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Friday, February 17, 2006

Qualifying Rules: Figure Skating

Part of a series looking at just how hard it is to get to the Olympics; see previous posts on biathlon and cross country skiing, ski jumping and nordic combined, speed skating, short track and snowboarding.

In figure skating, countries are assigned spots rather than individual athletes qualifying themselves. Each country can have no more than three per event, but if memory serves the actual number they're entitled to send depends on their skaters' results in World Figure Skating championships. In the individual events, there is a quota of 30 skaters; in pairs there are 20 teams, in ice dancing, 24. Who gets sent -- i.e., how many slots are allocated to which countries -- is mostly determined via the World Figure Skating championships; a few spots are through an international senior qualifying competition, and one spot per event is reserved for the host country -- Italy, in this case (obviously).

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  • At 10:20 PM, February 25, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm a little late, but just for detail, 24 spots for singles are determined at the previous year's World Championships, 19 for dance, and 16 for pairs. The remaining 6 men/ladies, 5 dance teams, and 4 pairs are determined at a senior international invitational in the fall (in 2005 it was the Karl Schafer Memorial). Countries who have already qualified their spots for the Olympics can send competitors to the invitational, but their placements don't have any effect on the qualification process.

  • At 10:42 PM, February 25, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As an amendment to my earlier comment, it's actually 20 dance teams determined at Worlds. Slippy fingers.


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