Figure Skating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Figure skating was first contested in the Olympic Games at the 1908 Summer Olympics. In 1908 and 1920, the figure skating competitions were held in conjunction with the Games of the Olympiad. Since 1924, figure skating has been a part of the Winter Olympic Games On April 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee formally included the event of Mixed team.
The number of entries for the figure skating events at the Olympic Games is limited by a quota set by the International Olympic Committee. There are 30 participants in each singles events (ladies and men), 24 couples in ice dance and 20 in pairs.
Up until 1976, the only three events in figure skating were men’s singles, ladies’ singles and mixed pairs. Prior to the 1976 Winter Olympic Games, the governing body decided to add a fourth competition and, thus, ice dancing was born. It has been a part of the Games ever since.
This year, history will be made as brand new event will be included in the figure skating competition. Mixed team will join the other four competitions to push the total to five, the most the sport has ever seen in the Olympic Games.
Arguably the most notable and controversial moment in Olympic Games history, the controversy that surrounded Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan around the 1994 Olympics will go down in history. It’s one that involves passion, hate and the hiring of a hit man.
In January of 1994, just one day prior to the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Shane Stant, a hit man hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt attempted to break Kerrigan’s leg. He was unsuccessful in the attempt as it was merely bruised.
As a result, Tonya Harding wasn’t allowed to participate in the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships. Gillooly, Stant, Eckhardt and their getaway driver, Derrick Smith, all served time behind bars. Nancy Kerrigan went on to win the silver medal in the women’s singles in the 1994 Winter Olympics.