Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Salt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Started: February 12, 2002
Date Finished: February 14, 2002
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.
The co-favorites were the two Russians, Yevgeny Plyushchenko and Aleksey Yagudin. Together they had finished 1-2 at every major competition since 1998. Yagudin had a slight edge in titles, winning the Europeans in 1998-99 and 2002, and the Worlds in 1998-2000. It was expected to be a close battle, but it was basically over after the short program. Yagudin won the short, while Plyushchenko fell on his first jump, a quad, and placed fourth. Japan’s Takeshi Honda was second in the short, but was given no chance to overtake Yagudin. Yagudin also won the free skating, with Plyushchenko placing second to move up to the silver medal. The bronze was won by America’s Timothy Goebel who landed a quadruple Salchow in the short program, the first time that jump had been completed at the Olympics, and then landed three quads in the free skating.
|3||Timothy Goebel||21||United States||USA||Bronze||4.5||1.5||3.0|
|6||Todd Eldredge||30||United States||USA||10.5||4.5||6.0|
|7||Michael Weiss||25||United States||USA||11.0||4.0||7.0|
|12||Kevin Van der Perren||19||Belgium||BEL||19.5||6.5||13.0|
|25 r1/2||Zoltán Tóth||22||Hungary||HUN||12.5||12.5|
|26 r1/2||Angelo Dolfini||23||Italy||ITA||13.0||13.0|
|27 r1/2||Margus Hernits||25||Estonia||EST||13.5||13.5|
|28 r1/2||Lee Kyu-Hyun||21||South Korea||KOR||14.0||14.0|