The Olympics Were in Vancouver, Canada:
This article summarizes each day of the Olympic figure skating events.
Sold Out Crowds:
All of the Olympic figure skating events took place in Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum. It should be noted that that arena was quite small inside, with limited seating, so most events were sold out. Many people were forced to buy leftover tickets from scalpers who stood on the street.
Sunday, February 14, 2010 - Pairs Short Program:
Monday, February 15, 2010 - Pairs Freeskate and Awards:
Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao, of China, won gold, even though they made one mistake during one of their lifts. Qing Pang and Jian Tong won the freeskate and pulled up to second overall. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany dropped from second to third. They struggled with side by side jumps and their spin. The Russian pair also had a flawed performance and dropped to fourth.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Men's Short Program:
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - Men's Freeskate and Awards:
Plushenko was not pleased with his silver medal. "You can't be considered a true men's champion without a quad," Plushenko said.
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan placed third and became he first Japanese man in history to win an Olympic figure skating medal.
Friday, February 19, 2010 - Ice Dance Compulsory Dance:
Sunday, February 21, 2010 - Ice Dance Original Dance:
Monday, February 22, 2010 - Ice Dance Free Dance and Awards:
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - Ladies Short Program:
Thursday, February 25, 2010 - Ladies Freeskate and Awards:
Canada's Joannie Rochette missed two jumps, but stayed in third place, and won the bronze.
Mirai Nagasu of the United States pulled into fourth place. Many felt she deserved the bronze for her perfect performance. U.S. Ladies Champion, Rachael Flatt, dropped from fifth to seventh. She skated to what some thought was a perfect program, but some of her triple jump scores were downgraded to double jumps.
Saturday, February 27, 2010 - Exhibition of Champions Gala:The Olympic medal winners gathered together on Saturday, February 27, 2010, to rejoice in their Olympic glory. The skaters performed in the Pacific Coliseum before a sold out, emotional, and excited crowd.
Remember Vancouver With About.com's Guide to Figure Skating, Jo Ann Schneider Farris:About.com's Guide to Figure Skating, Jo Ann Schneider Farris, traveled to Vancouver and attended all of the Olympic figure skating competition. She blogged regularly during the Games. Some of her blog posts are below.
- Olympic Figure Skaters From the U.S.A. React to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies With Awe - 2-13-10
- About.com's Guide to Figure Skating Is AT the Vancouver Olympics! - 2-14-10
- Figure Skating Champion Caydee Denney and Her Family Are Enjoying Every Olympic Moment - 2-15-10
- Olympic Figure Skater Debi Thomas Begins "Fans For Downgrading Grabbing Your Skate" 2-18-10
- Frank Carroll Finally Has Coached an Olympic Figure Skating Champion! - 2-19-10
- An Interview With Jody Flatt - The Mother of Olympic Figure Skater Rachael Flatt - 2-20-10
- Three Olympic Ice Dancing Figure Skaters In One Family - Wow! 2-21-10
- Canadian Olympic Figure Skater's Mother Dies Suddenly In Vancouver - 2-22-10
- How Olympic Figure Skating Ice Dance Events Are Judged - 2-23-10
- Why Did U.S. Figure Skater Rachael Flatt Drop to 7th at This Olympics? - 2-26-10
- Who Should Have Won the Bronze Medal in Ladies Figure Skating At the 2010 Olympics? - 2-27-10