ON Figure Skating at the Beijing Olympics

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Staff members make ice at Capital Indoor Stadium, a figure skating and short track venue, inside a closed-loop area designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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Jan 24 (Reuters) – Focus on figure skating at the 2022 Beijing Olympics:

THE ABSOLUTE BASICS

* Skaters perform meticulously choreographed routines in singles or pairs on an ice rink to music.

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* Points are awarded for “elements” (such as jumps and spins) and “program components” (more subjective aspects), with deductions for falls and poor execution.

HOW MANY MEDALS? There are five gold medals up for grabs, one each in the men’s and women’s singles, pairs, ice dance and team events.

WHAT HAPPENED IN PYEONGCHANG?

Japan’s “Ice Prince” Yuzuru Hanyu retained his men’s singles title, the first to do so since Dick Button (1948-1952).

At 15, Russian Alina Zagitova became the second youngest skater to win the women’s singles.

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their second ice dance gold after French silver medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron suffered a clothing malfunction.

Aljona Savchenko, who skated for Ukraine at the 2002 Games, and French-born Bruno Massot won the pairs for Germany a few months after Massot took German citizenship. Canada won the team gold.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN BEIJING?

Hanyu will be looking to equal Gillis Grafstrom’s 94-year-old record of three straight men’s singles titles, while American rival Nathan Chen will be looking to spoil the Japanese skater’s party after missing out on a medal in Pyeongchang.

The Russians, led by 15-year-old women’s singles favorite Kamila Valieva, could easily win the other four titles.

Pyeongchang couple silver medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong will look to do better on home soil.

Papadakis and Cizeron will also try to win their first Olympic gold medal in ice dancing, four years after their clothing tear.

WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE ?

Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Figure skating’s Olympic debut was in the 1908 and 1920 Summer Games before joining the Winter Games from 1924.

WISH THAT

Women were excluded from world figure skating until 20-year-old Florence “Madge” Syers competed in the 1902 world championships. Competing against male skaters, she finished second to Swedish icon Ulrich Salchow. Women were then excluded from international competition until a separate women’s event at the 1906 world championships. Syers won that and then the women’s gold medal at the 1908 Olympics.

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Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Ken Ferris

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