexei Ulanov   Soviet Union 1 1 420.4 12
2 Liudmila Smirnova / Andrei Suraikin   Soviet Union 2 2 419.4 15
3 Manuela Groß / Uwe Kagelmann   East Germany 3 3 411.8 29
4 JoJo Starbuck / Kenneth Shelley   United States 4 4 406.8 35
5 Almut Lehmann / Herbert Wiesinger   West Germany 5 6 399.8 52
6 Irina Cherniaeva / Vasili Blagov   Soviet Union 6 5 399.1 52
7 Melissa Militano / Mark Militano   United States 8 7 393.0 65.5
8 Annette Kansy / Axel Salzmann   East Germany 7 8 392.6 68
9 Sandra Bezic / Val Bezic   Canada 9 9 384.9 84
10 Corinna Halke / Eberhard Rausch   West Germany 10 10 381.1 87
11 Grazyna Kostrzewinska / Adam Brodecki   Poland 11 11 377.8 95.5
12 Barbara Brown / Douglas Berndt   United States 12 13 366.9 114
13 Florence Cahn / Jean Roland Racle   France 13 12 364.5 116
14 Linda Connolly / Colin Taylforth   Great Britain 14 14 360.6 126
15 Mary Petrie / John Hubbell   Canada 15 15 358.5 129
16 Kotoe Nagasawa / Hiroshi Nagakubo   Japan 16 16 345.5 144

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Figure Skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  2. ^ Figure Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games: Men's Singles Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Figure Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games: Women's Singles. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ Figure Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games: Mixed Pairs Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  5. ^ Litsky, Frank. (26 October 2003) FIGURE SKATING - Rewards Become Focus Of Scoring Experiment. NYTimes.com. Retrieved on 2016-07-18.

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