Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Indoor Skating Rink, Sapporo; Mikaho Indoor Skating Rink, Sapporo
Date Started: February 8, 1972
Date Finished: February 11, 1972
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 50% for Compulsory Figures and 50% 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, 4) Total Points, 5) Compulsory Figure Points.
Czechoslovakia’s Ondrej Nepela had been competing internationally since he was 12-years-old. By the time of Sapporo, he had won the European Championships from 1969-72 (and would win again in 1973), and was the 1971 World Champion. Known for his compulsory figures he won that phase easily, opening a big lead that almost clinched the gold medal. In the free skating he finished fourth, but it was sufficient for him to win the Olympic title. The Soviet skater, Sergey Chetverukhin, won the free skate to win the first Olympic medal in singles for that nation. France’s Patrick Pera, third in 1968, repeated his bronze medal performance, despite finishing eighth in free skating. Nepela later became one of the first gay athletes to be afflicted with AIDS, and would die from complications of the disease in 1989.
|2||Sergey Chetverukhin||26||Soviet Union||URS||Silver||7×2+||14.0||20.0||2,672.4|
|4||Kenneth Shelley||20||United States||USA||8×5+||36.0||43.0||2,596.0|
|5||John Misha Petkevich||22||United States||USA||6×5+||27.0||47.0||2,591.5|
|6||Jan Hoffmann||16||East Germany||GDR||5×6+||24.0||55.0||2,567.6|
|7||Haig Oundjian||22||Great Britain||GBR||7×7+||48.0||65.0||2,538.8|
|8||Vladimir Kovalyov||19||Soviet Union||URS||5×9+||39.0||80.0||2,521.6|
|11||Gordie McKellen, Jr.||18||United States||USA||5×10+||42.0||89.0||2,511.0|
|10||John Curry||22||Great Britain||GBR||7×11+||60.0||85.0||2,512.2|
|12||Yury Ovchinnikov||21||Soviet Union||URS||8×12+||91.5||104.5||2,477.5|