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Olympic Figure Skating
Transcript of Olympic Figure Skating
History Of Figure Skating
Figure Skating Today
Canada's Figure Skating Team
In 2002 Winter Olympics, the French judge marked flawless Canadian athletes Jamie Sale and David Pelletier lower than the Russian athletes Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharuidze, who had mistakes that were obvious. The Russians received a gold medal. In the end the French judge was sent home and they gave Canada a gold medal too, but they did not give any silver medals in that event. Jamie Sale and David Pelletier lived one block away from M.A.K. school, but moved after they won the Olympics (the red brick house).
Figure skating is a famous Winter Olympic sport with an interesting history. Canada has always done very well in Figure Skating and has won 22 medals so far. To do this sport it takes hours upon hours of practice, and extreme love for the sport.
Figure Skating is the oldest Winter Game sport. It started off in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. It moved to the Winter Olympic Games In 1924 in Paris. In 1976 Ice Dancing was added to the Olympics. In 2014 Sochi Olympic Games it will be the first time that Figure Skating has a team event!
Today in Figure Skating 5 sets of medals are given in the Olympics. The medals are for Ladies single, Mens single, Pairs, Ice Dancing, and for the first time ever the Team Event. To do well in Figure Skating and score points you have to include specific jumps, steps and spins. If you are with a partner you must include lifts, throws, spirals as well as synchronized jumps and movements. For Singles and Pairs you have a Short program with 7 specific skills and a Free program. Ice Dancing is the only event that the music can have vocals. (words) In Ice Dancing they are marked on how well they show emotion and express their character. Ice Dancing has a short program with specific elements including the length and a free dance. The Team Event is a competition for the best National Team. They must enter a Ladies Single, Mens Single, Pair and Ice Dance Pair. The team with the best combined score wins.
In Figure Skating the equipment is:
1. Custom made skates with stiff leather
2. High strength carbon-steel blades to skate on
3. A costume made out of stretchy fabric
4. A standard ice rink about 30 or 60 meters long
The athletes for Canada's Olympic Team include 17 Figure Skaters. They are:
Ladies Single: Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman
Mens Single: Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Liam Firus
Pairs: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch
Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers
Ice Dancing: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
Alexander Paul and Mitchel Islam
To this day, Canada has 22 medals in Figure Skating. We have 4 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze. The years of the medals are:
gold - 1948, 1960, 2002, 2010
silver - 1956, 1972, 1984, 1988(2), 1994, 1998
bronze - 1932, 1948, 1960, 1964(2), 1976, 1988, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2010
By now you are excited about 2014 Olympic Figure Skating. About the amazing athletes of Canada and about all the history of Figure Skating. Also, about the medals for the 5 events in the Olympics, including the new team event for 2014. I hope you have enjoyed my presentation.
The Skating Schedule in Sochi
For 2014, the Team Event will be the first week during the Olympics. It will be on February 6th, 8th and 9th. The medal will be given on the 9th.
The singles , pairs and Ice Dancing will run after. They will be on February 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th.