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Remembering Figure Skating at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

2014 Olympic Skating Memories

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Ladies Who Could Have Won the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Title

Kim Yu-Na Celebrates Her Olympic Victory
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Women's figure skating is the most popular figure skating event at the Winter Olympics. In 2014, the world's eyes were again glued to their television sets during the Olympic ladies figure skating event.

Kim Yu-Na is the 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She was considered the favorite. She returned to competitive skating in 2013 and returned with full force.

Others who were watched closely included Mao Asada of Japan (who unfortunately did not place due to a disastrous short program) and Carolina Kostner of Italy, and Russia's Adelina Sotnikova and Julia Lipnitskaia.  Sotnikova did win, but her win caused uproar and controversy.  Kim and Kostner took the silver and bronze.

Ice Dancers Who Could Have Won the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Title

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir and Meryl Davis & Charlie White Celebrate and Smile Together
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Two-time World Ice Dance Champions and 2010 Olympic Ice Dancing Silver Medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Canadian, World, and Olympic Ice Dance Champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada battled for ice dancing gold in Sochi. Both teams are considered the best in the world, and their rivalry may have made ice dancing the most exciting Olympic event in Sochi.  Davis and White won the gold.

Men Who Could Have Won the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Title

Patrick Chan - 2011 World Figure Skating Champion
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Patrick Chan of Canada, has won three consecutive world figure skating titles (2011, 2012, 2013) and was the favorite to win, but Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu won instead.

Other skaters that were watched included US figure skater Jason Brown, Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, and Javier Fernández of Spain.

Pair Skaters Who Could Have Won the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Title

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov
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New For 2014 - Olympic Figure Skating Team Trophy Event

Team Canada - Figure Skating Team Event Olympics 2014
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During the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the day before the evening of the Opening Ceremonies, ten different nations competed against one another in the initial phase of a team event. Each country's team consisted of one male skater, one female skater, one pairs team, and one ice dance team.

The participating nations for the Olympic figure skating team event were determined based on the results and accumulation of scores from major international figure skating competitions that take place in 2012 and 2013.

After the short program or short dance phase, the five top teams competed in the free skate or free dance portion of the Team Trophy competition. The skaters competing in the Olympic Team Trophy Figure Skating competition also had to be skaters who were chosen by their countries to compete in the individual Olympic events.

Russia won gold, Canada won silver, and USA won bronze.

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