Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Olympic Amphitheatre, Hamar
Date Started: February 17, 1994
Date Finished: February 19, 1994
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 Technical Merit 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 the Short Program was factored by 0.5 (33.3%), and the placement for Free Skating was factored by 1.0 (66.7%). The sums of the factored placements were then used to determine final placement, with the Free Skating being the tiebreaker.
With only two years since the last Winter Olympics, most of the same skaters from Albertville were back. In addition, with professionals now allowed to skate, the last two gold medalists, Brian Boitano (1988) and Viktor Petrenko (1992) were back. They were joined by Canadian Kurt Browning, the World Champion in 1989-91 and 1993. They were the three favorites, but after the short program they out of the medal race. Boitano placed only 8th in the short, but that was the best of the favorites, as Petrenko was 9th, and Browning a disastrous 12th. The short program was won by Russian Aleksey Urmanov, who had never won a major title, and had never been on the podium at the Worlds. In second was Elvis Stojko, who had defeated Browning at the Canadian trials. Petrenko, Browning, and Boitano redeemed themselves in the free skate, moving up to final placements of 4-5-6, respectively. But Urmanov hung on and won the free skate to secure the gold medal, with Stojko second. Urmanov never won another medal at a major championship. Browning finished his career as one of the greatest male skaters never to win an Olympic gold medal.
|6||Brian Boitano||30||United States||USA||10.0||4.0||6.0|
|8||Scott Davis||22||United States||USA||10.0||2.0||8.0|
|9||Steven Cousins||21||Great Britain||GBR||12.5||3.5||9.0|
|17||Jung Sung-Il||24||South Korea||KOR||25.0||9.0||16.0|
|24||Dino Quattrocecere||20||South Africa||RSA||35.5||11.5||24.0|
|25 r1/2||Margus Hernits||17||Estonia||EST||12.5||12.5|