Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Blyth Memorial Arena, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 24, 1960
Date Finished: February 26, 1960
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 60% for Compulsory Figures and 40% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. Ties broken by a Subsequent Majority rule, i.e., if the pairs were ranked for the same position by the same number of judges, Majority Placement for the next higher position for each pair determined who was ranked higher. The tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals, 2) Total Points, 3) Compulsory Figure Points.
The 1956 gold and silver medalists, Hayes Alan Jenkins and Ronnie Robertson, were no longer around. Jenkins had gone to law school after the 1956 Winter Olympics, while Robertson joined ice shows. In their absence, the best skater in the world had become the 1956 bronze medalist, Hayes Alan’s brother, David Jenkins. David Jenkins was World Champion in 1957-59 and was favored at Squaw Valley, although he had other priorities, having recently started medical school. The leader after the compulsory figures was Czechoslovakian Karol Divín, 1958-59 European Champion, with Jenkins second. But Jenkins won the free skate easily, Divín placed only fifth in that phase, and the gold medal went to the Jenkins’ family for the second consecutive Winter Olympics. Divín held on for the silver, with Canadian Don Jackson earning the bronze with a strong free skate.
|1||David Jenkins||23||United States||USA||Gold||8×1+||8.0||10.0||1,440.2|
|5||Tim Brown||21||United States||USA||7×5+||31.0||43.0||1,374.1|
|7||Robert Brewer||20||United States||USA||5×7+||33.0||66.0||1,320.3|
|12||Robin Jones||16||Great Britain||GBR||6×13+||69.0||113.0||1,220.4|
|15||David Clements||20||Great Britain||GBR||6×16+||84.0||135.0||1,174.7|