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Team Event, How Does it Work?

by George Rossano


(8 February 2018)  The Team event will be contested at the Olympics for the second time, the inaugural event having take place in Sochi in 2014.  Teams from ten countries will participate this year.  The countries represented consist of:

  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Russia (OAR)
  • United States

Teams consist of one man, one woman, one pair team and one ice dance couple.

The first round of the competition consists of the skating of the short programs and short dance.  The starting order is the reverse order of the world rankings, with the lowest ranked skater or couple skating first.

Placement points are awarded with a first place earning 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. 

The top five teams advance to the final round where the free skates and free dances are performed.

Teams can switch up to two skaters or couples between the short programs/dance and free skate/dance, provided the country has more than one entry in the relevant discipline.

In the free skate/dance the start order is the reverse order of the result in the short program/dance.  In the case of a substitution, the exchanged skater takes the start order spot of the skater being replaced.

In the final round points are again earned by placement.  The points for each team in all eight segments (short and long for each discipline) are added together for the total team score.

If teams have the same total score there are several tie breakers.

  • The highest added placement points per team from the two best places in different disciplines
  • The highest total segment scores of the two best places in different disciplines
  • The highest added placement points per team from the three best places in different disciplines
  • The highest segment scores of the three best places in different disciplines

 

Copyright 2018 by George S. Rossano