Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Figure Skating
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Figure skating pictogram.svg
VenueIceberg Skating Palace, Sochi, Russia
Dates6–22 February 2014
Competitors149 from 30 nations
«20102018»
 
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Figure Skating
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
Figure skating pictogram.svg
VenueIceberg Skating Palace, Sochi, Russia
Dates6–22 February 2014
Competitors149 from 30 nations
«20102018»
Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Figure skating pictogram.svg
Singlesmenladies
Pairsmixed
Ice dancingmixed
Team eventmixed

Figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia. The five events took place between 6–22 February 2014.[1] For the first time at the Winter Olympics a figure skating team event was held.[2]

Records and firsts[edit]

The following new ISU best scores were set during this competition:

EventComponentSkatersScoreDateRef
Team trophyIce Dancing - Free dance Meryl Davis /Charlie White (USA)114.349 February 2010[3]
Pairs skatingShort program Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov (RUS)84.1711 February 2010[4]
Men's singlesShort program Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)101.4513 February 2010[5]
Ice dancingShort dance Meryl Davis /Charlie White (USA)78.8916 February 2010[6]
Free dance Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir (CAN)114.6617 February 2010[3]
 Meryl Davis /Charlie White (USA)116.63[3]
Total score195.52[7]

Other records and firsts:

Competition schedule[edit]

The following is the competition schedule for all five events.[24]

All times are (UTC+4).

DateTimeEvent
6 February19:30Team event pair short
Team event men's short
8 February18:30Team event ice dance short
Team event ladies' short
Team event pair free
9 February19:00Team event men's free
Team event ice dance free
Team event ladies' free
11 February19:00Pair skating short
12 February19:45Pair skating free
13 February19:00Men's singles short
14 February19:00Men's singles free
16 February19:00Ice dance short
17 February19:00Ice dance free
19 February19:00Ladies' singles short
20 February19:00Ladies' singles free
22 February20:30Gala exhibition

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank NationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia (RUS)3115
2 United States (USA)1012
3 Japan (JPN)1001
4 Canada (CAN)0303
5 South Korea (KOR)0101
6 Germany (GER)0011
 Italy (ITA)0011
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)0011
Total55515

Events[edit]

EventGoldSilverBronze
Men's singles
details
 Yuzuru Hanyu
Japan (JPN)
280.09 Patrick Chan
Canada (CAN)
275.62 Denis Ten
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
255.10
Ladies' singles
details
 Adelina Sotnikova
Russia (RUS)
224.59 Kim Yuna
South Korea (KOR)
219.11 Carolina Kostner
Italy (ITA)
216.73
Pair skating
details
 Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov
Russia (RUS)
236.86 Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov
Russia (RUS)
218.68 Aliona Savchenko / Robin Szolkowy
Germany (GER)
215.78
Ice dancing
details
 Meryl Davis / Charlie White
United States (USA)
195.52 Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir
Canada (CAN)
190.99 Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov
Russia (RUS)
183.48
Team
details
 Russia (RUS)
Evgeni Plushenko
Yulia Lipnitskaya
Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov*
Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov**
Ekaterina Bobrova / Dmitri Soloviev*
Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov**
75.00 Canada (CAN)
Patrick Chan*
Kevin Reynolds**
Kaetlyn Osmond
Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford*
Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch**
Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir
65.00 United States (USA)
Jeremy Abbott*
Jason Brown**
Ashley Wagner*
Gracie Gold**
Marissa Castelli / Simon Shnapir
Meryl Davis / Charlie White
60.00
*Indicates the athlete(s) only competed in the short program/dance.
**Indicates the athlete(s) only competed in the long program/dance.

Controversies[edit]

Athlete selection[edit]

The United States' selection of Ashley Wagner over Mirai Nagasu for the Olympic team caused some controversy as Nagasu finished ahead of Wagner at the 2014 U.S. Championships. The results at the pre-Olympic nationals often play a major role in the decision process but U.S. Figure Skating never stated that they would be the only results considered. Wagner was selected on the body of her work, instead of her performance at that event.[25][26][27]

The fact that the second-place finisher, Polina Edmunds, was also selected over Nagasu despite having no senior international experience also led to some calls of racism. However, Edmunds' lack of senior experience was a consequence of U.S. Figure Skating's earlier selection decisions. Despite winning the U.S. junior title, she was not selected for the World Junior Championships in the 2012-13 season, which would have allowed her to get senior assignments at the start of the 2013-14 season.

This was the first time that U.S. Figure Skating selected a skater who had competed in the pre-Olympic nationals and lost over another on who had also competed. On previous occasions, this was done for skaters who had been injured and unable to compete at nationals.[28][29]

The selection of Evgeni Plushenko by the Russia Olympic Team for figure skating caused some controversy, as he had been beaten by Maxim Kovtun at the 2014 Russian Figure Skating Championships. Plushenko said he won’t participate in European Championships and will give spot at men's singles for Kovtun and he will participate in the team event only.[30] ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta cautioned Figure Skating Federation of Russia "If one of your skaters has sustained the same injury for years. You should not enter him or her."[31] Plushenko did skating strongly in the Short and Free Programs for the Team Event, however in the Men's individuals he withdrew right before the start of the Short Program which left host Russia without an entry since it was too late have Kovtun as a replacement. Russian figure skating officials defended the initial selection of Plushenko by noting that Kovtun had done poorly at international events.[1][2]

Allegations of votes swapping[edit]

French sports newspaper L'Équipe, quoting an anonymous Russian coach, alleged that Russia and the United States would swap votes, with the United States voting for Russian athletes in pairs figure skating and team events and Russia voting for the Americans in ice dancing.[32][33] The allegations were categorically denied by U.S. Figure Skating.[34]

There were suggestions that the ice dancing competition was rigged in favor of American team Meryl Davis and Charlie White, over their rivals and training mates, the Canadian duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir who were the defending Olympic champions. Virtue and Moir lost crucial marks in the Finnstep element of the short program which resulted in a wide 2.56 point deficit with Davis and White. Petri Kokko, one of the creators of the Finnstep, tweeted "I don't understand the judging in #icedancing. @Virtue--Moir should be leading in my honest opinion."[3][4][5][6]

Ladies' singles figure skating results[edit]

In the ladies' singles event, Adelina Sotnikova (Russia) won the gold medal, while Kim Yuna (South Korea) was awarded the silver. The results sparked a worldwide media debate on the outcome.[35] Media reports on March 21, 2014 stated that the Korean Olympic Committee intends to file an official complaint to the International Skating Union on the composition of the judging panel.[36][37]

Qualification[edit]

A total of 148 quota spots are available to athletes to compete at the games. A maximum of 18 athletes could be entered by a National Olympic Committee, with a maximum of 9 men or 9 women. An additional six quota spots were made available for the team event. A further ten team trophy quotas (two in each discipline) were distributed to countries qualifying for the team event, but not the discipline itself. This means up to a maximum of 158 athletes could partake.[38][39]

Participating nations[edit]

149 athletes from 30 nations participated, with number of athletes in parentheses. Brazil[40] and the Philippines[41][42] made their Olympic debuts in the sport.

References[edit]

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