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Nine Male Figure Skaters Who Were Watched at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Remembering Olympic Figure Skating 2014


Yuzuru Hanyu - Japan

Yuzuru Hanyu
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Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu won the men's Japanese title in 2013 and also won the 2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, defeating three-time World Figure Skating Champion Patrick Chan. Some said Hanyu might win the Olympic gold medal in Sochi and he did win. He is also the 2010 Junior World Figure Skating Champion and won the bronze medal at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships.  He trains under coach Brian Orser in Toronto, Canada.  

Patrick Chan - Canada

Patrick Chan
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Patrick Chan of Canada was perhaps the favorite to win gold in Sochi, but instead, won silver.  He has won three consecutive world figure skating titles.  

Jason Brown - Olympic Figure Skater 2014

Coach Kori Ade and Jason Brown
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Jason Brown of the USA won the silver medal at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  He is known for his quiet and effortless skating and for being one of the nicest and friendliest figure skaters in the USA. He is the first teenage male figure skater from the USA to make the Olympic figure skating team since 1976. 

Javier Fernández - Spain

Javier Fernández
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Spanish national figure skating champion Javier Fernández won the bronze medal at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and also won the 2013 men's European figure skating title.  He competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  He is the first Spanish figure skater to ever medal at the World Figure Skating Championships and at the European Figure Skating Championships


Kevin Reynolds - Canada

Kevin Reynolds
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Kevin Reynolds is the 2013 Four Continents Champion and placed 5th at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.  When he won the Four Continents Championships in 2013, he landed five quadruple jumps.

Daisuke Takahashi - Japan

Daisuke Takahashi
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Daisuke Takahashi won bronze at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.   He also won the 2010 world figure skating title. He is the first male figure skater from Japan to win an Olympic medal and he also is the first Asian men's skater to win a world figure skating championship.

Denis Ten - Kazakhstan

Denis Ten
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Denis Ten won the silver medal at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and is the first figure skater from Kazakhstan to win gold at any international figure skating event.  He placed 11th at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.  

Evgeni Plushenko - Russia

Evgeni Plushenko
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Evgeni Plushenko won gold at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.  He has won the Russian national men's figure skating title ten times.  Although the Olympics took place in Russia, only one Russian male skater qualified to compete.  Plushenko was selected to represent Russia and 2014 was the fourth Olympics he has competed in. He holds the record for being the first man to have won medals at consecutive Olympic Winter Games since he won silver in 2002, gold in 2006, silver in 2010, and team gold in 2014.

Jeremy Abbott - USA

Jeremy Abbott
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Ice skating fans wondered if four-time US men's champion, Jeremy Abbott would qualify and compete in a second Olympic Games since he did not compete in the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships since only two men from the USA qualified for "Worlds," and Abbott finished in third place at the 2013 US Figure Skating Championships.  Abbott did qualify for the Olympics when he won a fourth US title.   He announced that the 2014 competition season would be his last.  

Anyone Can Win!

Once, figure skating seemed somewhat "fixed," but under the current International Judging System for figure skating, the skaters that accumulate the most points win medals at the Winter Olympic Games.
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