Header images: Chang W. This year, the Winter Games took place in South Korea for the first time. There were a few preliminary events on Feb. Check out the highlights from the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. The host city of the Games is in the northeast part of South Korea, about 50 miles from the North Korean border. To confuse matters, while some Western news media companies have accepted the new spelling, others are sticking with the original. Norway led the way with 39 medals, 14 of them gold.
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The short program was held on 11 February, and the free skating on 12 February. For complete list of figure skating records, see list of highest scores in figure skating. Prior to the competition, the existing ISU best scores were:.
Another Olympics, another skating scandal. ceremony for the Team Figure Skating Overall during day two of the Sochi Winter Figure skating in Russia is almost like the World Series or Super Bowl in the United States. will likely take place as soon as this week though a date hasn’t been finalized.
At first he was tagging along behind his older sister, who attended skating classes taught by former Olympian Sano Minoru. But his casual enjoyment of the sport in those early years took a turn for the serious with the appearance of the Russian champion Plushenko on the international skating scene. He also styled his hair in a mushroom cut, the same as his Russian hero, and took to including a drawing of a smiling mushroom with his signature whenever he was asked for an autograph.
I looked up to Plushenko in every way in those days. In many ways I still do now. Twelve years later, in February , the Japanese skater was in the Iceberg Skating Palace with the Russian who inspired him. Plushenko had suffered a string of injuries since the Torino games. Indeed, an injury forced him to sit out much of the season leading up to the Sochi Olympics, including the European championships that served as the final qualifying round for skaters to make the Russian team.
On the strength of his career to date, though, he managed to arrange a one-man Olympic qualifying test, earning a spot on the Russian squad with his still powerful moves. He had high hopes of standing atop the podium before the home crowd. He did not let them down in his first outing on the ice, scoring a personal best of
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The last big skating scandal , at the Olympics, also involved Russian skaters when a French judge allegedly voted for the Russian pair to win gold over the Canadians in exchange for Russian votes for a French dance win. But if the team event, which gave Russia its first gold of the Games, is any indication, such talk may only flare up again over the next two weeks as the skaters shed their team mantles and return to their individual events. Skaters are revered heroes, and with their rich history in dance and ballet, Russian skaters have graced the podium in every discipline — ladies, men, pairs and ice dance — at nearly every Winter Olympics.
But as the rumors already suggest, in skating does that inevitably involve suspicious judging? When reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim from South Korea won her gold in , she did so with a Guinness book of world records-setting score of
Published Sunday, January 19, AM EST. Figure skating Russia. Ksenia Stoblova and Fedor Klimov, center, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.
To improve the performance of our website, show the most relevant news products and targeted advertising, we collect technical impersonal information about you, including through the tools of our partners. Maxim Trankov. It also capped an unbeaten season for the pair, who earlier had claimed their second straight European crown as well as their first title at the Grand Prix final. The gold medal seemed to be a given early in the season, as the Russians extended their winning streak and rewrote the record books in the process.
Their victory at last year’s world championships was Russia’s first major title in seven years, an unheard of drought for a country that won pairs gold at every Olympics from to All rights reserved Since teaming up in May , Volosozhar and Trankov have restored the grand tradition of Russian pairs. Are you sure you want to delete your Sputniknews.
Your account has been deleted! But Volosozhar’s struggles in the free skate at the Grand Prix final cost them not only the title, but their air of invincibility.
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Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Olympics. The two restored the country to the pinnacle of pairs Wednesday, and their teammates made it almost total domination. Russia or the Soviet Union had won gold in 12 straight Olympics in pairs before the streak ended four years ago, when the Russians failed to take home any medal in the event.
In the stands for both days of the competition in Sochi was the pair who started it all: Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, the Olympic champions in and ‘
Alina Zagitova’s break from figure skating is nothing surprising given recent history. And what better time to do that than just before the Russian National she became the fifth-youngest Olympic champion at the time she won in played for Mexico in all four World Baseball Classics dating to
Medals were awarded in the disciplines of men’s singles, ladies’ singles , pair skating , and ice dancing. The results were among the criteria used to select Russia’s teams sent to the Winter Olympics , the World Championships , and the European Championships. The senior Championships were held in Sochi for the second year in a row. In the free skate, Kovtun upset Plushenko to win his first national title, outscoring him by Voronov took the bronze, his sixth national medal. In fourth place overall was the national champion, year-old Konstantin Menshov , who had to climb from 10th after the short program, while year-old Adian Pitkeev finished fifth, 0.
Mikhail Kolyada withdrew during the long program, unable to fix a problem with his laces. The silver medalists both fell as a result of their blades clashing. The next four pairs clustered within 2.
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The Winter Olympics have brought plenty of excitement to the host country, but what the figure skaters from Russia have provided thus far on the ice has.
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Alina Zagitova took a break; what does that say about figure skating?
For them, it was the opposite. Tessa and Scott: The frendliest, fiercest rivalry in all of sports ].
Kim is denied ice skating gold by year-old Russian Adelina Sotnikova. Privacy and cookiesJobsDatingOffersShopPuzzlesInvestor Winter Olympics Yuna Kim hints at retirement shock defeat to Russian Adelina Sotnikova first female figure skater ever to land individual gold for her country.
And what better time to do that than just before the Russian National Championships? Had Zagitova, reigning Olympic and world champion, been competing in Krasnoyarsk this week, she would have been hard-pressed to improve on her startlingly poor fifth-place finish of a year ago, when three junior skaters swept the senior podium. Those three are likely to get all the medals again. Wait until she sees how much better it feels not to be beating herself up and down — trying to contend with skaters in just her own Moscow club like the current top three in the world and the year-old girl who just landed a quadruple toe loop.
And this is a lot bigger story than whether one skating champion like Zagitova can no longer keep up with the competition. That Zagitova is stepping away, at least temporarily, less than a year after winning worlds and less than two years after winning the Olympics seems singular on the surface, especially given how little time it took her to reach the top — from ninth at the Russian Junior Championships in to Olympic champion in Short careers are not unusual for Olympic champions.
Having grown up poor as an orphan, Baiul immediately left Olympic-style competition for a career in what was, in , a very lucrative professional scene. Zagitova, No. Lipinski turned pro a month after winning the Olympics. Hughes won at 16 she now is fifth-youngest ever , competed the next season, then went to college, eventually taking a one-year break from Yale to capitalize on her golden stature by skating on the Stars on Ice tour. Her final competition was the Worlds, in which she placed sixth.
Sotnikova caught lightning in a bottle; in her only senior worlds, a year before the Olympics, she was ninth. Her efforts to continue after the Olympics were compromised by injury, and her final competition was the Russian Championships.
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Men’s figure skating has always been caught between its public image and its conservative culture. But with anti-LGBT policies haunting the Sochi Olympics, the sport’s biggest stars are under more pressure than ever to set the record straight. When I ask figure skater Jeremy Abbott how athletes should respond to Russia’s anti-gay laws, his eyes widen.
Figure skating pairs and ice dancing pairs tend to have incredible in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi, Russia, but did not medal.
The drama between American figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan is legendary and at this point, Oscar-nominated. In , Kerrigan was attacked after practice at the U. Figure Skating Championships, when she was whacked in the knee with a crowbar. Harding went on to win the gold in that competition. Immediately after the competition, however, Olympic officials were told of possible improprieties involving a French judge , who later admitted to feeling pressured by the French Figure Skating Federation to side with the Russian pair.
The judge was suspended and her vote was thrown out, and the duos ended up taking home duplicate gold medals. In , East German skater Katarina Witt found herself in the bizarre position of having to defend her choice of costume for her Olympic routine.
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The figure skating team event came to a close with host nation Russia winning gold. Now the slate is wiped clean for all the skaters as they begin their specific disciplines. Up first are the pairs, which opened with the short program. So far, the Russians have been a step above the competition on the figure skating ice.
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Team Canada. Competition Dates: February 9, , , , 23, 25 Days 0, , , , 14, Both singles short programs are two minutes and 40 seconds in length plus or minus 10 seconds and include seven elements: three jumping passes including one combination , three spins and one step sequence. At the Olympic Games, only the top 24 skaters from the 30 who compete in the short program advance to the free skate. Only the top 16 pairs from the 20 who compete in the short program advance to the free skate, which is four minutes and 30 seconds plus or minus 10 seconds and includes 12 elements: three lifts, one twist lift, two throws, one solo jump, one solo jump combination, one solo spin, one pair spin, one death spiral and one choreographic sequence.
In ice dance, the short dance is based around a compulsory pattern. For the season that will be the Rhumba. Other related Latin American music rhythms may also be incorporated into the two minute and 50 second plus or minus 10 seconds program that must include one twizzle sequence, one step sequence, one lift and one spin in addition to the compulsory pattern. Only the top 20 couples from the 24 who compete in the short dance advance to the free dance, which is four minutes plus or minus 10 seconds and features one spin, two step sequences, one twizzle sequence and either four or five lifts, depending on how the program is choreographed.
The TES is based on each element performed jumps, spins, footwork, lifts, etc.
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Costas will anchor the ceremony from the International Broadcast Center. The primetime broadcast on Feb. The roster includes Olympians who have won a combined total of 35 Olympic medals 9 gold, 14 silver and 12 bronze. His legendary “Do you believe in miracles? He made his Olympic broadcast debut as a track and field analyst at the Beijing Olympic Games, and returned in the same role for the London Olympics. Boldon was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award as “Outstanding Sports Personality” for his work at and leading up to the London Olympics, a first for a track and field analyst.
Russian pair skaters Gordeeva and Grinkov were an unstoppable Tessa VIRTUE & Scott MOIR ~ Canadian Ice dancers ~ silver medalists at the Sochi.
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Seeing the Games through still photography is a different experience altogether. Here’s a look at the most compelling images from the word’s best photographers at Sochi More photos: Falling down in Sochi. Hide Caption. Visions of Sochi — Canada’s hockey team receives their gold medals in front of an ecstatic crowd on February Visions of Sochi — Henrik Lundqvist, center, and his teammates on the Swedish hockey team received silver medals on February Visions of Sochi — Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save during the hockey final against Canada on February