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Component Score


Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett

Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett of the United States react after they hear their scores during the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

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Definition: At figure skating competitions, scores are given for technical elements and points are also awarded for program components. The total score given to figure skaters for the program components is called the component score. The judges give points on a scale from 0 to 10 for program components. The five components are:

  • Skating Skills - skating ability
  • Transitions - movement between elements
  • Performance - style, carriage, unison
  • Choreography - quality of the program's choreography
  • Interpretation - a skater's expression and style

At some figure skating competitions, a competitor can win an event based on the points earned from the component score.

Alternate Spellings: Component Score

Examples: The technical score is added together to the program component score and the result is the segment score. The sum of all the segment scores the (short program and the free skate) becomes the total competition score.

The component score is part of the new ISU Judging System (IJS) for figure skating that was implemented shortly after the 2002 Olympics.

To obtain the component score, the highest and lowest scores are first discarded. Then, the remaining scores are averaged. The averaged score is then multiplied by a factor that is set out in the rules for each skating event.


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