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Figure Skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Skenderija II Hall, Sarajevo; Zetra Hall, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 13, 1984
Date Finished: February 16, 1984
Format: Skaters were ranked on Ordinal Placement, based on judges' points, with final placement for each section determined by Majority Placements. The tiebreaker for the Short Program was the Required Elements score, while the tiebreaker for the Free Skating was the Artistic Impression score. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall for that section. Ties were broken by a Subsequent Majority rule, i.e., if the skaters were ranked for the same position by the same number of judges, Majority Placement for the next higher position for each skater determined who was ranked higher. Final placement was determined by factored placements. The tiebreakers were then 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals. The placement for the Compulsory Figures was factored by 0.6 (30%), the placement for the short program was factored by 0.4 (20%), and the placement for Free Skating was factored by 1.0 (50%). The sums of the factored placements were then used to determine final placement, with the Free Skating being the tiebreaker.

Gold: USA Scott Hamilton
Silver: CAN Brian Orser
Bronze: TCH Jozef Sabovčík

Summary

Since 1980, the world’s top skater had been Scott Hamilton (USA). Hamilton was World Champion in 1981-83 and had not lost a competition since 1980. Hamilton opened by winning the compulsory figures. With the new method of factored placements, this put him in the lead, but the lead could no longer be an overwhelming one. In both the short program and free skating, Hamilton performed at less than his best, overcome somewhat by the pressure of high expectations. He placed second in both phases to Canadian Brian Orser. But Orser had been seventh in the compulsories and had no chance to surpass Hamilton. Hamilton won the gold with Orser winning the silver, despite Orser having six triple jumps in his free skate to four for Hamilton. Czechoslovakia’s Jozef Sabovčík, second at the 1983 Europeans, won the bronze. The runner-up at the 1982-83 Worlds, and European Champion both years, was West Germany’s Norbert Schramm, who stumbled badly, finishing ninth, with his best phase being only seventh in the short program. Hamilton’s figure skating titles were a testament to his ability to overcome adversity. As a child he had suffered from Schwachmann-Diamond Syndrome, a gastrointestinal disorder that stunted his growth somewhat and left him rather short.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TFP CFFP SPFP FSFP
1 Scott Hamilton 25 United States USA Gold 3.4 0.6 0.8 2.0
2 Brian Orser 22 Canada CAN Silver 5.6 4.2 0.4 1.0
3 Jozef Sabovčík 20 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 7.4 2.4 2.0 3.0
4 Rudi Cerne 25 West Germany FRG 8.2 1.8 2.4 4.0
5 Brian Boitano 20 United States USA 11.0 4.8 1.2 5.0
6 Jean-Christophe Simond 23 France FRA 11.8 1.2 1.6 9.0
7 Aleksandr Fadeyev 20 Soviet Union URS 13.2 3.0 3.2 7.0
8 Vladimir Kotin 21 Soviet Union URS 16.2 6.6 3.6 6.0
9 Norbert Schramm 23 West Germany FRG 16.2 5.4 2.8 8.0
10 Heiko Fischer 23 West Germany FRG 19.6 3.6 4.0 12.0
11 Gary Beacom 23 Canada CAN 21.4 6.0 4.4 11.0
12 Grzegorz Filipowski 17 Poland POL 27.0 7.2 4.8 15.0
13 Mark Cockerell 21 United States USA 27.6 10.8 6.8 10.0
14 Masaru Ogawa 19 Japan JPN 29.2 9.6 5.6 14.0
15 Laurent Depouilly 20 France FRA 29.6 8.4 5.2 16.0
16 Falko Kirsten 20 East Germany GDR 30.4 9.0 8.4 13.0
17 Lars Åkesson 20 Sweden SWE 31.8 7.8 6.0 18.0
18 Xu Zhaoxiao 18 China CHN 37.4 13.2 7.2 17.0
19 Cameron Medhurst 18 Australia AUS 37.8 11.4 6.4 20.0
20 Jaimee Eggleton 19 Canada CAN 38.6 12.0 7.6 19.0
21 Milan Begović 19 Yugoslavia YUG 40.0 10.2 8.8 21.0
22 Paul Robinson 18 Great Britain GBR 42.6 12.6 8.0 22.0
23 Cho Jae-Hyung 17 South Korea KOR 46.0 13.8 9.2 23.0