Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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.

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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QualificationEdit

Skater eligibilityEdit

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 qualificationEdit

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 qualificationEdit

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 scheduleEdit

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 summaryEdit

EventsEdit

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
and Zhao Hongbo
  China
Pang Qing
and Tong Jian
  China
Aliona Savchenko
and Robin Szolkowy
  Germany
Ice dance
details
Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir
  Canada
Meryl Davis
and Charlie White
  United States
Oksana Domnina
and Maxim Shabalin
  Russia

Medal tableEdit

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

EntriesEdit

[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 Júlia Sebestyén Nóra 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
E. Tuberuze alt
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
C. Guillerme alt
Rachael Flatt
Mirai Nagasu
Ashley Wagner alt
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 firstsEdit

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 NOCsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ISU Communication No. 1589: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2010 ENTRIES/PARTICIPATION SINGLE & PAIR SKATNG [sic] AND ICE DANCE". International Skating Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  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. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014.

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