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Figure Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, Calgary; Olympic Saddledome, Calgary
Date Started: February 24, 1988
Date Finished: February 27, 1988
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: CAN Elizabeth Manley
Bronze: USA Debi Thomas

Summary

This was to be the Battle of the Carmens between 1984 gold medalist Katarina Witt and American Debi Thomas, the 1986 World Champion. Both were skating their long program to Bizet’s Carmen. Witt was the favorite, having won the 1984-85 and 1987 Worlds, and the 1983-88 Europeans, in addition to her Sarajevo gold medal. Thomas was making history as the first great black figure skater at the Olympics. In the compulsories, Thomas placed second to Soviet Kira Ivanova, with Witt third, followed by Canada’s Liz Manley. Thomas also was second in the short program, won by Witt, but Thomas narrowly led going in to free skating – 2.0 to 2.2 factored placements. Manley was a solid third, but had to count on both Thomas and Witt stumbling in the free skate for her to win. Manley put on a great performance before the partisan Calgary crowd, and won the free skate, but it was not quite enough for gold. Witt skated solidly, if not spectacularly, and placed second, which brought her the gold medal. Thomas had difficulty in the free skating, falling on her first jump, and placed only fourth, which dropped her to the bronze medal. Though Witt and Manley would go on to professional ice shows, Thomas returned to Stanford, where she was a pre-medical student, and later became an orthopaedic surgeon. For Witt, an East German, it was unusual for her to be allowed to skate professionally, and she later toured for a time with Brian Boitano.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TFP CFFP SPFP FSFP
1 Katarina Witt 22 East Germany GDR Gold 4.2 1.8 0.4 2.0
2 Elizabeth Manley 22 Canada CAN Silver 4.6 2.4 1.2 1.0
3 Debi Thomas 20 United States USA Bronze 6.0 1.2 0.8 4.0
4 Jill Trenary 19 United States USA 10.4 3.0 2.4 5.0
5 Midori Ito 18 Japan JPN 10.6 6.0 1.6 3.0
6 Claudia Leistner 23 West Germany FRG 13.2 3.6 3.6 6.0
7 Kira Ivanova 25 Soviet Union URS 13.6 0.6 4.0 9.0
8 Anna Kondrashova 22 Soviet Union URS 15.2 5.4 2.8 7.0
9 Simone Koch 19 East Germany GDR 19.6 8.4 3.2 8.0
10 Marina Kielmann 20 West Germany FRG 21.6 7.2 4.4 10.0
11 Beatrice Gelmini 21 Italy ITA 26.8 9.0 6.8 11.0
12 Joanne Conway 16 Great Britain GBR 28.0 4.8 7.2 16.0
13 Charlene Wong 21 Canada CAN 29.4 10.8 5.6 13.0
14 Junko Yaginuma 14 Japan JPN 29.6 9.6 6.0 14.0
15 Stéfanie Schmid 19 Switzerland SUI 31.0 12.6 6.4 12.0
16 Agnès Gosselin 20 France FRA 34.2 7.8 8.4 18.0
17 Katrien Pauwels 22 Belgium BEL 34.6 6.6 8.0 20.0
18 Yvonne Gómez 21 Spain ESP 34.8 10.2 7.6 17.0
19 Tamara Téglássy 19 Hungary HUN 35.2 11.4 8.8 15.0
20 Iveta Voralová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH 37.0 13.2 4.8 19.0
21 Lotta Falkenbäck 28 Sweden SWE 41.2 15.0 5.2 21.0
22 Željka Čižmešija 17 Yugoslavia YUG 44.0 12.0 10.0 22.0
23 Gina Fulton 17 Great Britain GBR 47.0 14.4 9.6 23.0
DNS r3/3 Caryn Kadavy 20 United States USA 4.2 2.0
25 r2/3 Tracy Brook 16 Australia AUS 15.6 9.2
26 r2/3 Jiang Yibing 18 China CHN 13.8 11.2
27 r2/3 Byun Sung-Jin 17 South Korea KOR 16.2 12.0
28 r2/3 Petya Gavazova 19 Bulgaria BUL 18.0 10.4
29 r2/3 Pauline Lee 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 17.4 11.6
30 r2/3 Diana Encinas 20 Mexico MEX 16.8 12.4
31 r2/3 Kim Song-Suk 22 North Korea PRK 18.6 10.8