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Figure Skating at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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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.

Gold: TCH Ondrej Nepela
Silver: URS Sergey Chetverukhin
Bronze: FRA Patrick Pera

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MP TOOM TO TP
1 Ondrej Nepela 21 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 9×1+ 9.0 9.0 2,739.1
2 Sergey Chetverukhin 26 Soviet Union URS Silver 7×2+ 14.0 20.0 2,672.4
3 Patrick Pera 23 France FRA Bronze 8×3+ 22.0 28.0 2,653.1
4 Ken 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
9 Toller Cranston 22 Canada CAN 9×10+ 80.5 80.5 2,517.2
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
13 Didier Gailhaguet 19 France FRA 8×13+ 100.0 114.0 2,440.9
14 Jacques Mrozek 21 France FRA 8×14+ 111.0 126.0 2,401.3
15 Günter Anderl 25 Austria AUT 6×15+ 90.0 138.0 2,313.6
16 Yutaka Higuchi 22 Japan JPN 9×16+ 140.0 140.0 2,309.7
17 Gheorghe Fazekaş 14 Romania ROU 9×17+ 153.0 153.0 2,094.0