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
Competitors146 from 31 nations
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Figure Skating
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
Figure skating pictogram.svg
VenuePacific Coliseum
DatesFebruary 14–27, 2010
Competitors146 from 31 nations
Figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Figure skating pictogram.svg
Ice dancingmixed

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

Competition firsts and world records[edit]

Medal Summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
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


Men's singles
 Evan Lysacek
United States (USA)
 Evgeni Plushenko
Russia (RUS)
 Daisuke Takahashi
Japan (JPN)
Ladies' singles
 Kim Yu-Na
South Korea (KOR)
 Mao Asada
Japan (JPN)
 Joannie Rochette
Canada (CAN)
Pair skating
 Shen Xue
and Zhao Hongbo
China (CHN)
 Pang Qing
and Tong Jian
China (CHN)
 Aliona Savchenko
and Robin Szolkowy
Germany (GER)
Ice dancing
 Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir
Canada (CAN)
 Meryl Davis
and Charlie White
United States (USA)
 Oksana Domnina
and Maxim Shabalin
Russia (RUS)

Competition Schedule[edit]

All times are Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8).

DayDateStart TimeEnd TimeEventSegment
Day 3Sunday, February 1416:3019:55PairsShort Program
Day 4Monday, February 1517:0020:55PairsFree Skating
Day 5Tuesday, February 1616:1520:45MenShort Program
Day 7Thursday, February 1817:0021:05MenFree Skating
Day 8Friday, February 1916:4520:05Ice DancingCompulsory Dance
Day 10Sunday, February 2116:1519:45Ice DancingOriginal Dance
Day 11Monday, February 2216:4520:55Ice DancingFree Dance
Day 12Tuesday, February 2316:3021:00LadiesShort Program
Day 14Thursday, February 2517:0020:55LadiesFree Skating
Day 16Saturday, February 2716:3019:00Exhibition Gala


Skater Eligibility[edit]

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.[14]

Skater Qualification[edit]

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[edit]

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
1Place in the top 2Place in the top 10
2Total placement score is equal to or less than 13Total placement score is equal to or less than 28
3Top two placement score is equal to or less than 13Top 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.

Participating NOCs[edit]


  1. ^ Feschuk, Scott (February 26, 2010). "Ladies’ figure skating: Rochette wins the bronze". Maclean's. 
  2. ^ a b Sarkar, Pritha (February 28, 2010). "Red faced Europeans bottom out". Reuters. 
  3. ^ (In 2002, the Russian team won controversially and the Canadian team were also awarded gold medals at a second medal ceremony honoring both teams.)
  4. ^ a b Hersh, Philip (16 February 2010). "Fourth time is their charm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Loch dominates luge". The Age. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Moore, Emmeline (16 February 2010). "Shen, Zhao claim China's first figure skating gold". Agence France Presse. Retrieved 16 February 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Associated Press (February 23, 2010). "Canada's Virtue-Moir Win Ice Dance Gold". New York Times. 
  8. ^ a b Smith, Beverley (February 22, 2010). "Virtue and Moir make history with ice dance gold". Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "South Korea's Kim Yu-Na earns figure skating gold". BBC News. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Figure Skating: 'Bond girl' Kim ahead". Vancouver 2010: Figure Skating. 2010-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Kim wins Olympic women's title". Vancouver 2010: Figure Skating. 2010-02-26. 
  12. ^ "Mao honored for world record". The Japan Times Online. 13 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Skaters find redemption, disappointment in Torino". Universal Sports. 29 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "ISU Communication No. 1589: OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 2010 ENTRIES/PARTICIPATION SINGLE & PAIR SKATNG [sic] AND ICE DANCE" (PDF). International Skating Union. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 

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