Olympic Winter Games 2014 . Figure Skating Team Event Preview

- Sochi, Russia

The figure skating competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will start in Sochi, Russia, on February 6. Russia is hosting the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in history and it will also be the first time that a figure skating team event will be contested at the Olympic Winter Games.

Canada, Russia and USA are favored to compete for the medals in the inaugural team event at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 10 teams qualified based on the results of the ISU World Championships 2013 and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series 2013/14. Canada is the top qualified team. The second ranked team is Russia followed by USA.

USA has won the ISU World Team Trophy in 2009 and 2013, while Japan came first in 2012. However, the format of the ISU World Team trophy is slightly different. In Sochi, only one competitor or couple per discipline will compete. At the Team Trophy, two men and two ladies per country participated in addition to one pairs and one dance couple. Teams are allowed to switch up to two entries between the Short Program and Free Skating, provided they have more than one entry in that discipline.

The top five teams following the Short Programs will advance to the Free Skating. Canada, USA and Russia have strong contenders in all disciplines. Japan is a dominant force in singles. France, Italy and China can be a factor as well. The other qualified teams are Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain.

Please note that for the seasonal best total scores only the ISU Grand Prix competitions (senior and junior) and the Olympic Qualifying event Nebelhorn Trophy 2013 have been taken into consideration, not other international competitions or National Championships.

The final entries have been submitted for the Men and Pair Skating Short Program Team Event which start at 19:30 GMT + 4 on January 6, 2014:

Country

Men

Pairs

CAN

CHAN Patrick

DUHAMEL Meagan / RADFORD Eric

CHN

YAN Han

PENG Cheng / ZHANG Hao

FRA

AMODIO Florent

JAMES Vanessa / CIPRES Morgan

GBR

PARR Matthew

KEMP Stacey / KING David

GER

LIEBERS Peter

WENDE Maylin / WENDE Daniel

ITA

PARKINSON Paul Bonifacio

BERTON Stefania / HOTAREK Ondrej

JPN

HANYU Yuzuru

TAKAHASHI Narumi / KIHARA Ryuichi

RUS

PLUSHCHENKO Evgeny

VOLOSOZHAR Tatiana / TRANKOV Maxim

UKR

GODOROZHA Yakov

LAVRENTIEVA Julia / RUDYK Yuri

USA

ABBOTT Jeremy

CASTELLI Marissa / SHNAPIR Simon

The entries for each category of the Team Event will be confirmed approximately 24 hours before.

The schedule of the figure skating events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games is as follows:
Thursday, February 6: Team Men Short Program, Team Pairs Short Program
Saturday, February 8: Team Short Dance, Team Ladies Short Program, Team Pairs Free Skating
Sunday, February 9: Team Men and Team Ladies Free Skating, Team Free Dance
Tuesday, February 11: Pairs Short Program
Wednesday, February 12: Pairs Free Skating
Thursday, February 13: Men Short Program
Friday, February 14: Men Free Skating
Sunday, February 16: Short Dance
Monday, February 17: Free Dance
Wednesday, February 19: Ladies Short Program
Thursday: February 20: Ladies Free Skating
Saturday, February 22: Exhibition Gala

For more information, full entry lists and results please see: www.sochi2014.com

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