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Awkward figure skating moments at OS2014

12 February 2014 / All photos: © ANP /

Figure skating is the oldest discipline in the Olympic Winter Games. As far back as 1908, figure skating competitions were included in the Olympics in London, and in 1920 at the Antwerp Games. Since the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, singles and pairs skating have been a key fixture of the Olympic Games.

At present, ice dancing competitions, like those of other forms of figure skating, consist of two programs. The short program combines a compulsory dance—consisting of one or two parts—and certain proscribed elements. The theme and rhythm of the musical accompaniment is determined each season by the ISU the sport’s governing body, while the length of this dance—currently 2 minutes and 50 seconds—is similar to requirements of other forms of figure skating. The free dance has not undergone significant changes over the years and the basis of its scoring remains, the quality of the compulsory elements in close dancing positions, the unison the skaters display and their ability to express the character of the musical selection.

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