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Figure Skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Skenderija II Hall, Sarajevo; Zetra Hall, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 15, 1984
Date Finished: February 18, 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: GDR Katarina Witt
Silver: USA Rosalyn Sumners
Bronze: URS Kira Ivanova

Summary

The last two World Champions had been Elaine Zayak (USA-1982) and Rosalyn Sumners (USA-1983), and they were in Sarajevo, looking for gold. Zayak lost her chance in the compulsories when she placed 13th. Sumners won the compulsories over West Germany’s Claudia Leistner, with East German Katarina Witt, who hadplaced second to Zayak at the 1982 Worlds, third. Witt, who had been 1983 and 1984 European Champion, then won the short program, while Sumners placed only fifth, falling to second overall. The gold medal would come down to whichever of them could win the free skate. The free skate was very close. Sumners looked to have the better of it for most of her routine. But near the end she doubled a planned triple toe loop and singled a double axel. Witt was voted first in the free skate by five judges to four for Sumners, giving Witt the gold medal. Witt would return in 1988 to win a second gold medal. Her beauty and skating artistry and athleticism would eventually make her a very wealthy woman. She was the first East German athlete who was allowed to skate professionally and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991, she made millions.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TFP CFFP SPFP FSFP
1 Katarina Witt 18 East Germany GDR Gold 3.2 1.8 0.4 1.0
2 Rosalyn Sumners 19 United States USA Silver 4.6 0.6 2.0 2.0
3 Kira Ivanova 21 Soviet Union URS Bronze 9.2 3.0 1.2 5.0
4 Tiffany Chin 16 United States USA 11.0 7.2 0.8 3.0
5 Anna Kondrashova 18 Soviet Union URS 11.8 4.2 1.6 6.0
6 Elaine Zayak 18 United States USA 14.2 7.8 2.4 4.0
7 Manuela Ruben 20 West Germany FRG 15.0 3.6 4.4 7.0
8 Yelena Vodorezova 20 Soviet Union URS 15.4 1.2 3.2 11.0
9 Claudia Leistner 19 West Germany FRG 17.4 5.4 4.0 8.0
10 Sanda Dubravčić 19 Yugoslavia YUG 17.4 4.8 3.6 9.0
11 Sandra Cariboni 20 Switzerland SUI 20.0 2.4 5.6 12.0
12 Kay Thomson 19 Canada CAN 20.8 6.0 4.8 10.0
13 Elizabeth Manley 18 Canada CAN 25.4 9.6 2.8 13.0
14 Myriam Oberwiler 21 Switzerland SUI 28.2 9.0 5.2 14.0
15 Karin Telser 17 Italy ITA 28.6 6.6 6.0 16.0
16 Katrien Pauwels 18 Belgium BEL 32.8 8.4 6.4 18.0
17 Susan Jackson 18 Great Britain GBR 33.2 11.4 6.8 15.0
18 Agnès Gosselin 16 France FRA 35.4 10.8 7.6 17.0
19 Masako Kato 18 Japan JPN 38.8 12.6 7.2 19.0
20 Catharina Lindgren 20 Sweden SWE 39.0 10.2 8.8 20.0
21 Vicki Holland 21 Australia AUS 41.0 12.0 8.0 21.0
22 Bao Zhenghua 18 China CHN 44.2 13.8 8.4 22.0
23 Kim Hae-Sung 17 South Korea KOR 45.4 13.2 9.2 23.0